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Clooney uses Cesar award to warn about hate in age of Trump

AP Photo/Thibault Camus PARIS (AP) — George Clooney used the stage at the 42nd Cesar awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump, without directly calling him out by name. Receiving an honorary Cesar on Friday, Clooney said that...

Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment

AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump railed against the news media Friday, saying reporters shouldn’t be allowed to use anonymous sources. He said he’s been a target of unrelenting criticism by unnamed people, and he predicted that negative stories would...

Dance scenes in movies can be tricky, but sometimes magical

Oscar front-runner “La La Land” opens with a bang, or should we say a burst – of leaps and pirouettes, not to mention bicycles sashaying along the roofs of automobiles. It’s not easy to stage a successful dance scene for the cameras – especially on a...

Brazil's Carnival kicks off with parades and street parties

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties on the first of five official days of Carnival celebrations. The world famous party in Rio de Janeiro is kicking off Friday afternoon with several...

Rocker pleads guilty: Carried pistol on plane, in airport

AP Photo/ROB CARR ATLANTA (AP) — Rock guitarist Rick Derringer has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico with a loaded handgun in Atlanta’s airport. Derringer told a federal air marshal he kept his gun...

Iranian director to send prominent proxies to Oscars

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Oscar-nominated Iranian director has announced two prominent Iranian Americans will be representing him and his film “The Salesman” at the upcoming Oscars ceremony, because of a currently-suspended travel ban issued by President Donald...

Little Big Town's momentum grows with Ryman residency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Please excuse singer Phillip Sweet if he gets a little emotional when Little Big Town performs Friday night during the first-ever residency in the 125-year history of the Ryman Auditorium, a venue that helped popularize country music. “I know I...

How stars spend a month getting ready for Oscars' red carpet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like prom for movie stars, the Academy Awards is Hollywood’s most glamorous night. It’s also the most photographed celebrity event of the year, its starry images beamed instantly around the world and endlessly reproduced in fashion magazines....

Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school's senior class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres has handed out college scholarships to the entire senior class of a New York City charter school. DeGeneres surprised the 41 students from Brooklyn’s Summit Academy this week at her California studio during the taping of...

Date set for memorial dedication for fatal nightclub fire

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A dedication ceremony for a memorial to honor the 100 people killed during a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island has been scheduled. WPRI-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2lfx6LE) Thursday that the dedication ceremony is slated for May 21. The site of...