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Jack Huston: The ‘Ben-Hur’ remake was an epic undertaking

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Huston is surrounded by the undead in his new movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but this summer the stakes are even higher. He stars in the role made famous by Charlton Heston in a remake of “Ben-Hur.” Huston recently...

Paris music hall where 89 were killed to reopen this year

AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu PARIS (AP) — The owners of the Paris concert hall where 89 people were massacred by Islamic extremists say they are aiming to host music shows again before the end of the year. The Bataclan is an historic venue whose distinctive 19th-century...

Germany cites free speech amid Polish ire at Carnival float

BERLIN (AP) — The German government rejected a suggestion Wednesday that it might take action over a Carnival float that drew the ire of Poland’s government this week. Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski said Tuesday that a float shown in the western...

Review: Hulu’s ‘11.22.63’ mini-series a dreary TV effort

NEW YORK (AP) — No one would figure going back in time to spare the life of JFK would be easy or quick. But does it have to drag on so long and be this tiresome to watch? On Monday, Hulu launches its first weekly episode of “11.22.63,” based on Stephen...

Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back “long-lost music” to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday. They will be invited to accept the award, which...

New Potter play coming out in book form

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage...

Will Kendrick Lamar make history at the Grammys?

AP Photo/Luca Bruno NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar has a chance to be the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” He could also be the first rapper OF ALL-TIME – said in Kanye voice...

Eagles band members to honor Glenn Frey at Grammys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne will join members of the Eagles in a tribute to the band’s founding member Glenn Frey during Monday’s 58th annual Grammy Awards. Frey died Jan. 18 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute...

Sarasota Opera caps unique Verdi project

NEW YORK (AP) — When the curtain rises on Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Legnano” (“The Battle of Legnano”) in Sarasota, Florida., later this month, it will cap an achievement as historic in its way as the military victory the opera...

Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he’ll be back

TOKYO (AP) — Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia more than 20 years ago. The early-stage cancer was found in a...