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CMT to air ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ miniseries

NEW YORK (AP) — The CMT network is casting for its “Million Dollar Quartet” miniseries this month at Elvis Presley’s alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee. CMT is adapting the Tony Award-winning musical on the recording sessions featuring Presley, Johnny Cash,...

Playwright Lauren Gunderson is enjoying a wave of interest

AP Photo/Ben Margot NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Gunderson is such a rare theatrical talent, you might be tempted to approach her very quietly, so as not to frighten her away. “Indeed. Be careful. I might disappear,” she says, conspiratorially. Gunderson is a young...

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

AP Photo/Mike Groll ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s...

NAACP show expects sparks, not fireworks from #OscarsSoWhite

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — #OscarsSoWhite? That’s so last year for the NAACP Image Awards. Despite the heated talk about racial diversity in Hollywood following the Academy Awards’ mostly white array of nominees for the second year in a row, organizers of the NAACP...

Singer Andra Day rises as soul songstress

AP Photo/John Bazemore ATLANTA (AP) — A phone call from Stevie Wonder changed Andra Day’s life. He called Day and asked if he could work with her. Wonder heard about the songstress from his now ex-wife Kai Millard Morris, who discovered Day in a video clip. The clip...

Country legend Merle Haggard cancels February shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country legend Merle Haggard has canceled his shows in February due to health issues caused by pneumonia in both lungs. A statement released by his publicist said the singer-songwriter was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with the illness...

‘Black Swan’ choreographer quits Paris ballet amid tensions

AP Photo/Francois Mori PARIS (AP) — Dancer Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the 2010 movie “Black Swan” and is married to its star, Natalie Portman, says he is resigning as dance director at Paris’ premier ballet company. He said in a statement...

Run-DMC to open for Chili Peppers at pre-Super Bowl concert

ATLANTA (AP) — Run-DMC will open up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco. The famed rap group is expected to hit the stage at the sixth annual DirecTV Super Saturday Night concert party at Pier 70. The show is an invitation-only event...

Viewer’s Guide: Clinton, Sanders look to break out at debate

AP Photo/John Minchillo WASHINGTON (AP) — The final face-to-face meeting between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders before the nation’s first presidential primary is all about finding a breakout moment. The debate Thursday night comes after Clinton scored a...

Threat targets sheriff’s office at center of Netflix series

AP Photo/Morry Gash MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff’s office made an apparent reference to “getting justice” for the man at the center of the “Making a Murderer”...