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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

  LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with [...]

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Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

  NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg. It was during her screen test for the role. “They just kind of threw it at me as the last thing to do. I didn’t have [...]

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Review: ‘The Real Thing’ is thoroughly excellent

  NEW YORK (AP) — The first time “The Real Thing” came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival. A thoroughly excellent and tuneful version of Tom [...]

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Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey [...]

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Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert [...]

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After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty’s success

  TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty. [...]

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Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention. Hello Kitty Con is expected to draw some 25,000 fans over four days. Long lines snaked through the sold-out event Thursday at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum [...]

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Award-winning Japanese actor seeks complete art

  TOKYO (AP) — In person, Shota Sometani is still and quiet, speaking in a soft, almost lackadaisical voice. His ideal acting role, he says, would be one in which he couldn’t rely on facial expressions, such as a character wearing a mask. The 22-year-old, who has acted since age 7, has earned a reputation [...]

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Coco Rocha showcases the art of posing in new book

  NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn’t always appreciated. Her modeling career began with catalog work in Asia, where she recalled in a recent interview: “You can do up to 25 to 75 photos per day. To get the job, [...]

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Police: Man spray-paints on NYC museum wall

  NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a vandal has marred the walls of New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art for a second time in two months as it prepares to move. Police say Christopher Johnson spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, October 20. It happened during a [...]

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1619: The diaspora of dance

  by Richelle Hammiel and Antonio Garland Kariamu Welsh, Virginia Johnson and Glendola Mills-Parker witnessed and exemplified the art of dance and music that may have started long ago, but is far from ending. Kariamu Welsh, who is a professor and department of dance chairperson at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, was [...]

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