Review: Fox shows it can do musicals with ambitious ‘Grease’
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Review: Fox shows it can do musicals with ambitious ‘Grease’

NEW YORK (AP) — The chills were indeed multiplyin’ during the “Grease: Live!” telecast on Sunday, a show that survived early rain, some tricky costume changes, a mortifying loss of audio and a cast member’s heartbreak. With this hectic, ambitious and hormonal “Grease,” Fox proved it could up the ante in the new mini-industry of … Continue reading

Norfolk State University celebrates Black History Month
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Norfolk State University celebrates Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Norfolk State University will pay tribute to the contributions African-Americans have made throughout the United States and in the Commonwealth of Virginia by hosting panel discussions, several art exhibits, special lectures and performing arts events. The university will host several “signature events,” that will explore topics such as the … Continue reading

Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity
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Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Matt Damon says the movie business has “a long, long, long way to go” when it comes to diversity. Hollywood must do “much, much, much more” to reflect the audiences who watch movies, the best actor nominee told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We’re talking about huge systemic injustices around … Continue reading

Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars
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Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars

NEW YORK (AP) — The race for best original song at the Academy Awards is a full-blown battle of the 20-something pop stars, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd up for the honor this year. In recent years chart-topping singers who co-wrote their songs have earned nominations for original song at the Golden … Continue reading

‘Inside Out,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur’ top Annie Awards noms
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‘Inside Out,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur’ top Annie Awards noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Inside Out,” Pixar’s journey into the mind of an adolescent girl, has received 14 Annie Awards nominations, topping the studio’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which picked up 10. The International Animated Film Society on Tuesday announced the nominations for the 43rd annual Annie Awards, which recognize the best in animated entertainment. “Inside … Continue reading

Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage
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Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage

More alive than most of the year’s films put together, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” is urgent agitprop that pulsates with unalloyed rage for the “self-inflicted genocide” of South Chicago and explodes with full-hearted (and gloriously lewd) pleas for peace. It’s wildly uneven but it is wild. There’s plenty here to quibble with (the film’s title prompted … Continue reading

Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more
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Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl.” “Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: innovators, artists and leaders who contribute to America’s strength as a nation,” … Continue reading