With new album ‘Harder II Love,’ Usher gets harder to love
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With new album ‘Harder II Love,’ Usher gets harder to love

  (AP) Usher, “Harder II Love” (RCA Records) If music stops panning out for him, Usher has bright prospects in fortune telling; by naming his eighth studio album “Hard II Love,” he knew exactly what the future held. Or he recognized the slight masochism of a passion project that disregarded the need for commercial viability. … Continue reading

Obama honors Mel Brooks, others in arts and humanities
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Obama honors Mel Brooks, others in arts and humanities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday paid tribute to comedian Mel Brooks, chef Jose Andres, NPR interviewer Terry Gross and others at a White House ceremony celebrating “creators who give every piece of themselves to their craft.” The three were among two dozen artists, writers, playwrights and performers awarded the 2015 National Medals … Continue reading

Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal
Arts & Entertainment / Books

Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro is this year’s winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.” The 80-year-old historian, known for his epic, acclaimed biographies of former President Lyndon Johnson and municipal builder Robert Moses, was praised Wednesday by the National Book Foundation for his … Continue reading

Snoop Dogg honored in politically charged BET Hip-Hop Awards
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Snoop Dogg honored in politically charged BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Snoop Dogg said he initially felt misunderstood at the beginning of his rap career that ended up turning into a legendary one while accepting his “I Am Hip Hop” honor during a politically-charged BET Hip-Hop Awards show near Atlanta. Rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised attendees Saturday evening by introducing and handing Snoop the … Continue reading

Adult audiences drive ‘Sully’s’ big $35.5 million landing
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Adult audiences drive ‘Sully’s’ big $35.5 million landing

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adult audiences turned out in droves to take the plunge with “Sully,” director Clint Eastwood’s dramatization of the Miracle on the Hudson. The film took flight with $35.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, surpassing expectations by around $10 million. Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who made … Continue reading

Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera
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Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood’s top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks. “I am him in fantasy,” Wilder once said of playing the lead in Brooks’ films. After … Continue reading