Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ wins Kennedy Prize for Drama
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ wins Kennedy Prize for Drama

NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary stage musical “Hamilton” has won a Grammy, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation and now another honor — one of the largest prizes given for dramatic writing. Columbia University said Monday that “Hamilton” had won The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, which … Continue reading

Review: Flawed Jesse Owens biopic ‘Race’ a timely tribute
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Review: Flawed Jesse Owens biopic ‘Race’ a timely tribute

Most know Jesse Owens as an Olympic gold medalist and record-setting track star. But it took more than physical strength to overcome the discrimination he faced as a young black athlete in the United States and abroad. The biopic “Race” — made with the support and cooperation of Owens’ family — has some flaws, but … Continue reading

Big ‘Deadpool’ debut annihilates ‘Fifty Shades’ record, more
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Big ‘Deadpool’ debut annihilates ‘Fifty Shades’ record, more

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The R-rated “Deadpool” has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in U.S. theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year’s record-setting $85.2 million February debut of … Continue reading

Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ hopes for eternal experience
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Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ hopes for eternal experience

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Keenan-Bolger isn’t tapping into his vulnerable side for his next Broadway role. He’s trying to be utterly fearless. In the new musical “Tuck Everlasting,” the actor plays a character who simply doesn’t fear death. So Keenan-Bolger is honing his recklessness and rashness. “I think there is a level of danger … Continue reading

Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers
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Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify. On Wednesday, a judge moved the case a step closer to trial when … Continue reading

Coldplay to honor past, present and future at Super Bowl
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Coldplay to honor past, present and future at Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band’s Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future. At a press conference Thursday, the band said that they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future and Beyoncé — whose 2013 performance they … Continue reading

Carrie Underwood to honor military families during tour
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Carrie Underwood to honor military families during tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood is working with Carnival Cruise Line and Operation Homefront to honor military families throughout her upcoming “Storyteller” tour. Underwood will meet with selected military families in 10 cities, and she’ll perform a free concert for hundreds of military families onboard the Carnival Vista in New York on … Continue reading

Macklemore explores his ‘White Privilege’ in new rap song
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Macklemore explores his ‘White Privilege’ in new rap song

NEW YORK (AP) — Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called “White Privilege II,” rapping about a white person’s position in society with black people fighting injustice and even name checking Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, along with himself. The track, released Friday, is close to nine minutes long and starts … 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