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‘Flava in Ya Ear’ rapper Craig Mack dies in South Carolina

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Former rapper Craig Mack, best known for the platinum 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear” has died in South Carolina. Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey says the 47-year-old Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. Monday. Harvey said it appeared Mack died of ...

Fox invites viewers ‘inside’ the mind of O.J. Simpson

NEW YORK — Fox TV is offering viewers a chance to go “inside” O.J. Simpson’s head when it airs a previously unseen 2006 interview in which he theorizes about what happened the night his ex-wife was murdered. Airing Sunday, “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” will include the ...

Jussie Smollett finds his voice and builds his own empire

NEW YORK — Jussie Smollett marked a breakthrough in 2015 when the TV series “Empire” debuted, launching his career after working in the industry for years, earning Emmy and Grammy nominations, and even getting a record deal with Columbia Records. The anticipation had built around ...

Promoter of failed Fyre Festival pleads guilty to fraud

NEW YORK — The promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas — once billed as the “cultural experience of the decade” — pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges Tuesday, agreeing to serve up to a decade in prison for lying to investors who lost over $26 million. Billy McFarland, ...

Has divisiveness doomed Oscar hopes for ‘Three Billboards?’

LOS ANGELES — Can backlash tank a film’s Oscars prospects? It’s a situation that manifests nearly every year, where some awards hopeful is deemed problematic, like “Saving Mr. Banks” for glossing over Walt Disney’s unsavory views, or “Zero Dark Thirty” for its perceived ...

Grieving Bollywood fans pay their respects to Sridevi

MUMBAI, India — Lining up for hours and visibly grief-stricken, thousands of mourning fans paid their respects Wednesday to Sridevi, the iconic Bollywood actress who drowned accidentally in a Dubai hotel bathtub over the weekend. Sridevi’s body was flown home late Tuesday night in a ...

New study finds diverse audiences drive blockbusters

NEW YORK — Just as “Black Panther” is setting records at the box office, a new study finds that diverse audiences are driving most of the biggest blockbusters and many of the most-watched hits on television. UCLA’s Bunche Center released its fifth annual study on diversity in the ...

‘Lost Tapes’ series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Malcolm X was reviled and adored during his lifetime thanks to his views of black nationalism and “by any means necessary” approach to battle racial discrimination. Following his assassination, the civil rights advocate’s popularity was revived by hip-hop artists in ...

Actor and writer Tracy Letts ‘having the time of my life’

NEW YORK — If you want to get Tracy Letts in your movie — and that might be a good idea since he has two up for best picture at the Oscars — you’d better proofread the script before you send it. Letts, who has supporting roles in “Lady Bird” and “The Post,” is also a Pulitzer ...

Sally Field busts out old outfits at costume guild awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Wonder Woman’s gilded bustier, the spangled skating dresses in “I, Tonya” and the subdued shades of the 1960s as shown in “The Shape of Water” were among the finest costumes of the year, according to the Costume Designers Guild. The union celebrated the ...

On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — With her unibrow, braided updo, colorful clothing and mustache, the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an idiosyncratic cult figure in the United States. Kahlo has an equally passionate following in her native Mexico City. Her face is plastered on everything from ...

The bad, the good and the none –– a look at Oscar hosts

NEW YORK — The very first Oscars were held on May 16, 1929. They were only 15 minutes long, watched by only 270 people at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Guest tickets cost $5 and statuettes were handed out by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks, the first host. Here’s a look at memorable ...

Bachata music from the Dominican Republic coming to Downtown Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — World musician Joan Soriano will present bachata music from the Dominican Republic at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street. Born in the countryside near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel-string bachata with equal parts romance ...

Wallace and Gromit creator goes prehistoric with ‘Early Man’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The kooky caveman characters that come to life in “Early Man “ have been kicking around in Nick Park’s imagination for decades. Long before he created Wallace and Gromit, Park was taken with Ray Harryhousen’s animated dinosaurs in the 1966 Raquel Welch movie ...

Agnes Varda is happy, but not proud, of her Oscar nomination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Documentarian Agnes Varda is not only the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award, she's the first woman to receive an honorary Oscar and a competitive nomination in the same season. And while she's quite delighted by the recognition, the 89-year-old notes that ...

Music helps Indiana performer overcome bipolar disorder

MUNCIE, Ind. — Every time Governor Davis takes the stage, he’s hit with a rush of excitement. The Muncie resident and longtime blues musician soaks up every moment of it, too. Knowing eyes will be fixed on him, he’ll don his signature hat and neatly pressed suit, in the style of ...

Imagine Dragons happy to not be singing in the cold

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Imagine Dragons were happy to perform indoors ahead of Super Bowl 52, unlike their recent outdoor gig for New Year’s Eve. The Grammy-winning rock band headlined the EA Sports Bowl on Thursday in Minneapolis, running through their hits like “Thunder,” ...

Facebook denies censorship in closing of Paris user’s page

PARIS — Lawyers for Facebook Inc. denied the company engaged in censorship when it shut down the account of a French user after he posted a photograph of a famous 19th century painting of a naked woman’s genitals and lower torso. Frederic Durand-Baissas, 59, a primary school teacher in ...

Italy: As election nears, film imagines Mussolini’s comeback

ROME (AP) — A new film that comically imagines dictator Benito Mussolini returning to present-day Italy and trying to stage a comeback opened Thursday, in the middle of an election campaign that has been dominated by populist and neo-fascist sentiments. “I’m Back” is an Italian spin ...

Israelis sue New Zealanders over Lorde boycott

JERUSALEM — An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday it is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel in what appears to be the first lawsuit filed under a contentious Israeli anti-boycott law. The 2011 law opens the door ...