Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February.
Evel Knievel's son suing Disney over 'Toy Story 4' character
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evel Knievel's son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom.
Demi Lovato, Max Ehrich call off engagement after 2 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer-actors Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have called off their engagement after two months. Lovato and her former fiance have parted ways, according to a person close to Lovato who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
Holly Hunter suits up as US prosecutor in 'The Comey Rule'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holly Hunter has been entrusted with playing an array of real-world women, from tennis great Billie Jean King to a cheerleading mom gone astray to her latest role, a federal prosecutor caught in the maw of politics.
South Africa lifts spirits with Jerusalema dance amid virus
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans of all walks of life are dancing to “Jerusalema,” a rousing anthem to lift their spirits amid the battle against COVID-19.
British Academy Film Awards change rules to boost diversity
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s film academy is shaking up its membership and its awards voting rules in a review prompted by the glaring lack of diversity in the nominations.
Sir Harold Evans, crusading publisher and author, dies at 92
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Harold Evans, the charismatic publisher, author and muckraker who brought investigative moxie to the British press, newsmaking dash to the American book business through best-sellers like “Primary Colors” and synergetic buzz to all as author-publisher Tina Brown’s husband, has died.
Mirrored depot will open Dutch museum's storage to public
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — All the paintings, sculptures and other works that grace museums and galleries around the world are the visible tip of a huge art iceberg.
'Grateful': Gigi Hadid welcomes baby girl with Zayn Malik
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Model Gigi Hadid and her musician boyfriend Zayn Malik took to social media to celebrate the arrival of an infant girl, with dad saying he's “grateful" and “thankful.” “To try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task.
Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online
NEW YORK (AP) — Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct.
Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus
MADRID (AP) — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say.
Portrait by Renaissance master expected to soar past $80M
NEW YORK (AP) — An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million estimate, despite the pandemic.
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
TOKYO (AP) — A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December.
Trump says he's 'not a fan' of Meghan's, wishes Harry luck
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday after the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry participated in a Time 100 video urging Americans to vote.
Celebs, long vocal about Breonna Taylor case, decry decision
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, including at Sunday's Emmy Awards.
Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in 'Brian's Song'
When Chicago Bears teammates Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo became roommates in 1967, the first time NFL players of different colors shared accommodations on the road, it hardly looked like a good fit.
Fendi kicks off hybrid Milan Fashion Week with optimism
MILAN (AP) — The Italian fashion industry is moving to inject optimism into luxury’s dismal year, staging 23 live runway shows and 37 presentations during a hybrid live-digital Milan Fashion Week that aims to excite consumers and connect with the buying network.
New Year's Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements
NEW YORK (AP) — New Year's Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements, organizers said Wednesday as they gear up for a celebration that will have to be scaled down and socially distant in response to the coronavirus.
Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame sued for defamation
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carole Baskin, who became a pop culture sensation due to Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” is being sued for defamation by a former assistant.
Disney delays 'Black Widow,' Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including “Black Widow,” while also postponing Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic.
Review: Bishop, Musselwhite pair up for vigorous blues fest
Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite, “100 Years of Blues” (Alligator Records) Two Southern boys who both hit the big time in 1960s Chicago — Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite — have over a century of blues experience between them.
Success of Ginsburg film inspires CNN look at John Lewis
NEW YORK (AP) — Indirectly, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired CNN Films' new documentary on the life of civil rights icon Rep.
Music Review: Fleet Foxes release bright, nuanced album
Fleet Foxes, “Shore” (ANTI-) One might have predicted a somber release for Fleet Foxes in the year of a pandemic. After all, their last album “Crack-Up” was darker in tone, touching everything from police brutality and internal turmoil to disbelief following the 2016 presidential election.
Review: The War and Treaty keep soaring past expectations
The War and Treaty, “Hearts Town" (Rounder) It says something about an act when much of their work would fit neatly onto just about any music playlist.
Woodward's 'Rage' sells 600,000 copies in first week
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward's “Rage” sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week of publication, continuing a yearlong wave of blockbuster books about President Donald Trump.