Arts and entertainment

2019 Nobel Prize laureate in literature Peter Handke speaks at a press conference at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday Dec. 6, 2019. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
December 09, 2019 - 6:23 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia. Handke was an opponent of NATO's airstrikes against Serbia in...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2006, file photo, Caroll Spinney, right, who portrays "Sesame Street" characters Oscar The Grouch, left, and Big Bird, arrives for the Daytime Emmy nominee party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on "Sesame Street," died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
The Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 3:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes...
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Front row from left, 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees Michael Tilson Thomas, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, Joan Ganz Cooney, and Lloyd Morrisett, back row from left, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, and characters from "Sesame Street," Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Elmo pose for a group photo following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner at the State Department on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
December 09, 2019 - 3:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year's class were conductor Michael...
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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2013, file photo shows Rene Auberjonois at the International Myeloma Foundation 7th Annual Comedy Celebration in Los Angeles. Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. He was 79. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The Associated Press
December 08, 2019 - 9:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD accepts the award for top new artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Chicago-area rapper, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday, Dec. 8 after a "medical emergency'' at Chicago's Midway International Airport, according to authorities. Chicago police said they're conducting a death investigation. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
December 08, 2019 - 3:31 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago's Midway International Airport. The rapper, whose...
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In this Dec. 4, 2019 photo, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin poses next to Maurizio Cattlelan's "Comedian" at the Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach, Fla. The work sold for $120,000. (AP Photo/Siobhan Morrissey)
December 08, 2019 - 2:14 pm
MIAMI (AP) — 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami. Art collector Wayne Boich hosted a lavish dinner at his home...
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A woman looks at a cake in the shape of La Scala opera house displayed in the window of Cava bakery, in downtown Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Milan's storied La Scala opera house opens its 2019-2020 season on Saturday with Puccini's "Tosca," which stars Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as the object of unwanted sexual attention from a powerful authority figure. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
December 07, 2019 - 7:06 pm
MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For the second year...
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2019 Nobel Prize laureate in literature Olga Tokarczuk speaks at a press conference at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday Dec. 6, 2019. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
December 07, 2019 - 1:36 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people. In her Saturday lecture in Stockholm ahead of receiving the prize next week, the Polish author complained of the “...
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This cover image released by Interscope/Dreamville shows "Shea Butter Baby" by Ari Lennox, named one of the top ten albums of the year by the Associated Press. (Interscope/Dreamville via AP)
December 07, 2019 - 11:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Ari Lennox, “Shea Butter Baby”: A message to the Grammy Awards, in the words of pop music philosopher Mariah Carey: “Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion.” Them is the Grammys, and the lotion is Ari...
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This image released by Def Jam shows the cover art for the song “Triggered (freestyle)” by Jhene Aiko. The song was named the top song of the year by the Associated Press. (Def Jam via AP)
December 07, 2019 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. Jhené Aiko, “Triggered (freestyle)": Jhené Aiko brilliantly captures so many emotions in one song on “Triggered (freestyle),” as she rapidly spits out lyrics in a raw way that range from “I HATE YOU SO...
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