Viola Davis to star as Harriet Tubman in HBO movieLOS ANGELES (AP) — "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero.
HBO said Monday that the project is based on the biography "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman," by historian Kate Clifford Larson.
Broadway waits as Tony Award nominations revealed TuesdayNEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's best will be up a little earlier than usual. It's Tony Award nominations day.
The nominations will be announced Tuesday from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis.
There were some 40...
Box office top 20: 'Furious 7' leads box office for 4th weekNEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" had enough gas left in the tank to lead the box office for the fourth straight weekend.
The Universal sequel has dominated the month of April at the box office, but it will soon cede its perch to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Marvel superhero sequel...
Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas showLAS VEGAS (AP) — For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come.
"No matter what, we're going to make it into a festive...
Rushdie chastises authors protesting Hebdo tributeNEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.
Rushdie said in an email to The Associated Press that PEN is "quite...
'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special TonyNEW YORK (AP) — John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created the Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award.
The show — about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom in a retro glam-rock band...
'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movieLOS ANGELES (AP) — Good times are coming to the big screen. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed to The Associated Press.
"Good Times," which aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979,...
Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys openingLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres.
"General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners Sunday...
Salma Hayek hopes 'The Prophet' inspires new generationsBEIRUT (AP) — Salma Hayek said on Monday that the animated feature film "The Prophet" she co-produced has been a personal passion project, one she hopes can inspire young viewers to think outside the box about ways to improve the world.
Hayek is visiting Lebanon, her ancestral...
Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafightLAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout.
Five times in the 10 weeks since the two welterweights set a...
Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response
BALTIMORE (AP) — National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots... Full story
The Latest on Nepal Quake: Choppers ferry injured to Gorkha
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At Dubai International Airport, workers loaded crates packed with relief aid into a Boeing 747 destined for Nepal, just over a four-hour flight away.
The Gulf commercial hub is home to a sprawling logistical and... Full story
Drones and dogs deployed in battle to save the guacamole
MIAMI (AP) — With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world's supply of guacamole, no weapon can be... Full story
Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year. But as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown, it... Full story
Captain of doomed S. Korea ferry sentenced to life in prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that... Full story