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January 18

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dead at 81

Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died
January 18
FILE - Record producer Phil Spector is seen in this 1989 file photo. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81. (AP Photo, File)
January 17

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style and creating hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina Turner
January 17
This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his "Wall of Sound" method and who later was convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. He was 81. (California Department of Corrections via AP)
January 17

Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopens to public

There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew
January 17
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 31, 2011 file photo, people stand in the garden of the Rodin museum in Paris. There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew. The famous Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopened to visitors on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Though the rococo museum, showcasing the world’s largest collection of Rodin sculptures, remains closed, visitors are now able to enter the sculpture-filled surrounding gardens that overlooked the gold dome of Les Invalides monument. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)
January 17

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an actress, has died at 81.

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an actress, has died at 81.
January 17
January 16

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
January 16
January 16

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

The rapper and producer reportedly was released Friday from Cedars-Sinai.
January 16
FILE - Dr. Dre attends a hand and footprint ceremony honoring Quincy Jones on Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. In a social media post late Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, Dr. Dre said he will be “back home soon” after the music mogul received medical treatment at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 16

Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants

Betty White is turning 99 on Sunday and says she is planning a low-key day.
January 16
FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on June 9, 2010. White will turn 99 on Sunday, Jan. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
January 16

William urges public to follow queen's example and get jab

Prince William is encouraging everyone in Britain to get COVID-19 vaccine.
January 16
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 file photo, Britain's Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II bid farewell to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, and his wife Maria Clemencia de Santos, following their state visit, at Buckingham Palace in London. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. Buckingham Palace officials said in a statement that the 94-year-old monarch and 99-year-old Prince Philip received their jabs on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, joining some 1.5 million people in Britain who have been given the first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus. (Stefan Wermuth/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 16

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
January 16
January 16

Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets

With protests planned at state capitols across the country, news organizations are planning in case they descend into the type of chaos that enveloped the U.S. Capitol last week
January 16
A Washington State Patrol trooper stands near a bust of President George Washington in the Legislative Building, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The building is closed to the public, and officials said that security on the Capitol campus will remain tight at least through next week when Joe Biden is sworn in as the President of the United States. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 16

New this week: 'MLK/FBI,' Why Don’t We and 'Prodigal Son'

This week’s new entertainment releases include Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night in Miami,” which brings together Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in the same Miami hotel in February 1964
January 16
This combination of photos shows poster art for the documentary "MLK/FBI," left, in select theaters and available On Demand on Jan. 15, and the film "One Night in Miami," streaming Jan. 15 on Amazon Prime. (IFC Films, left, and Amazon Studios via AP)
January 16

Prince William worried about strain on UK emergency workers

Prince William says he is concerned about the mental health of U.K. ambulance drivers, police officers and other first responders who are being exposed to extraordinary levels of trauma and death as coronavirus cases soar
January 16
In this image provided by Kensington Palace shows a video call on Jan. 13, 2021 with Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, bottom of screen, and, top row from left, Carly Kennard and Jules Lockett, both of London Ambulance Service, Conal Devitt of Formby Primary Care Network and Manal Sadik, Associate Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Widening Participation at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital. Center row from left, Phil Spencer from Cleveland Police, Tony Collins, Just 'B' volunteer helpline call handler and CEO of North Yorkshire Hospice Care, and Caroline Francis, Just 'B' helpline support worker and nurse at North Yorkshire Hospice Care. The royal pair spoke with frontline workers and counsellors about the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis for those working on the frontline, and why it is vital that they are able to reach out for support at such a critical time. (Kensington Palace via AP)
January 16

US lawyers ask 2nd Circuit to nix Trump from defamation suit

Justice Department lawyers have asked a federal appeals court to replace President Donald Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s
January 16
FILE - This Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in Jupiter, Fla. Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to replace President Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who says he raped her in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 16

Bowl games look to future after weathering challenging year

Nineteen of the 45 college football bowl games that were scheduled in December and January were canceled, including three after the participating teams were announced
January 16
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, Penn State head coach James Franklin, right, is greeted by Fiesta Bowl executive director Mike Nealy in preparation for an upcoming NCAA college football bowl game against Washington in Phoenix. Nealy and the Fiesta Bowl organizing committee faced unique challenges this year running two games. The Fiesta Bowl, one of the New Year's Six bowl games, went off as planned but the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which was scheduled for Dec. 26, 2020, was canceled after there weren't enough teams to fill all of the bowl spots. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
January 15
This 2018 image released by Jeremy Daniel shows Philip J. Smith at the 30th anniversary celebration for "The Phantom of the Opera," in New York. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. (Jeremy Daniel via AP)
January 15

How Joanne Rogers became 'my neighbor': Reporter's notebook

Off camera, Joanne Rogers was the same, but even warmer.
January 15
In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Joanne Rogers attends the U.S. Postal Service Dedication of the Mister Rogers Forever Stamp at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh, Penn.
January 15

Elvis Presley's Graceland starting virtual tours

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is now offering real-time online tours for fans around the world, including those who can’t make it to the tourist attraction during the coronavirus pandemic
January 15
Elvis Presley's Graceland is offering virtual tours for the first time ever.
January 15

Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner
January 15
FILE - Pitbull performs prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Ariz., in this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo. New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500. “Mr. Worldwide” joins NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as celebrity owners entering NASCAR this year. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)
January 15

Skylar Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’

After making a name for himself in “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2," and then joining the final season of the CW's “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Skylar Astin wasn't actively looking for another musical role
January 15
This image released by NBC shows Jane Levy, left, and Skylar Astin in a scene from "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist." Season two of the musical series airs Tuesdays on NBC. (Sergei Bachlakov/NBC via AP)
January 15

Review: 'Locked Down' mirrors our quarantine experiences

Doug Liman’s “Locked Down,” one of the first and most ambitious films to be conceived and shot during the pandemic, is like our own quarantine experiences
January 15
This image released by HBO Max shows Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "Lockdown." (Susie Allnutt/HBO Max via AP)
January 15

'Parasite's' Bong Joon Ho to head Venice Film Festival jury

“Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho has been selected as jury president of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, organizers said Friday
January 15
FILE - Bong Joon-ho arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Los Angeles. The “Parasite” director has been selected as jury president of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, organizers said Friday. The Oscar-winner will preside over seven jurors to hand out the festival’s top awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 15

Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural

The country's next inaugural poet is an old pro at ceremonial occasions, and she's only 22
January 15
In this image provided by Sun Literary Arts, Amanda Gorman, 22, is poses for a photo on Jan. 14, 2019. The country's next inaugural poet is an old pro at ceremonial occasions — and she's only 22. Amanda Gorman has written for everything from a July 4 celebration featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra to the inauguration at Harvard University for school president Larry Bacon. (Kelia Anne/Sun Literary Arts via AP)
January 15

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

The stars are coming out for Joe Biden's inauguration
January 15
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Tom Hanks arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
January 15

Where MLK and Coretta met and studied, a memorial will rise

A memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King is moving forward in Boston
January 15
This artist's rendering provided by MASS Design Group illustrates a proposed monument entitled "The Embrace," consisting of four 22-foot-high intertwined bronze arms. As cities and states continue to grapple with the legacy of controversial monuments, Boston is moving forward with a major effort commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Organizers are building what they say will be the country's largest memorial dedicated to racial equity at the site of a 1965 civil rights rally that MLK led on the city's historic Boston Common. (Hank Willis Thomas/MASS Design Group via AP)
January 15

Warrant: Rapper YFN Lucci was driver in fatal shooting

Authorities say Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci has been accused of being the driver in a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded
January 15
January 15

Q&A: Kingsley Ben-Adir breaks out as Malcolm X

British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir may not be a household name yet, but that’s poised to change with his scene-stealing performance as Malcolm X in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami
January 15
FILE - Kingsley Ben-Adir attends the premiere of "The OA" Season 2 on March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The British actor may not be a household name yet, but that's poised to change with his scene-stealing performance as Malcolm X in Regina King's "One Night in Miami." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 15

Noted character actor Peter Mark Richman dies at 93

Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died
January 15
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Peter Mark Richman arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three's Company" and “Beverly Hills 90210," has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

Michael Cohen writes foreword for Trump impeachment book

A bound edition about President Donald Trump’s second impeachment will feature a foreword from an estranged associate — former Trump attorney Michael Cohen
January 14
FILE- In this May 21, 2020 file photo, Michael Cohen arrives at his Manhattan apartment in New York after being furloughed from prison because of concerns over the coronavirus. A bound edition about President Donald Trump’s second impeachment will feature a foreword from an estranged associate _ former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Skyhorse Publishing announced that “The Second Impeachment Report" comes out Feb. 9. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
January 14

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation’s 46th president next Wednesday
January 14
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Tom Hanks arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

Joanne Rogers, widow of TV's famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died
January 14
FILE - Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
January 14

Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dies in Las Vegas

Siegfried Fischbacher, namesake partner in the entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, has died in Las Vegas at age 81
January 14
FILE - In this Thursday, July 17, 2014, file photo, Siegfried Fischbacher, left, holds up a white lion cub as Roy Horn holds up a microphone during an event to welcome three white lion cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, in Las Vegas. German news agency dpa is reporting that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy has died in Las Vegas at age 81. The news agency said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his death of cancer. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 14

Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+
January 14
FILE - Oprah Winfrey makes opening remarks during "Oprah's 2020 Vision" tour on Feb. 29, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, that the two-part documentary will focus on Winfrey's life. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+
January 14
FILE - Oprah Winfrey makes opening remarks during "Oprah's 2020 Vision" tour on Feb. 29, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, that the two-part documentary will focus on Winfrey's life. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli is asking to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week
January 14
FILE - Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, foreground, departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Giannulli is asking to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli's lawyers said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Giannulli believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
January 14

CNN’s Tapper won’t take back criticism of congressional vet

CNN's Jake Tapper says the criticism he's getting for a remark about a congressman and combat veteran is an attempt to change the subject from an attack on the U.S. Capitol
January 14
January 14
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 14

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon’s successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game
January 14
Virtual slime cannons go off in the end zone after a touchdown during Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. The positive reviews for Nickelodeon's kids-focused broadcast of last Sunday's NFL playoff game showed the potential of alternate broadcasts of sporting events. The success of that broadcast has led to many wondering what other sports it could expand to and when we might see it again in the NFL? (CBS/Viacom via AP)
January 14

Brexit hikes costs, hassle for UK musicians touring EU

British musicians are demanding that the UK government faces the music after new post-Brexit regulations failed to consider their unique work lives and left them in the lurch
January 14
FILE - In this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, singer Simon Neil performs with his band Biffy Clyro at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England. British musicians are demanding that the UK government faces the music after new post-Brexit regulations failed to consider their unique work lives and left them in the lurch. Nearly 260,000 people — including U.K. artists Laura Marling, Louis Tomlinson and Biffy Clyro — have signed a petition for the British government to negotiate a review of the rules for musicians touring in the 27-nation European Union. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

Review: In 'One Night in Miami,' speculative history sings

The potential pitfalls of a movie that brings together Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown for a night in February 1964 seem so numerous, so prone to falling into caricature, that “One Night in Miami” feels like a miracle
January 14
This image released by Amazon Studios shows, from right, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge in a scene from "One Night in Miami." (Patti Perret/Amazon Studios via AP)
January 14

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS FOR WEEK ENDING 1/9/2021
January 14
January 14

Pebble Beach for pros only this year because of COVID spike

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players
January 14
FILE - Bill Murray massages a volunteers shoulders on the fifth tee of the Monterey Peninsula County Club Shore Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif., in this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, file photo. The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players. The spike in COVID-19 cases in California led organizers to cancel the pro-am portion of a tournament. Pebble has a long history of entertainers and celebrities mixing with the pros on one of the most picturesque courses in the country. That means no antics from Bill Murray.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
January 14

Tyler Perry and MPTF to get humanitarian award at Oscars

Filmmaker Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund are being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday
January 14
FILE - Tyler Perry poses at the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Oct. 5, 2019. Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund are being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. Perry and the MPTF will receive their Oscar statuettes at the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Invision/AP, File)
January 14

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USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending: Jan. 10, 2021
January 14
January 14

Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishers

Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon’s e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws
January 14
FILE — In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong speaks to the media during a watch party for the Democratic National Convention, at Dunkin' Donuts Park, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
January 14

'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.

The documentary “MLK/FBI” chronicles one of the darkest chapters in the FBI's history
January 14
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington. A new documentary “MLK/FBI,” shows how FBI director J. Edgar Hoover used the full force of his federal law enforcement agency to attack King and his progressive, nonviolent cause. That included wiretaps, blackmail and informers, trying to find dirt on King. (AP Photo/File)
January 14

Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV

LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
January 14
This combination of photos shows show writers and creators, from left, Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and Lena Waithe who were named in a study about LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television. GLAAD is asking the industry to reach 20% representation of LGBTQ regularly seen characters on all three platforms by 2025, and to ensure that half of LGBTQ characters on every TV platform are people of color within the next two years. (AP Photo)
January 14

Tyler Hubbard, Tim McGraw call for unity on new duet

Country stars Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw are asking people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes in a call for unity on their new duet “Undivided."
January 14
This combination photo shows Tim McGraw at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Tyler Hubbard of the duo Florida Georgia Line at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Hubbard and McGraw are asking people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes in a call for unity on their new duet “Undivided." Hubbard wrote the song while isolating on his tour bus after testing positive for COVID-19 last year. He said the division in America in 2020 weighed heavily on his heart as he wrote the song. McGraw said the song isn't political, but makes a case for empathy instead of disagreement. (AP Photo)
January 14

Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million

A Tintin drawing by the Belgian artist Herge has sold in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($3.1 million), breaking the record for the most expensive comic book art in history
January 14
The inked and water-painted original panel of the comic character Tintin from the 1936 "The Blue Lotus" album drawn by Belgian creator Herge, is displayed at the Artcurial auction house in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The art work is estimated to fetch The art work with an estimates value of 2.2 to 2.8 million euros (US $ 2.6 to 3.4 million), is going on sale Thursday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
January 14

Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million

A Tintin drawing by the Belgian artist Herge has sold in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($3.1 million), breaking the record for the most expensive comic book art in history
January 14
The inked and water-painted original panel of the comic character Tintin from the 1936 "The Blue Lotus" album drawn by Belgian creator Herge, is displayed at the Artcurial auction house in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The art work is estimated to fetch The art work with an estimates value of 2.2 to 2.8 million euros (US $ 2.6 to 3.4 million), is going on sale Thursday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
January 14

AP PHOTOS: Venezuelan street artist seeks to inspire

The glowing face of one of Venezuela’s greatest athletes seems to invigorate a corner of the country’s decaying capital, a splash of color and inspiration for increasingly grim times. Elsewhere, swirls of patterns surround a realistic portrait of beloved singer and actor Simon Diaz, an immense image on a wall towering over a Caracas street. Wolfgang Salazar has gained increasing fame for his spray-painted murals of Venezuelans — heroes and everyday folk alike — at a time when the pandemic and economic hardship weigh upon his fellow citizens. “I want people to smile for a moment,” said the 30-year-old Salazar. “I want them to go home with a different kind of story to tell.” His most recent work, commissioned by a Caracas restaurant, honors triple-jump indoor world record setter Yulimar Rojas, the first Venezuelan honored as athlete of the year by World Athletics. The mural depicts Rojas’ smiling face above a image of her silhouette leaping Venezuela’s iconic Angel Falls, the...
January 14
Photographs of Venezuelan athlete Yulimar Rojas lay next to cans of paint as street artist Wolfgang Salazar prepares to work on an art mural featuring Rojas, in the Boleita neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Salazar has gained increasing fame for his spray-painted murals of Venzuelans — heroes and everyday folk alike — at a time when the pandemic and economic hardship weigh upon his fellow citizens. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)