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Robert Gentile, linked to Gardner Museum art theft, dies

Robert Gentile, a mobster who for years denied suspicions from authorities that he knew anything about artwork stolen in a 1990 museum heist, has died
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September 23

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet. The last time the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t taken that step officially. But already, musicians are afraid a ban will come, and some Taliban fighters on the ground have started enforcing rules on their own, harassing musicians and music venues. Many wedding halls are limiting music at their gatherings. Musicians are afraid to perform. At least one reported that Taliban fighters at one of the many checkpoints around the capital smashed his instrument. Drivers silence their radios whenever they see a Taliban checkpoint. In the alleys of Kharabat, a neighborhood in Kabul’s Old City, families where music is a profession passed through generations are looking for ways to leave the country. The profession was already hit hard by Afghanistan’s foundering economy, along with the coronavirus...
September 23
September 23

Mayim Bialik's 'Jeopardy!' goal: maintaining its integrity

Mayim Bialik knew she’d be busy around this time of year, but not this busy
September 23
This image released by Jeopardy! shows Mayim Bialik hosting the game show series "Jeopardy!," on Aug. 24, 2021. (Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy! via AP)
September 22

Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson win top Americana awards

Musical multi-hyphenate Brandi Carlile has another trophy for her shelf as she won artist of the year at the 2021 Americana Honors and Awards show
September 22
Brandi Carlile accepts the artist of the year award at the Americana Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
September 22

Library devoted to Japan novelist Murakami to open in Tokyo

A library devoted to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s writings, scrapbooks and record collection opens next week in Tokyo for research, cultural exchange and a gathering spot for his fans
September 22
A journalist visits the university's new international house of literature as known as The Haruki Murakami Library" at Waseda University Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Tokyo. The new literary center opening next month on the university campus is no ordinary kind. It's designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and featuring the world of Murakami and his works. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 22

Britney Spears court filing says conservatorship should end

Britney Spears said in a court filing that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years should be terminated
September 22
FILE - This combination photo shows Jamie Spears, left, father of Britney Spears, as he leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles and Britney Spears at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Britney Spears' father has filed to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer's life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to end the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/File)
September 22

Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

Melvin Van Peebles, a Broadway playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, has died
September 22
FILE - Mario Van Peebles, from left and Melvin Van Peebles arrive at the screening of "The Producers" at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Melvin Van Peebles, a Broadway playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, has died at age 89. His family said in a statement that Van Peebles died Tuesday night, Sept. 21, 2021, at his home. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
September 22

R. Kelly's rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

Closing arguments have begun in the sex trafficking trial of R&B singer R. Kelly
September 22
FILE - This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, prosecutors in Kelly's sex trafficking trial at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, played video and audio recordings for the jury they say back up allegations he abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
September 22

Johnny Depp: "Not one of you" is safe with "cancel culture"

Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the “cancel culture” that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry
September 22
US actor Johny Deep after a photocall at the 69th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Johny Depp will be receiving on the night Donostia Award for his contribution to the cinema. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
September 22

Johnny Depp: 'Not one of you' is safe with 'cancel culture'

Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the “cancel culture” that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry
September 22
US actor Johny Deep after a photocall at the 69th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Johny Depp will be receiving on the night Donostia Award for his contribution to the cinema. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
September 22

Polish regulators renew license for Discovery-owned channel

Poland’s broadcasting regulators have extended the license of Discovery Inc.-owned TVN24
September 22
September 22

Owen Wilson, Sudeikis, Malek, Kardashian West to host 'SNL'

Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis will take turns hosting the first four weeks of ‘Saturday Night Live’ this season
September 22
Jason Sudeikis poses for a photo with the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for "Ted Lasso" at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
September 22

Review: Mickey Guyton soars on her powerful, personal record

Mickey Guyton's path in country music has been fraught with obstacles, but her perseverance turned into a powerful and personal debut full-length album
September 22
This cover image released by Capitol Records Nashville shows “Remember Her Name," a release by Mickey Guyton. (Capitol Records Nashville via AP)
September 22

Review: In 'Dear Evan Hansen,' a Broadway hit ages poorly

The journey from stage to screen, so often a perilous one, has been particularly bumpy for “Dear Evan Hansen.”
September 22
This mage released by Universal Pictures shows Colton Ryan, left, and Ben Platt in a scene from "Dear Evan Hansen." (Erika Doss/Universal Pictures via AP)
September 22

Pulitzer-winning reporter Jim Sheeler dead at 53

Jim Sheeler, a former Rocky Mountain News journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive and compassionate reporting on the families of Colorado soldiers killed in the Iraq War and the man tasked with notifying them, has died
September 22
September 22

Met season to open with first-ever opera by Black composer

The Met Opera’s season opens on Monday, and for the first time in its 138-year history it will perform an opera by a Black composer
September 22
This Sept. 17, 2021 image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows, from left, Latonia Moore as Billie, Walter Russell III as Char'es-Baby and Will Liverman as Charles during a rehearsal for Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," opening the Metropolitan Opera season on Sept. 27. (Ken Howard/Met Opera via AP)
September 22

California man charged with perjury in Hollywood execs suit

New York prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles man with perjury, saying he falsified emails to support his lawsuit against entertainment industry executives
September 22
September 22

'The View' celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The daytime talk show is honoring Hispanic Americans.
September 22
"The View" celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021.
September 22

Netflix buys Wonka author Dahl's catalog

Netflix says it has bought the works of Roald Dahl, the late British author of celebrated children’s books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
September 22
FILE - This July 17, 2017 file photo shows a Netflix logo on an iPhone in Philadelphia. Netflix said Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, it has bought the works of Roald Dahl, the late British author of celebrated children's books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 22

'Foundation' based on Asimov's work thinks big — galaxy big

Most TV dramas try to tell stories over a few years with maybe half a dozen central characters
September 22
This image released by Apple TV+ shows Leah Harvey in “Foundation,” premiering Sept. 24, 2021. (Apple TV+ via AP)
September 22

German president asks country to confront its colonial past

Germany’s president has called on the country to face its cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital’s center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums which include looted artifacts from countries in Africa and elsewhere
September 22
Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, right, are guided through the exhibition by Hartmut Dorgerloh, General Director and Chairman of the Board of the Humboldt Forum Foundation, left, in the Berlin Palace, Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, during the ceremony marking the exhibition opening of the Ethnological Museum, the Museum of Asian Art of the National Museums in Berlin/Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Humboldt Forum Foundation. (Britta Pedersen/Pool via AP)
September 22

Beloved 'Sex and the City' actor Willie Garson dies at 57

Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on TV’s “Sex and the City” and its movie sequels, has died at the age of 57
September 22
FILE - Willie Garson arrives at The Alliance for Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 5, 2020. Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on TV's “Sex and the City" and its movie sequels, has died, his son announced Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. He was 57. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
September 21
Tom Hanks speaks at a press conference for the opening of the Academy Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
September 21

New Orleans: Flames shoot up side of Superdome roof, put out

Smoke and flames shot up the side of the Superdome's roof after a pressure washer being used to clean the roof of the New Orleans arena caught fire
September 21
FILE - This early Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, file photo, shows the Caesars Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team in New Orleans, La., after Hurricane Ida. The NFL announced Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, that the Saints will host the Green bay Packers in Jacksonville, Fla., in a Sept. 12 season opener after being displaced by Hurricane Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
September 21

Troubled Nielsen to update measurements for local television

Increasingly under fire from its clients, the Nielsen company says it will soon incorporate homes that have cut the cable cord and rely on broadband in its measurement of local TV viewership
September 21
September 21

Jay-Z's organization seeks Kansas police agency's documents

A philanthropic organization led by rapper Jay-Z is seeking police files and other records related to officer misconduct in the Kansas City, Kansas, police department
September 21
September 21

Q&A: Khan ready for AEW to take New York, wrestling by storm

AEW founder Tony Khan has put professional wrestling on notice that he has the hottest company in the business
September 21
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars senior vice president Tony Khan, left, talks with an unidentified person prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Jacksonville, Fla. Tony Khan has his hands full as co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and with Fulham F.C. of the EFL Championship. He decided to launch his own wrestling company and now All Elite Wrestling is not only nipping at WWE's heels as best in the business, it's set to take over New York on Wednesday night with its Grand Slam event from Arthur Ashe Stadium. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
September 21

Lawyer: R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in trafficking trial

A lawyer for R. Kelly has told a judge that the R&B singer is unlikely to take the witness stand at his sex-trafficking trial
September 21
FILE - This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, prosecutors in Kelly's sex trafficking trial at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, played video and audio recordings for the jury they say back up allegations he abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
September 21

Gyllenhaal, Fuqua on the van that made 'The Guilty' possible

The coronavirus has forced Hollywood to adapt in countless ways to keep productions running through the pandemic
September 21
This image released by Netflix shows director Antoine Fuqua working from a vehicle on the set of "The Guilty." (Glen Wilson/Netflix via AP)
September 21

Review: 'True Raiders' a fun read about true treasure hunt

Author Brad Ricca's “True Raiders" tells the true but little-known story about the hunt for the Ark of the Covenant in 1909, the Biblical artifact that Indiana Jones set off after on screen
September 21
This cover image released by St. Martin's Press shows "True Raiders: The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition To Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant" by Brad Ricca. (St. Martin's Press via AP)
September 21

In ‘This is the Night,’ a love letter to cinema, ‘Rocky III’

Filmmaker James DeMonaco remembers the day “Rocky III” hit theaters as if it were yesterday
September 21
This image released by Universal Pictures shows writer-director James DeMonaco, center, with actors, from left, Naomi Watts, Lucius Hoyos and Frank Grillo during the filming of "This is the Night," available on video-on-demand. (KC Bailey/Universal Pictures/Blumhouse via AP)
September 21

Review: Johnson explores violence against Native Americans

In “Daughter of the Morning Star” the 17th novel in Craig Johnson’s series featuring Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire, the author uses the mystery genre to raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against Native American women
September 21
This cover image released by Viking shows "Daughter of the Morning Star" by Craig Johnson. (Viking via AP)
September 21

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The top 10 books on the Apple Store for week ending 9/19/2021
September 21
September 21

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The top 10 movies on the Apple Store for week ending 9/19/21
September 21
September 21

Sarah Dash who sang on 'Lady Marmalade' with Labelle, dies

Singer Sarah Dash, who co-founded the all-female singing group Labelle with Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx, has died
September 21
FILE - Nona Hendryx, from left, Patti LaBelle, and Sarah Dash, of the group LaBelle, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2009. Dash, who co-founded of the all-female singing group, best known for their raucous 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade,” has died. She was 76. Labelle and Hendryx announced their bandmate's death Monday on social media. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
September 21

Bronze bust unveiled at Burt Reynolds' Hollywood gravesite

A bronze bust of Burt Reynolds, featuring his famous cowboy hat and even more famous mustache, now adorns his grave
September 21
A guest holds programs during the unveiling of a memorial sculpture of the late actor Burt Reynolds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Reynolds died in 2018 at the age of 82. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
September 21

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Audible best-sellers for week ending September 20th:
September 21
September 21

'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

Millions of people will get a chance to know the shy teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell
September 21
This mage released by Universal Pictures shows Ben Platt in a scene from "Dear Evan Hansen." (Erika Doss/Universal Pictures via AP)
September 21

Gillian Flynn, Lena Waithe to head their own book imprints

“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn and Emmy-winning writer-producer-actor Lena Waithe will each run new book imprints at Zando
September 21
Lena Waithe appears at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2020, left, and Gillian Flynn appears at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sharp Objects" on June 26, 2018. Waithe and Flynn will each run imprints at Zando, a new house headed by Molly Stern. (AP Photo)
September 21

Sherri Shepherd on the moment she says 'cemented' her as a 'View' co-host

She joins co-host Sunny Hostin in the special podcast series "Behind The Table."
September 21
Sherri Shepherd and Sunny Hostin join together for the second episode of "Behind The Table," a special podcast series by "The View."
September 20

R Kelly prosecutors rest; defense calls on singer's allies

Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations against the singer in lurid detail
September 20
FILE - This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, prosecutors in Kelly's sex trafficking trial at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, played video and audio recordings for the jury they say back up allegations he abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
September 20

K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at UN gathering

It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others — a plug for vaccines, young people and the earth’s well being from superstar K-pop band BTS
September 20
Members of the South Korean K-pop band BTS appear at the Sustainable Development Goals meeting during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations Headquarters on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (John Angelillo/Pool Photo via AP)
September 20

'Hotel Rwanda' hero sentenced to 25 years on terror charges

The man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of his countrymen from genocide has been convicted of terrorism offenses and sentenced to 25 years in prison
September 20
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, Paul Rusesabagina, center, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" for saving people from genocide, appears at the Kicukiro Primary Court in the capital Kigali, Rwanda. A court in Rwanda said Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 that Rusesabagina, who boycotted the announcement after declaring he didn't expect justice in a trial he called a "sham", is guilty of terror-related offenses. (AP Photo, File)
September 20

Emmy ratings up to 7.4 million viewers this year

Have awards show ratings hit rock bottom
September 20
In this video grab issued Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, by the Television Academy, John Oliver and crew accept the award for outstanding variety talk series for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"during the Primetime Emmy Awards. (Television Academy via AP)
September 20

Universal Studios opens Beijing park under anti-virus curbs

Harry Potter fans came dressed as wizards as Universal Studios opened its first theme park in China under anti-virus controls
September 20
A family wearing raincoats and face masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus pose for a selfie with an icon near the entrance to the Universal Studios Beijing in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Thousands of people brave the rain visit to the newest location of the global brand of theme parks which officially opens on Monday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 20

Chenoweth, Miranda, Rivera and more to celebrate Broadway

Many of Broadway’s biggest lights — including Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera and Idina Menzel — will make appearances at Sunday’s TV celebration of Broadway’s return
September 20
Actress Kristin Chenoweth gives the curtain speech on the stage of "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. The show opened today after being closed due to Covid-19 concerns in early 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
September 20

'The View' to be Kamala Harris' 1st in-studio talk show appearance as vice president

Harris will discuss the pandemic, Afghanistan and more this Friday.
September 20
THE VIEW - Kamala Harris appears on ABC's "The View," Friday, July 12, 2019.  "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11am-12pm, ET) on ABC.
September 20

Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit ‘The View’ studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president
September 20
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris, right, speaks as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during an event at the Treasury Department in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021. Harris will appear on the daytime talk series "The View" on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
September 20

New this week: 'The Starling,' Diddy and Billy Bob Thornton

This week’s new entertainment releases include new albums from rapper Diddy and “Star Trek” star William Shatner, as well as Melissa McCarthy playing a grief-stricken mother in the Netflix drama “The Starling.”
September 20
This combination of photos shows promotional art for the series "Goliath," left, premiering its final season on Amazon Prime on Sept. 24, left, and "The Starling," a film starring Melissa McCarthy, premiering Sept. 24 on Netflix. (Amazon via AP, left, Netflix via AP)
September 20

Review: Richard Powers amazes again with 'Bewilderment'

“Bewilderment,” the new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers, is hailed as “urgent and profound,” by Associated Press reviewer Rob Merrill
September 20
This book cover image released by W.W. Norton shows "Bewilderment," a novel by Richard Powers. (W.W. Norton via AP)