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Palestinians celebrate Bethlehem singer crowned Arab Idol

Palestinians are celebrating a Christian crooner from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who won this year's Arab Idol, the Arab world's premier television song competition. Yacoub Shaheen, 22, beat finalists Ameer Dandan from an Arab town in northern Israel and Ammar Mohammed from Yemen. Shaheen is the second Palestinian ...

Swedes puzzle over Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor'

A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the ...

Dwayne Johnson appears during a rehearsal for the 89th Academy Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A cadre of casually clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals

Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an ...

A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

AP Explains: Rio's Carnival, a high-stakes samba parade

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making. Here are ...

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best picture. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

Sunday might be dominated by "La La Land," but Saturday belonged to "Moonlight." Barry Jenkins' luminous coming-of-age tale swept Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking home six awards including best feature. "Moonlight" won every award it was nominated for at the 32nd annual indie awards, the dressed-down, beachside ceremony held ...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York. Swedes are finding themselves puzzled by representations of their country in the U.S. after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. The Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told a Swedish newspaper they knew nothing of him. Fox News commentator O'Reilly convened an on-air faceoff Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor," Nils Bildt. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor' has heads scratching

A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the ...

Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination

One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations. The ...

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best picture. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards show promises to be equal parts pomp and politics. The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner "La La Land" at Sunday's ceremony is protest (and probably some punchlines) over the policies of President Donald Trump. For largely liberal Hollywood, ...

FILE - In this April 30, 2011, file photo Donald Trump, left, and Melania Trump arrive for the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington. President Donald Trump says he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this spring. In a tweet on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes "everyone well and have a great evening!" The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes. The annual fundraiser for college scholarships and venue for reporting awards mixes ...

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Sandra Huller as Ines, left, and and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in a scene from the Komplizen Film, "Toni Erdmann." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26, 2017. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars

One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work. The foreign language film ...

Ward Chamberlin Jr., public broadcasting pioneer, dies at 95

Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., who pioneered public broadcasting, led stations in New York and Washington and helped launch the career of Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, has died from complications from dementia. He was 95. His daughter, Lyn Chamberlin, confirmed Saturday to The Associated Press that her father died Thursday in ...

This image released by Netflix shows a scene from the documentary "White Helmets." The 40-minute Netflix documentary, is nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short. A 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer Khaled Khateeb, one of three people credited for cinematography, has been blocked from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.  (Netflix via AP)

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has ...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2016 file photo shows musician Jack White, an executive producer of "American Epic," at the premiere of the four-part PBS music documentary series at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. White returns to his hometown of Detroit this weekend for the opening of a vinyl record pressing plant at his Third Man Records store, which he opened two years ago in a neighborhood that has been undergoing a revitalization since the city emerged from bankruptcy. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jack White launches vinyl record plant in Detroit

Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and producer is overseeing the launch of a vinyl record pressing plant in the back of his Third Man Records ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." The film received eight nominations for the 37th annual Razzie Awards, including one for worst worst picture. The awards will be announced on Feb. 25. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

'Hillary's America,' 'Batman v Superman' top Razzies

Neither Batman nor Dinesh D'Souza could finagle their way out of a Razzie. The annual Golden Raspberry Awards bestowed a tying four "honors" to both D'Souza's documentary "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" and the superhero blockbuster "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." D'Souza's film was named ...

In this April 21, 2009, file photo, The New York Times headquarters is shown in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during Sunday's Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing. The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of news clips, ...

Jodie Foster speaks at the UTA "United Voices" Rally at United Talent Agency headquarters on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills Friday to do something to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights. Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were among the ...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi poses for a photo during the premiere of his film, "The Salesman, in Paris.  The Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the awards ceremony. Last month, after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, Asghar Farhadi decided to boycott the Oscars. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Iranian director sends video to message to US rally

An Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents. It's intended to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the awards ceremony. After U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from ...

Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen during rehearsals for the 89th Academy Awards on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 26. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Legend, Miranda, Bareilles make Oscar rehearsals musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from "La La Land," posed like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever," invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on. The creator of "Hamilton" joined Sting, Justin Timberlake ...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2017 file photo shows Philip Sweet, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Jimi Westbrook of the musical group Little Big Town at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Grammy winning four-piece country group are returning to their roots with their latest record, “The Breaker,” out on Friday. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Little Big Town's momentum grows with Ryman residency

At the close of the first-ever residency at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, country vocal group Little Big Town gave the audience a glimpse of how some of the first performers on that stage sounded like. "We're going to try to sing without mics. That's the way it used to ...

Costumed patients from the Nise da Silveira Mental Health Institute wait for the start of their Carnival parade, coined in Portuguese: "Loucura Suburbana," or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Patients, their relatives and institute workers held their parade one day before the official start of Carnival. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal. The world's most famous Carnival bash in Rio opened in a strange way. ...

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