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LOS ANGELES | Oscars backtrack on plan for a popular film award this year

LOS ANGELES— The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films at the 2019 ceremony amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will further study plans for the category. It wrote in a statement that … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Oscars backtrack on plan for a popular film award this year

PHILADELPHIA | Queen Latifah to be honored with Marian Anderson Award

PHILADELPHIA — Queen Latifah will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.” Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Queen Latifah to be honored with Marian Anderson Award

LOS ANGELES | Q&A: Casey Affleck on new film, his Oscars absence and MeToo

LOS ANGELES— With a new movie coming out this fall, “The Old Man & The Gun,” Casey Affleck is speaking publicly about bowing out of presenting the best actress Oscar and past harassment allegations against him amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Affleck reflects on the … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Q&A: Casey Affleck on new film, his Oscars absence and MeToo

NEW YORK  | Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK  — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, … Continue reading NEW YORK  | Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK | John Legend, Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin get Emmy nods

NEW YORK — Music stars in competition for Emmys this year include John Legend, Bruno Mars, Sara Bareilles and Ricky Martin. Legend and Bareilles each earned acting nods for their roles in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.” Mars, an 11-time Grammy winner, earned a nomination for outstanding music direction for his first TV … Continue reading NEW YORK | John Legend, Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin get Emmy nods

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  | Oscar Robertson wonders: ‘Where are the white athletes?’

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Oscar Robertson commends the off-court activism of today’s NBA players, although the Hall of Famer wonders why more white athletes aren’t speaking out, too. Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles … Continue reading SANTA MONICA, Calif.  | Oscar Robertson wonders: ‘Where are the white athletes?’

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

LOS ANGELES/March 05, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokeswoman. “After some brief time apart, Frances and her … Continue reading Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

Qatari soccer team plays in UAE amid Gulf diplomatic rift

/February 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The eight-month long boycott of Qatar by regional neighbors has been broken by a soccer team. Al Gharafa of Qatar was opening its Asian Champions League campaign on Monday in Abu Dhabi against Al Jazira, the champions of the United Arab Emirates. Rather than taking a short direct flight from Doha … Continue reading Qatari soccer team plays in UAE amid Gulf diplomatic rift