Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, May 20, to Sunday, May 26: UNITED STATES 1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore) 2. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky —…

Book industry gathers for annual convention

NEW YORK (AP) — After decades of decline, independent bookselling has become a growth industry. For the fourth year in a row, membership has increased in the American Bookseller Association, the independent stores’ trade group. According to CEO…

Broadway box office, attendances dip this season

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway got two pieces of bad news Tuesday: The total box office take dipped ever so slightly this past season and the number of ticket buyers dipped 6 percent. Both were blamed in part…

Rob Lowe cast as JFK in National Geographic film

NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Lowe will portray President John F. Kennedy in a National Geographic film about the former president’s 1963 assassination. The National Geographic Channel said Tuesday that filming for “Killing Kennedy” would begin next month…

‘Iron Man 3′ star Rebecca Hall heads to Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Rebecca Hall, who plays a brilliant biologist in “Iron Man 3,” will soon get to play a murderer onstage. The Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Hall will star on Broadway in the first…

Rick Springfield to publish debut novel in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Creative writing was Rick Springfield’s first love, and he’s returning to it with his debut novel. A Tuesday news release says the musician-actor will release “Magnificent Vibration” in May 2014 on the Simon &…

Title of new Bridget Jones novel revealed

LONDON (AP) — Everyone’s favorite literary singleton will return in a new novel entitled “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.” Publishers disclosed the title of Helen Fielding’s forthcoming book on Tuesday. It continues the comic saga of diary-writing…

Chelsea Clinton eyes global projects, gay rights

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Tuesday she plans to become increasingly involved in the international health projects of her father’s foundation and to speak out for gay rights. The only child of former U.S. President…

With ‘Arrested,’ ‘Archer,’ prime time for Walter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was a time when Jessica Walter couldn’t get “Arrested.” In 2003, the Emmy-winning actress read the script for “Arrested Development” and wanted the role of Lucille Bluth, the monstrous matriarch of the quirky…

McCartney leaves pick on 1st visit to Graceland

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Paul McCartney made his first visit to the one-time home of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll and left a gift behind. According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped…

Daft Punk sets Spotify record with new album

NEW YORK (AP) — Daft Punk has set another record on Spotify. The music service said Monday that the electronic duo’s new album, “Random Access Memories,” had the biggest number of streams in its first week in the…

Seen and heard in Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS FOR ACTRESS AS DAD WATCHES LOVE SCENES: Talk about awkward. Not only did Adele Exarchopoulos’ father watch the graphic sex…
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‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is Cannes’ Palme d’Or

CANNES, France (AP) — The tender, sensual lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele” won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d’Or. The jury, headed by…

Polanski laments leveling of sexes as ‘idiotic’

CANNES, France (AP) — Roman Polanski says the birth control pill has had a “masculinizing” effect on women and that the leveling of the sexes is “idiotic” The director made the comments Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival,…

Cambodian film on Pol Pot rule wins Cannes prize

CANNES, France (AP) — An autobiographical French-Cambodian film, “The Missing Picture,” which explores the bloody history of Pol Pot’s dictatorship in late 1970s Cambodia, has won the “Un Certain Regard” prize at the Cannes Film Festival. To rousing…

Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip. This Memorial Day weekend,…

A controversial victory lap for Lewis at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Jerry Lewis, so beloved in France, isn’t quite overcome with emotion now that he’s back at the Cannes Film Festival. The festival, he says, is “for snobs,” and when he meets a reporter from…

Tilda Swinton brings erudite vampires to Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Tilda Swinton injects her own brand of otherworldly-cool into Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie “Only Lovers Left Alive,” an unusual comedy that puts a spin on the age-old vampire genre. The film, the last English-language…

A list of previous Palme d’Or winners at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — For 66 years, the Cannes Film Festival’s highest prize, the Palme d’Or, has been one of the most prestigious in movies. Winners have ranged from classic American films (Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” Francis Ford…

Palme d’Or race wide open at Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France (AP) — After two weeks, 20 films and parade after parade down the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival has not produced a clear-cut frontrunner for the Palme d’Or. The prestigious award, given to the best…