Former Epic Records president Polly Anthony dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Epic Records president who worked with acts including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Rage Against the Machine has died. Epic Records announced on its official Twitter feed Tuesday that Polly Anthony died.…

Video games based on Tom Clancy books

Tom Clancy’s action-packed novels also inspired dozens of video games. His name has been associated with such long-running gaming franchises as “Ghost Recon” and “Splinter Cell.” Clancy’s credit also appears on the upcoming “The Division.” His games have…

“Glee” actor Monteith died of heroin, alcohol mix

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The British Columbia Coroners Service said Wednesday investigators found a spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle in the hotel room where “Glee” actor Cory Monteith was found dead in July.…

TV exec Marcy Carsey gives $20M to alma mater UNH

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Emmy-award winning television producer Marcy Carsey has donated $20 million to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. The Carsey School for Public Policy will train future leaders in the United States and…

Model of Chicago’s Picasso statue to go to auction

CHICAGO (AP) — A model of Pablo Picasso’s famed Chicago statue will be auctioned next month. Christie’s estimates it will sell for as much as $35 million. The piece is a sheet metal model of the sculpture that…

‘Red October’ novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy…

Questlove, Meek Mill headline A3C Hip-Hop Festival

ATLANTA (AP) — The Roots band leader Questlove, Meek Mill, Bun B and Talib Kweli are headlining the ninth annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in downtown Atlanta. The five-day festival, which kicked off Wednesday, includes musical performances, an art…

Conor McPherson’s ‘The Night Alive’ jumps to NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play “The Night Alive” will leap from the Donmar Warehouse in London to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York next month with the same cast led by Jim…

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan a Hollywood hit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Ryan is the sort of American hero that’s been a screen staple since the silent era. Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck have all played the fictional CIA analyst, and Chris Pine…

Mia Farrow: ‘Possible’ son is Sinatra’s

NEW YORK (AP) — Mia Farrow says in an interview with Vanity Fair that it’s possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra’s. Farrow told the magazine that she and Sinatra “never really split up” and…

Future of Flint’s floating house up in the air

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A structure designed to look like a floating house in downtown Flint that was built as part of an art project will be torn down or moved elsewhere, organizers said. Stephen Zacks, founder and…

Review: ‘Runner’ is uncompelling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A story like that at the heart of “Runner Runner,” about a young American gambler who gets sucked way above his head into the criminal doings of a big-time offshore operator, would have found…

Man pleads guilty in theft of Robert Frost papers

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with stealing original cards and letters written by poet Robert Frost has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/18svIty…

Def Leppard talks cancer, concert film, new music

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocking with Def Leppard between bouts of chemotherapy proved healing for guitarist Vivian Campbell. The 51-year-old musician relied on his bandmates and the thrill of performing to help him through a diagnosis of Hodgkins…

With new film, Ja Rule looks ahead after prison

ATLANTA (AP) — Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper’s missteps. “People used to ask, ‘Well,…

Eric Bogosian returns to his roots in show, book

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Bogosian has been looking back on his old angry work lately and laughing. The former monologist who used to speak about substance abuse and dangerous sex has been sifting through two decades of…

Officials: Wind destroys ceramic ArtPrize entry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a ceramic ArtPrize entry has been destroyed by wind. MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1fIaP4f ) that Grand Haven resident Brian Kelly’s entry “Velocipedestrian,” which was on display outside the Michigan State University College…

‘Grandmaster’ leads Golden Horse film nominees

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Wong Kar-wai’s martial-arts epic “The Grandmaster” received a leading 11 nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, including best picture. Other contenders include Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” and Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” each…

Review: New Kindle good contender for Amazon users

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX tablet resembles Google’s Nexus 7 in many ways — from its light weight to its sharp display. Both tablets run a version of Google’s Android operating system, and they…