Pa. teen wins August Wilson Monologue Competition

NEW YORK (AP) — A 17-year-old from Pittsburgh has won the fifth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, performing a section of the playwright’s “King Hedley II” with powerful skill. Tambi Gxuluwe, who attends West Mifflin Area High School,…

NCAA hoops semifinal games moving to cable in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Final Four’s first two games are moving to cable next year. CBS and Turner Sports said Tuesday the national semifinals will air on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the title game remaining…

Rhapsody to offer digital liner notes

NEW YORK (AP) — Subscription music service Rhapsody has signed on to assist The Recording Academy’s push for the availability of digital liner notes. Last year the Academy launched the “Give Fans the Credit” campaign designed to give…

Beyonce reigns as forest queen in animated ‘Epic’

LONDON (AP) — Beyonce says she loved voicing Queen Tara in the new children’s movie “Epic” — at least once she stopped crying. The singer-songwriter has gone from pop royalty to screen royalty, becoming the forest queen in…

AP Photos: Met Gala fashion highs and lows

NEW YORK (AP) — There were plenty of risk-takers on the Met gala red carpet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art fundraiser known as “the party of the year” had a red carpet Monday night to rival the Oscars.…

Reports: UK comedian Jimmy Tarbuck arrested

LONDON (AP) — British media say comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested and questioned about alleged child abuse — the latest in a long list of British entertainers to face sex crime allegations. The BBC, the Press Association…

David Chang, Paul Kahan tie for top chef honor

NEW YORK (AP) — Food may not have been their first calling, but coming late to the culinary scene clearly hasn’t slowed David Chang and Paul Kahan. On Monday, the two were jointly honored as the nation’s most…

N’Dour, Saariaho share Sweden’s Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have been awarded the 2013 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians. They will each receive 1 million kronor ($153,300) and an invitation to…

‘Iron Man 3′ finishes with $174.1M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s Marvel Studios continues to mine precious metal with a $174.1 million opening weekend for “Iron Man 3,” the second-biggest domestic debut ever behind the $200-million-plus launch of “The Avengers” a year ago. The…

Jason Collins denies he is seeking book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who recently announced he was gay, is seeking a book deal, The Associated Press has learned. Officials at three publishing houses said Monday that they had been contacted about…

Shania Twain announces fall show dates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After nearly a decade-long hiatus marred by burnout, a painful divorce and physical problems that affected her ability to sing, country superstar Shania Twain said she’s finding her groove as a Las Vegas headliner.…

Okla. honors actress Mary Kay Place for donation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has recognized award-winning actress and Tulsa native Mary Kay Place for her donation to a planned popular culture museum in Tulsa. The star of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “The Big…
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Church, Bryan, Lambert lead CMT Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards. The trio of country music’s newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year,…
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Prizes awarded for translated fiction, poetry

NEW YORK (AP) — An experimental Hungarian novel and a collection of Romanian poetry have won prizes for best English language translations. Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s (LAHZ’-lo krahs-na-HOAR’-kay’s) “Satantango,” translated into English by Georges Szirtes (ZUR’-tes), won the Best Translated…
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Shania Twain announces fall show dates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shania Twain has announced 22 new show dates this fall to round out the first year of her two-year Las Vegas Strip residency. Twain told The Associated Press Monday that the show at Caesars…

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Orphans’ to close on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The play “Orphans” has been orphaned on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Lyle Kessler’s play starring Alec Baldwin will close May 19 after 27 previews and 37 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.…
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Judge: Sammy Hagar’s memoir did not defame woman

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says rocker Sammy Hagar did not defame a Playboy bunny with whom he allegedly fathered a child when he accused her of extortion in his memoir. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade…
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Justin Bieber faces copyright lawsuit in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement. Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim Bieber’s song “Somebody to Love” contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the…
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Fox’s ‘Cops’ leaving network after 25 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The Saturday night television fixture “Cops” is leaving Fox after 25 years to move to the Spike network. The cable network aimed at young male viewers said Monday it will begin airing the “bad…

Murakami: Relationships in new book intrigued me

KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Japanese author Haruki Murakami said Monday his latest novel was a new experiment and grew longer than expected as he developed a desire to expand on side characters while writing. The latest novel by…