Simons stamps his natural mark on Dior

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of square meters (yards) of hanging vines, wisteria and roses — some real, some fake — created a garden setting though which designer Raf Simons’ took guests on the latest Christian Dior journey for…

Albuquerque set to say goodbye to ‘Breaking Bad’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Emmy-award winning series “Breaking Bad” is set to air its last show Sunday and the city where it was filmed is preparing for the end. Albuquerque will celebrate the AMC series finale with…

Gillian Anderson to star in London ‘Streetcar’

LONDON (AP) — Former “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson is returning to the London stage next year as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Anderson will play the fading beauty who relies on the kindness of strangers in…

Fort Wayne orchestra, musicians in tough talks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Negotiations for a new musicians’ contract aren’t harmonious as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic starts its 70th season. The orchestra’s musicians union says its members voted to unanimously authorize a strike if contract talks…

New book takes scholarly look at ‘Breaking Bad’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Walter White, the lead character in the hit television series “Breaking Bad,” will have his guns blazing in the series finale, predicts the author of an upcoming book on the series. University of Southern…

4 funny guys go men-tal on CBS sitcom ‘We Are Men’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We all know that men, in matters of love, are likely to be wounded warriors. So says “We Are Men,” CBS’ amusing new sitcom about four men making the best of their shared bachelorhood…

From 3D Sabbath to real ‘Purge,’ new ways to scare

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne can’t help himself. While on a behind-the-scenes trek through a Universal Studios Hollywood attraction based on the recently released Black Sabbath album “13,” Osbourne spots a bloody mannequin corpse reclining on a…

Dance music festival takes precautions over drugs

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers of the electronic dance music festival TomorrowWorld are taking extra precautions to maintain a safe environment for concertgoers this weekend after two drug-related deaths occurred at a similar festival in New York this summer.…

Songwriters Ahrens and Flaherty celebrate 30 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The songwriting team of composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens has lasted longer than many marriages — 30 years, a number that even shocks the duo. “It’s insane. I like to say we…

Kimmel and Kanye West are at war _ or are they?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West either are engaged in a bitter feud or a wild parody of one. A skit poking fun at West on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday provoked an irate…

Jury gets negligence case over death of Jackson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a bitterly fought five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against his concert promoter is in the hands of a jury after a final plea by a Jackson lawyer to punish…

Indie film partly shot in Detroit set to premiere

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An independent film shot partly on Detroit’s Belle Isle and in the city’s Greektown entertainment district is scheduled to make its Detroit-area premiere. Detroit author Elizabeth Atkins says “Anything is Possible” will be…

State Fair of Texas opens Friday in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — The padlocks come of the gates as the 2013 State Fair of Texas opens in Dallas with food, festivities and football. The 127th annual expo opens Friday at Fair Park with “The One and Only”…

A dozen diverse comedians aim for ’1001 laughs’

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A dozen comedians hope to mine multicultural comedy gold this weekend in suburban Detroit. Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum is hosting the first “1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival” Friday and Saturday. It features…

Museum planned about pioneering Mich. TV station

DETROIT (AP) — A museum is planned in Detroit to honor WGPR-TV, one of the first black owned and operated television stations in the U.S. The WGPR-TV Historical Society is set to discuss its plans for the museum…

Iceland’s wild scenery, tax breaks lure Hollywood

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — It has doubled as an alien planet, a Himalayan peak and even the snow-filled fantasy world of the Game of Thrones. Still recovering from financial collapse, Iceland can perhaps be forgiven for seeking alternate…

The Gibson Brothers rule Bluegrass Awards again

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year for a second straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night as well as three other group and individual trophies. Eric Gibson was…

Jon Hamm on vocal cords: ‘I’m fine’

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jon Hamm says he’s “fine” despite an upcoming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. “It’s a simple injury,” said a raspy sounding Hamm in an interview Thursday. “Something that develops…

‘Glee’ season debut has brief reminder of Monteith

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was a subtle, sad reminder of late “Glee” star Cory Monteith in the TV show’s fifth-season debut episode. The hour began Thursday with Lea Michele’s character, Rachel Berry, at a callback audition for…

On the bill again: Nelson back on festival lineup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An improving Willie Nelson will make his festival date this Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., after all, and he’s bringing a friend. A news release from festival organizers said Nelson has recuperated enough from a…