NYC Opera plans bankruptcy if money not raised

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend — at least for a while. The 70-year-old company says it plans to file for bankruptcy and scrap the bulk of its…

‘Masters of Sex’ serves beguiling side of feminism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. William Masters was not a feminist. Apart from his studies of the human physiology of sex, he was a traditional man in the mid-1950s, the kind who kept his wife at home. But…

The NY Film Festival in flux, to match the times

NEW YORK (AP) — Change isn’t undertaken haphazardly in the halls of Lincoln Center. This year, for example, is the first time the New York Film Festival is being led by someone not named Richard. The 51st New…

Review: ‘Cloudy 2′ _ gorgeous visuals, cheesy puns

The FLDSMDFR lives! It’s not too much of a spoiler to tell you that, because without the FLDSMDFR, more precisely known as the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, there would hardly be reason for a…

Brandt ‘felt sick’ shooting last of ‘Breaking Bad’

NEW YORK (AP) — Betsy Brandt says the intensity of the final “Breaking Bad” episodes “physically affected” her. “There were days shooting — these last eight episodes especially — I just felt sick. My chest would get all…

Detroit-area law firm files suit against Four Tops

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area law firm has filed suit against the Four Tops, claiming the singing group owes it $109,000 in legal fees. Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton filed the lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.…

Detroit-area law firm files suit against Four Tops

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area law firm has filed suit against the Four Tops, claiming the singing group owes it $109,000 in legal fees. Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton filed the lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.…

Amber Tamblyn shakes up season 11 of CBS’ ‘Men’

NEW YORK (AP) — Amber Tamblyn plays Charlie Harper’s previously unknown daughter, Jenny, on the 11th season of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” premiering Thursday night. Jenny and her father (who was played by Charlie Sheen) have…

Zachary Quinto ‘grateful’ for Broadway debut

NEW YORK (AP) — On a wall in Zachary Quinto’s dressing room is one of his most prized possessions right now: a picture that looks like a child’s ink drawing. It’s of a wolf, or maybe a big…

Hip-hop extends support to famed DJ Mister Cee

ATLANTA (AP) — When DJ Mister Cee — one of hip-hop’s pioneering DJs and a New York City radio personality — confessed in a tearful interview to having same-sex encounters with transvestite prostitutes, one of most vulnerable moments…

‘Breaking Bad’ is ending run still looking good

NEW YORK (AP) — The supply is running low and you know there won’t be more. “Breaking Bad” stands to leave its fans reeling. For five seasons of wickedness this AMC drama has set viewers face-to-face with the…

Mich. getting museum on post-Civil War era history

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Mid-Michigan is getting a new museum focusing on post-Civil War era history that includes a collection amassed by one man over the last seven decades. The G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum will be…

Guinness-fueled ‘holiday’ troubles many in Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s love affair with pub and pint is sparking national soul-searching as never before because of an unofficial holiday dreamed up by Guinness. Thursday’s celebrations of Arthur’s Day, honoring the 18th-century founder of Ireland’s quintessential…

Batman vs. Superman: Fans won’t influence film

LONDON (AP) — Super heroes don’t bow to fan pressure — that’s according to screenwriter David S. Goyer, who is co-writing the new “Batman vs. Superman” movie. He’s currently working on the script for the upcoming comic book…

Drake is comfortable in his own skin

NEW YORK (AP) — As Drake walks into the room, his body language projects an air of confidence. On any other day, it may go unnoticed, but on the eve of releasing his third album, “Nothing Was the…

$15M gift for NYPL afterschool program

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library has received a $15 million gift from the late editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for an afterschool program for underserved children. The library and the Helen Gurley Brown trust say…

Vikings set to invade British Museum in 2014

LONDON (AP) — The biggest Viking ship ever found is coming to London as part of a major exhibition that aims to expand the popular image of the Scandinavian plunderers. The 1,000-year-old, 37-meter (120-foot) wooden longboat discovered in…

Film about woman fighting cancer screens in Mich.

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A documentary about a woman who is battling breast cancer is set to screen at a theater in suburban Detroit. Jill Brzezinski-Conley has undergone 16 rounds of chemotherapy, 33 radiation treatments and five…

Troupe brings ‘Taming of the Shrew’ to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — The theater troupe that’s brought an all-female interpretation of the “The Taming Of The Shrew” to China says global audiences see Shakespeare’s works powerfully and they believe touring is at the heart of the…

Closing arguments near end in Jackson-AEG trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the final act looming in the long-running negligence suit by Michael Jackson’s family against his concert promoter, the lawyer for AEG Live LLC told jurors that Jackson was the architect of his own…