Israel OKs Arab Idol winner’s move to West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Fame has opened a door for a former Gaza wedding singer that remains closed for others in the blockaded territory: Mohammed Assaf, winner of the popular TV talent contest Arab Idol, gets to move to…

Sarsgaard says dark characters ‘wildly different’

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Sarsgaard is eating up rave reviews for his latest dark characters: A porn star’s manipulative husband in the biopic “Lovelace” and the violent yet sympathetic death-row inmate in the AMC series “The Killing.”…

Cars and bugs _ Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

NEW YORK (AP) — Acting in one of Shakespeare’s plays is difficult enough without having to dodge a 3,600-pound SUV. That’s just one of the challenges facing the cast performing “Richard III” this summer in a working outdoor…

‘The Group,’ McCarthy’s ’63 best seller, an e-book

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary McCarthy’s “The Group,” a racy best seller and National Book Award finalist from the 1960s, is coming out as an e-book. The 1963 novel is one of 14 books being released Tuesday in…

Aniston, Sudeikis have comedic chemistry together

NEW YORK (AP) — It doesn’t take much to get Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis going on a good comedic riff. Just the mention of some random subject and the two engage in banter like they’re reading from…

New Mexico museum to host Spanish art exhibit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Museum of Art will display drawings and prints by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya and others at an exhibition that’s the only U.S. stop on an international tour of artwork…

‘Sapphires’ DVD cover could change in the US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The American distributor of the Australian film “The Sapphires” is apologizing for the DVD cover, which some have called sexist and racist, and says it is considering new cover art for future shipments. Anchor…

’2 Guns’ claims No. 1 spot at weekend box office

“2 Guns’ shot to the top of the weekend box office. The Universal film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg came in first place with $27 million. The film is based on a graphic novel of the same…

Webcam broadcasts from Andy Warhol’s Pa. grave

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist’s gravesite to honor his 85th birthday. The project, a partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, was to go live Monday at…

Christie’s to appraise Detroit museum collection

DETROIT (AP) — Christie’s Appraisals says it has agreed to appraise some city-owned pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The New York-based International auction house said in a release Monday that it was asked to do the…

TV reporter Chris Hansen leaving NBC, ‘Predator’

NEW YORK (AP) — An NBC News reporter best known for his “Dateline NBC” reports featuring him confronting would-be child sex predators is leaving the network. Chris Hansen stepped from the shadows in the long-running “To Catch a…

Kanye West to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month. MTV announced Monday that the rapper will perform his single “Black Skinhead” at the Aug. 25 awards show. West’s performance will be…

Plea deal reached in Paula Deen extortion case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A New York man charged with trying to extort $200,000 from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, according to federal court records. Prosecutors filed a notice in…

Allison Leotta’s returns with new legal thriller

“Speak of the Devil” (Touchstone), by Allison Leotta Allison Leotta’s latest novel, “Speak of the Devil,” pits prosecutor Anna Curtis against Diablo, a villain believed to be the devil himself. Diablo and his gang attack a brothel, and…

Book offers rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

NEW YORK (AP) — Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror. Out this week from Brian…

Review: Duke offers heartfelt tribute to late wife

George Duke, “DreamWeaver” (Heads Up International) George Duke was left devastated by the death of his wife, Corine, from cancer a year ago and unable to make music for months, but the keyboardist and composer eventually overcame his…

Review: ‘Tap on the Window’ is worth answering

“A Tap on the Window” (New American Library), by Linwood Barclay Private detective Cal Weaver makes a simple mistake and destroys everything he holds dear in Linwood Barclay’s new thriller, “A Tap on the Window.” Weaver and his…

50 Cent pleads not guilty to domestic violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper and actor 50 Cent has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child. His attorney entered the plea on Monday in Los…

Sharon Stone: Happily unrecognizable in new role

NEW YORK (AP) — Actors make physical transformations for roles all the time; it’s what they do. Still, many have found it truly stunning to see Sharon Stone — who at 55 still looks unnervingly like the sleek,…

Book explores the lives of the world’s paramedics

“Paramedico: Around the World by Ambulance” (The Friday Project, an imprint of HarperCollins), by Benjamin Gilmour Benjamin Gilmour’s book “Paramedico” explores the lives of emergency responders in a variety of countries, an intriguing, blood-soaked concept with plenty of…