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    NY opera awards show features Broadway stars

    NEW YORK – Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook joined director Francis Ford Coppola and playwright John Guare on Sunday to present this year’s Opera News Awards. Five artists were recognized for their international musical achievements: German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, American soprano Patricia Racette, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and Italian conductor Riccardo...

    Action comedy ‘Gallants’ named HK best film

    HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s annual film awards on Sunday honored a sentimental favorite with its top prize — a quirky, low-budget action comedy about a kung fu master who briefly wakes up from a 30-year-old coma to train two aging students and two newcomers. The $643,200 production “Gallants” beat out better-funded and more star-studded movies for the top prize at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards,...

    A second celebrity dismissed from `Dancing’

    LOS ANGELES – Wendy Williams is saying goodbye to the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom — and to the cross-country treks she made as she juggled taping her daily talk show in New York and performing on the dance show in Los Angeles. The TV host was dismissed Tuesday from “Dancing With the Stars” after coming into the episode in last place. She earned 15 points out of 30 the previous...

    Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009. The most recent data for The Candie’s Foundation that’s posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now-20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential...

    Third ‘Dark Knight’ to film in Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH – Criminals beware, Batman will be on the beat this summer in Pittsburgh. Film director Christopher Nolan, who has helmed the two previous Batman films — starring Christian Bale as the caped crime fighter and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne — said Tuesday the Pennsylvania city will host filming for a third film for at least a month. “Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. We have been able to find...

    Historians question White House presidential bios

    NEW YORK – Doris Kearns Goodwin has read a lot of upbeat material about American presidents, but some of the entries on the White House website were so sunny that they reminded her of the happy talk at Boston Red Sox games. “When we go to the ballpark, they’ll put on the scoreboard the statistics of the players who are coming to bat and they’ll always find something good to say,” says...

    Review: ‘Your Highness’ drowns in lowbrow humor

    The knights-errant — strong emphasize on the errant — behind the adventure comedy “Your Highness” spend more time wallowing in medieval filth than weaving clever laughs and engaging action. Reuniting key players from “Pineapple Express” — James Franco, Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green — “Your Highness” plays like a Middle Ages role-playing fantasy dreamed...

    Malaysia brothers bring new twist to bhangra music

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two Sikh brothers nicknamed “Malaysia’s Bhangra Ambassadors” are trying to become international hit-makers in Punjabi dance music with the help of stars from Britain and India. The duo officially known as Goldkartz have released an album that is the first serious attempt by a Southeast Asian bhangra recording act to cross over to foreign markets. The CD, titled “24...

    Chinese newspaper attacks West over detained artist

    BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese newspaper on Wednesday attacked Western governments for demanding the release of detained artist-activist Ai Weiwei, saying he had been testing the bounds of China’s laws and would pay a price. The editorial in the Global Times was the first time that state-controlled media have taken up the controversy over Ai, who was stopped on Sunday from boarding a flight from Beijing...

    Languid and Lustrous at Calvin Klein

    New York – “Lounging at home in Santa Fe,” as Kevin Carrigan said, was the perfect description given by the ck Calvin Klein creative director, at the fall 2011 presentation held on Tuesday, March 29, in New York. Carrigan painted the perfect desert picture with a pewter snake print sheath dress and head to toe boa print body suit, representing a taste of the local Southwest reptilian fauna. While...

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