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An Avengers overdose
It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado About Nothing”: a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantu...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
'Age of Ultron' setting the stage for a Civil War
BURBANK — There’s a conflict brewing in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and it doesn’t involve megalomaniac robots. After reaching a peace with their structure and roles on the superhero fighting team, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America have begun to clash ideologically. The ...
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week over complaints about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespected Native American religious practices. Actor Loren Anthony told the Associated Press on Thursday that he a...
By Russell Contreas The Associated Press FULL STORY
Museum gotta see ‘um
LIGHT OF THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR BY STEVE CURL, AT PORTOLA ART GALLERY IN MENLO PARK. Locally known as the editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, Steve Curl is also a watercolor artist and teacher. His paintings are inspired by his travels throughout California, Colorado, Yosemite Na...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
Stanford Symphony takes on piano robot
The great Australian pianist Percy Grainger performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jindong Cai, at Bing Concert Hall on Saturday. That’s a surprising statement. Percy Grainger died over half a century ago. But his pia...
By David Bratman Daily Journal Correspondent FULL STORY
Report: Few colleges have Shakespeare requirement
NEW YORK — As Shakespeare would say, “We have seen better days.” The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation’s top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare. The study, “The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in E...
By Mark Kennedy The Associated Press FULL STORY
Edie Falco embraces uncertainty after ‘Nurse Jackie’
LOS ANGELES — In 2007, Edie Falco said goodbye to her critically acclaimed series “The Sopranos” in one of the most divisive, talked-about finales on television. As she prepares to bid farewell to her addiction dramedy “Nurse Jackie,” Falco isn’t feeling any pressure to deliver another c...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Glenn Close to present award to Tom Stoppard next month
NEW YORK — Glenn Close will help honor playwright Tom Stoppard at next month’s PEN Literary Awards Gala, the PEN American Center announced Thursday. Close, who starred in the 1984 Broadway production of Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” will present him with the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary S...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Khloe Kardashian working on advice book to come out in fall
NEW YORK — Khloe Kardashian is not into being too thin. The reality TV star and entrepreneur is working on an advice book on how to develop “strength and true beauty” in a “culture that worships skinny,” the publisher Regan Arts announced Thursday. The book is currently untitled and sched...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Reese Witherspoon to narrate audio of new Harper Lee book
NEW YORK — Harper Lee’s upcoming novel, the year’s most talked about literary release, will have some added star power for the audio edition: Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar-winning actress will narrate Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” HarperCollins announced Thursday. Lee, 88, stunned the world...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lady Gaga to get first ‘icon’ award at Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK — Lady Gaga’s icon status is being reaffirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 29-year-old pop superstar will receive the inaugural Contemporary Icon Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18. The award is to honor a performing songwriter “who has attained an iconic statu...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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