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  • 'Saving Hope' star on dramatic new season - 2014-09-18 2:00 AM

    TORONTO - The last time "Saving Hope" fans saw Dr. Alex Reid, her heart had stopped beating during emergency surgery after being stabbed in the chest.

  • 'Gotham' star says show won't miss Batman - 2014-09-18 2:00 AM

    TORONTO - A one-sentence summary of the gloomy new comic book-based series "Gotham" doubles as its chief criticism: it's Batman without Batman.

  • Rob Ford musical to open as scheduled - 2014-09-18 1:00 AM

    TORONTO - A new musical about Toronto's mayor will open tonight despite Rob Ford's cancer diagnosis — but the creators say they're scrapping a planned party and red carpet.

  • Directors Guild finds TV diversity hiring stalled - 2014-09-17 9:06 PM

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, according to a Hollywood guild study released Wednesday.

  • Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards - 2014-09-17 8:07 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires.

  • 'Genius grant' winner Bechdel has memoir coming - 2014-09-17 7:20 PM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - MacArthur Foundation "genius" Alison Bechdel is not about to rest.

  • Jane Smiley on longlist for National Book Awards - 2014-09-17 5:10 PM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Novels by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Powers were among the 10 nominees announced Wednesday for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.

  • 'This Is Where I Leave You' hit home for Levy - 2014-09-17 12:50 PM

    TORONTO - Director Shawn Levy saw glimmers of his own big Montreal family in the Altmans — the raucous, outrageous brood at the heart of his new dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You."

  • Ben McKenzie primed to lead Fox's Batman prequel - 2014-09-17 4:06 PM

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday.

  • Ford musical to go on despite cancer diagnosis - 2014-09-17 3:48 PM

    TORONTO - The creators of a new musical about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford say the show will go on despite his cancer diagnosis — but they are scrapping a planned opening night party and red carpet.

  • Correction: Art-Bill Cosby story - 2014-09-17 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about Bill Cosby loaning African-American art to the Smithsonian Institution, The Associated Press, relying on information from the National Museum of African Art, reported erroneously that Cosby and his wife would lend their entire collection to the museum. They will lend 62 works, not the entire collection of more than 300, according to new information from the museum.

  • Playwright Samuel D. Hunter wins 'genius grant' - 2014-09-17 2:21 PM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" is a playwright who promises to keep doing what he he's been doing.

  • Science adviser to 'Interstellar' writing book - 2014-09-17 2:11 PM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - A companion guide to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" promises not only some background on one of the year's most anticipated movies but also some basic science.

  • Bachelor Canada had never seen show - 2014-09-17 9:42 AM

    TORONTO - Tim Warmels had never seen an episode of "The Bachelor Canada" before he signed on to be its resident romance-seeker.

  • NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement - 2014-09-17 1:22 PM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Keisha St. John has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation for more than five decades.

  • Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar - 2014-09-17 12:44 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.

  • Mayor offers to help McGraw find Portland, Maine - 2014-09-17 12:24 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either.

  • 'NBA 2K15' drafts 3-D face mapping for latest game - 2014-09-17 12:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.

  • Griffin Poetry Prize announces 2015 jury - 2014-09-17 12:04 PM

    TORONTO - Writers Tim Bowling of Edmonton, Fanny Howe of Massachusetts and Piotr Sommer of Poland have signed on to the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize jury.

  • Venezuela threatens citizenship of actress Alonso - 2014-09-17 11:56 AM

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's leftist government says its moving to revoke the citizenship of actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a bitter critic of the government.

  • Murphy, Moscovitch on Siminovitch short list - 2014-09-17 11:38 AM

    TORONTO - Celebrated playwrights Colleen Murphy and Hannah Moscovitch are among the four finalists for this year's Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

  • Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay - 2014-09-17 11:33 AM

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - British actor Emma Watson says she's "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she travelled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.

  • Peter Fonda's 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction - 2014-09-17 10:46 AM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

  • Liza Minnelli recovering after surgery, sends love - 2014-09-17 10:43 AM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she's thanking fans for their well wishes.

  • Getting animals to dazzle on screen wild job - 2014-09-17 10:39 AM

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.

  • Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB - 2014-09-17 9:50 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.

  • Disney World plans Frozen attraction at Epcot - 2014-09-17 9:25 AM

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Walt Disney World is planning a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie.

  • Q&A: Barbra Streisand, the feminist, sings on - 2014-09-17 9:10 AM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females.

  • Naomi Klein makes Hilary Weston short list - 2014-09-17 8:13 AM

    TORONTO - Social activist Naomi Klein and novelist Kathleen Winter are among the finalists for this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

  • Wealth of riches fuels rock band New Pornographers - 2014-09-17 7:05 AM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Soft-spoken A.C. Newman doesn't seem like a braggart. Yet he feels so strongly that his rock band, the New Pornographers, has just made its best work that a simple good review won't do.


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