entertainment

Discovery Network's new boss says no more man-eating snakes and mega-sharks

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:52

There’s a new boss in charge at the Discovery Network, and he’s anxious to get rid of mega-sharks, mermaids and man-eating snakes.

‘Anything Goes’ is a cruise to show-tune paradise

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:27

Emma Stratton, center, in 'Anything Goes.' -PHOTO: Jeremy Daniel

Anything Goes is an emblematic musical, a chunky yarn in the fabric of American culture that has warmed audiences for 80 years. Nearly every song in the first act is a cherished part of the Great American Songbook. Whether you’re 30 or 70, you’ll find yourself singing along (in your head at least) and tapping your toes to Cole Porter’s clever lyrics and familiar tunes — including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

App update: New apps for 2015

Written by The AP Friday, 02 January 2015 12:32

Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but with 2015 arriving we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in the new year. Which will be the breakout hit?

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Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

Written by By MELISSA D’ARABIAN for The AP Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:23

While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. And those splurges mostly can be summed up in one word: chocolate!

Trouble is, the holidays eventually pass, but my cravings for the deep flavor of a perfectly-roasted cocoa bean linger. Even more than the sweetness that accompanies most chocolate desserts, I miss the unctuous coating cocoa leaves on the palate. But who says healthy eating must mean the end of that deliciousness? Enter unsweetened chocolate! All the richness of the flavor without the sugar.

‘Wicked’ headed to the big screen

Written by WiG Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:10
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Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway production of 'Wicked.'

Hollywood publications are reporting that director Stephen Daldry, who directed Billy Elliot on film and stage, will direct a movie adaptation of the smash hit musical play Wicked.

Novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period

Written by M.L. JOHNSON,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:34

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

“The haze of coal smoke made it seem as if night were falling; the black was so thick, I felt I could take grasp of it with my hand and pull free a piece,” he recalls in a letter to his brother.

Review: In ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the capitalist as gangster

Written by The AP Friday, 02 January 2015 07:43

In his exciting first three films, writer-director J.C. Chandor, the son of a Merrill Lynch investment banker, has proven to be a canny, clear-eyed studier of capitalism, sensitive to its strivers and alert to its ethical storms.

His debut, “Margin Call,” plunged into the board rooms of a Wall Street firm in crisis. He followed that with “All Is Lost,” a metaphorical survival film about a man (Robert Redford) literally wrecked by the global economy.

Review: Anchored by strong performances, 'The Interview' earns three stars out of four

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Sunday, 28 December 2014 09:18

James Franco and Seth Rogen in 'The Interview'

The Interview is already assured of cinematic infamy. It will go down in history as the satire that provoked an authoritarian dictatorship, roiled Sony Pictures in a massive hacking attack and prompted new questions of cyber warfare, corporate risk-tasking and comedic audacity.

Queen Latifah takes long road to 'Bessie' film

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 09 January 2015 07:57

When Queen Latifah was approached 20 years ago to play Bessie Smith, she had to do some research.

Milwaukee critic picks city's Top Five productions of 2014

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing write
Saturday, 03 January 2015 21:13

Real-life couple Jonathan Wainwright and Laura Gray starred in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of “The Good Father.”

With a nod to New York theater critic Charles Isherwood, the older you get, the sooner it seems you are faced with the prospect of listing the best productions of the year.

The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

Written by JAKE COYLE & JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP writers
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 08:49

The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:

1. “Ida” — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn’t previously a major name in international cinema. Yet at a time when most filmmakers can’t keep their movies under two hours, Pawlikowksi plunges into Polish history and back again in less than 90 minutes. Yes, an austere, black-and-white Polish film doesn’t sound like the most appetizing stuff. But it’s a hauntingly beautiful film, and thanks to the tremendous Agata Kulesza, there’s humor here, too.

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

Written by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,
Associated Press writer
Saturday, 27 December 2014 10:17

Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries.

Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.