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LONDON (AP) — Jessica Chastain said Tuesday she has received a barrage of abuse following her recent speech urging more diversity in Hollywood. The American actress, who was honored as Most Valuable Player at last Thursday's Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, used her time onstage...
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for a lyric soprano who can parachute into your production at the last minute, sing melodiously and then die movingly? At the Metropolitan Opera these days, they send out for Sonya Yoncheva. Yoncheva is in New York singing four performances as Violetta,...
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said. In a TV...
While minority actors have made on-again, off-again progress through the years, advances on TV aren't the same among all groups seeking greater representation. ABC, Fox and NBC can claim a higher percentage of blacks on scripted prime-time shows than there are in the general...
Stephanie Beatriz was preparing for her second-round audition for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" when she heard that another Latina actress, Melissa Fumero, had won a role in the Fox sitcom. Beatriz's heart sank. "I thought, 'That's it. The network is not going to allow there to be two...
More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president. "Amos 'n' Andy" was an instant hit in June 1951, when it made the leap to television after...
Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. "I saw 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld' and thought, 'What part of New York...
More hikers are expected on the Pacific Crest Trail this year thanks to the movie "Wild," according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which preserves and promotes the trail. The book "Wild," which has been a best-seller for nearly two years, led to a small increase in...
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the movie that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city this year. Visitors can still walk across the bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten...