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Legend, Bowie to write for ‘SpongeBob Musical’

September 1, 2015 NEW YORK — There’s a “SpongeBob” musical in the works but the music is no kiddie stuff. more »»

Memorial held in New York for actor

September 1, 2015 NEW YORK — Dozens of friends, colleagues and former classmates of a rising Broadway actor who had already made history at just 21 years old gathered in Central Park on Monday to mourn his accidental... more »»

Obama to take wilderness trip with Bear Grylls

September 1, 2015 NEW YORK — Survival expert Bear Grylls has bagged his biggest celebrity yet for a walk in the wilderness — President Barack Obama. more »»

‘Compton’ tops box office again; ‘War Room’ surprises

August 31, 2015 NEW YORK — The Christian drama “War Room” made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron’s music drama “We Are Your Friends” fell completely flat and the N.W. more »»

Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

August 31, 2015 ANDALUSIA, Pa. — Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77. more »»

Hundreds of Russians protest destruction of demon sculpture

August 31, 2015 ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — About 500 people have held a protest in Russia’s second-largest city over the destruction of a century-old bas-relief of the demon Mephistopheles. more »»

Boo to receive Lovejoy Award in Maine

August 31, 2015 WATERVILLE, Maine — A former Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled will be this year’s recipient of Lovejoy Award a... more »»

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

August 30, 2015 LOS ANGELES — A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he’s flying over a mountain. more »»

‘Django Unchained’ actress gets community service

August 30, 2015 LOS ANGELES — “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts has been ordered to perform community service after a judge refused to buy her apologies to Los Angeles police she’d accused of racial... more »»

Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

August 30, 2015 COPENHAGEN, Denmark — In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists... more »»

Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000

August 30, 2015 ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. more »»

Ballerina Copeland calls debut 'incredible'

August 29, 2015 NEW YORK — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and she worried about limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadwa. more »»

Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

August 29, 2015 LOS ANGELES — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. more »»

Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland

August 29, 2015 OULU, Finland — Zac “The Magnet” Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the... more »»

Bush raffling off ticket to Colbert debut

August 28, 2015 NEW YORK — Jeb Bush isn't just going to be a guest on Stephen Colbert's late-night debut on CBS. He's turned it into a fundraising opportunity. more »»

Lee, Rowlands, Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars

August 28, 2015 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season's first Oscar winners. more »»

Texas judge wants $10M set aside in ‘Fifty Shades’ case

August 28, 2015 DALLAS — A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share... more »»

Pulitzer-Prize novelist to speak at Hoover Presidential Foundation banquet

August 27, 2015 WEST BRANCH — Renown presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the keynote speaker at the annual Hoover Presidential Foundation Celebration Banquet, held Oct. 23 in Cedar Rapid. more »»

Photography exhibition at Grinnell College explores the Iowa prairie

August 27, 2015 GRINNELL — “A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth” is on view at Grinnell College through Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave. more »»

Critics deliver mixed verdict on hyped Cumberbatch ‘Hamlet’

August 27, 2015 LONDON — It’s a “Hamlet” with Hollywood-level hype and an A-list star in Benedict Cumberbatch. But London’s latest stage sensation is more than a Shakespearean star vehicle. more »»



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