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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 »»

A quaint rite: Harvesting broadcast’s fall crop of new shows

August 27, 2015 NEW YORK — If there’s a dominant trend in TV today, it’s this: There’s too much TV, even too much good TV, for any viewer to absorb, much less support. more »»

Des Moines Performing Arts presents competitions for local artists

August 27, 2015 DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts, in partnership with “The Bridges Of Madison County,” is creating experiences for Iowans that go beyond the stage. more »»

Regional Renaissance Faire and festival returns to Des Moines

August 27, 2015 TIMES-REPUBLICAN The 13th edition of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire will take place at Castle Park, behind Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, on the first three weekends of September. more »»

Fox News chief: Trump owes Kelly an apology

August 26, 2015 NEW YORK — Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but... more »»

Biography of Carter to be released in 2018

August 26, 2015 NEW YORK — The author of books on Presidents Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt is working on a biography of Jimmy Carter. more »»

AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ sets cable record

August 26, 2015 NEW YORK — The new “Fear the Walking Dead,” which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs. An estimated 1. more »»

3 finalists for Thurber Prize for American Humor are women

August 25, 2015 NEW YORK — Thurber Prize judges have made it official: Women are funny, too. more »»

Dominating TV, Donald Trump a ratings draw

August 25, 2015 NEW YORK — Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s ability to pull in viewers makes him catnip... more »»

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ debuts to record audience

August 25, 2015 NEW YORK — Sunday’s 90-minute series premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead” made television history. Delivering 10. more »»

Bon Jovi says he didn’t want to disappoint Vancouver fans

August 24, 2015 VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Jon Bon Jovi says he rebooked a canceled Vancouver show at a new venue because he didn’t want to disappoint fans in the city he called home for six years. more »»

Dr. Dre apologizes to ‘women I’ve hurt’

August 24, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Dr. Dre has issued a statement to the New York Times apologizing to “the women I’ve hurt” without specifically acknowledging the reason for the apology. more »»

‘Compton’ stays straight, leads box office

August 24, 2015 NEW YORK — “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $2. more »»

3,000 balls float on lake as part of art project

August 24, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The surface of a Los Angeles lake is filling up with thousands of colorful, floating balls as part of a large-scale public art installation. more »»



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