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Son to Usher: Dad, you’re not a great singer

November 2, 2014 NEW YORK — One of Usher’s sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: “You’re not a great singe. more »»

Downey, Dench honored by BAFTAs

November 1, 2014 BEVERLY HILLS, Cali. more »»

Man punched by Chris Brown settles lawsuit

November 1, 2014 WASHINGTON — The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. more »»

Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

November 1, 2014 LONDON — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. more »»

Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend

October 31, 2014 LAS VEGAS — Rap music figure Marion "Suge" Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday... more »»

Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball

October 31, 2014 DENVER — A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. more »»

Taylor Swift receives a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador

October 31, 2014 NEW YORK — Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. more »»

Local band makes Marshalltown debut

October 30, 2014 If you want to see something absolutely different, come to The Electric Hillbillies Monster Bas. more »»

Orson Welles' last film may finally be released

October 30, 2014 NEW YORK — Orson Welles's last film may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations. more »»

Sweet Adelines ‘Salute the Swinging 60’s

October 30, 2014 Marshalltown’s Heart of Iowa Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is very proud to present their annual show, “Salute to the Swinging 60’s,” at 3 p.m. on Nov. more »»

PBS touts 2013-14 ratings growth

October 30, 2014 LOS ANGELES — PBS' average prime-time rating for the 2013-14 season was up 5 percent over the year before, the public TV service said Wednesday. more »»

Umi Garrett in concert at MHS Auditorium

October 30, 2014 Umi Garrett, 13-year-old international award-winning pianist, has been turning the classical music community on its head since her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at eight years of age. more »»

Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids

October 30, 2014 NEW YORK — Who says kids don’t read? Not Taylor Swift. more »»

‘Map of My Kingdom’ comes to Grinnell

October 30, 2014 The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present “Map of My Kingdom,” a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. more »»

Jake Gyllenhaal, tightly coiled and creepy

October 30, 2014 The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. more »»

In ‘Nightcrawler,’ Gyllenhaal is on the prowl

October 30, 2014 TORONTO — Dan Gilroy, writer-director of the Los Angeles noir “Nightcrawler,” knew his star, Jake Gyllenhaal, had entered an adventurous new phase as an actor. more »»

Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal reunite for Broadway production

October 30, 2014 NEW YORK — She absolutely adores Tom Stoppard. He has never been much of a fan. She fell in love with the playwright’s words at 17. more »»

Brief Chaplin bio captures essence of ‘the Tramp’

October 30, 2014 “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Peter Ackroyd In 1914, Keystone Studios released two short films that gave a world marching to war a reason to laugh. more »»

Marvel unveils slate of films through 2019

October 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES — "Doctor Strange," ''Black Panther," ''Captain Marvel" and the "Inhumans" are joining the Marvel cinematic universe. more »»

MTV turning horror movie series into TV

October 29, 2014 NEW YORK — With Halloween imminent, MTV is ready to "Scream." The network announced Tuesday that it is turning the horror movie franchise into a television series. more »»



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