LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aliyah Royale imagined her TV series debut might be a comedy. Instead, she plunged into an emotionally demanding role in a police-shooting drama that brought the 19-year-old into the daunting orbit of a veteran star and heavyweight producers.
HONG KONG (AP) — Just opposite the entrance to a neon-lit night market, one of Hong Kong's few remaining carvers of mahjong tiles engraves the two Chinese characters for the number 8,000 on a piece of acrylic.
Josh Ritter, "Fever Breaks" (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers) Josh Ritter's "Fever Breaks" is a work of stacked marvels, the result of an auspicious collaboration with Jason Isbell — who also produced — and his band, the 400 Unit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel's "The Essentials" series, she knew she had to make it work.
CHICAGO (AP) — Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages.
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan, who hopes to show the world the person and the friend that he got to know.
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Joy Harjo has won a $65,000 prize for writers deemed worthy of greater recognition. Poets & Writers announced Thursday that Harjo had received the Jackson Prize, an honor that previously has been given to Claudia Rankine, Henri Cole and Elizabeth Alexander, among others.
NEW YORK (AP) — Some nights remind you there's a poem for everyone. If you're a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux's "A Short History of the Apple."
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level.
NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S.