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James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK - At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the "Godfather of Soul" in the new biopic "Get On Up."

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'Sesame Street' aims to teach lesson to Times Square Elmo

NEW YORK - Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV's "Sesame Street," but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show's producers.

29 Jul 2014

Eric Clapton pays musical tribute to long-time friend JJ Cale

LONDON - A year after the death of American cult singer-songwriter JJ Cale, his close friend Eric Clapton has launched a tribute with an album and documentary featuring the likes of Willie Nelson and Mark Knopfler.

Music, 29 Jul 2014

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing to heal wounds of war

GDYNIA Poland - It's a long way from the refugee camps of Africa to Poland's balmy Baltic coast, but for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the message is still the same.

Music 29 Jul 2014

Artist Emin's grotty 'My Bed' to have long-term home in Britain

LONDON - British artist Tracey Emin's "My Bed", which caused a stir when it was sold at auction this month for 2.5 million pounds ($4.2 million), will be exhibited in Britain on long-term loan from its German owner, the Tate group of museums said on Tuesday.

Arts 29 Jul 2014

Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon's life premieres as opera

SALZBURG Austria - The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? or Theatre?" before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at age 26, carrying her unborn child.

Arts 29 Jul 2014

'The Book of Life' takes No. 1 spot on U.S. bestsellers list

NEW YORK - "The Book of Life," the final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday.

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