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|Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years|
WASHINGTON - Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States.
She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, before the extra searches suddenly stopped in 2012. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which goes back to a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004.
|Mark Hamill says he'd like to play George Lucas in a movie|
He's played Luke Skywalker and the Joker, but Mark Hamill has one role he'd like to add to his resume: That of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
The actor said Sunday that he would love to play Lucas in a movie about his life when a fan at the Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando, Florida, asked him what role he'd like to play.
|Review: Kendrick Lamar is darn good on new album|
Two years since the release of his Grammy Award-winning "To Pimp a Butterfly," Kendrick Lamar is back with an album as bold and declarative as its title: "DAMN." And while Lamar grapples with familiar subject matter — God, violence, survival and self-worth among them — the energy has shifted away from the jazz, funk-filled sound of his previous studio set.
Sonically, that much is clear with lead single "HUMBLE.," which begs repeat play, thanks in part to an irresistibly dark piano and bass-heavy beat f
|No stiff upper lip: Prince Harry describes mental problems|
LONDON - Prince Harry has broken with royal tradition of maintaining silence about mental health issues by speaking candidly of his severe emotional problems following the death of his mother Princess Diana.
The 32-year-old prince told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday that he had nearly suffered breakdowns since his mother's 1997 death in a car crash and had needed counselling in his late 20s.
|'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut|
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World."
Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.
Wiregrass Blues Fest pays homage to blues heritage
DOTHAN, Ala. - The annual Wiregrass Blues Festival will pay homage to the history of the blues and the connection the music genre had with the wiregrass.
The schedule was released this week for the festival that kicks off April 21 with a pre-party meet and greet including entertainment by King Bee, The Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/2o9GRwm) reported. The two-day event will feature music and an art displays with shows at the Wiregrass Museum of Art.
|Hundreds dress up as Chaplin's 'Tramp' at star's Swiss home|
BERLIN - Hundreds of Charlie Chaplin fans dressed as his "Tramp" character have gathered at the silent film star's former home in Switzerland, marking what would have been his 128th birthday.
The Chaplin's World museum, which opened a year ago, said 662 people sporting the star's distinctive bowler hat and cane gathered Sunday at the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, above Lake Geneva.
|Deals ensure cash keeps flowing to unsettled Prince estate|
MINNEAPOLIS - A year after Prince died of an accidental drug overdose, his Paisley Park studio complex and home is now a museum and concert venue. Fans can now stream most of his classic albums, and a remastered "Purple Rain" album is due out in June along with two albums of unreleased music and two concert films from his vault.
Prince left no known will and had no known children when he died last April 21, and the judge overseeing Prince's estate has yet to formally declare six of his siblings as its
Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Tom Coyne, dies
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Tom Coyne, a Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked on numerous hit recordings by Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Metallica and more, has died. He was 62.
The Doyle Funeral Home in Morristown, New Jersey, said Coyne died Wednesday. He had multiple myeloma, a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells.
|Clifton James, sheriff in 2 James Bond films, dies at 96|
Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.
His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.
|'Survivor' contestant who outed competitor loses his job|
GREENSBORO, N.C. - "Survivor" contestant Jeff Varner who outed fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender on Wednesday night's episode of the CBS reality competition has been fired from his real estate job.
The Greensboro News & Record (http://bit.ly/2p5NiVA ) reports Varner was fired on Thursday from Allen Tate Realtors because he was "in the middle of a news story that we don't want anything to do with."
|Video game simulation has Warriors as champions, Raptors exiting in second round|
TORONTO ONTARIO, - A video game simulation of the NBA playoffs has the Toronto Raptors exiting once again in six games at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The NBA 2K17 simulation has Toronto sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks before running into Cleveland in the second round. In real life, the Cavs dispatched the Raptors in six games in last year's Eastern Conference final.
|Mark Hamill: Carrie Fisher Star Wars tribute is 'therapy'|
Mark Hamill says he's still grieving over Carrie Fisher's death, but sharing memories of his late friend and co-star with fans at Star Wars Celebration is "part of the process that I need to move on."
Hamill led an hourlong tribute to Fisher on Friday evening at the event in Orlando, Florida.
|Rian Johnson debuts teaser trailer for 'The Last Jedi'|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Is the Force still strong with Luke Skywalker?
The first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dropped on Friday, showcasing a morose and withdrawn Skywalker. The two-minute teaser , unveiled by director Rian Johnson at the "Star Wars Celebration" fan event in Orlando, Florida, offered few clues to the film. But it notably includes Mark Hamill's iconic hero gravely intoning, "It's time for the Jedi to end," from a dark cave.
|Husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson sentenced in teen assault|
SEATTLE - The husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson has been sentenced for allegedly choking her nephews during a concert in suburban Seattle.
Seattlepi.com reported Friday (https://goo.gl/6KoJxG ) that Dean Wetter pleaded guilty March 9 to two counts of assault. He was sentenced as part of a plea deal to 364 days in jail, with all the time suspended.
|Alex Gibney doc 'No Stone Unturned' pulled from Tribeca|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Just a week before its scheduled Tribeca Film Festival premiere, producers of Alex Gibney's "No Stone Unturned" pulled the documentary about the 1994 murder of six men in Northern Ireland from the festival over legal issues.
The film was to premiere April 23 at the festival, where "No Stone Unturned" would have been one of the more high-profile documentaries debuting. Producer Trevor Birney said in a statement he was "bitterly disappointed" to withdraw the film because of "ongoing lega
|Glen Campbell's last studio album to be released in June|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Glen Campbell is releasing his final studio album, recorded shortly after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011.
The record label, Universal Music Enterprises, announced Friday that the album, "Adios," will be released on June 9. Campbell hasn't performed since 2012 and is in a long-term care facility, but his wife, Kim Campbell, said in a statement that he felt a sense of urgency after his diagnosis to record one last time.
|Lady Gaga will make history as female headliner at Coachella|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Lady Gaga will make history when she performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival this weekend, marking a decade since a solo woman has been billed as a headliner on the prestigious musical stage.
Beyonce had been slated to headline the festival in Indio, California, but backed out because she's pregnant with twins. Bjork was the last solo female to headline Coachella in 2007, so it begs the question: Why has it taken so long?
|Award-winning Victoria author Yasuko Thanh up for Amazon.ca First Novel Award |
TORONTO - Yasuko Thanh could be in line for another significant literary prize as she lands on the short list for the $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
The Victoria author is being recognized for "Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains" (Hamish Hamilton), which was awarded the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize last year. Set in historical Vietnam, her novel tells a story of love, rebellion and colonial power based on the real-life Hanoi Poison Plot of 1908.
|Stephen Colbert wants you to forgive him - & buy his book|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stephen Colbert wants you to curl up with a good book — by Stephen Colbert.
The "Midnight Confessions" segment from CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" is the basis for an upcoming print and audio release, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. "Midnight Confessions," the book, is scheduled for Sept. 5. According to the publisher, "Midnight Confessions" will include Colbert's favourite pleas for forgiveness, along with submissions from audience members. Colbert said in a statement th