Cuban art thief suspect arrested in Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece say a Cuban man has been arrested near Athens on suspicion of stealing 71 paintings and artwork from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana.
Is it theft? German court mulls over sampling of Kraftwerk tune
Germany's highest court was examining Wednesday a case that erupted 18 years ago over a German hip hop artist's two-second sample of a tune by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. At the heart of the dispute is a short drum sequence looped repeatedly in the song "Nur mir" (Only Me) by Sabrina Setlur, who previously had a relationship with German former tennis star Boris Becker...
'Rocky' effect put Philadelphia on world map
It is a classic slice of pop history: Sylvester Stallone -- aka "Rocky" -- jogging up the steps of the art museum in Philadelphia. For four decades, the boxing saga whose latest chapter hit US screens Wednesday, helped put Philly on the map. The 72 "Rocky Steps" -- as they are known -- are an irresistible draw to tourists who come to mimic the iconic scene from the Oscar-winning 1976 movie about an aspirational boxer named Rocky Balboa...
Brian Williams settles into new job at MSNBC
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming out of a commercial break shortly before 11:20 a.m., Brian Williams had slipped into the anchor chair on MSNBC Tuesday as President Barack Obama met with French President Francois Hollande.
Showtime documetary collects all of the former CIA chiefs
NEW YORK (AP) — After making a documentary about presidential chiefs of staff two years ago, filmmaker Jules Naudet joked about focusing on another important government job where it would seem next to impossible to get interview subjects to speak candidly, if at all.
'The Danish Girl' caps year that put spotlight on transgender issues
The movie, by British director Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar in 2011 for "The King's Speech," tells the story of Danish artist Einar Wegener, who underwent one of the first sex change operations of the 20th century and became known as Lili Elbe. Appearing at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie over the weekend, actor Eddie Redmayne said he was very much ignorant of transgender issues when he first read the script about four years ago...
Boston Marathon bombing survivors brace for movies on attack
BOSTON (AP) — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy.
Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."
Obama hails Spielberg's 'boundless imagination'
"Steven's films are marked most importantly by a faith in our common humanity," Obama said as he awarded him the Medal of Freedom. Obama noted Spielberg's work in founding the Shoah Foundation, which records testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Among the 17 awardees at the White House ceremony were singer-director Barbra Streisand and songwriter James Taylor...