Arts and entertainment

Rapper Jeezy is photographed at his recording studio in Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Jeezy is using his testimony of overcoming life's daunting obstacles to inspire listeners to "trust the process" through his new album, "Pressure, which releases Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 15, 2017 - 2:25 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Jeezy was so poor growing up as a child that he and his mother sometimes knocked cockroaches off their meals so they could eat. It's a moment Jeezy will never forget. The four-time Grammy-nominated rapper is now far removed from those poverty-stricken conditions, but those...
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December 15, 2017 - 2:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Vincent Nguini, a guitarist from Cameroon who worked with Paul Simon since the late 1980s, died last week in Brazil. He was 65. Simon's publicist, Elizabeth Freund, confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday. Freund said Nguini died on Dec. 8 with his wife, Florence...
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In this combination photo, actress Alia Shawkat, from left, producer Lilly Burns, co-creator Sara-Violet Bliss and co-creator Charles Rogers pose for a portrait in New York on Nov. 27, 2017 to promote their series, "Search Party." The season finale of the TBS series airs on Sunday. (Photos by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
December 15, 2017 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Even the star and executive producers of TBS' "Search Party" agree it's not an easy premise to describe. "It's like 'Scooby Doo,'" joked executive producer Charles Rogers. "But it's good," quipped actress Alia Shawkat (who is also an executive producer on the show). What "Search...
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December 15, 2017 - 1:57 pm
iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending December 14, 2017: Top Songs 1. Perfect, Ed Sheeran 2. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone 3. Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello 4. Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé), Ed Sheeran 5. Never Be the Same, Camila Cabello 6. Thunder, Imagine Dragons 7...
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This cover image shows "...And Then," the latest release by Speed The Plough. (Speed The Plough via AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:45 pm
Speed The Plough, "...And Then" (Speed The Plough) Part of New Jersey's rich indie scene, Speed The Plough has a family tree deserving its own entry in any rock genealogy, with crisscrossing branches including The Feelies, The Trypes and Wild Carnation. The band's ninth album sees them revisiting a...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are set to honor Elton John at a tribute concert. The Recording Academy announced Friday that it will tape "Elton John: I'm Still Standing A GRAMMY Salute” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 30, 2018, two days after the 2018 Grammy Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 15, 2017 - 1:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay's Chris Martin are set to honor Elton John at a tribute concert next month. The Recording Academy announced Friday that it will tape "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute" at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 30...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Peter Jackson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre. Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein’s advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses. Jackson tells Stuff that he was told in the late 1990s that they were “a nightmare” to work with and thus didn’t consider either for his Lord of the Rings films.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein's advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses. Jackson tells Stuff that he was told by Miramax in the late 1990s that they were "a...
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Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:11 pm
More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, "Jumanji" has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a "modern" twist. The result, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ," is a very sweet, and generally...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Martin McDonagh attends the premiere of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at BAM Cinema, in New York. The central character in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" probably wouldn't exist without Frances McDormand, and writer-director McDonagh says such strong characters and actresses are something to celebrate in an industry reeling from revelations of widespread sexual misconduct. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes and four Screen Actors Guild Awards this week. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)
December 15, 2017 - 1:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The central character in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" probably wouldn't exist without Frances McDormand, and writer-director Martin McDonagh says such strong characters and actresses are something to celebrate in an industry reeling from revelations of widespread...
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This combination photo shows popular books released in 2017, from left, "Grant," a biography by Ron Chernow, released by Penguin Press, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," by Timothy Snyder, released by Tim Duggan Books, "Origin," a novel by Dan Brown, released by Doubleday and "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," by Pete Souza, released by Little, Brown and Company. (Penguin Press/Tim Duggan Books/Doubleday/Little Brown via AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For book readers in 2017, the choice was often between imagining the worst, hoping for the best or escaping entirely. The most widely read works of the year ranged from Timothy Snyder's "On Tyranny," a guide to defending democracy, to Dan Brown's thriller "Origin" to the personal...
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