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Master of all mediums Mike Nichols dead at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.
Jay Leno cancels gig at Vegas firearms trade show
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comedian and television talk show host Jay Leno has canceled a scheduled appearance at a large firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip.
Five memorable movies from Mike Nichols

In this image released by MGM, Dustin Hoffman appears in a scene from "The Graduate." The film, directed by Mike Nichols, brought him his lone directing Oscar. Nichols, who died Wednesday Nov. 20, 2014, at age 83. (AP Photo/MGM)NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Nichols was a master of self-satire, a man of wealth and education and connections for whom his best targets were those of wealth, education and connections, from the vapid Californians of "The Graduate" to the military brass of "Catch-22." Here are highlights from the long film career of Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83:


Broadway to honor Mike Nichols by dimming lights

FILE - Elizabeth Taylor is flanked by actor George Segal, left, a co-star in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Mike Nichols director of the film, as they watched preparation in this Oct. 20, 1965 file photo taken in Hollywood, ABC News confirms Nichols died Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Friday night in memory of Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner whose work onstage ranged from the silly "Monty Python's Spamalot" to the heartbreaking "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman."


Hollywood pays tribute to Mike Nichols

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014, file photo, director Mike Nichols, left, and Diane Sawyer arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York. Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," `'Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)In a career that spanned over six decades across all entertainment genres, Mike Nichols collaborated with and influenced an array of show business legends. Here, friends and peers remember Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83:


Bill Cosby remains Temple University trustee
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him.
Putting Oscar on the block

This photo provided by Nate D. Sanders Inc. shows actor James Cagney's 1942 Oscar statuette for best actor, awarded for his performance as George M. Cohan in the film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The auctioneer Nate D. Sanders will sell the Oscar statuette to the highest bidder on November 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nate D. Sanders Inc.)LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.


Nike nixes tribute shoe plan after Iverson protest

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson calls out a play to teammates in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia. Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar demanded answers. Iverson says Nike used his identity, likeness and persona without permission for a sneaker out of the company's Zoom Flight ’96 collection. The ambiguously titled sneaker has the No. 3 _ Iverson’ number _ on each back heel and the red, white and blue colors of the Philadelphia 76ers. Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement Thursday that the version of the shoe Iverson protested won’t hit stores. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok.


CBS news chairman stepping down

FILE - In this July 29, 2012 photo, Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of "60 Minutes" Jeff Fager, left, and President of CBS News David Rhodes participate in the CBS News and "CBS This Morning" TCA panel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fager says he is leaving his role as chairman after four years to go back to his former full-time job as top producer at "60 Minutes." Fager said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, that Rhodes, will assume full control over the network's news division. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who has been running the network's news division along with "60 Minutes" for the past four years, said Thursday that he's stepping down from the chief executive role to concentrate on the newsmagazine.


Highlights from Mike Nichols' multi-genre career

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 1980, file photo, Gilda Radner, center, and Sam Waterston, left, stars of the new Broadway comedy "Lunch Hour," share a laugh with Mike Nichols after opening night. Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," `'Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday night at the age of 83, spread his talents across five entertainment mediums, winning awards in many. Here are some of them:


Handler apologizes for watermelon joke at awards

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2006 file photo, Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket attends the Second Annual Quill Awards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Handler is apologizing for comments made at the National Book Awards that have been criticized as racist.


Yo-Yo Ma, new BSO director hold joint performance

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, left, and Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons, right, embrace after rehearsing Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto for cello and orchestra at Symphony Hall, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Boston. The rehearsal was in advance of a Thursday evening performance that will be the first time the two perform together with the orchestra. Originally from Latvia, Nelsons is the 15th music director in the BSO's history. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Yo-Yo Ma and Andris Nelsons got a chance to make some beautiful music together.


Mysterious sculpture recovered from River Seine

A block of stone which French river police lifted from around the oldest bridge le Pont Neuf in Paris lays on the bank of the River Seine Thursday Nov. 20 2014. French authorities have found a mysterious stone sculpture at the bottom of the River Seine, which may have been there for centuries. On Thursday night, water police pulled the 2-foot-by-nearly-3-foot (60 centimeter-by-90 centimeter) sculpture of a human figure with wavy hair from the depths of the river. It was discovered by a diver in September. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — French authorities have found a mysterious stone sculpture at the bottom of the River Seine, which may have been there for centuries.


Swiss museum to decide future of Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum and German officials plan to announce Monday what will happen to a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to the museum by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.
Modern, surrealist art auction aims to fetch $100M

A Christie's art handler hangs a painting by Rene Magritte called 'Les muscles celestes' at the auction rooms in London, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Two dozen modern and surrealist art works amassed by a private collector, including important paintings by Joan Miro and Rene Magritte, are set to fetch at least 64 million pounds ($100,435 ) when they go on auction in London next year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Two dozen modern and surrealist art works amassed by a private collector, including important paintings by Joan Miro and Rene Magritte, are expected to fetch at least 64 million pounds ($100 million) when they go on auction in London next year.


Calle 13 is top nominee at the Latin Grammys

Juanes performs on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Latin Grammys could mark Independence Day for Calle 13.


John Cameron Mitchell to star in 'Hedwig' on B'way

FILe - In this June 8, 2014 file photo, John Cameron Mitchell arrives at the 68th annual Tony Awards in New York. Mitchell, the writer and original star of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” is returning to her miniskirt and wig. Mitchell said Thursday that he will take over from Michael C. Hall, the current Hedwig, in the Broadway production on Jan. 21. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — John Cameron Mitchell, the writer and original star of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," is returning to her miniskirt, wigs and high heels.


ABC, CBS, NBC won't carry Obama
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama's speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address.
LL Cool J, Chaka Khan help honor Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones arrives at the 2014 Ebony Power 100 Gala at The Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 in Los Angeles. Jones was recognized with a lifetime achievement award for his philanthropic efforts and six-decade career. He’s worked with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He’s scored feature films _ 38 of them _ and earned seven Academy Award nominations. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Though Quincy Jones and LL Cool J never collaborated musically, the rapper-actor says Jones has played a major role in his life.


Correction: Billy Joel-Gershwin Prize story

Billy Joel holds up the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the end of a concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about Billy Joel receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, The Associated Press reported erroneously the spelling of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first name. The spelling is Sonia, not Sonya.


Game Review: 'Far Cry 4' climbs to wild heights

This photo provided by Ubisoft shows a scene from the video game, "Far Cry 4." (AP Photo/Ubisoft)At a time when it seems like many first-person shooter creators have run out of ideas, the keepers of the "Far Cry" franchise have cleverly added elephants that can be employed as makeshift tanks in the latest installment of the freewheeling, out-of-control action series. It's just one of many inventive flourishes that players will stumble across in the chaotically fun "Far Cry 4."


O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4M in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia O'Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist.
Review: Epic 'Dragon Age' blazes new trails

This image released by Electronic Arts shows a scene from "Dragon Age: Inquisition." (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)Take "The Lord of the Rings," ''Game of Thrones," ''The Wheel of Time" and pretty much every other epic fantasy of the last century. Throw in a shelf full of "Dungeons & Dragons" manuals and a library of classic role-playing games dating back to 1981's "Wizardry" and "Ultima." Mix vigorously, and you have some idea of what to expect from "Dragon Age: Inquisition" (Electronic Arts, for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, $59.95).


James Nesbitt as a father whose child disappears

This image released by Starz shows Frances O'Connor, left, and James Nesbitt in a scene from "The Missing," about a 5-year-old boy who disappears while on vacation in France with his family. (AP Photo/Starz, Liam Daniel)NEW YORK (AP) — "The Missing" is a thriller etched into a portrait of the parents of a 5-year-old boy who, with his family on holiday in a quiet French village, disappears without warning.


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