Arts

Stellar 'It's Only a Play' cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

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NEW YORK - British actor Rupert Grint, best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business comedy, "It's Only a Play."

Poet Behbahani, 'lioness of Iran', dies at 87: state media

DUBAI - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

Robin Williams' death highlights Parkinson's-depression link

LOS ANGELES - Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with severe depression at the time of his apparent suicide, his widow said on Thursday, drawing public attention to the correlation between the diseases. | Video

Sarajevo's film festival marks 20th birthday with record line-up

SARAJEVO - Sarajevo's film festival, founded as an act of defiance while the city was besieged during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, marks its 20th anniversary on Friday with its biggest line-up of movies.

A Minute With: Icelandic writer on setting a musical in an elbow

NEW YORK - Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of a story is through the elbow, said Ivar Pall Jonsson, the Icelandic creator of the new rock musical "Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter."

Irish-American Bishop learns Chinese to break down comedy walls

- An Irish-American stand-up comedian has dramatically increased the size of his potential audience by learning to perform his act in Mandarin Chinese.

In Edinburgh, Fringe performers weigh in on Scotland's independence choice

EDINBURGH - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may attract performers from all over the world, but in 2014, the future of the nation where it is held is on every performer's lips.

Hungarians snap up Warhol-like paintings of leader Orban

BUDAPEST - When Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won re-election in a landslide in April, his dominance over the country's politics cheered supporters, dismayed opponents and inspired one artist to immortalize him in more than 100 portraits.

'Art Everywhere US' floods cities, rural areas with paintings

NEW YORK - From the stern couple in "American Gothic" displayed at a bus station in New York to the colorful flags in "Allies Day" over an intersection in Chicago, paintings are popping up everywhere in what is billed as the world's largest art show.

Manet's 'Le Printemps' poised to reach record auction price

NEW YORK - Edouard Manet's 1881 celebrated portrait "Le Printemps," which has been owned by the same family for a century, will be auctioned for the first time this year and could fetch up to $35 million, Christie's auction house said on Friday.