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Unopened Super Mario Bros. game from 1986 sells for $660,000

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. that was bought in 1986 and then forgotten about in a desk drawer has sold at auction for $660,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday. The auction house said the video game was bought as a Christmas ...

Hulu to produce, release ‘1619 Project’ documentary series

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu will produce a documentary series based on " The 1619 Project," stories in The New York Times that examined the legacy of slavery in America dating from the arrival of the first slave ship from Africa. Roger Ross Williams, an Academy Award-winning director for his film ...

New breed ‘Law & Order’ brings back NYPD detective Stabler

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest member of the "Law & Order" franchise has a familiar face playing a familiar character, but producer Dick Wolf says he's switching up the storytelling. NBC's "Law & Order: Organized Crime" stars Christopher Meloni as New York police detective Elliot ...

PBS Kids celebrates Autism Awareness Month with new friends

NEW YORK (AP) — A new child is introduced this month on the animated TV show "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" who is a little different. He's sensitive to loud noises and he likes doing things his way, in his time. Ben is autistic and he helps teach the show's regular cast about ...

Netflix lands ‘Knives Out’ sequels in high-priced deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Detective Benoit Blanc's next cases will be for Netflix. The streaming company said Wednesday it has reached a deal for two sequels to Rian Johnson's acclaimed 2019 whodunit, "Knives Out." Netflix declined to say how much it was paying for the films, which Johnson will ...

‘United States of Al’ puts war buddies on sitcom footing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The makers of "United States of Al" are keenly aware they're treading on sensitive ground with the new CBS series about two survivors of war. Riley is a combat veteran back from the Mideast, camped in his dad's garage and facing post-traumatic stress disorder and a ...

Hunter Biden details lifelong addiction struggle in memoir

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's son Hunter details his lifelong struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse in a new memoir, writing that "in the last five years alone, my two-decades-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I dropped clean off the ...

Paul Simon sells song catalog to Sony Music Publishing

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon is the latest icon to sell his rich catalog of songs. Sony Music Publishing announced Wednesday that it has acquired Simon's catalog, which includes six decades of music, from his time in Simon & Garfunkel to his solo career. Financial details of the deal were ...

Review: Idris Elba drama enhanced by real-life urban cowboys

It feels like a tale as old as time: Wayward teenage son meets up with estranged father, one needing some straightening out, the other some serious humanizing. Can they connect? But if that's the familiar story at the heart of "Concrete Cowboy," starring the appealing duo of Idris Elba and ...

World’s last Blockbuster more popular after Netflix show

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Blockbuster video rental store in Bend, Oregon, soared to international fame when it became the last such franchise on Earth two years ago. Now, a new Netflix documentary called "The Last Blockbuster" brought even more interest in the form of visitors, mail and online ...

Lowell Telemedia Center to host virtual concert for local gallery

Lowell, Mass. – The Brush Art Gallery and Studios presents “Virtual Concert for the Visual Arts” Please join us Saturday, April 24, 2021 on your computer or cell phone. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with an introduction to the musicians. An online silent auction will also be available ...

2021 Oscar-nominated short films to be shown online by The Park Theatre

JAFFREY – It’s Oscar® awards season again, and year-after-year, one of the most exciting categories is short films. The Park Theatre in Jaffrey has presented the Oscar® short film nominees twice before at their River Street Theatre. Due to Covid-19, the 2021 Oscar® nominated short films ...

Currier Museum of Art reopens to the public

MANCHESTER – The Currier Museum of Art will reopen to the public on Thursday, April 1. At the same time, it will unveil newly renovated and expanded classrooms. The Art for Vets Studios will host expanded veterans and community programs, made possible by CARES funds administered through the ...

Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization's show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. After Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was "very moved" by the honor. ...

Osbourne off ‘The Talk’ after inquiry into racism discussion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says Sharon Osbourne will no longer appear on its daytime show "The Talk" after a heated on-air discussion about racism earlier this month. The network said Friday Osbourne had decided to leave the show after a review that found in part that "Sharon's behavior toward ...

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

NEW YORK (AP) — Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children's author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104. Cleary's publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died ...

Country icon Loretta Lynn proves that she’s ‘still woman enough’

On the cusp of turning 89 years old, country icon Loretta Lynn has just released her 50th solo studio album, “Still Woman Enough.” The album stands as a tangible proof point that underscores the fact that, in the minds of many, she still reigns as the Queen of country music. The album was ...

Rotations: Del Rey, Young, Cornell, Earle drop new CDs

Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country” (Polydor), is both wild and intimate, as the pop chanteuse channels Americana on a road trip through the country. The record has some shimmering moments, on cuts like “White Dress,” where she aims high lyrically and vocally, her ethereal ...

New Hampshire native directs enthralling four-part documentary

For New Hampshire native Nick Cammilleri, some stories are so fascinating, so enthralling and so socially important that they must be told before they are lost to the passage of time and dusty pages of history. Those sentiments led Cammilleri on a decade-plus journey to chronicle the story of ...

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’; A heavyweight bout with a light touch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original 1950s Godzilla movies stomped into theaters carrying a metaphor about nuclear destruction. Two years ago, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" sounded alarms about climate change. But don't fret about finding a message amid the mayhem as the towering radioactive ...