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Macy's Thanksgiving parade revels on amid tight security
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots....

Russian dancer challenges centuries of ballet tradition
MOSCOW (AP) -- It's an uphill battle trying to promote contemporary dance in a country which prides itself on keeping its trademark ballets intact for a century....

Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks dies at 96
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and lyricist who with the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross popularized the "vocalese" singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96....

Q&A: Denzel on 'Roman J. Israel,' 'Malcolm X' and 'Shaft'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Denzel Washington, 62 years-old and a seven-time Oscar nominee, is still trying to get better....

Britain cries foul as EU nixes its Capital of Culture bid
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. politicians expressed dismay Thursday after the European Union booted Britain out of the contest to become European Capital of Culture because of Brexit....

As Churchill, Oldman performs his greatest disappearing act
TORONTO (AP) -- It's a long distance from Sid Vicious to Winston Churchill, and a greater leap, still, from Dracula to "Darkest Hour."...

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98
NEW YORK (AP) -- George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98....

David Cassidy: A rocking romancer to millions of young fans
NEW YORK (AP) -- David Cassidy could sell the heck out of uncertainty....

Review: Oldman gives us a human Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'
Words matter. That's one of the key messages of "Darkest Hour," in which Gary Oldman embodies - fiercely and memorably - the legendary Winston Churchill, who rallied his country with soaring oratory when Britain's very survival was at stake....

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