Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) interrupts Sam Smith’s (Taran Killam) Christmas special, in the opening of “Saturday Night Live,” to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack. (Dec. 21, 2014)
Paul Theroux’s new book of collected stories leads off with an over-heated little number called “Minor Watt,” so-named after the transgressive title character, a spiteful old goat whose great wealth has led him not to treasure his art collection, but to destroy it in public, piece by beautiful piece, in a deft attempt to outrage and horrify the gallery-world.
“Mannheim Steamroller 30/40,” the latest album from Chip Davis’ long-running project, tells only part of the story. Mannheim Steamroller formed 40 years ago and released its initial Christmas album three decades ago, hence the title.
Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring:
Sony Corp. canceled the Dec. 25 release of ‘The Interview’ on Wednesday after top U.S. theater companies including Leawood-based AMC dropped the comedy after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters. The decision shocked many, who saw it as a cowardly reaction.
The four largest theater chains in the U.S. said they would not show the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The film has been at the center of a devastating hacking attack on Sony. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was centrally involved with the attacks on Sony’s computers.
The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday at what is likely to be the former NFL star's final hearing before trial begins next month.
An award-winning writer from Johnston County is Gov. Pat McCrory's choice as North Carolina's next poet laureate after his original pick departed last summer following criticism from the arts community over the selection process.