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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over \"The People's Court\" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97.

Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care.

\"The People's Court,\" on which Wapner decided real small-claims from 1981 to 1993, was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality shows of today. His affable, no-nonsense approach attracted many fans, putting \"The People's Court\" in the top five in syndication at its peak.

Before auditioning for the show, Wapner had spent more than 20 years on the bench in Los Angeles, first in Municipal Court and then in Superior Court. At one time he was presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the largest court in the United States. He retired as judge in November 1979, the day after his 60th birthday.

\"Everything on the show is real,\" Wapner told the AP in a 1986 interview. \"There's no script, no rehearsal, no retakes. Everything from beginning to end is like a real courtroom, and I personally consider each case as a trial.\"

\"Sometimes I don't even deliberate,\" he added. \"I just decide from the bench, it's so obvious. The beautiful part is that I have carte blanche.\"

\"The People's Court\" cases were tried without lawyers by the rules of Small Claims Court, which has a damage limit of $1,500. Researchers for the producer, Ralph Edwards Productions, checked claims filed in Southern California for interesting cases.

The plaintiff and defendant had to agree to have the case settled on the show and sign a binding arbitration agreement; the show paid for the settlements.

In some metropolitan counties, the number of small claims cases more than tripled during the 1980s; some cited Wapner as a cause.

Johnny Carson invited Wapner him to come on \"The Tonight Show\" and settle a dispute between himself and David Letterman. Carson wanted to do it as a skit, but Wapner said no and conducted it like a trial.

The dispute was over an old truck that Letterman kept parked by his property in Malibu. Carson said it was an eyesore and had it hauled away. When Letterman got it back, the headlights had been broken.

\"I awarded Letterman $24.95,\" said Wapner.

By the time Wapner left the show, in 1993, interest in the genre had cooled, but trials such as the Simpson trial and the courtroom theatrics of \"Judge Judy\" revived the TV-court craze starting in 1997.

Wapner returned to \"The People's Court\" show in 2000 to help celebrate its 3,000th episode, judging the case of a man suing over a piece of sports memorabilia. He said he had seen snippets of Judge Judy's work, but generally never watched such shows.

\"I never watched myself,\" he said. \"Why should I watch them?\"

He also had a series on the Animal Planet cable channel called \"Judge Wapner's Animal Court.\"

Wapner was a Los Angeles native and received a law degree from the University of Southern California. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mickey, and by two sons, both of whom joined the legal profession. A daughter, Sarah, died in 2015.

During his days as presiding Superior Court judge, Wapner was credited with innovations aimed at saving time for trial participants. A 1971 Los Angeles Times article described his steps to streamline jury selection or even dispense with juries altogether by increasing the number of cases heard solely by a judge chosen to be acceptable to both sides in the case.

His courtroom was also used in 1971 in a brief test of a system to videotape trials to save on the cost of making a trial transcript.

Wapner said he was often amazed at the lengths people would go to to prove a point: \"A woman bought a birthday cake for her daughter for $9. She said it was moldy, and the baker offered to refund only $4.50. She picketed the bakery for six hours, then filed the claim. I found against the baker for $9.\"

He generally turned down guest shots on other shows, saying, \"I'm not an actor, I'm a judge.\"

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) \u2014 Prior to the 1860s, creating art with watercolor was seen as the realm of women and children, illustrators and amateurs. Artists wanting to prove their mettle used the most prestigious medium of the time: oil paint.

But after a New York watercolor exhibit in 1866, a small group of artists was inspired to elevate watercolorists and give them their due, hoping to prove that watercolor could be as powerful and important as oil painting.

\"American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent\" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the American Watercolor Society's first exhibit and gives visitors a rare opportunity to view over 175 masterpieces on loan from public and private collections around the country.

The works are so fragile that institutions don't like to lend them out, and many spend most of their time in boxes, said curator Kathy A. Foster.

Because of the sensitivity of the pieces, the exhibit will not travel and can only be seen in Philadelphia, from March 1 to May 14.

The exhibit takes visitors through luminous still lives, vibrant landscapes and highly detailed portraits by artists such as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Moran and John La Farge. Two works are so sensitive they are displayed under a curtain to avoid lights that could fade them: 1873's \"John Biglin in a Single Scull\" by Eakins and \"The Sisters\" by Edwin Austin Abbey, created in 1882.

Also included are designs for ceramics and stained glass for Louis Comfort Tiffany's firm.

The exhibit builds up to the movement's most influential practitioners: Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

Homer is seen as America's old master of watercolor. Sargent was coming into the field just as Homer was painting his final works.

In 1916 to 1918, Sargent visited similar locations in the tropics and mountains that Homer painted around the United States, which led to inevitable comparisons and critics' pondering who was the greatest American watercolorist. Visitors to the Philadelphia exhibit are lured into doing the same, with the artists' works of similar subject matter and theme hanging beside each other. A particularly striking comparison is Sargent's \"A Tent in the Rockies\" from 1916 and Homer's \"Building a Smudge\" from 1891, with the exploration of light and translucence in one and dusk and reflection in the other.

\"The pieces tend to be seen in isolation,\" Foster said, adding the exhibit gives viewers a rare chance to see works and their influences side by side.

The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866 and held its first exhibition a year later, encouraging anyone to submit works. It drew a remarkable range of talent, including the old guard and unknown experimentalists.

Fast-forward 15 years, and the annual show had become one of the most exciting exhibitions in New York, ushering in a chance for women and illustrators to make their reputation. By the 1920s, critics were declaring watercolor \"the American medium\" and collectors' desire for such works brought more practitioners to the medium with the lure of a big payout.

\"These artists, they were all friends,\" Foster said. \"I think about the lights going out at night and them all talking to each other.\"

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ISTANBUL (AP) \u2014 The producers of a new movie about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have hosted a gala screening in Istanbul to celebrate the film and its subject.

The biopic, titled \"Reis,\" portrays Erdogan's childhood growing up in Istanbul's rough Kasimpasa neighborhood and his years as the city's mayor between 1994 and 1998.

\"Reis\" means \"the chief\" in Turkish.

Production company Kafkasor Film Academy hosted the special screening on Sunday, Erdogan's 63rd birthday, The movie, which was filmed in north Cyprus and Turkey, is scheduled to open in theaters on March 3.

The film is coming out just weeks before a contentious April 16 referendum on constitutional reforms to expand the president's powers.

Critics say the changes would leave too few checks and balances on Erdogan's authority.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as \"Apollo 13\" and \"Titanic\" while also cherishing his work in \"One False Move\" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series \"Big Love,\" has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details.

Paxton, a Fort Worth, Texas, native, appeared in dozens of movies and television shows and seemed to be around when history was made both on and off screen. As a boy, he was in the crowd that welcomed President John F. Kennedy in Texas on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hours before Kennedy was killed in Dallas. As a young man, he worked in the art department for \"B'' movie king Roger Corman, who helped launch the careers of numerous actors and filmmakers.

Paxton's movie credits included some of the signature works of the past 40 years, from \"Titanic\" and \"Apollo 13\" to \"The Terminator and \"Aliens.\" Television fans knew him for his role as a polygamist, with three wives who expected the best from him, in the HBO series \"Big Love,\" for which he received three Golden Globe nominations.

\"Bill Paxton was a big-hearted, thoughtful and honorable person,\" his \"Big Love\" co-star Chloe Sevigny said in a statement. \"He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood.\"

Paxton was currently starring in the CBS drama \"Training Day,\" which premiered Feb. 2. The network has not yet announced whether it will continue to air the completed episodes.

Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children. His first marriage, to Kelly Rowan, ended in divorce.

His death adds a sad note to Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremonies. Paxton was never nominated but appeared in several Oscar-winning movies and was beloved and respected throughout Hollywood and beyond.

\"On this Oscar Sunday, watch 'One False Move' or 'A Simple Plan' to see this lovely leading man, at his finest,\" Paxton's friend Rob Lowe tweeted.

Paxton brought a reliably human dimension to big-budget action adventures and science fiction. He was, sci-fi fans like to point out, the only actor killed by a Predator, a Terminator and an Alien. But Paxton, famously genial and approachable, defined his career less by his marquee status than as a character actor whose regular Joes appeared across the likes of \"One False Move,\" ''A Simple Plan\" and \"Nightcrawler.\"

\"''I'm a frustrated romantic actor,\" he told The Associated Press in 2006. \"I wanted to play the Bud part in 'Splendor in the Grass,' I wanted to play Romeo \u2014 the great, unrequited, tragic love stories. I've gotten to mix it up a bit with the ladies but the romance has been a subplot, running from the tornado or whatever.\"

\"I feel like I'm a regionalist and a populist who's never fit in among the intellectuals,\" he added. \"I think there's where the heart of American art is. My greatest roles have been in regional films, whether it was 'One False Move' or 'Frailty' or 'Simple Plan' or 'Traveller.'\"

Paxton often spoke warmly of his upbringing, and how his father exposed him early to movies and the stage. His father, John Paxton, also shared his son's knack for being around famous people. A childhood neighbor was the artist Thomas Hart Benton. John Paxton later belonged to the same golfing club as the great Ben Hogan, whom Bill Paxton got to know growing up.

One of the industry's busiest actors, Paxton once said the hardest part of his career wasn't the work itself, but the time in between.

\"You know all the time I've been in this business which is a long, long time now, I go from having incredible days like shooting the part of Sam Houston and then all of a sudden I'm home and I'm out of work and it's two o'clock in the afternoon, I'm in my boxer shorts watching Turner Classic Movies,\" he told the AP in 2015. \"And all I can tell you is, thank God for Turner Classic Movies and Robert Osborne. \"

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AP Film Writer Jake Coyle, AP National Writer Hillel Italie and AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller \"Get Out,\" to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Blumhouse-produced and Universal Pictures-distributed film cost an estimated $4.5 million to make. While it was expected to perform well against its budget, few people foresaw a debut this big \u2014 especially with a relatively unknown star in Daniel Kaluuya leading the film.

Part of the reason is positive reviews. \"Get Out\" has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is extremely rare for a thriller and only added to the excitement going into the weekend, said Universal President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution Nick Carpou.

\"Jordan Peele is an absolute talent,\" he said. \"As we got closer and closer to opening, it's amazing how many people were rooting for it.\"

Peele, who most audiences know for his sketch comedy work on the series \"Key & Peele,\" wrote and directed the film about a black man who travels upstate to meet his white girlfriend's family.

Even without Peele in the film, audiences turned out in droves to experience the high concept horror pic. According to exit polls, African Americans comprised an estimated 39 percent of the opening weekend audiences, while Caucasians made up 36 percent, and a whopping 49 percent were under the age of 25.

ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian predicts the film will also have staying power in the marketplace. \"Social media is going to keep this movie front and center,\" Dergarabedian said.

\"Get Out\" effectively pushed \"The Lego Batman Movie\" into second place. The animated family picture added $19 million this weekend and is now up to $133 million after only three weeks in theaters.

\"John Wick: Chapter Two\" took third place with $9 million, while the Matt Damon-starrer \"The Great Wall\" took fourth with $8.7 million \u2014 down 53 percent from its opening last week.

\"Fifty Shades Darker\" rounded out the top five with $7.7 million, pushing the erotic drama over the $100 million mark in its third weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. \"Get Out,\" $30.5 million.

2.\"The Lego Batman Movie,\" $19 million ($12.9 million international).

3.\"John Wick: Chapter Two,\" $9 million ($13.1 million international).

4.\"The Great Wall,\" $8.7 million ($14.6 million international).

5.\"Fifty Shades Darker,\" $7.7 million ($19.8 million international).

6.\"Fist Fight,\" $6.4 million ($1.3 million international).

7.\"Hidden Figures,\" $5.9 million ($5.7 million international).

8.\"La La Land,\" $4.6 million ($14.4 million international).

9.\"Split,\" $4.1 million ($17.3 million international).

10.\"Lion,\" $3.8 million ($6.8 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. \"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,\" $97 million.

2. \"Fifty Shades Darker,\" $19.8 million.

3. \"Split\" and \"Assassin's Creed,\" $17.3 million.

4. \"The Great Wall,\" $14.6 million.

5. \"La La Land,\" $14.4 million.

6. \"John Wick: Chapter Two,\" $13.1 million.

7. \"The Lego Batman Movie,\" $12.9 million.

8. \"Sing,\" $12.5 million.

9. \"xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,\" $8.6 million.

10. \"Lion,\" $6.8 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Joseph Wapner, who presided over \"The People's Court\" on TV, has died.

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) \u2014 Palestinians are celebrating a Christian crooner from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who won this year's Arab Idol, the Arab world's premier television song competition.

Yacoub Shaheen, 22, beat finalists Ameer Dandan from an Arab town in northern Israel and Ammar Mohammed from Yemen.

Shaheen is the second Palestinian to win the Arab world's version of American Idol. In 2013, Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from Gaza won the television talent contest.

Shaheen's parents joined hundreds of Palestinians who gathered to watch the results on a large screen in front of the Church of the Nativity, which tradition says marks the spot where Jesus was born.

When Shaheen was announced the winner Saturday night, his parents jumped for joy, and Palestinians danced in the streets.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Reaction to the death of film and TV actor Bill Paxton, of \"Titanic,\" ''Aliens,\" ''The Terminator,\" ''Apollo 13\" and the HBO series \"Big Love\" fame:

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\"Crushing. #RIPBillPaxton A gr8 talent & spirit. His passion contributed so much 2 #Apollo13 & all his wrk. We'll miss the hell out of U Bill\" \u2014 Ron Howard, on Twitter.

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\"Some of my favorite memories are of floating around in a tiny vessel with big hearted, hilarious, brilliant Bill Paxton. Sad day.\"\u2014 Kevin Bacon, on Twitter.

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\"Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.\" \u2014 Tom Hanks, on Twitter.

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\"Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill \u2014 a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.\" \u2014 Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Twitter.

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\"Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human. Louise & the children & family my (love) & support 2 u.\" \u2014 Jamie Lee Curtis, on Twitter

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\"Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia. In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch \"One False Move\" or \"A Simple Plan\" to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.\" \u2014Rob Lowe, in multiple Twitter posts.

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\"Bill Paxton was a big-hearted, thoughtful and honorable person. He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood. Bill was extremely supportive of other actors, and the filmmaking process - a delight to work with. It was a wonderful time to be on set with him for five years. My heart breaks for his family.\" \u2014 Chlo\u00eb Sevigny, Paxton's \"Big Love\" co-star.

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\"So profoundly sorry to hear that #BillPaxton has died. My family & I were such fans; we send our condolences and deepest sympathy to his.\" \u2014 Bette Midler, on Twitter.

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\"My fave thing about Bill Paxton was he saw his wife Louise on a London bus 30 yrs ago & never let her go. Everyone loved Bill.\" \u2014 Dana Delany, on Twitter.

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\"If you've never seen One False Move, one of the best modern film noir movies ever! #BillPaxton at his very best. Terrible, terrible loss.\" \u2014 James Woods, on Twitter.

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\"Very shocked and saddened by the passing of #BillPaxton. Interviewed him several times. A class act. One of the best in the business.\" \u2014 Larry King, on Twitter.

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\"Met #BillPaxton years ago \u2014 immediately apparent that he was a kind, warm, down-to-earth and most excellent human being. #RIPBILLPAXTON\" \u2014 Patricia Heaton, on Twitter.

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\"We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton. Big Love was a seminal series for HBO for many years due to Bill's extraordinary talent and grace. Off screen, he was as warm, smart and fun as one could be. A true friend to so many at HBO. He will be greatly missed\". \u2014 HBO

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\"Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work.\" \u2014 CBS and Warner Bros. Television

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Will the 89th Academy Awards be a parade of political speeches or landslide for \"La La Land\"? Probably both.

Sunday night's Oscars are shaping up to be one of the most turbulent and politically charged ceremonies in recent memory. The three-hour-plus telecast, which begins at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, is expected to resemble one very glitzy protest against President Donald Trump, whom award-winners \u2014 like Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes \u2014 have railed against throughout Hollywood's awards season.

An unusually tense atmosphere has coalesced before the Dolby Theatre ceremony, with protests, rallies and boycotts swirling around this year's Oscars. Even the normally sunny California weather has been stormy, with rain drenching Los Angeles early Sunday \u2014 though only clouds are expected for red carpet arrivals.

Yet most expect another day of sun for Damien Chazelle's celebrated musical \"La La Land,\" up for a record-tying 14 nominations. A best picture upset, while unlikely, isn't out the question, though. Barry Jenkins' eight-time nominated \"Moonlight\" on Saturday took best feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where \"La La Land\" wasn't eligible.

The other films up for best picture are Denis Villeneuve's \"Arrival,\" Denzel Washington's \"Fences,\" Mel Gibson's \"Hacksaw Ridge,\" David Mackenzie's \"Hell or High Water,\" Theodore Melfi's \"Hidden Figures,\" Kenneth Lonergan's \"Manchester by the Sea\" and Garth Davis' \"Lion.\"

The \"OscarsSoWhite\" crisis of the last two years was largely quelled this season by a richly diverse slate of nominees, thanks to films like \"Moonlight,\" ''Fences\" and \"Hidden Figures.\" A record six black actors are nominated. For the first time ever, a person of color is nominated in each acting category. And four of the five best documentary nominees were also directed by black filmmakers.

The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. In June, the academy added 683 new members: 46 percent of them were female; 41-percent were nonwhite; and they pulled from 59 countries.

But just how political the ABC show becomes will depend in part on the tone set by host Jimmy Kimmel, who'll have a delicate balancing act to maintain. Play it too light and he'll appear out of sync with the mood. Hammer too hard and he'll alienate viewers already inundated by politics. Some Trump supporters, expecting political speeches, have said they will boycott the broadcast.

The academy and ABC will be hoping to improve on last year's telecast. The Chris Rock-hosted show drew 34.4 million viewers, an eight-year low. Ads this year are still going for $2.1 million for 30-second spots.

There are some sources of suspense at this year's Oscars, most notably in the best actor category. While Casey Affleck (\"Manchester by the Sea\") was the favorite through most of awards season, Washington (\"Fences\") took the highly predictive Screen Actors Guild award, setting him up as the odds-makers' favored pick.

Affleck, wearing a shirt with the word \"love\" in Arabic, was among those to speak bluntly against Trump at Saturday's Spirit Awards.

\"The policies of this administration are abhorrent and will not last,\" said Affleck, accepting the best actor award.

Politics pervaded Oscar weekend, usually a time of frothy anticipation of Hollywood's big night:

\u2014 On Friday, the United Talent Agency, forgoing its usual Oscar party, instead held a rally protesting President over immigration. \"We will not tolerate chaos and ineptitude and war-mongering,\" Jodie Foster told attendees.

\u2014 Also on Friday, the six directors of the foreign film nominees released a joint statement condemning \"the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.\" The signees included the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose \"The Salesman\" is favored to win him his second foreign language Oscar. He isn't attending the awards in protest of Trump's proposed travel ban of seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iran.

\u2014 U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on the documentary short nominee \"The White Helmets,\" about the nation's civil war.

\u2014 The Academy of Motion Pictures also made a late but notable addition to its presenter best actress nominee Streep (\"Florence Foster Jenkins\") to its lineup of A-list presenters. Her fiery remarks at the Golden Globes prompted Trump to call her \"overrated.\"

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) \u2014 Clyde Stubblefield, the legendary \"Funky Drummer\" in James Brown's band, is being remembered as one of the pillars of Madison's music scene.

Hundreds of people packed a ballroom during a tribute for him Friday night in Madison. Stubblefield died Feb. 18 at age 73 after a long battle with kidney failure. The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2mjYkFa ) the event was anything but somber as friends told stories about how Stubblefield wowed audiences around the world in six decades with his powerful style of drumming.

Stubblefield was ranked sixth on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the top 100 drummers of all time. He was best known for a solo on Brown's 1970 single, \"Funky Drummer\" that was sampled on over 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The White House says that when President Donald Trump skips the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, expect him to spend that Saturday night in April \"focused on what he can to do to help better America.\"

The dinner attracts politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president, who's often roasted.

Trump isn't saying why he won't be there. He has railed against \"the fake news media,\" saying it is \"the enemy of the American people.\"

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it's \"kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there.\"

She tells ABC's \"This Week\" that Trump wasn't elected \"to spend his time with reporters and celebrities.\"

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WHAT: A circa 1938 poster for Pan American World Airways (commonly known as Pan Am) that sold recently at Swann Galleries is instantly recognizable as the work of poster artist Paul George Lawler. Lawler's posters for Pan Am are highly collected, but this is one of the most desirable. Soaring above a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 - $12,000, it brought $20,000.

MORE: Many Pan Am and airplane fans collect specific images within their passions. The poster's image of a Boeing 314 Flying Clipper is a star, as is the fantasy tropical lagoon. Imagine how exotic it must have seemed in 1938!

SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: Poster designer Paul George Lawler created travel posters for Pan Am from 1938-1942, advertising vacation destinations including Europe, Asia, the South Seas, Mexico and Rio. His last poster design dates from 1942, which places his work in a known time period. In the collecting world, that is a good thing.

HOT TIP: The location shown on the poster, romantic as it is, does not exist. It looks to be a composite of several tropical bays in the South Pacific, yet the characteristics shown do not match actual geography. In sum, it is a fantasy with real details inserted. The artist probably worked from photos.

BOTTOM LINE: It is very rare to find this poster with text measuring 40 1/2 inches by 26 3/4 inches. According to the house, only two others have auction results. Rarity, desirability and aesthetics drove the market on this one!

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Q: I recently booked round-trip airline tickets on British Airways to fly from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Inverness, Scotland, on British Airways. I made the reservation through Expedia, which included one night\u2019s lodging at the Culloden House Hotel. I also booked five nights at the Ullinish Country Lodge directly.

My flight from Albuquerque to Dallas was operated by American Airlines. I was scheduled to connect with another American Airlines flight to London, but my overseas flight was delayed because of a mechanical problem. That meant missing the only daily flight to Inverness.

An American Airlines representative made a tentative reservation for me to fly to Inverness on the next available flight. I asked if I could be rerouted through Dublin, but all flights were booked. It became clear to me that once my American Airlines flight arrived at the gate at London, American\u2019s responsibility to me would be finished. I would be stuck in London for the next 24 hours with no luggage.

My dream trip for my 67th birthday had come to an end.

An American Airlines representative at Dallas was able to book me on a flight home at 9:30 p.m. I arrived back in Santa Fe at 11 p.m. The representative also agreed to initiate a refund request for the unused portion of my ticket. She told me that I would receive a refund in six to 10 days.

When no refund appeared, I called American Airlines. Another agent made another request for a refund. It\u2019s been almost four months, and I\u2019m still waiting. Can you help? \u2014 Leslie Hammond, Santa Fe, New Mexico

A: I\u2019m sorry to hear about your 67th birthday trip. That\u2019s what folks in the travel industry call a \u201ctrip in vain.\u201d You flew to Dallas, only to have to return home .

I\u2019m troubled by the perception that American Airlines didn\u2019t care about getting you to your final destination. American and British Airways are codeshare partners, which means they are taking responsibility for each other\u2019s flights. No one from American should have left you with the impression that the airline was \u201cfinished\u201d with you when you arrived in London.

A call to your online travel agency, Expedia, or to British Airways might have yielded a different result. As your travel agent, Expedia should have figured out a way to fix your dream vacation \u2014 that\u2019s what good travel agents do.

\u201cTrip in vain\u201d policies vary from airline to airline, but generally, they should offer a refund of the unused portion of your ticket. The money would be sent to your travel agent, which then would return it to you.

I list the executive contacts for American Airlines, British Airways (elliott.org/company-contacts/british-airways) and Expedia (elliott.org/company-contacts/expedia) on my consumer-advocacy site. I think you could have successfully appealed this delayed refund to one of them.

As best I can tell, your refund followed a confusing path. If British Airways ticketed you, then it had your money. American would have had to ask British Airways for the refund, and then it would have been sent to Expedia. That may account for the delay, but it doesn\u2019t fully explain it.

At my suggestion, you reached out to one of Expedia\u2019s executives. Within a week, you had a full refund for your unused tickets.

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Arizona Opera made history Saturday night with \"Riders of the Purple Sage,\" its first world premiere of its first ever commissioned opera.

It now has a seat at the big-boys' table among companies three, four times its size in opera-friendly cities like Chicago and New York.

Companies the size of Arizona, which mounts productions in Tucson and Phoenix, don't normally put themselves on the shaky limb of \"new works.\" It's a risky, expensive venture. Not many companies can raise the money to support a commission. Not many companies our size can foot the $1.1 million bill that came with creating a new work from scratch. And not many companies would risk turning off the audience who might be hesitant to buy into a never-before-heard Western opera based on a nearly 100-year-old novel about a devout Mormon woman conflicted about following the church line and losing her independence by marrying a church-picked man she didn't love.\u00a0

But at the big boys table, taking a chance is the price of admission, and on Saturday night, with some 1,400 people in the audience, Arizona Opera took that challenge with \"Riders of the Purple Sage\" \u2014 and it paid off.

The audience loved it; they cheered the introduction of the composer Craig Bohmler and librettist Steven Mark Kohn, sitting in the fourth or fifth row, center stage at Tucson Music Hall.\u00a0They cheered when the curtains opened, showing off Arizona artist Ed Mell's brilliant landscapes projected on a mind-bogglingly enormous LED screen. They laughed when baritone Morgan Smith, singing the role of Lassiter, put Elder Tull (baritone Keith Phares) in his place and rescued Bern Venters (tenor Joshua Dennis) from certain death by whipping.

But mostly, the audience sat in the darkened Tucson Music Hall in a state of amazement. Amazed that the little company they've come to rely on to bring them opera's golden oldies alongside newer or never-before-seen-in-Arizona works had taken this mighty leap and that what they saw and heard was a pretty terrific piece of opera/music theater.

Bohmler is a veteran of music theater; that genre strongly informs \"Riders of the Purple Sage,\" based on the seminal novel by Zane Grey. Kohn's book plays out like singing theater. The arias and duets don't belabor recitatives; they are more like singing dialogue that moves the story along at a faster pace. And the singers' diction was so crisp and clear that you could understand everything they sang. You found yourself ignoring the supertitles above the stage, which are required reading for most operas \u2014 even works written and performed in English.\u00a0

Bohmler's score had strong references to classic Western film themes \u2014 the graceful calm of a cattleman tending his herd at sunset; the quiver of strings and woodwinds when the lone gunman rides in and disturbs the status quo; the dramatic whodunnit feel when Lassiter guns down Bishop Dyer (bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter) during services in the Mormon church. Conductor Joseph Mechavich brought out dramatic flourishes in the Arizona Opera Orchestra, which did justice the music and Bohmler's intent that it remind us of the Silver Screen era Westerns without imitating them.

Saturday night's cast included standout performances from Dennis, Smith, soprano Karin Wolverton in the role of Jane Withersteen and soprano Amanda Opuszynski as Bess.

But the biggest applause of the evening went to Mell's scenery, which subtly changed in a blink of an eye and was almost like an additional character in the action. Clouds moved like they were breathing; bright sunlight faded to nighttime dark; mountain ranges cast long shadows against a moonlit night.

\"Riders\" repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Click here for ticket information.

It moves to Phoenix Friday for a three-day run. Special guests expected to attend the Phoenix shows include descendants of Zane Grey and celebrated American opera composer Carlisle Floyd, who is Bohmler's former teacher and mentor.

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NAXOS, Greece (AP) \u2014 The island of Naxos hosts some of the most colorful Carnival celebrations in Greece, with some customs dating from antiquity.

Others, such as the now-famous Lampadiforia (Torch Parade) are more recent but have become very popular and an integral part of the festivities.

In the Torch Parade, a procession of young men and women with faces painted to resemble black-and-white masks wear white sheets and hold torches on long poles on Saturday night. It first took place in 1994, dreamed up by young members of the local cinema club. About 50 people back then went out into the street holding the torches, screaming and dancing, startling the unsuspecting public as they paraded toward the Temple of Apollo.

Now, the celebration is a well-established part of Carnival festivities. About 2,000 people are expected to take part this year.

Local hotels provide sheets for the revelers to put on and residents join in the fun. Since the local Venetian castle has been rendered off-limits by archaeological authorities, the parade takes place along the maze of the old town's narrow streets. Revelers dance to the beat of drums, ending at the town's central square, where a scarecrow is burned.

In the Greek island's main town and villages, more merriment awaits on Sunday, the official end of the Carnival, and Clean Monday.

In some villages, young men wearing cow bells and carrying a phallic symbol \u2014 a common feature of ancient rites celebrating spring \u2014 dance their way to the village's main square.

In others, young men wearing folk costumes and ribbons and holding thick canes make their way to neighboring villages to the tune of music and invite the women to dance. The women, in turn, offer the men local delicacies and wine.

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DON\u2019T MISS

The 89th Academy Awards \u2014 Welcome to the big time, Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night goofball takes his first crack at hosting Hollywood\u2019s biggest bash and we wouldn\u2019t be at all surprised if politics is among the prime topics of conversation. (Go easy on those mean tweets). As for the movies, \u201cLa La Land\u201d leads the nomination list with a record-tying 14 and is a good bet to dance off with the biggest prize of the night. Scheduled performers include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auli\u2019i Cravalho, Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend. 6:30 p.m. Sunday ABC.

OTHER GOOD BETS

SUNDAY: We\u2019re counting down the days until Rick and the gang do battle with the evil Negan on \u201cThe Walking Dead.\u201d But in Sunday\u2019s episode, a resident from Alexandria must navigate the mysterious world within the Saviors\u2019 compound. 10 p.m., AMC.

MONDAY: Season 12 of \u201cThe Voice\u201d begins with the Blind Auditions as Gwen Stefani returns to the coaches panel. Now if only she and the others can finally discover a singer we\u2019ll remember. 7 p.m., NBC.

MONDAY: Guy Pearce and Mary Louise-Parker head the cast of \u201cWhen We Rise.\u201d It\u2019s an emotionally powerful four-part, eight-hour miniseries that recalls the 50-year history of the gay rights movement and shines a light on the activists who led the way. 8 p.m., ABC.

MONDAY: Inspired by the film franchise, \u201cTaken\u201d is a turbo-charged new drama series that follows the origin story of a younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes up his world. Jennifer Beals also stars. 9 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: President Trump makes his first address to the joint session of Congress. Count on plenty of post-speech analysis, as well as the Democratic response. 7 p.m., the major networks and cable news channels.

WEDNESDAY: Because three apparently just weren\u2019t enough, we now have a fourth Windy City drama from producer Dick Wolf. Welcome to \u201cChicago Justice,\u201d a legal series that will try its best to differentiate itself from \u201cChicago Fire,\u201d \u201cChicago P.D.\u201d and \u201cChicago Med.\u201d What? Is \u201cChicago Dog Pound\u201d next? 9 p.m., NBC.

THURSDAY: Uh-oh, there\u2019s trouble in paradise on \u201cThe Big Bang Theory.\u201d It looks like Amy and Sheldon\u2019s live-in relationship might be in the toilet after he accuses her of not sticking to the bathroom schedule. 7 p.m., CBS.

THURSDAY: In the Season 1 finale of the culinary throw-down known as \u201cMy Kitchen Rules,\u201d Lance Bass and his mom, Diane, face Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie. The title and bragging rights are on the line. 8 p.m., Fox.

FRIDAY: We\u2019ve come to the end of the Yellow Brick Road as \u201cEmerald City\u201d completes its first, and perhaps only, season. In the finale, Dorothy faces off against the Wizard in the fight to save Oz. 8 p.m., NBC.

SATURDAY: Octavia Spencer, star of the Oscar-nominated \u201cHidden Figures\u201d and \u201cThe Shack,\u201d will host this installment of \u201cSaturday Night Live.\u201d We can only hope that Melissa McCarthy joins her. 10:30 p.m., NBC.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an award.

\"That's Halle Berry!\" the actor said, eyes wide.

Saturday is rehearsal day for Sunday's Academy Awards, when a parade of superstar presenters comes through the Dolby Theatre to practice their lines \u2014 another famous face every 15 minutes. It's also casual day at the Dolby, as most stars come dressed down \u2014 except for the women's feet: Many actresses wear their show-day shoes to try them out on the Oscar stage.

Salma Hayek, however, was not dressed down. Wearing all black, from her blazer and blouse down to her stiletto-heeled boots, she looked like she just walked out of a magazine spread.

\"OK, let's do this,\" she said from center stage.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone had fun with a microphone sound-check. Stone asked the stage manager if they should begin reading their lines and was surprised to hear her voice amplified to the room.

\"Hot mike,\" Gosling said, putting his mouth on the microphone.

\"Sibilance,\" Stone responded, invoking an old \"Wayne's World\" sketch as she leaned into the mike.

\"Sibilance,\" Gosling replied.

Judd Apatow accompanied wife Leslie Mann to her read-through, and he documented the experience with his cellphone. He shot photos of Mann on stage and took pictures of her seat-saving placard. He also helped write her script for Sunday.

\"I think we're going to fix it up a little bit and practice for tomorrow,\" Mann told a stage manager.

Vince Vaughn also plans to pen a portion of his Sunday night script, he said from the stage Saturday.

Amy Adams brought a very special guest along to rehearsals: her 6-year-old daughter, Aviana. Mother and daughter also wore matching outfits: Gray sweatshirts with rainbow-striped sleeves that read \"Good vibes only.\" Adams paired hers with skinny jeans and tall silver platform shoes.

When she finished her lines, her daughter came to meet her onstage, but nearly tripped on the way up.

\"Her and Jennifer Lawrence, you know,\" Adams joked, referencing Lawrence's fall on her way to accept her Oscar in 2013.

\"Fifty Shades of Grey\" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan looked out from the stage to try to find their seats in the theater, all marked by photo placards.

\"Oh my God, I'm in the corner,\" she said, smiling at having found it. \"I'm way in the corner.\"

\"I'm probably up there,\" Dornan said, pointing up to the balcony. (He's actually seated near his co-star.)

Brie Larson wore an ACLU T-shirt under a denim jacket to rehearsals. Kate McKinnon paired black leggings and gray hoodie with towering black platforms, worn over socks. Samuel L. Jackson kept things relaxed, wearing a gray tracksuit and backward ball cap. He snapped a few cellphone photos of the stage after running through his lines. Scarlett Johansson didn't bother with heels. She wore clogs with her black pants and white moto jacket, and took a moment to admire the stage when she walked onto it.

\"It's very beautiful,\" she said.

Jason Bateman was in a joking mood. When a stage manager told him not to read the teleprompter lines in red, Bateman replied, \"I say it louder, right? That's why it's in red.\" David Oyelowo made rehearsals a family affair: his wife and four children sat in the theater as he rehearsed.

Other stars rehearsing Saturday included Jennifer Aniston, Chris Evans, Alicia Vikander, Felicity Jones and nominee Dev Patel, who confessed to a stage manager, \"I'm very nervous.\"

But the presenters who had the most fun at rehearsals were the stars of \"Hidden Figures.\" Henson and supporting actress nominee Octavia Spencer were all giggles onstage.

\"I'd like to thank the academy for opening the curtains for such a grand entrance,\" Spencer said, putting on a British accent.

\"It was my idea!\" Henson shouted. \"Right, academy?\"

Their co-star Janelle Monae, who looked camera-ready in a colorblock sweater, stayed quiet.

\"She's the straight man in this group,\" Henson told a stagehand. But not so straight that she wasn't willing to strike a \"Charlie's Angels\"-style pose with Henson and Spencer when the curtains opened to reveal the women onstage.

They practiced their entrance before presenting the prop Oscar. As Henson handed it to the fake winners, she said, \"You're amazing. Hire me!\"

___

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Sunday might be dominated by \"La La Land,\" but Saturday belonged to \"Moonlight.\"

Barry Jenkins' luminous coming-of-age tale swept Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking home six awards including best feature. \"Moonlight\" won every award it was nominated for at the 32nd annual indie awards, the dressed-down, beachside ceremony held the day before the Academy Awards.

\"Moonlight\" won for its directing, screenplay, cinematography and editing. It was also honored for its ensemble cast in the Spirit Awards' Robert Altman Award. Backstage, Jenkins said its tale of a poor, young, black kid in Miami stood in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's administration.

\"I think 'Moonlight' exists as a beacon of inclusivity,\" said Jenkins, flanked by his African-American cast and producers.

The afternoon ceremony frequently had a strong political tenor. Casey Affleck, who won best actor for \"Manchester by the Sea,\" wore a shirt with the word \"love\" in Arabic.

\"The policies of this administration are abhorrent and will not last,\" said Affleck, accepting his award. Backstage, he spoke about \"the torrent of terrifying news that comes out of Washington every day\"

Some Oscar contenders were missing their presumed rivals at the Spirit Awards, which only nominated films made for $20 million or less (and thus disqualifying the Academy Awards favorite \"La La Land\"). But if \"Moonlight,\" nominated for eight Oscars including best picture, is to pull off the upset Sunday, it has some history on its side. The last three Spirit Awards best-feature winners \u2014 \"Spotlight,\" ''Birdman,\" ''12 Years a Slave\" \u2014 all went on to win best picture at the Oscars.

Host Nick Kroll and John Mulaney maintained a rigorously irreverent tone through a ceremony often punctuated by belly laughs. In their opening monologue, Kroll mockingly defended the common charge of \"liberal elitism\" often thrown at Hollywood events like the Spirits.

\"We're not in a bubble. We're in a tent,\" said Kroll, referring to the Spirits' Santa Monica, Calif., home. \"We're fringe artists on a California beach. If we leaned any further to the left, we'd topple into the ocean.\"

Instead of a lengthy in memoriam reel, they opted instead for a highlight of those who didn't die, singling out Milos Foreman and Tim Allen while Andy Samberg, doing his best Eddie Vedder, sang Pearl Jam's \"Alive.\"

Best actress went to Isabelle Huppert, the French actress of \"Elle,\" who bested Natalie Portman and Annette Bening. Just as Affleck wasn't up against Oscar favorite Denzel Washington in best actor, the best actress category was missing Emma Stone of \"La La Land.\"

Molly Shannon, the former \"Saturday Night Live\" cast member, supplied one of the afternoon's highpoints. She was visibly overjoyed by winning best supporting actress for her performance in \"Other People.\" She concluded her speech by exclaiming, \"I really truly feel like a ... SUPERSTAR!\" \u2014 aping her old \"SNL\" character.

Other awards also went to films far outside the Oscar candidates. Robert Eggers' well-researched \"The Witch,\" set in 17th century Massachusetts, won for both best first feature and best first screenplay. He thanked the Puritans for \"writing down so much stuff.\"

Ezra Edelman's \"O.J.: Made in America\" took best documentary. Best foreign language film went to Maren Ade's \"Toni Erdmann.\"

The Cassavettes Award, which honors the best feature made for less than $500,000 went to Andrew Ahn's Korean gay-immigrant drama \"Spa Night.\" Taking the stage Ahn first remarked, \"I'm going to barf,\" but quickly collected himself, speaking tenderly about his parents' acceptance of their gay son and the need for acceptance of immigrants, gays and other communities.

\"We are part of this great country,\" said Ahn. \"And we are undeniable.\"

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a \"Swedish defense and national security advisor\" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the U.S. since President Donald Trump invoked \"what's happening last night in Sweden\" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally Feb. 18. There hadn't been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.

Then, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly convened an on-air faceoff Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a \"Swedish defense and national security advisor,\" Nils Bildt.

Bildt linked immigration to social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: \"We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people,\" arguing that politicians lacked a systematic plan to do so.

But if viewers might have taken the \"advisor\" for a government insider, the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of him. Calls to Swedish officials Saturday weren't immediately returned.

Bildt is a founding member of a corporate geopolitical strategy and security consulting business with offices in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo, according its website. His bio speaks to expertise on defense and national security issues, saying his experience includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on issues ranging from investment and political climates to security issues in working in hostile environments.

But security experts in Sweden said he wasn't a familiar figure in their ranks in that country.

\"He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate,\" Swedish Defence University leadership professor Robert Egnell said by email to The Associated Press on Saturday. He and Bildt \u2014 also known then as Nils Tolling \u2014 were in a master's degree program in war studies together at King's College London in 2002-2003, and Bildt moved to Japan soon after, he said.

The executive producer of \"The O'Reilly Factor\" said Bildt was recommended by people the show's booker consulted while making numerous inquiries about potential guests.

\"After pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening,\" executive producer David Tabacoff said in a statement.

The network said O'Reilly was expected to address the subject further on Monday's show.

Bildt didn't respond Saturday to email inquiries; a person who answered the phone at his company agreed to relay one. He told Dagens Nyheter on Friday that he was a U.S.-based independent analyst, and Fox News had chosen its description of him.

\"Sorry for any confusion caused, but needless to say I think that is not really the issue. The issue is Swedish refusal to discuss their social problems and issues,\" he added in a statement to the news website Mediaite, explaining his profession as being an independent political adviser.

Trump's initial remark about \"last night in Sweden\" stirred a burst of social media mockery, while Trump explained on Twitter that he was referring to a Fox News piece on immigration and Sweden that he'd seen the night before.

Trump and his supporters, though, saw vindication when a riot broke out Monday after police arrested a drug suspect in a predominantly immigrant suburb of Stockholm. Cars were set on fire and shops looted, but no one was injured.

Trump took to Twitter again Monday to declare that large-scale immigration in Sweden was \"NOT!\" working out well, upsetting many Swedes.

___

Associated Press writers Jan Olsen in Copenhagen and Mesfin Fedaku in New York contributed to this report.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on \"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.\" The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations.

The statement says Russell violated strict rules applied to telephone lobbying.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement that they take \"very seriously the Oscars voting process.\"

\"13 Hours\" is still eligible for the award, but only for mixers Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth. At the Oscars on Sunday, the \"13 Hours\" crew is competing against the sound mixing team from \"Arrival,\" ''Hacksaw Ridge,\" ''La La Land\" and \"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.\"

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's \"This Week\" \u2014 House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

___

NBC's \"Meet the Press\" \u2014 Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

___

CBS' \"Face the Nation\" \u2014 Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.

___

CNN's \"State of the Union\" \u2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

___

\"Fox News Sunday\" \u2014 Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 The 89th Academy Awards show promises to be equal parts pomp and politics.

The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner \"La La Land\" at Sunday's ceremony is protest (and probably some punchlines) over the policies of President Donald Trump. For largely liberal Hollywood, his election has proven a rallying cause-celebre throughout an awards season that has otherwise been a parade of honors for Damien Chazelle's celebrated musical.

Just how political things are going to get at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles may be the biggest question of Sunday night's show, to be broadcast by ABC beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, with red carpet coverage starting earlier. The current forecast for Sunday is only a slight chance of rain, though the inside of the Dolby Theatre is expected to be far stormier.

Even the usually glitzy lead-up to Sunday's show has taken on the form of a gathering tempest. On Friday, the United Talent Agency, forgoing its usual Oscar party, instead held a rally over immigration. \"We will not tolerate chaos and ineptitude and war-mongering,\" Jodie Foster told attendees.

More strikingly, the six directors of the foreign film nominees on Friday released a joint statement condemning \"the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.\"

The signees included the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose \"The Salesman\" is favored to win him his second foreign language Oscar. He isn't attending the awards out of protest for Trump's proposed travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iran.

On Friday, he posted a video thanking the Hollywood community for its support of his Oscar boycott. In it, Farhadi condemned Trump's policies and said they are \"trying to promote hate.\"

And sure to stoke the rhetoric at Sunday's Oscars is news this weekend that U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on the documentary short nominee \"The White Helmets,\" about the nation's civil war.

Meanwhile, about 20 Trump supporters gathered Saturday at an intersection near the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. One held a sign with Trump's signature slogan, \"Make America Great Again,\" while another sign asked motorists to honk if they supported Trump. There were few honks.

Some Trump supporters are calling for a boycott of the broadcast, expecting more speeches like Meryl Streep's fiery remarks at the Globes \u2014 which prompted Trump to call her \"overrated.\" (The Academy of Motion Pictures on Friday added Streep, also a nominee, to its presenters.) But similar so-called boycotts have also trailed the Broadway sensation \"Hamilton\" and 2016's top box-office hit, the \"Star Wars\" spinoff \"Rogue One.\"

ABC would be very happy with similar results, especially after last year's telecast, hosted by Chris Rock, drew 34.4 million viewers, an eight-year low. Ads this year are still going for $2.1 million for 30-second spots.

Host Jimmy Kimmel will have a delicate balance on his hands. Play it too light and he'll appear out of sync with the mood. Hammer too hard and he'll alienate viewers already inundated by politics.

A lot of the suspense has been deflated by the juggernaut of \"La La Land,\" the Golden Globe winner and favorite to win best picture. It's up for 14 awards, tying it with \"Titanic\" and \"All About Eve\" for the record.

Rock's 2016 show, which he introduced as \"the White People's Choice Awards,\" was rife with Hollywood's diversity debate. But after two straight years of all-white acting nominees and the resulting \"OscarsSoWhite\" rancor, this year's field is teaming with African-American actors and filmmakers, thanks to films like best-picture candidates Barry Jenkin's coming-of-age tale \"Moonlight,\" Denzel Washington's August Wilson adaptation \"Fences\" and Theodore Melfi's uplifting space-race drama \"Hidden Figures.\"

For the first time, an actor of color is nominated in each acting category. A record six black actors are nominated. Four of the five films nominated for best documentary were made by black filmmakers. Bradford Young (\"Arrival\") is the second black cinematographer ever nominated. Kimberly Steward, the financer of \"Manchester by the Sea,\" is the second black female producer nominated for best picture.

The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. In June, the academy added 683 new members: 46 percent of them were female; 41-percent were nonwhite; and they pulled from 59 countries.

There is other turmoil, too. Only one major studio \u2014 Paramount, which distributed \"Arrival\" and \"Fences\" \u2014 scored a best picture nod this year \u2014 and its chief, Brad Grey, departed last week. Amazon, on the other hand, scored its first best-picture nomination with \"Manchester by the Sea.\"

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Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) \u2014 One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work.

The foreign language film race has been overshadowed and informed by President Donald Trump's seven-country travel ban, which resulted in the Iranian Oscar-nominated director of \"The Salesman,\" Asghar Farhadi, announcing that because of the ban, he would not attend Sunday's ceremony.

Academy Governor Mark Johnson, who moderated the discussion, said that he has talked to Farhadi several times in the past week.

\"He has made it clear that he is so humbled to be nominated again,\" Johnson said. \"(He) has chosen not to come for I think reasons we all applaud and completely understand.\"

Farhadi previously won the Oscar in 2012 for \"A Separation.\"

The statement, which was issued collectively but largely written by \"Toni Erdmann\" writer and director Maren Ade, was the result of a few meetings and emails about what the directors in the category could do to stand in solidarity with Farhadi.

\"We wanted to do something if we could. It had a reasonably slow gestation, a few days talking about it, but it was really our collective view,\" said \"Tanna\" co-director Martin Butler of Australia.

\"Land of Mine\" director Martin Zandvliet added, \"We thought it was appropriate to come up with something to show our support.\"

For Ade, it was simply the best way to convey what they were all feeling.

\"At the Oscars, we don't know who will win, and the time there is very short,\" Ade said. \"It's a complicated topic and an important topic.\"

Although films as disparate as a father-daughter comedy and a World War II-era land mine drama have been thrust into a political context that they never foresaw, during the panel the focus turned back on the individual films.

Ade, whose \"Toni Erdmann,\" from Germany, was a favorite to win before the travel ban thrust \"The Salesman\" into the spotlight, said that she just \"wanted to do a film about family and all of these roles that you play in your family.\"

A remake of \"Toni Erdmann,\" a festival favorite, is already in the early stages of development with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig attached to star.

Swedish director Hannes Holm, nominated for \"A Man Called Ove,\" about a widower whose suicide plans get thwarted by needy neighbors, said that in adapting the somewhat comic best-seller he \"found the love story of my parents hidden in there.\"

Danish director Zandvliet, whose \"Land of Mine\" is nominated, said that he bristled at the idea that the world thought of Denmark as a \"happy fairy tale country where only good stuff happens.\"

\"I thought it was about time to tell the story from the other side that we're also very hateful and lust for revenge,\" Zandvliet said. \"I wanted to make one of those stories.\"

His movie, he said, while set in WWII, gained an important historical context.

\"There was all the talk about closing down Europe, the Syrian refugees, everyone was a terrorist,\" he said. \"Suddenly the movie became about how we treat each other ... The only way we can get people to listen is to show them something horrible.\"

The \"Tanna\" directors, too, wanted to tell stories of a place that few had heard about before \u2014 a tiny island just a three-hour flight away from the Australia mainland where four languages are spoken.

Ultimately, the celebration of the foreign language category, which Johnson said has gotten, \"stronger and stronger,\" came back to the one director who wasn't there \u2014 Farhadi.

\"All of you have signed a statement in response to things that are going on,\" Johnson said. \"It's not just in defense of artists rights, but human rights. It's kind of remarkable.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., who pioneered public broadcasting, led stations in New York and Washington and helped launch the career of Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, has died from complications from dementia. He was 95.

His daughter, Lyn Chamberlin, confirmed Saturday to The Associated Press that her father died Thursday in Bedford, Massachusetts.

She says in a statement that her father was \"a man of indomitable spirit, vision, and enormous compassion who touched everyone who ever met him.\"

Ward Chamberlin Jr. was born on August 4, 1921. He worked as the operating officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and had a strong role in the creation of PBS and National Public Radio. He had held executive roles at WNET/Thirteen, American Playhouse, PBS and WETA.

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him.

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and producer is overseeing the launch of a vinyl record pressing plant in the back of his Third Man Records shop north of downtown Detroit. Third Man Pressing holds its grand opening on Saturday.

The eight presses represent some of the first newly built machines installed in the U.S. in more than three decades \u2014 corresponding with a vinyl revival. White told The Associated Press on Friday that \"there's so much demand for the records and so little supply.\"

\"Two years ago we could not buy new presses,\" said White, decked out in yellow shoes and custom-made Third Man shirt. \"We're the first place to really be the guinea pig of this.\"

White marvels at the bright yellow, German-made machines, which earlier this week churned out records by some legendary Detroit bands that inspired him, including The Stooges and MC5. He said the presses will kick out the jams, as it were, by pressing eye-popping, genre-spanning platters by Detroit bands of renown and then spread to other Third Man artists and those of other small labels.

The plant also is part of a revival for a part of the city where White and his former band, The White Stripes, got its start 20 years ago. White also attended high school at nearby Cass Tech, ran an upholstery shop and took \"a couple classes\" at Wayne State University.

\"Out of the darkness comes the light: What was traditionally known as the roughest neighborhood in Detroit, the Cass Corridor, is now showing the most incredible fruits and beauty and progress,\" said White, who has recently collaborated with Beyonc\u00e9 and A Tribe Called Quest.

White, who employed vinyl for his earliest releases, founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001 and both he and the business relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Detroit's retail store opened in 2015. White and Shinola, a Detroit-based maker of watches, bikes and other goods, jointly bought the building.

\"Down the street, Shinola is selling $2,500 turntables that they're making right there in front of people's eyes behind glass. We're going to be making records two doors down in front of glass. Can you believe this?\" he mused. \"This is in the Cass Corridor. You would have never have guessed any of this was going to happen. It's worth every cent, every second of energy people have put into it.\"

His goal is to keep expanding in Nashville and Detroit so that \"there's nothing involved in the record that is not part of the Third Man system,\" including making record sleeves and metal plates for the presses. He likens the goal to that of another famous Detroit manufacturer, automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

\"They had an idea about pouring raw materials into one end and out the other end came Model T cars,\" he said. \"We're going to get there.\"

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Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffkaroub . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/jeff-karoub.

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