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"Mary Stuart" by Friedrich Schiller reprises a time when men wielded power and the religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics waged fiercely. (Folger Shakespeare Library)

‘Mary Stuart’: Queens in life-or-death schemes and men behind the scenes

Suspicion! Betrayal! Suicide! Murder! These are the key ingredients of tabloid articles that rivet today’s public. Likewise, 16th-century England buzzed with whispers and rumors about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, as each claimed a legal right to the throne.

Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

- Associated Press

Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on “House of Cards”, to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation’s Home Grown initiative supporting local talent.

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 101-95. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wisconsin governor proposes plan to help fund Bucks arena

- Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker proposed a plan Tuesday that calls for Wisconsin to help build a new basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks with $220 million in bonds that would be funded by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players.

FILE - In Wednesday, March  7, 2012 file photo, the London 2012 Olympic Stadium at sunset at the Olympic Park in London. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as that city redevelops its Olympic park. Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that London's mayor and developers have secured $50 million in private contributions to build the facility. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

- Associated Press

As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.

This book cover image released by Harper shows "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-To-Earth-Diva," by Deborah Voight. The soprano has plenty to say about her illustrious singing career, but also about the self-destructive behavior that accompanied it: her battles with obesity, binge-eating and alcoholism, and her many troubled relationships with men. (AP Photo/Harper)

Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

- Associated Press

Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera - both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner's "Die Walkuere," but Voigt seems nearly twice Domingo's size.

FILE - This Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, shows the home where five Utah family members were found dead in their home, in Springville, Utah. Police say five members of the Utah family found dead last fall died from methadone and other drugs, and interviews with people who knew them revealed the parents worried about a "pending apocalypse." Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, authorities have concluded their investigation into the September deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children, ages 11, 12 and 14.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

- Associated Press

A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.

Dieter Kosslick director of the International Film Festival Berlin, the Berlinale, holds a copy of a 65 years old Golden Bear award certificate as he poses for the media prior to the annual program press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The 65. Berlinale will take place in the German capital from Thursday, Feb. 5, until Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Audrey Tautou, Matthew Weiner among Berlin film fest jury

- Associated Press

"Amelie" actress Audrey Tautou and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner are among the seven jury members for this year's Berlin Film Festival, which will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, organizers said Tuesday.

This photo released by Relativity Media shows Jillian Estell, left, and Kevin Costner, in a scene from Relativity Media's "Black or White."  (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Tracy Bennett)

Review: 'Black or White' wrestles with race in custody drama

- Associated Press

"Black or White" may be the title, but there are plenty of gray areas tackled in this good ol' fashioned family dramedy from standup comic turned filmmaker Mike Binder ("Reign Over Me," ''The Upside of Anger").