George Lucas gives another $10M to USC for student diversity

NEW YORK -- George Lucas has given another $10 million to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts to fund the student diversity program he helped establish.

The donation was announced Monday by USC, Lucas' alma mater. Last fall, USC established a foundation in Lucas' name to support students from underrepresented communities who qualify for financial support. It was funded with an initial $10 million gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Barry Jenkins' next project? 'The Underground Railroad'

NEW YORK -- "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad."

Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins writing and directing the adaptation of the 2016 National Book Award winner. Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" is a part-historic, part-surrealistic novel about a slave who escapes on an actual railroad.

Houston student dies days after FaceTime with Beyonce

HOUSTON -- A Houston high school student has lost her battle with terminal cancer days after having a dream come true in a talk with Beyonce over a video chat.

Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith says senior Ebony Banks died late Saturday night.

Actress Shailene Woodley reaches deal in pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal that calls for no jail time over her involvement in protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

The "Divergent" star was among 27 activists arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her arrest on Facebook.

Lake Area Ballet Theatre Spring Gala: Performance will celebrate talents of over 50 local dancers

The Lake Area Ballet Theatre’s second Spring Gala is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Rosa Hart Theatre and will feature more than 50 local dancers performing classical, modern and contemporary ballet.

Colleen Cannon Benoit, the theatre’s artistic director, said the event includes a mixed repertoire of short pieces from well-known productions, along with Passports, a production that features original choreography and music.