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Japanese video game author wins Spanish prize

May 23, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Japan's Shigeru Miyamoto, considered the father of the modern video game, has been awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

Miyamoto, 59, is the author of the Mario Bros. series that has become one of the most marketed video game sagas in history.

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LA designer says Facebook bride wore her dress

May 23, 2012

DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles-based designer Claire Pettibone says Priscilla Chan was wearing one of her dresses when she married Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Pettibone wrote on her blog that she didn't know Chan was wearing one of her most popular creations until she saw one of the photos released ...

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Library of Congress taps 25 sounds for registry

May 23, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" is ...

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Kylie Minogue at Cannes in bizarre 'Holy Motors'

May 23, 2012

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Holy cow. The most rapturous audience reception at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to "Holy Motors," a disorienting, whirling dream of a movie by French director Leos Carax.

Starring Denis Lavant as a man who adopts a dozen wildly ...

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Football star Donald Driver is new 'Dancing' champ

May 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football star Donald Driver can add the "Dancing With the Stars" mirrorball trophy to his awards collection.

The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC dance show Tuesday after wowing audiences and judges with his kickin' country-themed ...

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Young Hollywood stars strike out on own at Cannes

May 23, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Vampires, Transformers, singing high-schoolers: They can all be tough to outrun.

But at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, a number of young Hollywood stars are attempting to do just that. By striking out on their own, they hope to move ...

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A ball of one? Lady Gaga unsure of Indonesia show

May 23, 2012

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lady Gaga is as confused as anyone about whether she'll be allowed to perform in Indonesia.

Islamic hard-liners have threatened violence, saying her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves could corrupt youth. Police initially denied a permit for the "Born This Way Ball"

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Phillips, Sanchez face off on 'Idol' finale

May 22, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Sanchez wishes she could've changed one thing about the "American Idol" finale: her final song.

The judges completely dismissed "Change Nothing," the lukewarm potential future single that failed to fully showcase the 16-year-old ...

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Review: Was anyone clamoring for 'Men in Black 3'?

May 22, 2012

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press

There's a moment early on in "Men in Black 3" when Will Smith's Agent J sits down next to his longtime partner, Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K, and bemoans the fact that he's too old for this sort of thing — for running around New York in matching dark suits, chasing ...

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Comanche tribe makes Johnny Depp honorary member

May 22, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Johnny Depp has been made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe.

Depp is in New Mexico, shooting the film adaptation of "The Lone Ranger." He plays "Ranger" sidekick Tonto in the film.

Comanche Nation tribal member LaDonna Harris said Tuesday that the tribal chairman ...

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'Polka King' Eddie Blazonczyk dies at 70

May 22, 2012

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy Award-winning polka great Eddie Blazonczyk, who began playing the lively music in the 1950s and went on to earn the nickname "Polka King" after starting his own band and label, has died. He was 70.

His record label, Bel-Aire Recordings,

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Kanye leads in BET nods, Samuel Jackson to host

May 22, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, received six.

Jay-Z and West collaborated last year on the album "Watch the Throne." Their songs — "In Paris" and ...

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'What to Expect..' stars in London for UK premiere

May 22, 2012

By LOUISE ABLE, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The stars of the romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting" had plenty of praise for each other — and a warning about making out on the hood of a car — during the film's British premiere in London on Tuesday.

Cameron Diaz, Chace Crawford ...

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LA museum to unveil artist's big rock work in June

May 22, 2012

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rockin' good time is planned next month when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulls the covers off artist Michael Heizer's latest creation — a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it's floating in mid-air.

The gigantic work ...

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LA designer says Facebook bride wore her dress

May 22, 2012

DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles-based designer Claire Pettibone says Priscilla Chan was wearing one of her dresses when she married Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Pettibone wrote on her blog that she didn't know Chan was wearing one of her most popular creations until she saw one of the photos released ...

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Sales for 'Fifty Shades' trilogy top 10 million

May 22, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The heat is on: Sales for E.L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy are at 10 million and counting, making it among the fastest-selling series of all time.

The explicit sensation has topped charts practically from the moment Vintage Books released it in early April. Reprints have exceeded ...

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New ad zapper has TV networks worried about sales

May 22, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of a new DVR that lets consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button suggested Tuesday that the networks are being short-sighted in opposing the technology.

The Dish Network, which has offered its new Auto Hop ...

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Loach breaks out the kilts at Cannes

May 22, 2012

By HILARY FOX, Associated Press

Cannes, France (AP) — British director Ken Loach's new movie "The Angels' Share" is set in Scotland — the perfect excuse to bring out the kilts in Cannes.

With a Scottish cast, it tells the tale of a young unemployed trouble-maker who finds redemption through ...

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Pearl Jam, Skrillex to perform at Philly festival

May 22, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Pearl Jam, Skrillex and D'Angelo are among the performers scheduled to take the stage at the Made In America music festival Jay-Z is curating in Philadelphia in September.

Jay-Z will also perform, as will Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Odd Future, Santigold, Afrojack, Calvin Harris ...

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Eugene Polley, inventor of TV remote, dies at 96

May 22, 2012

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Couch potatoes everywhere can pause and thank Eugene Polley for hours of feet-up channel surfing. His invention, the first wireless TV remote, began as a luxury, but with the introduction of hundreds of channels and viewing technologies it has ...

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