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Hal Holbrook wins Twain Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2012

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Actor Hal Holbrook has been performing as Mark Twain for six decades. Now, he's getting an award named after the author and humorist.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Mo., said Wednesday that Holbrook is the first-ever recipient of the Mark Twain Lifetime ...

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A clown at Cannes: Bill Murray at the Riviera fest

May 17, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Clad in a plaid jacket that could have come out of Rodney Dangerfield's wardrobe in "Caddyshack," Bill Murray clashed with traditional Cannes fashion but made the most of the film festival in every other way.

Murray has been soaking up the ...

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Coroner: Reality TV star died of natural causes

May 17, 2012

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a man who starred in the reality television show "Swamp People" died from natural causes.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley says the parish coroner, Dr. John Fraiche, made that determination after a preliminary autopsy on Mitchell Guist.

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Detroit pastor Marvin Winans assaulted, carjacked

May 17, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — Popular Detroit pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans was assaulted and carjacked Wednesday afternoon at a gas station on the city's west side.

The attack happened about 3:20 p.m., and the suspects fled with an unknown amount of cash and Winans' SUV, police said.

Winans, 54, told ...

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Swift Gives $4M to Country Hall of Fame Expansion

May 17, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift has taught a generation of kids to appreciate country music over the last five years. Now, she's donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to make sure that education continues.

The gift is the largest ...

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Purple, Red and Yellow Wiggles leaving Aussie band

May 17, 2012

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) — Three members of the children's music quartet The Wiggles will be hanging up their colorful outfits and leaving the Australian band this year, with the Blue Wiggle the lone original member left dancing.

Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), Murray Cook ...

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Huge Marilyn Monroe statue arrives in Palm Springs

May 17, 2012

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe has arrived in the desert resort city of Palm Springs.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/Kntz4Z ) says the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue arrived Monday morning.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Nona Watson says the statue of the "Some ...

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'American Idol' judges spread the love for final 3

May 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three "American Idol" finalists earned nearly uniform votes of confidence Wednesday from the show's judges. Now it's the audience tally that will determine which two compete for glory in next week's finale.

If the night had a teacher's pet, it was Joshua Ledet, 20, who ...

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Chuck Brown, pioneer of 'go-go' funk music, dies

May 16, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Brown, who styled a unique mix of funk, soul and Latin party sounds to create go-go music in the nation's capital, has died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75.

Brown, widely acclaimed as the "Godfather of go-go" for his pioneering ...

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Activision, EA settle lawsuit over execs' leaving

May 16, 2012

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal battle between gaming giants Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. is over, with the companies announcing they have settled a case that accused EA of improperly recruiting two executives who oversaw the creation of the ...

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Drummer for OneRepublic arrested in Denver

May 16, 2012

DENVER (AP) — The drummer for OneRepublic has pleaded not guilty to charges filed in Denver after his girlfriend said he grabbed her head and threw her down during a fight.

Eddie Fisher pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault, destruction of private property, wrongs to a minor and two counts of ...

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Game over: Tia Mowry not returning to BET's 'Game'

May 16, 2012

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The game is over for Tia Mowry: The star of the hit BET series "The Game" won't appear in the show's sixth season.

Mowry's representative confirmed the news Wednesday. No details were provided.

Season five of "The Game" is currently airing on ...

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Rodin Museum in Philadelphia to reopen in July

May 16, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Rodin (roh-DAN') Museum in Philadelphia is getting ready to reopen after three years of renovations.

The museum is home to the largest collection of sculptures by French artist Auguste (ah-GOOST') Rodin outside of Paris.

The revitalization project started in 2009. It aimed ...

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Barnes Foundation opening in new Philly location

May 16, 2012

By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of bitter court fights, The Barnes Foundation opened its doors Wednesday for a sneak peek at its new location on the museum-studded Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The $150 million modernist art palace, now home to the ...

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AP Photos: Kruger shines on Cannes red carpet

May 16, 2012

By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, Associated Press

Diane Kruger must have arrived in France with a lot of luggage. On Wednesday, Day 1 of the 12-day Cannes Film Festival, Kruger, a member of the prestigious jury, turned up in two different outfits.

She wore an edgy burgundy cocktail dress with a pleated ...

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Cannes opens with Anderson's 'Moonrise,' camel

May 16, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Wes Anderson opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival with his meticulously composed ode to young love, "Moonrise Kingdom," while less mannered theatrics surrounded the annual French Riviera extravaganza.

Anderson and his star-studded cast ...

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Mitch Albom's latest book set for release Aug. 28

May 16, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — Mitch Albom's publisher says the best-selling author's latest book will be released this summer.

Hyperion announced Wednesday that "The Time Keeper" comes out Aug. 28.

It marks Albom's return to fiction. His last book, 2009's "Have a Little Faith," was nonfiction.

His most recent ...

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Calvin Klein's Costa Stirring More Attention

May 16, 2012

By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Costa has waited — patiently — to make his big splash.

He jumped in as creative director for womenswear at Calvin Klein with both feet when he was handpicked by Klein almost a decade ago, but he's been a behind-the-scenes player,

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Students in tornado-hit Ind. town await 'Lady A'

May 16, 2012

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tornadoes battered their school and homes, and spring break was spent cleaning up. Henryville has only begun to rebuild, but for one night, its high school students will get to put aside their worries for a private show by one of country ...

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CBS moving 'Men,' 'Mentalist' for new season

May 16, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Dominant CBS shuffled its schedule for the fall on Wednesday, giving Ashton Kutcher and Simon Baker new nights and adding four new series.

"Two and a Half Men," where Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as star this season, is moving from Monday to ...

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