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Domingo to sing title role in 'Nabucco' in London

Mar 14, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will sing the title character in Verdi's "Nabucco" for the first time at The Royal Opera next year.

The new production, announced Wednesday, will be the fourth new role for Domingo in little more than a year, all baritone parts.

The 71-year-old, famous for his ...

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Oscars to return to Hollywood & Highland Feb. 24

Mar 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 85th Academy Awards have been set for Feb. 24, 2013, and they'll take place once again at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

The venue, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, opened in 2001 to be the permanent home of the Hollywood's biggest awards ceremony. Eastman Kodak Co.

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Charlize Theron adopts baby boy named Jackson

Mar 14, 2012

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Charlize Theron is a mother: The actress has adopted a child.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Theron's publicist said the actress is a "proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson."

No more details were provided.

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Big White House do mixes celebs, political money

Mar 14, 2012

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday's giant state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife — the biggest ever thrown by Barack and Michelle Obama — dished up a potent mix of celebrity glam, corporate heft and political money under ...

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Winners of Bancroft Prize for history revealed

Mar 14, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Anne F. Hyde, Daniel T. Rodgers and Tomiko Brown-Nagin have been revealed as the three winners this year of the coveted Bancroft Prize for history.

Hyde, a professor at Colorado College, won for her "Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860."

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THR names Natalie Portman's stylist most powerful

Mar 14, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Young, the stylist responsible for some of Michelle Williams' and Natalie Portman's most memorable red carpet moments, tops The Hollywood Reporter's countdown of the 25 most powerful stylists in showbiz.

Young earned the honor in part for helping make Portman a red carpet ...

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Clooney uses star power to spotlight Sudan crisis

Mar 14, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Clooney used his Hollywood celebrity to draw attention Wednesday to the humanitarian crisis in the volatile border between Sudan and South Sudan, offering a firsthand account of the suffering as thousands forced to take refuge in caves ...

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Lohan tweets it's a 'lie' that her car grazed man

Mar 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan said Wednesday that allegations that her car grazed a man's knee outside a Hollywood nightclub are "a complete lie."

Lohan went straight to her 3 million Twitter followers to respond to the latest in a long-line of car-related troubles for the "Mean Girls" actress ...

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War film maker Pierre Schoendoerffer dies at 83

Mar 14, 2012

By PIERRE-YVES ROGER, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Pierre Schoendoerffer, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled the pain of war on screen and on the page, has died. He was 83.

The French military health service confirmed that he died Wednesday.

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Russian punk rockers in jail for anti-Putin prayer

Mar 14, 2012

By ANDREY BULAY, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court ordered two female punk rockers to remain in jail Wednesday for praying to the Virgin Mary to deliver the nation from Vladimir Putin in a surprise performance in the country's main Orthodox cathedral.

Five members of the band Pussy ...

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Dugard to remain in hiding to protect daughters

Mar 14, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard, who first made national headlines three years ago, said in a TV interview that she plans to live in seclusion with her daughters until they are mature enough to understand what happened to them.

Dugard, 31, and her two girls, ages 14 and 17, have ...

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Deliberations begin in 'Desperate Housewives' case

Mar 14, 2012

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors heard alternate plotlines Wednesday about Nicollette Sheridan's departure from TV "Desperate Housewives."

Her lawyers claimed she was fired after complaining that show creator Marc Cherry hit her in the head during an on-set dispute ...

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Arab-Muslim comedy finding voice after 9/11

Mar 14, 2012

By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The comedian who made his name on the "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" made one thing clear when he opened a recent set at Michigan State University: "Tonight, it's not Islam 101."

For every joke Dean Obeidallah made about his Arabic heritage ...

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Suspect in slaying of singer arrives in Guatemala

Mar 13, 2012

By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA, Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Costa Rican man who authorities say may have links to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel arrived Wednesday in Guatemala to face charges in last year's fatal shooting of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral.

Fernando Alejandro ...

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'American Idol' finalist tweets that he's gone

Mar 13, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

Jermaine Jones is apparently out on "American Idol."

The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., tweeted Tuesday night that he no longer would be on the Fox singing contest.

He wrote on his official "Idol" Twitter account: "Awww I will no longer b ...

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Cassandra Clare signs up for new LA fantasy series

Mar 13, 2012

By HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Million-selling young adult author Cassandra Clare has signed up for a new fantasy series.

Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, announced Tuesday that Clare has agreed to a three-book deal for "The ...

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HBO suspends filming with horses on 'Luck' drama

Mar 13, 2012

By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday during production of the racetrack drama "Luck," the third death in connection with the series, and HBO agreed to suspend filming with horses while the accident is investigated.

The humane group that ...

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Depp, Streep join call to lower 'Bully' rating

Mar 13, 2012

By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More Hollywood heavyweights are joining the call for a lower rating on the teen-focused documentary "Bully."

The Weinstein Co, which is releasing the film March 30, said Tuesday that Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and New Orleans Saints quarterback ...

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Springsteen remembers Clemons in Rolling Stone

Mar 13, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen tells Rolling Stone he shed tears when he heard Clarence Clemons' saxophone on "Wrecking Ball."

Clemons died last year. Springsteen intended to have Clemons on the new album, but says he passed on a recording session to check out his health and soon after had a ...

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Clint Eastwood's family set for reality TV series

Mar 13, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Eastwood's family is coming to TV in a new reality show.

The E! network said Tuesday that "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" will premiere May 20 as a 10-episode series.

The show spotlights Dina Eastwood, who has been married to the Oscar-winning actor-director since 1996. Also on ...

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