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Iranian-Americans get the reality TV treatment

Mar 10, 2012

By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reality TV's life lessons tend to be at least as synthetic as the shows themselves.

Say you were intrigued by Snooki's problem-solving approach, if one existed, to drummed-up crises on "Jersey Shore." Translatable to the actual world? Nah.

But ...

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Oprah and Jaycee Dugard honored at the DVF Awards

Mar 10, 2012

By ALICIA QUARLES, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey was embraced in a hug by longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg as she took to the stage to accept a "Lifetime Leadership" honor at the third annual DVF awards.

"She is the most formidable person I have ever met in my life," the ...

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Artist Heizer's big rock rolls to Calif. museum

Mar 10, 2012

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rock stars are a common enough sight in Los Angeles but it's not often when a rock is the star.

Los Angeles residents are coming out to catch a glimpse of a massive boulder that arrived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before dawn ...

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Juanes attends his first Bruce Springsteen concert

Mar 10, 2012

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

While Latin sensation Juanes (WON-ESS) attended his first Bruce Springsteen concert at the Apollo Theater, he says he has always felt connected to Springsteen's music.

The Grammy-winning artist said he admires how Springsteen combines "his energy on stage with ...

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'Kill Bill' actor Michael Madsen jailed in Malibu

Mar 10, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say actor Michael Madsen has been arrested for investigation of cruelty to a child after a fight with his teenage son.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's statement says Madsen was arrested Friday afternoon at his home in Malibu, after deputies were called about a ...

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Springsteen brings customary energy to NYC show

Mar 9, 2012

By KILEY ARMSTRONG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The power and the glory were unleashed in the heart of Harlem on Friday night as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage of the storied Apollo Theater.

Springsteen, self-introduced in a deadpan delivery as "the hardest-working ...

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Ray J says he's 'still hurting' over Houston death

Mar 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray J says he's "still hurting" nearly a month after the death of Whitney Houston.

The singer and sometime reality television star was one of the people who spent time with Houston in her last days.

He told reporters at a charity event on Friday in Los Angeles: "I really miss ...

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Robert Temple Ayres, 'Bonanza' illustrator, dies

Mar 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Temple Ayres, the set illustrator whose burning Ponderosa map opened TV's long-running Western series "Bonanza," has died in California. He was 98.

His daughter, Sharon Richards, says he died of heart failure Feb. 25 at his home in Riverside County.

The Los Angeles Times ...

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Dennis Quaid's 3rd wife files for divorce in Texas

Mar 9, 2012

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Dennis Quaid's third wife has filed for divorce, saying the couple's seven-year marriage has "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities."

Kimberly Buffington Quaid filed a petition in Travis County, Texas,

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Dick Van Dyke marries makeup artist at age 86

Mar 9, 2012

By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Van Dyke is a very happy newlywed at age 86, his spokesman said Friday.

Van Dyke and makeup artist Arlene Silver, 40, were married last week in a small Leap Day ceremony at a Malibu chapel near the actor's home, publicist Bob Palmer said.

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Rapper Coolio arrested in unpaid Vegas ticket case

Mar 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rapper Coolio was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

Coolio, 48, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. several blocks east of the Las ...

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Parents Television Council likes 'Bully' rating

Mar 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A petition urging the film-ratings board to overturn the "R'' rating it gave to the teen-centric documentary "Bully" has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, but at least one organization is OK with the decision.

The Parents Television Council praised the Motion Picture ...

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Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

Mar 9, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Film critics had some choice words for Eddie Murphy's new flick "A Thousand Words," and none of them are positive.

They roundly panned Murphy's turn as Jack McCall, a boorish literary agent and inattentive family man forced to examine his ways when a ...

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VEVO launches redesign with Facebook in mind

Mar 9, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With TV screens and social networking in mind, the music video site VEVO has launched a significant redesign.

The new VEVO features a bigger player, continuous playback of videos and personalized playlists synced with user iTunes libraries and ...

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Taylor Swift is Billboard's top money maker in '11

Mar 9, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift is No. 1 again: The singer is the top act on Billboard's "Money Makers" list.

Swift earned more than $35 million in 2011, according to the Billboard list released Friday. U2 was second with $32 million. Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne rounded out the top 5.

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Rush wreaks the s-word, but why are people so mad?

Mar 9, 2012

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — It isn't what you say that counts, but who you say it about.

That's a lesson from the firestorm set off last week by Rush Limbaugh when he called a Georgetown University student a "slut" and "prostitute."

But maybe, even in the untamed world of ...

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'Moonrise Kingdom' opening Cannes Film Festival

Mar 9, 2012

PARIS (AP) — This year's Cannes Film Festival is opening with a New England accent.

Cannes organizers said Friday that American filmmaker Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" will kick off the 12-day festival.

The movie, starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, portrays two young lovers who decide to ...

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Jeremy Rosado ejected by 'Idol' judges, leaving 12

Mar 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Rosado has gotten the hook on "American Idol."

Thursday's edition of the Fox singing contest saw the exit of the 19-year-old receptionist from Valrico, Fla. He left behind a dozen finalists still in the running.

They include Elise Testone, a 28-year-old teacher from ...

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Whitney Houston's death was feared, relative says

Mar 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston's sister-in-law said she feared that drugs would end the singer's life.

In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be "kidding herself" to say otherwise.

Patricia Houston, who was her ...

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James T. Ellis, singer for The Trammps, dies at 74

Mar 8, 2012

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, who belted out the refrain "Burn, baby burn!" in a 1970s-era disco hit that's still replayed in modern sports arenas, has died. He was 74.

David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, S.C., said the frontman for The Trammps died Thursday at ...

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