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'The Dictator' takes his camel out in Cannes

May 16, 2012

CANNES, France (AP) — "The Dictator" knows how to make a scene.

Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy character turned up at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with two of his model bodyguards and a camel, bringing the famed Croisette promenade to a standstill.

It's his latest stunt for "The Dictator,"

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Lennon's killer transferred to another NY prison

May 16, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's killer has been transferred to another maximum-security state prison in western New York after spending more than 30 years in Attica Correctional Facility.

The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/MhSqLT ) that 57-year-old Mark David Chapman was transferred ...

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Race, age questions fuel Miss World Fiji fiasco

May 16, 2012

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press

First came complaints that the winner of the Miss World Fiji pageant looked too Western to represent her country. Then her age came under scrutiny. And now, with the 16-year-old's crown lost, one of the judges says the contest was rigged from the start.

The pageant ...

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Philippine leader backs Sanchez on 'American Idol'

May 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has picked his "American Idol."

The Philippines' leader says he is happy Jessica Sanchez is one of the singing contest's top three finalists and "hopefully she really reaches the top."

The 16-year-old Sanchez is from Chula Vista,

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Another star is dismissed from 'Dancing'

May 15, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Menounos earned a perfect score on Monday's episode of "Dancing With the Stars," but on Tuesday, she was ousted from the show.

The 33-year-old TV personality was eliminated from the ABC dance-off one week shy of the finals. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to ...

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'Revolution,' 2 other Steinem e-books released

May 15, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Steinem has joined a new revolution — the e-book revolution.

Three of the feminist icon's books became available in digital form Tuesday. "Moving Beyond Words," ''Revolution from Within" and "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" are being released electronically by ...

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Mexican novelist, essayist Carlos Fuentes dies

May 15, 2012

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America's novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital. He was 83.

Fuentes died at the Angeles del ...

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Aaron Sorkin to adapt 'Steve Jobs' film for Sony

May 15, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Sorkin is going from Facebook to Apple.

Sony Pictures officials say the Oscar-winning writer will write a screenplay based on the Steve Jobs biography.

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal says Sorkin will make the film about the late Apple founder "everything that Jobs ...

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NY judge: Apple statements damage lawsuit position

May 15, 2012

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cited the confident voice of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs on Tuesday as she refused to toss out lawsuits alleging the company and various publishers conspired to drive up the price of electronic books.

U.S. District Judge ...

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Review: 'Battleship' loud, dumb but stays afloat

May 15, 2012

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press

"Battleship" is big, dumb fun that knows it's big, dumb fun and enthusiastically embraces its big, dumb, fun nature.

Director Peter Berg has crafted an almost fetishistic homage to Michael Bay — like Bay's "Transformers" series, this is yet another action ...

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Florida judge says rapper Campbell should coach

May 15, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state administrative law judge says former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell should be allowed to coach football in Florida schools.

Judge Robert Meale made his recommendation Tuesday.

The state refused to certify the 51-year-old rapper although he's been ...

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Reaction to death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes

May 15, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Some reaction to the death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes:

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"With his parting disappears a writer whose work and whose presence has left a profound mark. His short-stories, novels and essays were primarily inspired by Mexico's problems and history ...

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'Idol' favorite would continue winner monotony

May 15, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Idol" viewers could be in for a serious case of deja vu if Phillip Phillips wins on the Fox talent contest's 11th season finale next week.

While the soulful strummer from Leesburg, Ga., has certainly proved he can be a risk-taking ...

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PBS fall schedule offers U.K. hits, US history

May 15, 2012

By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS' fall schedule has a definite British accent, courtesy of the returning drama "Upstairs Downstairs" and newcomer "Call the Midwife."

The prominence of dramas imported from the U.K. is no surprise given PBS' success with "Downton Abbey,"

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Nostalgic viewers turn out for housewives' exit

May 15, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — For one last time, a crowd turned out to watch the goings-on on Wisteria Lane.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" drew a little more than 11 million viewers for the two-hour series finale of creator Marc Cherry's prime-time soap. That wasn't enough to ...

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Cinderella story 'Ever After' to charm Broadway

May 15, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — There will apparently be back-to-back Cinderella stories on Broadway in the coming seasons.

Producers announced Tuesday plans to bring a new musical based on the Drew Barrymore film "Ever After" in the 2013-14 season under the direction and choreography of Kathleen Marshall.

"Ever ...

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ABC orders 10 new series for upcoming season

May 15, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC is casting for an all-star edition of "Dancing With the Stars" this fall and is seeking to turn its Sunday night schedule into "a battle between good and evil," the network's entertainment chief said Tuesday.

The third-place broadcast network ...

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Ellen DeGeneres Wins Top U.S. Humor Prize

May 15, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres, who broke ground in 1997 as the first lead character on prime-time TV to reveal she was gay, is winning the nation's top humor prize.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that DeGeneres will receive the ...

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'Diablo III' fans celebrate game's release

May 15, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Fans of "Diablo III" celebrated the midnight launch of the long-awaited video game.

A crowd of more than 1,500 gathered Monday night around a stage built underneath the Ferris wheel at the Irvine Spectrum Center, a shopping center located ...

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Review: 'Hysteria' has a few oohs, aahs, no Big O

May 15, 2012

By DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press

Like the inventors of the vibrator it depicts, "Hysteria" really aims to please. And like an inattentive lover displaced by the sexual aid, the film never quite satisfies.

True to the title, there are a few hysterically funny moments as a couple of Victorian-era ...

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