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Pittsburgh's ToonSeum: Hundreds of comics damaged

Mar 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Holy leaky roof, Batman!!!

Hundreds and possibly thousands of rare comic books were damaged at a comic museum's warehouse in western Pennsylvania last week.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wsQp70 ) reports that water leaks at the ToonSeum warehouse destroyed books,

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Fox and CBS dominated in prime time last week

Mar 6, 2012

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox was the champ in prime-time ratings last week, with CBS close behind, as the two networks seized almost exclusive control of the Top 30 roster.

Fox was supercharged with three editions of "American Idol" (which took the first, third and ...

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Kennedy Center plans Nordic arts festival in 2013

Mar 6, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nordic artists, including a percussionist who carves instruments from Norwegian glacier ice, will take over the Kennedy Center next year for a monthlong festival to cap a new season of programs in 2012 and 2013 that were announced Tuesday.

The ...

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Franco, Cornish among those with films at Tribeca

Mar 6, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's Tribeca Film Festival will feature many domestically oriented movies that deal with contentious contemporary issues, from the recession to James Franco's artistic antics.

Tribeca announced the first half of its slate for this year's ...

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Sci-fi drama 'Terra Nova' axed after first season

Mar 6, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The prehistoric drama "Terra Nova" is history on Fox.

The network said late Monday it is dropping the pricey sci-fi series after a single season.

The ambitious series, filmed in Australia with expensive special effects, got a lukewarm reception from viewers last fall despite high ...

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Brooks leads 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame class

Mar 6, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks' induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame caps one of the most astounding and important music careers in American history. At 50, though, Brooks isn't done yet.

He's one of the hall's youngest living inductees and might be ...

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Novak explains feelings behind 'Artist' protest

Mar 6, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Novak is clarifying why she used the word "rape" to describe how she felt about "The Artist."

The 79-year-old "Vertigo" actress, who will be honored next month at the TCM Classic Film Festival, said during a phone interview Monday that ...

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'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' composer dies

Mar 6, 2012

By JILL LAWLESS and MARK KENNEDY, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — How do you sum up the work of songwriter Robert B. Sherman? Try one word: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

The tongue-twisting term, sung by magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like much of Sherman's work — both complex and ...

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That's seriously funny: Comics tackle tough issues

Mar 6, 2012

By MATT MOORE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are wedding bells in Riverdale, but it's not Archie and Betty or Veronica. It's Army Lt. Kevin Keller and the physical therapist who helped him overcome his war wound — Clay Walker.

Meanwhile, in the comics pages, Gil is an 8-year-old boy ...

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NY violin prodigy, now award-winning fundraiser

Mar 6, 2012

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — He is a violin prodigy who has channeled his musical talents to raise more than $5 million for pediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other venues.

Jourdan Urbach was honored ...

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Chicagoans in Hollywood celebrate far from home

Mar 6, 2012

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A hungry Chris O'Donnell arrived straight from the set of "NCIS: Los Angeles" and polished off a piece of pizza. Joe Mantegna, Dennis Farina and Roger Ebert's wife were craving their favorite Chicago foods, too.

Chicago Cubs owner Tom ...

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Children's publisher developing app for e-reading

Mar 5, 2012

By HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading publisher of children's books is taking a big step into the electronic market.

Scholastic Inc. is developing an app called Storia, which includes around 1,300 e-books and multimedia e-books that can be bought directly from the publisher ...

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Chef Paula Deen's attorneys say accusations false

Mar 5, 2012

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys for Paula Deen said Tuesday that a former worker who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet.

A lawsuit ...

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'Lorax' rakes in the green with $70.2M debut

Mar 5, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The environmental fable "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" grew mightily during its opening weekend, taking in $70.2 million for the biggest debut of the year by far, according to final studio figures Monday. The 3-D animated comedy from Universal ...

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Limbaugh and the GOP: The media stars and politics

Mar 5, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The uproar over Rush Limbaugh's derisive comments about a young woman's sex life is serving as a vivid reminder of the outsize role conservative media stars play in Republican politics.

With a Democratic president in the White House and no leading ...

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'Desperate Housewives' creator describes star spat

Mar 5, 2012

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of "Desperate Housewives" told jurors Monday he thought he had permission to tap the head of Nicollette Sheridan but acknowledged the incident created a strained and awkward dynamic with an actress he considered smart and funny.

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Comic impressionist Steve Bridges dies in LA

Mar 5, 2012

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Impressionist Steve Bridges, who used prosthetics and wigs to turn into presidents and laughs to make a living, was found dead at his home, his manager said Monday. He was 48.

Bridges returned from China on Feb. 23 and complained to friends of ...

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Stage musical of 'Animal House' being developed

Mar 5, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Toga, toga!

Universal Pictures Stage Productions said Monday that it's developing a stage musical based on its classic college comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House."

"Animal House: The Musical" will feature an original score by the band Barenaked Ladies, with direction and ...

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Limbaugh says his apology to student was sincere

Mar 5, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Radio host Rush Limbaugh said his apology to the Georgetown law student he called a "slut" was sincere but also joked that he, too, got a busy signal Monday when he called the show to join the growing roster of advertisers abandoning it.

The ...

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ALA announces awards for adult fiction, nonfiction

Mar 5, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The sponsors of the top prizes in children's literature have established two awards for grown-ups.

The American Library Association announced Monday that the first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, given for the year's best adult fiction and nonfiction, will be awarded when ...

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