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Teen charged in celeb car theft had weapons cache

May 2, 2012

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California teen charged in a drive-by shooting and the theft of a celebrity chef's Lamborghini kept an arsenal that included assault rifles, cellphone-jamming equipment and police gear, authorities said.

The items were stashed at a storage container rented by ...

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Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry Atlanta studios

May 2, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — The cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at the studios of Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry may never be known, Atlanta fire officials said Wednesday.

The Tuesday evening blaze at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta will be recorded as undetermined, Atlanta ...

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Review: 'Marigold Hotel' offers safe escape

May 2, 2012

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press

In theory, seeing Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy share the screen should be a delight.

In reality, the seriocomic romp "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" merely has its moments, but more often feels heavy-handed, sappy and overlong. Sure,

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Helm, stars salute Amnesty International in song

May 2, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the last studio recordings by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Levon Helm was also one of the closest to his heart.

Helm, his longtime friend and producer Larry Campbell and a crew of musicians and technicians recorded the rhythm ...

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Review: Wainwright goes pop with help of Ronson

May 2, 2012

By SIAN WATSON, Associated Press

"Out of the Game," Rufus Wainwright (Decca)

Prolific singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright proclaimed after the release of his last album that he was dying to have a pop hit. Who better to team up with to achieve that goal on his latest album "Out of the Game" than ...

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Attorneys try to settle Zsa Zsa Gabor care dispute

May 2, 2012

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter and husband are attempting to settle a dispute over the ailing actress' care and finances outside of court, attorneys told a probate judge Wednesday.

The two sides will meet with a retired probate judge in late ...

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Turkey arts under pressure from conservative gov't

May 2, 2012

By SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a recent play in Turkey, two actors wore trench coats in their role as assassins posing as perverts planning to flash girls near a school.

The scene and its themes of nudity and sexual depravity are at the center of a debate over ...

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UK police: 6 arrested over Chinese art thefts

May 2, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Police in Britain have made a total of six arrests in connection with the theft of valuable Chinese artifacts from two university museums, authorities said Wednesday.

In the industrial central England town of Walsall, police arrested two men and two women suspected of being behind ...

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1950s Hollywood leading lady Patricia Medina dies

May 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The actress who became a leading lady of Hollywood films in the 1950s opposite Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd, Karl Malden and Fernando Lamas has died in Los Angeles. Patricia Medina was 92.

Her friend, Meredith Silverbach, told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/K1ouks) that Medina ...

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Jackson steps fully into Nick Fury in 'Avengers'

May 2, 2012

By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After popping up in cameos during the credits of Marvel films as the authoritative, eye-patch-wearing Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson steps fully into his role as the head of peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in "The Avengers."

He assembles the ...

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DC adds 6 new titles, including modern 'GI Combat'

May 2, 2012

By MATT MOORE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than eight months after upending its universe of classic heroes and ongoing titles, DC Entertainment is bringing six more titles to readers, including a contemporary take on its vintage war comic, "G.I. Combat."

The book, one of six new ...

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Rare Cezanne watercolor fetches $19M at NY auction

May 1, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched over $19 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday.

Christie's auction house said "A Card Player" sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The ...

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Another celebrity is dismissed from 'Dancing'

May 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaleel White can cross dance rehearsals off his to-do list: The 35-year-old actor is done with "Dancing With the Stars."

White was eliminated from the hit ABC dance-off Tuesday after losing the show's "final dance duel" to fellow competitor Roshon Fegan.

The two actors were at ...

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Allman cleared in heart tests, starting book tour

May 1, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gregg Allman will begin a book tour next week after passing heart tests at The Mayo Clinic.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member had delayed the tour after experiencing arrhythmia following recent hernia surgery related to his 2010 liver ...

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Museum of Contemporary Art honors Annie Leibovitz

May 1, 2012

By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Annie Leibovitz has photographed practically every celebrity, rock star and politician over the past four decades, but when she was honored by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, she showed a photograph of Niagara Falls.

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Tony nominations spread out but 'Once' leads

May 1, 2012

By MARK KENNEDY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — There was something for virtually everyone to smile about on Broadway on Tuesday after 30 of 37 shows this season got at least one Tony Award nomination. The folks at "Once" had the most reason to celebrate tonight at their working bar on stage.

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Oscars to Stay in Same Theatre for 20 More Years

May 1, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscars will be in Dolby.

The CIM Group, which owns the Hollywood & Highland Center, announced a 20-year deal on Tuesday with the audio technology company Dolby Laboratories Inc. to rename the Academy Awards venue as the Dolby Theatre.

In ...

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'Dancing With the Stars' leads ABC to strong week

May 1, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC danced to one of its best ratings weeks of the season.

"Dancing With the Stars" topped its Fox rival, "American Idol," to be the most-watched show of the week for the first time this season, the Nielsen Co. said Tuesday. It was ABC's biggest ...

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'Shaft' guitarist Pitts passes away in Memphis

May 1, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charles "Skip" Pitts, the longtime Memphis guitar player for Isaac Hayes whose distinctive sound helped define soul and make "Shaft" cool, has died. He was 65.

Tim Sampson, communication director with the Stax Museum of American Soul ...

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Colleagues, friends gather to honor Mike Wallace

May 1, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Wallace turned and blew a kiss to a giant portrait of his father, "60 Minutes" journalist Mike Wallace, after memorializing him Tuesday as "the best journalist I have ever known."

The Fox News anchor also told of when his father tried to ...

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