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Callenbach, 'Ecotopia' author, dies in Calif at 83

Apr 26, 2012

By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ernest "Chick" Callenbach, a film scholar who wrote the novel "Ecotopia," a 1975 underground classic that inspired generations of environmentalists and readers yearning for an ecologically sustainable society, has died in California. He was ...

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Warning! Five classic shocker endings

Apr 26, 2012

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sci-fi thriller "Sound of My Voice," starring Brit Marling as a mesmerizing cult leader, keeps its audience guessing as to her true intentions before wrapping up with an a-ha ending that could still be interpreted in a number of ways.

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Pete Fornatale, pioneering NY rock DJ, dies at 66

Apr 26, 2012

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Rock music fans Thursday were mourning the death of Pete Fornatale, a beloved New York radio disc jockey who promoted the best new musicians for decades in his easy, free-form style. He was 66.

Fornatale died in New York a week after suffering a ...

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Woodstock wake held for The Band's Levon Helm

Apr 26, 2012

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — There was a reunion, of sorts, at Woodstock on Thursday.

Musicians, friends and fans gathered in the board-and-batten barn where Levon Helm staged his Midnight Ramble concerts to remember the influential singer and drummer for The Band, who ...

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Gregg Allman postponing book tour for heart tests

Apr 26, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Poor health hasn't robbed Gregg Allman of his sense of humor.

Just as it seemed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was finally over the effects of his liver transplant two years ago, he's been forced to delay his upcoming book tour to ...

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HBO producing documentary about George H.W. Bush

Apr 26, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is producing a documentary on the first President George Bush to debut two days after his 88th birthday in June.

Titled "41," the film about the 41st president is being produced by Jerry Weintraub, a friend of the Bush family and himself the subject of "My Way," another HBO ...

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Latin Grammy awards show returns to Las Vegas

Apr 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards are coming back to Las Vegas for the fifth time.

The Latin Recording Academy announced Thursday that the show is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip. It will air live on Univision.

A month of ...

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George Jones postpones more shows due to health

Apr 26, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors are ordering George Jones to postpone all tour dates through May 20 to recover from an upper respiratory infection.

A statement from Jones' publicist, Kirt Webster, says the 80-year-old singer is resting at his home near Nashville. He spent about a week in the ...

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APNewsBreak: Donor says he offered internship

Apr 26, 2012

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A member of a Los Angeles temple apologized Thursday for offering an internship in a U.S. senator's office as part of a charity auction that the founder of "Girls Gone Wild" says he won.

Chad Brownstein said he didn't get Sen. Mark ...

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Men are fans, too, of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Apr 26, 2012

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — They're young and old, doctors and churchgoers, gay and straight — and those are just the MEN who have devoured oh-so-naughty "Fifty Shades of Grey," an erotic trilogy that has earned millions of women fans in a matter of weeks.

Reading on iPads ...

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Box Office Preview: Think 'Man' again for No. 1

Apr 26, 2012

By PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's "Think Like a Man" is expected to stand up like a man, too, this weekend, holding off a marquee full of newcomers with a second-weekend total of around $20 million to again top the domestic box office.

The screen adaptation of ...

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Even for Ellen, vegan road not always easy

Apr 26, 2012

By MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

Ellen DeGeneres may be an outspoken vegan today, but a life without meat or dairy wasn't always easy for her to, er... digest.

Raised in New Orleans and Texas, the talk show host says she always had a healthy appetite for sausage-laden red beans and rice, as ...

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Redford gushes over Prince Charles' green agenda

Apr 26, 2012

LONDON (AP) — American Hollywood royalty teamed up with British royalty as Robert Redford appeared in London to promote a documentary on Prince Charles' latest environmental projects.

Redford praised the heir to the British throne, speaking Thursday at the launch of the first-ever Sundance film ...

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Ex-tour saxophonist for The Killers found dead

Apr 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A saxophone player who toured with The Killers has been found dead in Las Vegas in an apparent suicide.

The Clark County coroner's office confirmed Thursday that 33-year-old Thomas Christian Marth was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Monday. He was found in the ...

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Smaller arts grants awarded for PBS shows

Apr 26, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

"Live From Lincoln Center" received no funding under the 2012 Arts in Media grants. Last year it received $100,000.

The Metropolitan Opera received $50,000 for its ...

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Thousands defy Norwegian mass killer with song

Apr 26, 2012

By JULIA GRONNEVET, Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) — They gathered by the tens of thousands in the drenching rain to face down terrorism with song.

Drawn by a Facebook-organized protest, Norwegians flocked to public squares across the country Thursday and rallied against far-right fanatic ...

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Evans feels the power of superheroes in 'Avengers'

Apr 26, 2012

By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Evans could feel the power of "The Avengers" from the moment he stepped on set.

Reprising his role as Captain America, the 30-year-old actor joins Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Scarlett ...

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More US-born Latin artists win fans in Spanglish

Apr 26, 2012

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — For years, Latin music acts typically had two routes to U.S. success — sing in English, or build a Latin fan base with Spanish-language tunes, then cross over to the English-language market.

Now a growing group of artists like Pitbull, Prince ...

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Trapped: Many artists selling singles, not albums

Apr 26, 2012

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Just before Flo Rida released his third album, almost two million fans purchased the first single "Club Can't Handle Me," helping the rapper snag yet another Top 10 hit.

But in its first week out, only 11,000 people bought the 8-song EP — "Only ...

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Joshua Ledet continues to impress on 'Idol'

Apr 26, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joshua Ledet earned another pair of standing ovations on "American Idol."

The powerful 20-year-old gospel singer from Westlake, La., got the Fox talent contest's judges on their feet again Wednesday after his energetic take on Queen's "Crazy ...

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