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Folk legend Pete Seeger honored by arts academy

Apr 25, 2012

By HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Folk music legend Pete Seeger has won a prize and he might just sing a song to celebrate.

The 92-year-old troubadour is receiving a "Distinguished Service" award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to academy executive ...

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'30 Rock' to live it up with live episode Thursday

Apr 25, 2012

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — In a move to inject new life into its kookiness, "30 Rock" is going live this week.

It will be the second such outing for the NBC comedy, which is normally a polished, single-camera filmed affair. It went live for a night in October 2010 with an ...

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Zac Brown Band's new album 'Uncaged' out July 10

Apr 25, 2012

By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Describing the new Zac Brown Band album is anything but simple.

"It's your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record," Brown joked.

"Uncaged" is out July 10 and Brown says its 11 tracks further push the boundaries of what ...

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First Look: Johnny Depp stars in 'Dark Shadows'

Apr 25, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Johnny Depp is portraying the undead in his latest movie.

With some fake blood on his lips, Depp bites into the role of a wronged vampire who awakens 200 years in the future to discover disco, television and microwaves in "Dark Shadows."

Depp ...

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Ted Nugent pleads guilty in illegal AK bear kill

Apr 24, 2012

By RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska, saying he was sorry for unwittingly violating the law.

"I would never knowingly break any game laws," Nugent told ...

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Deion Sanders cited for spat with estranged wife

Apr 24, 2012

PROSPER, Texas (AP) — Much like his playing days, Deion Sanders' tumultuous marriage has had no shortage of flash and drama: A reality television show, a divorce arrangement in which the couple still lived together and now, misdemeanor assault charges.

Police said late Tuesday that the former ...

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First Look: Peter Jackson unveils 'Hobbit' scenes

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" is preparing to leave the shire.

The director of the Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy previewed 10 minutes of assorted footage Tuesday from his upcoming prequel.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," was ...

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Rather's suit against CBS was worth it, he writes

Apr 24, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Retired CBS anchorman Dan Rather says his lawsuit against his former network was worth it, even though the $70 million breach-of-conduct case was rejected by New York courts.

In his new book, "Rather Outspoken," he said the case forced some of the ...

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Jack White to compose 'The Lone Ranger' score

Apr 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled Jack White to compose the score for "The Lone Ranger."

The studio announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning rocker will write, produce and perform the score for director Gore Verbinski's upcoming adaptation of "The Lone Ranger."

"The Lone ...

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Hudson leaves court before grisly photos shown

Apr 24, 2012

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Jennifer Hudson shut her eyes tight Tuesday, holding still on a spectators' bench, as a police officer at the trial of the man accused of killing three members of the Oscar winner's family described coming across bloodied bodies at the Chicago home ...

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First Look: 'Dark Knight Rises' promises violence

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — This isn't your father's Caped Crusader.

Christopher Nolan's latest Batman flick features an injured Bruce Wayne leaning on a cane, Anne Hathaway in red lips and a leather body suit as Catwoman, and a Gotham City football game interrupted by ...

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First Look: Funny politics in 'The Campaign'

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Will Farrell runs for re-election and punches a baby in his new election comedy "The Campaign."

That's right. He punches a baby.

Footage from "The Campaign" was screened Tuesday in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, a conference for theater owners.

The ...

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Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, TI headline Music Midtown

Apr 24, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, T.I. and Ludacris will headline two days of concerts in September at Atlanta's Music Midtown.

Organizers of the music festival announced on Tuesday that the event will take place at Piedmont Park. The musicians are slated to perform from Sept. 21-22.

The ...

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Chris Brown adds puppy selling to his resume

Apr 24, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown is delivering more than hit songs — he's selling puppies.

A rep for the singer confirmed Tuesday that Brown is selling two-month-old pit bull puppies on a website. Maureen O'Connor called Brown an animal lover and says the pups were born to dogs he keeps at his family ...

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Hollywood, Silicon Valley need unity, leader says

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Dodd, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, said Tuesday that Hollywood and Silicon Valley must work together to protect intellectual property.

Silicon Valley has likely succeeded in killing anti-piracy legislation at ...

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AOL launches online video network, AOL On

Apr 24, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — AOL is launching an online video network that will gather its programming onto one platform, the latest bid by a major Internet destination to be a player in Web television.

The company announced the video hub, the AOL On Network, on Tuesday at a ...

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Memorial set for Levon Helm at his Woodstock home

Apr 24, 2012

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Levon Helm's friends and fans have been invited to a memorial at the home where the late drummer and singer for The Band staged his "Midnight Ramble" barn concerts in New York's Hudson Valley.

Helm's family says on his website that parking will be available at three ...

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MPAA chief says film ratings fair, help parents

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of the Motion Picture Association of America says its rating system is fair despite ongoing complaints from some film leaders who claim the ratings are too conservative.

MPAA chief executive Chris Dodd said Tuesday that movie ratings ...

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New York City portrayed online in 870,000 images

Apr 24, 2012

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR and RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The two men were discovered dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in a 12-story Manhattan building, as if dumped there, one man sprawled on top of the other.

The rare crime scene photograph from Nov. 24, 1915, is one of ...

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E! network, Kardashians sign new reality show deal

Apr 24, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kardashian family will continue living life on TV for the next three years.

The E! Entertainment network said Tuesday it had reached a deal with its most bankable franchise to make three more seasons of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Terms ...

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