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'Touched by an Angel' producer back in series TV

Apr 20, 2014

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from "Mad Men" to "House of Cards" to "Breaking Bad," and more ways to ...

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Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

Apr 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.

The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville."

The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell.

Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe ...

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Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email

Apr 19, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.

Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks ...

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Egypt's TV satirist off air until after elections

Apr 19, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi-owned satellite television network says Egypt's top satirist will be off the air until after the upcoming May presidential election to avoid influencing voters.

The Middle East Broadcasting Center said Saturday that Bassem Youssef will be off the air to show "respect for the ...

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Lawyer: 'X-Men' director not in Hawaii in mid-1999

Apr 18, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer says the director has credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series that show he wasn't in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually ...

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After his death, Garcia Marquez book sales soar

Apr 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has brought his classic "One Hundred Years of Solitude" to the top of best seller lists.

The novel known for its "magic realism" was No. 1 on Amazon.com on Friday, a day after Garcia Marquez died at age 87. The Nobel laureate's most famous book ...

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Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

Apr 18, 2014

By CESAR GARCIA and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.

Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was ...

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Chelsea Clinton, producer, debuts short at Tribeca

Apr 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — First-time movie producer and mom-to-be Chelsea Clinton has premiered a short film at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Clinton is the executive producer of the short "Of Many," a documentary about the friendship of two religious leaders at New York University. One is rabbi, the other is ...

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Prince reaches agreement with music label

Apr 18, 2014

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.

Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 ...

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Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

Apr 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba has welcomed a baby boy named Winston.

The actor tweeted Friday that his son was born Thursday, adding a photo of the baby's tiny hand gripping his finger. Elba's girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, gave birth.

It's the second child for the star of "Mandela: Long Walk to ...

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Christie's to auction portrait of Malala by Yeo

Apr 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A portrait of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls will be auctioned next month.

The oil painting by Jonathan Yeo shows Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) doing her homework.

It is being donated by the artist to benefit the ...

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A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

Apr 18, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many)

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Bill Clinton jokes with Spacey at benefit concert

Apr 18, 2014

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of the first half of Thursday's 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man who recently learned he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton.

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'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

Apr 18, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns Monday to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact.

The season premiere is a spoof of "Breaking Bad." The first of ...

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

Apr 18, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White ...

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Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee

Apr 18, 2014

By NICOLE EVATT, Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem.

"I don't know how to read music, but I can still play. So I don't really give a (expletive) about formal training or going to school,"

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Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Apr 18, 2014

By The Associated Press

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism.

A partial list of his works:

FICTION:

— "No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories," 1961

— "One Hundred ...

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World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Apr 18, 2014

By The Associated Press

Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

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"A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

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"With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of ...

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Man details abuse claims against 'X-Men' director

Apr 17, 2014

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY and OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

With his voice ...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Apr 17, 2014

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

One of the most ...

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