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87th Annual Academy Awards date set for Feb. 22

Apr 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy's return to their standard pattern after ...

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Lost radio program featuring Hank Williams found

Apr 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Previously unreleased recordings of country music legend Hank Williams performing songs on a 1950 radio show will be released next month for download and on vinyl.

"The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" features 24 songs and jingles from a taped show that aired on early country ...

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Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78

Apr 17, 2014

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.

Feliciano, a member of the Fania All Stars, was one of the most recognized ...

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From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

Apr 17, 2014

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball.

Or turn your thoughts to a mass-produced cherry pie transformed into an eggroll with dipping sauce. Or the ...

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Random House to adapt 'Unbroken' for young adults

Apr 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Random House says it plans to publish a young adult adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling survival saga "Unbroken."

Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books, said Thursday the adaption will be published on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, with a first ...

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Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC

Apr 17, 2014

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer says the man who claims he was punched by Chris Brown and his bodyguard is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose.

Bernard Grimm made the statements at a trial Thursday in Washington for his client, bodyguard Christopher ...

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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

Apr 17, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed ...

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'Real Housewives' TV star faces battery charge

Apr 17, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Porsha Williams of TV's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" faces a battery charge after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked during filming of the show.

Atlanta police say they were called to the Biltmore Hotel on March 27, where Moore told an officer Williams ...

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"X-Men" director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

Apr 17, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming ...

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Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert

Apr 17, 2014

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat.

Tribeca opened Wednesday night with the premiere of "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary about the creation of Nas' landmark 1994 debut album,

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Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young is taking a break from AC/DC to focus on his health, the band said.

The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in "ill health" was posted on the band's Facebook. No details were provided.

"Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans ...

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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

Apr 16, 2014

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

uFly company ...

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'Paul Robeson' playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies

Apr 16, 2014

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the play "Paul Robeson" that starred James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, has died in Los Angeles. He was 83.

A family spokesman said Wednesday that Dean died Monday of a heart ...

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Seeger will be celebrated at Hudson River festival

Apr 16, 2014

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer.

Seeger died in January at age 94, after surviving his wife Toshi by about seven months

Clearwater Festival organizers say the two-day show at Croton-on-Hudson starting June 21 will ...

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Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

Apr 16, 2014

By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.

Jay Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference Wednesday to ...

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Young raises $6M in Kickstarter campaign for Pono

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the singer-songwriter's digital music project PonoMusic.

Kickstarter closed the campaign Tuesday after it raised $6.2 million through 18,000 supporters. The campaign is the third most-funded project ...

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Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on 'The View'

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on "The View": She's engaged to Donnie Wahlberg.

McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring.

"It's a yellow sapphire," she said. "The View" co-host told how Wahlberg, star of CBS' "Blue ...

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Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

A representative for the 21-year-old says in a statement that Cyrus is canceling her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

The singer also tweets ...

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Shorter and Schneider each win 3 Jazz Awards

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer-arranger Maria Schneider are each triple winners in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Pianist Herbie Hancock is being honored for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. As a UNESCO goodwill ambassador, Hancock is ...

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