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Streep, Fey among readers at poetry gala

Apr 25, 2014

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Patrick Stewart wasn't about to miss the chance to appear on the same stage with Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Kevin Kline.

And if that meant learning a poem or two, he was happy to do the homework.

"It was a no-brainer," the actor said ...

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Discovery to air Everest documentary on May 4

Apr 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery Channel has announced May 4 as the airdate for a documentary on last week's Mount Everest avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.

The 90-minute special, "Everest Avalanche Tragedy," will air at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Several of the Sherpas killed were ...

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James Earl Jones returning to Broadway this fall

Apr 24, 2014

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — James Earl Jones is coming back to Broadway in a play that's almost as old as he is.

The 87-year-old two-time Tony Award-winner will star in a fall revival of the zany "You Can't Take It With You," the 1936 comedy about an engagement that forces a ...

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Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

Apr 24, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland.

Rivers and her daughter discussed their reality show Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show and she complained about her living arrangements,

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Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest

Apr 24, 2014

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later.

Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual "Ebertfest" film festival ...

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'Recovered' Banksy works on display ahead of sale

Apr 24, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Elusive street artist Banksy says he has nothing to do with an auction of several of his works taken from walls and valued at up to 1 million pounds ($1.68 million).

A statement on Banksy's website Thursday said the "Stealing Banksy?" sale "has been ...

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ABC signs Stephanopoulos to contract extension

Apr 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its "Good Morning America" team to agree to a new deal.

ABC News said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain as Robin Roberts' chief partner on the top-rated morning show, and will continue as ...

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Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

Apr 24, 2014

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?

For the Duchess of Cambridge, who's rounding up her trip to Australia and New ...

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Singer Marc Anthony to produce album in English

Apr 24, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Marc Anthony's latest Spanish-language album "3.0" is a hit, and his single "Vivir mi vida" topped the charts for 18 weeks. But Anthony isn't satisfied. He wants to reconquer a broader market with a new project in English.

Anthony announced at the 25th Billboard Latin Music Conference ...

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Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

Apr 23, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.

Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show ...

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Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.

Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.

Shand, 62, had ...

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Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

Apr 23, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

Willie Myrick recounted the story at a recent gathering in his honor. He ...

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Theater producer denies claims he molested teen

Apr 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A theater producer sued by a man accusing several Hollywood figures of sexual assault is denying the allegations or that he was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse happened.

Attorneys for Gary Goddard issued a statement Wednesday denying that the theater producer molested or gave ...

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Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy

Apr 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbie is coming alive.

Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll.

The companies said Wednesday the comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks ("What a Girl Wants") and produced by husband-and-wife ...

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Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

Apr 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is a married woman.

A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday.

E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with ...

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AOL to add Miramax films to video platform

Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Web portal AOL Inc. says it will license full-length movies from Miramax for free viewing with advertisements by its U.S. visitors.

AOL didn't say which movies it would offer but said they would be refreshed monthly and span a range of genres. They will play on its AOL On Network,

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Play 'An Act of God' eyes space on Broadway

Apr 23, 2014

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Someone pretty critic-proof is coming to Broadway: The Almighty.

Producer Jeffrey Finn on Wednesday said he hopes to mount a stage adaptation of the humor book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" on Broadway by 2015. The play, called "An Act of ...

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Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

Apr 23, 2014

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United ...

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Music Review: Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

Apr 23, 2014

By CRISTINA JALREAU, Associated Press

Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records)

Even Oscar-winning composers can use a little help once in a while.

So it makes sense that Hans Zimmer created his own band of superhero hitmakers, including ...

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Lupita Nyong'o named People's 'Most Beautiful'

Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014.

The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," tops the magazine's list, announced Wednesday.

Commenting on being selected for this year's ...

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