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Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

Apr 24, 2014

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A life-sized bronze statue of esteemed movie critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled outside the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual film festival he started, "Ebertfest."

The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where ...

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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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Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

Apr 23, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in ...

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Harris channels 'Hedwig' when audience acts unruly

Apr 23, 2014

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris knows that his character Hedwig speaks directly to the audience throughout his Broadway show, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." So he understands how things can sometimes get unruly.

"Hedwig's energy transfers itself into a dialogue ...

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Letterman gets visit from his successor, Colbert

Apr 23, 2014

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman — twice.

Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the "Late Show" for the first time since it ...

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Drew Barrymore welcomes second baby girl

Apr 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Barrymore is now a mommy of two.

The 39-year-old actress and her 36-year-old husband, Will Kopelman, are welcoming their second daughter.

Barrymore's rep, Chris Miller, confirms Frankie Barrymore Kopelman was born Tuesday.

Barrymore and Kopelman's first child, daughter ...

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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

Apr 22, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard ...

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Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, Fla., but why?

Apr 22, 2014

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?

Starting Wednesday, hundreds of Indian film stars and thousands of Bollywood fans are expected to flood this city for the International Indian Film Academy's ...

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Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit

Apr 22, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Fox television executive on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually abused a teen through a sex ring involving underage children.

Louise Ann Fernandez, a lawyer for Garth Ancier, said all the allegations made by Michael Egan III in a ...

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Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

Apr 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly ...

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