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Rachel Dratch stars in laugh-fest 'Tail! Spin!'

Jul 13, 2014

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Public servants who venture downtown this fall may leave blushing: A show that highlights four big political sex scandals is coming back.

"Tail! Spin!" — the hit of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival — will begin performances on Sept. 18 ...

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TV CRITICS WATCH: QUICK QUOTE: NBC chief on Emmys

Jul 13, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "I'm not going to grouse about the Emmys. Let's bring back the CableACE Awards. How about that?" — NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, in a joking response during a Q&A session with the Television Critics Association summer meeting Sunday, days after NBC and ...

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'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut

Jul 13, 2014

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer's best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily ...

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Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at Va. home at 84

Jul 13, 2014

CASTLETON, Va. (AP) — Conductor Lorin Maazel, whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in northern Virginia. He was 84.

Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The ...

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Walken to play Captain Hook in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

Jul 13, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network's live version of "Peter Pan."

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics' meeting Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role.

Walken could create the ...

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Members of extended Jackson family in reality show

Jul 12, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are stepping out of what they call "the Jackson bubble" for a reality show.

The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Michael's brother Jermaine, and her five children.

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TV's 'Cake Boss' helped from fogged-in boat in NYC

Jul 12, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A summer sunset boat trip turned out to be no cake walk for reality TV's "Cake Boss," who's thanking police and firefighters for getting his boat and passengers to safety after they were enveloped in fog in New York Harbor.

Buddy Valastro was ...

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Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

Jul 12, 2014

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

Morgan will continue ...

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Last original Ramones member dies

Jul 12, 2014

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their sales. And now, with the death of drummer Tommy, all four original members of the seminal punk rock band ...

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Jeffrey Tambor as a man who is facing a big change

Jul 12, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Having marked his 70th birthday earlier this week, Jeffrey Tambor is celebrating what he calls his most "transformative" role. The veteran actor plays a man who, late in life, acts on his long-suppressed need to be a woman.

The new ...

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"Corn Island" wins Karlovy Vary film festival

Jul 12, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — "Corn Island" by Georgia's director George Ovashvili has won the top prize at the 49th edition of an international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.

The movie, a coproduction of Georgia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, is a psychological drama ...

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Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76

Jul 12, 2014

By CHARLES J. GANS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, has died. He was 76.

Haden's wife of 30 ...

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Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

Jul 12, 2014

By KRISTEN de GROOT, Associated Press Writer

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that ...

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LeBron James returns to Cavs: 'I'm coming home'

Jul 12, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

To Ohio. Home.

Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and ...

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'Better Call Saul' supporting cast announced

Jul 11, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — AMC is confirming that Michael McKean is joining series star Bob Odenkirk in "Better Call Saul," the much-awaited prequel to "Breaking Bad."

Best-known from the film "This Is Spinal Tap," McKean will play the brother of Saul ...

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Brown exits New Edition tour to focus on health

Jul 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health.

A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details ...

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'Harry Potter' actor Legeno dies in Death Valley

Jul 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say "Harry Potter" actor Dave Legeno has died from heatstroke in California's Death Valley. He was 50.

Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three "Harry Potter" films.

The brawny British actor also appeared in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Batman ...

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Back to reality for Nicole Richie in new TV show

Jul 11, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nicole Richie is going back to reality.

The former star of "The Simple Life" with her childhood bestie Paris Hilton headlines her own show "Candidly Nicole" debuting July 17 on VH1.

The eight 30-minute episodes are based on Richie's AOL ...

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'Glee' star's boyfriend dead in Philadelphia hotel

Jul 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An autopsy has failed to pinpoint why the boyfriend of "Glee" star Becca Tobin died in a Philadelphia hotel.

Police say they were called to the Hotel Monaco on Thursday afternoon and soon pronounced 31-year-old Matt Bendik dead.

The city medical examiner's office confirms ...

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Pivot teams with Stanley Tucci for new TV series

Jul 11, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Pivot is getting into scripted drama with a new TV series starring former Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (TOO'-chee).

The nearly year-old network focuses on viewers 18 to 34. It plans to launch "Fortitude" in January with 12 one-hour episodes.

Tucci plays a detective who ...

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