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Big milestone for Britain's little prince

Jul 22, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ and MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.

Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday. While ...

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Imax, Shanghai Film to open 19 screens in China

Jul 22, 2014

HONG KONG (AP) — Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market.

Imax Corp. and Shanghai Film Corp. said Tuesday that a "significant number" of the theaters will open before the end of 2015.

No financial terms ...

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Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89

Jul 21, 2014

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.

Berger's literary agent, Cristina ...

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Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

The science fiction sequel topped a trio of new wide releases: "The Purge: Anarchy," ''Planes: Fire & Rescue" and the poor performing "Sex ...

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Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Jul 21, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

The musicians join such previous guest stars as Stephen King and David Hasselhoff as unusual casting choices in the motorcycle club drama on ...

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Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

Jul 21, 2014

WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."

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Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments.

The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday in New York federal court. The move comes after Oberst's ...

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Shania Twain's Vegas residency to end in December

Jul 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country superstar Shania Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace.

Twain announced 16 "Shania: Still the One" shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through ...

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New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp's son

Jul 21, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.

Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a ...

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Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

Jul 21, 2014

By SUZETTE LABOY, Associated Press

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Surf's up next summer.

From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The ...

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Kirilenko ends engagement to NHL star Ovechkin

Jul 21, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Another sports power couple's engagement is off.

Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the ...

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ABC's Paula Faris gets weekend anchor job

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of "Good Morning America."

ABC News said Monday that Faris will start Aug. 8. The "World News Now" anchor joined the network in 2012 from the NBC affiliate in Chicago, and was recently ...

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Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

Jul 21, 2014

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where ...

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Ex-'X-Factor' judge trial nixed over lying claims

Jul 21, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The drug trial of a British celebrity has collapsed after the judge said an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" probably lied under oath.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had caught Tulisa Contostavlos, a singer and former judge on the ...

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Court: Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund' kids

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids.

The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1ntwUa9 ) says the children's court-appointed lawyer recently ...

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Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving 'Fifty Shades'

Jul 21, 2014

By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.

Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television ...

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Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival. This year, his view will be much improved — he'll be on stage.

The soulful newcomer is among those set to perform at the eighth annual event, held every night in September at The Roundhouse in London. Other acts ...

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Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

Jul 21, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.

This ...

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'Simpsons' producer jokes about crossover show

Jul 20, 2014

By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press

BEVERY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "We're doing a crossover with Scooby-Doo to find Casey Kasem's body." — "The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean on whether there would be a crossover with "The Simpsons" and "Futurama."

He told journalists Sunday at the Television ...

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Producers: 'Gracepoint' differs from U.K. version

Jul 20, 2014

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Gracepoint," the American version of the critically acclaimed British crime drama "Broadchurch," won't be a mirror image of the original, its producers promise.

That's despite the fact that the first two episodes closely track ...

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