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Syfy to launch 'The Expanse' starring Thomas Jane

Jul 14, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Syfy network says Thomas Jane will star as a world-weary detective in an other-worldly thriller for the network. In "The Expanse," Jane will play Detective Miller, a native of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter two centuries in the future. He is put in charge of ...

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'Scandal' star Tony Goldwyn creates a new drama

Jul 14, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Goldwyn has displayed a lack of ethics in the White House.

As President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's hit melodrama "Scandal," he has cheated on his wife right under her nose and even smothered a pesky Supreme Court justice on her sickbed.

But in ...

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Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies

Jul 14, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize for novels that explored the cost of racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa, has died at the age of 90, her family said Monday.

Gordimer, who won the literature prize in ...

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Maine film festival honors Glenn Close

Jul 14, 2014

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Six-time Oscar nominated actress Glenn Close has been honored by the Maine International Film Festival.

Close called the Mid-Life Achievement Award — a moose statuette— she received Sunday night in Waterville "the best award I've ever received."

The ceremony followed a ...

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Artist creates 'empowering' wearable sculptures

Jul 14, 2014

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art.

She creates full-length wearable sculptures embedded with all manner of found objects, including driftwood, engraving plates, steel wire, zippers, pebbles and comic book imagery of ...

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Simon Cowell on a business, personal roll

Jul 13, 2014

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Life is good these days for Simon Cowell.

"America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries ...

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Kate Walsh is ready for good times as 'Bad Judge'

Jul 13, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maybe "Bad Judge" is the wrong title.

She's actually a very good judge. Off the job, she's somewhat of a bad girl.

Played by Kate Walsh on this upcoming NBC sitcom, Judge Rebecca Wright is a clear break from the cool, polished Dr.

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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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