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Roth says ‘Aftershock’ new business model for film

NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Roth says one of the best things about his new movie “Aftershock” is that it creates a “real, new business model” that could help independent films hold their own against studio blockbusters. Roth…
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NBC orders 5 new TV series for next season

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hayes, Parker Posey, Minnie Driver and Gillian Anderson have prominent roles in new television series that NBC will try next season. The network said Thursday that it had ordered five new series, in…
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Makeup artist describes Jackson’s artistry, pain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A makeup artist who worked with Michael Jackson for nearly 30 years says the singer struggled with sleep and required a doctor’s care to deal with pain while touring. Karen Faye is testifying for…
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3 actors find Tony nominations both happy and sad

NEW YORK (AP) — For three actors, the Tony Award nomination announcement last week was somewhat bittersweet. Sweet, because they’d each gotten a prestigious nod. Bitter, because their shows were long gone. “It’s frustrating to all of us,”…
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Lucci, Trebek donate TV objects to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution is adding relics from soap operas and game shows to its national entertainment collection to tell the story of daytime television. On Thursday, actress Susan Lucci from TV’s “All My Children” and…
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Kris Kross rapper’s funeral held in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Mourners, including some well-known musical artists, are gathering for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta. Kelly’s funeral is set for Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was…

RIAA adds streams to gold, platinum certification

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Industry Association of America is expanding its gold and platinum certification program to include song streams on the Internet. The first round of 56 combined digital single awards counting both downloads and…

Usher to curate music for July 4th fireworks show

NEW YORK (AP) — Usher will be the spark for Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show. The Grammy-winning singer will collaborate with Macy’s to curate the concept, music and design for the fireworks, which will be launched from…

Cannes charity AIDS gala reveals headliners

LONDON (AP) — Dame Shirley Bassey and the British rock band Duran Duran will perform at amFAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Bassey, 76, will treat guests to some of her much-loved classics,…

Social media eyed ‘Day of the Dead’ trademark fail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tweets from Latino activists, writers and artists are being credited for pushing Disney into withdrawing a “Dia de los Muertos” trademark request. Advocates say anger and ridicule expressed on social media forced the company…

Neil Patrick Harris to return as Tony Awards host

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards. Producers of the show announced Thursday that Harris, a stage veteran and star of the CBS sitcom “How…
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Bertolucci to head Venice Film Festival jury

MILAN (AP) — The Venice Film Festival has announced that Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci will chair the jury for the 70th Venice Film Festival. Bertolucci, 73, headed the jury previously in 1983, when the Golden Lion went to…

British director Bryan Forbes dies at age 86

LONDON (AP) — British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic “The Stepford Wives,” has died at age 86 after a long illness, a family spokesman said Wednesday. Matthew D’Ancona said Forbes died…

Nazi-themed opera canceled in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A modern version of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhauser” has been canceled in Germany after the opening-night audience complained about new scenes showing Jews being executed and dying in the gas chambers. A spokeswoman for Duesseldorf’s opera…
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Kris Kross rapper’s funeral to be held in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Mourners are set to gather for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta. Kelly’s funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was found dead May…

Director Ang Lee touts diligence as key to success

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Academy award-winning director Ang Lee says modesty and diligence have been the keys to his success in penetrating the foreign cultures that were part of many of his most notable films. Earlier this year,…

Shakira on her post-baby body: ‘I look decent’

West Hollywood, Calif. (AP) — Colombian superstar Shakira is learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom one day at a time. “It’s part of motherhood you know,” she said of juggling personal…

Metal singer charged with soliciting wife’s murder

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Divorce documents show the lead singer of heavy metal band As I Lay Dying and the wife he allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill had a mostly amicable split, and she…

Conn. man thought linked to heist gets 2½ years

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster is facing sentencing in a weapons and prescription drugs case that revealed federal authorities’ belief that he had information on the largest property heist in U.S. history. Seventy-six-year-old Robert Gentile…