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‘McCarthys’ inspired by creator’s modern family

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the sitcom “Happy Endings” was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired “The McCarthys,” a new CBS comedy about sports-obsessed brood with one gay son. Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact. For one, the son, Ronny, played [...]

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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

  LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with [...]

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Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

  NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg. It was during her screen test for the role. “They just kind of threw it at me as the last thing to do. I didn’t have [...]

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Review: ‘The Real Thing’ is thoroughly excellent

  NEW YORK (AP) — The first time “The Real Thing” came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival. A thoroughly excellent and tuneful version of Tom [...]

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Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey [...]

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Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. An ice-cold [...]

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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with the [...]

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Md. man punched by Chris Brown settles lawsuit

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1nU8ebT ) that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed on Thursday that a settlement had been reached. He did not say [...]

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Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert [...]

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After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty’s success

  TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty. [...]

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Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention. Hello Kitty Con is expected to draw some 25,000 fans over four days. Long lines snaked through the sold-out event Thursday at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum [...]

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