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Review: ‘Fantasia’ not a harmonious composition

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before they fizzled out, my chief compliant about those tap-happy “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” franchises was that they didn’t really teach players anything about music. They were simply color-coded amusements. Now, here comes “Fantasia: Music Evolved” (Disney, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, $59.99) to take rhythmic superfluousness [...]

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Pistorius sentencing: What it means

  PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world’s most recognizable athletes? Here’s what Pistorius’ five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide in Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting [...]

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Review: Play reveals tense birth of a classic film

NEW YORK (AP) — Two tough guys, one tough script and their Herculean team effort to cram steamy sex and violence into a strictly-censored Hollywood studio film is the subject of Mike Bencivenga’s fascinating play “Billy & Ray.” A smartly humorous, suspenseful production, featuring Vincent Kartheiser (of TV’s “Mad Men”) as legendary Hollywood writer and [...]

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Porn production moratorium ends after testing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California-based trade group for the adult film industry has lifted a moratorium on production spurred by a feared HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Free Speech Coalition ended the five-day production hold Monday, saying in a statement that testing has been completed and “the performer pool has not [...]

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Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met [...]

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Cost of making ‘Hobbit’ movies up to $745 million

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy “The Hobbit” has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand [...]

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Police contacted actress before she was found dead

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — Suburban Seattle police say they contacted actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained,” several times before she was found dead in a ravine last week. Auburn police said Tuesday that officers contacted Upham four times since July 2013, and each time she [...]

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Review: A twist on the man-child romp in ‘Laggies’

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low production value. She has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups: two pals trying to follow through on a dare to make a gay porno (“Humpday”); a man betwixt two interested sisters, one of them a lesbian, in a remote cabin (“Your [...]

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Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says [...]

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Oscar De La Renta dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed [...]

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Truth campaign outs celebrity tobacco users

  By Richelle Hammiel “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” is a message that flashes across television screens and this message has generated the attention of fans, celebrities and lawyers. The Truth Campaign, active enforcers of change, has compiled numerous photos as well as facts to stop the use of tobacco, especially in teens. The photos were made [...]

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