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Mexican’s ‘Harry Potter’ hoard is world’s biggest

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” memorabilia was named the world’s largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two [...]

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Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn’t wearing seatbelt in crash

  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren’t wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court [...]

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Viola Davis learns underbelly of law on new show

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing an attorney on TV has shown Viola Davis there’s a slim — and slippery — divide between guilt and innocence. The 49-year-old actress stars as a defense attorney and law professor on the new ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder,” which premiered Thursday to an impressive [...]

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Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities said Monday. Bynes, 28, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer after she stopped in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles [...]

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Forest Service says media doesn’t need permit

SEATTLE (AP) — Faced with increasing criticism of a proposal that would restrict media filming in wilderness areas, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said late Thursday that the rule is not intended to apply to news-gathering activities. The rule would apply to commercial filming, like a movie production, but reporters and news organizations would not [...]

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Colorado approves $5M incentive for Tarantino film

DENVER (AP) — Colorado on Friday approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight.” The Oscar-winning screenwriter’s movie could be filmed on a 900-acre ranch west of the ski town of Telluride, depending on local permit approval, The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/1utJtW5 ). Colorado’s incentives, approved by the [...]

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Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ debuts with $35M

NEW YORK (AP) — Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance of [...]

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‘Gone With the Wind’ at 75: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As its 75th anniversary approaches, “Gone With the Wind” is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film’s distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic’s portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate. “Gone With the Wind” will be screened this weekend in 650 theaters nationwide, broadcast Monday by Turner [...]

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Tina Turner exhibit opens at old Tennessee school

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday as a museum honoring the singer’s career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. More than 100 people attended an opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and tour of the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, located on [...]

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Tyler Perry confirms he’ll be a dad

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Perry confirms he’s going to be a dad. Rumors have circulated that the 45-year-old Perry and girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, were expecting a child. But Perry had not made a public statement. When asked about the prospects Friday at the opening night of the New York Film Festival, Perry responded cheerfully. [...]

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Leah Remini, Jennifer Lopez hit in minor car crash

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an SUV carrying actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez and her two kids, was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver who then fled the scene. Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks says Remini was driving Lopez’s SUV at about 8 p.m. Saturday and stopped at a traffic [...]

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