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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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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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Tiny Harris defends implants to change eye color

NEW YORK (AP) — Reality TV star Tameka “Tiny” Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes. Harris, once a member of the ’90s R&B group Xscape, told ABC News on Thursday that [...]

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Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador

NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. Swift’s new gig as New York City’s global welcome ambassador is getting a Bronx cheer (not that she knows what that is) from locals who questioned her street cred and mocked the videos she made for the city’s [...]

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Exhibit on Paul Simon’s life to debut at Rock Hall

CLEVELAND (AP) — An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon’s career will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock Hall announced Wednesday that “Paul Simon: Words & Music” will feature a first-person narrative from Simon. It’s a first for the museum. The exhibit in Cleveland will showcase more than 80 artifacts, [...]

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New ‘Drumline’ casts a new beat to original

  ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film “Drumline” influenced them to attend a historically black college and university. Cannon believes the sequel could have the same impact. “People told me back then they went to an HBCU because of that movie,” said Cannon, who [...]

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Q&A: Anna Kendrick on modeling, movies and music

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. “I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree,” the bubbly actress said during a recent interview. Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit [...]

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Missy Elliott, Lil Kim to reunite at awards show

  NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and Da Brat will reunite at next month’s Soul Train Awards. BET and Centric announced Monday that the female rappers will take the stage Nov. 7 when the show tapes at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. They all co-starred on the 90′s hit, “Not Tonight,” [...]

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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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Student record label hits campus

    by Chantelle Polite Entertainment Alliance is a student run record label on Norfolk State’s campus. The organization gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents musically by holding different musical events. Entertainment Alliance also houses students from other universities in the Hampton Roads area to join their record label. “The purpose of the [...]

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Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and [...]

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