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Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

  NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. The actor’s son, Peter [...]

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Extra, extra! _ Broadway’s ‘Newsies’ to close

  NEW YORK (AP) — Stop the presses: Broadway’s “Newsies” is closing. Disney Theatrical Productions said Sunday, June 22, it will shutter the high-energy musical about newsboys after the Aug. 24 performance, pulling the plug on a 2-year-old show that has earned more than $100 million over some 1,000 shows but has seen its weekly take [...]

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Italy Venice Film Festival

  ROME (AP) — For the first time, a composer will lead the international jury at the Venice Film Festival. Organizers said Monday that the jury president this year will be Frenchman Alexandre Desplat, a six-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner. His many credits include the scores for “Godzilla,” “The King’s Speech,” ”Argo” and [...]

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‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’ with $30M

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Las Vegas ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys.” The Kevin Hart sequel “Think Like a Man Too” narrowly edged out “22 [...]

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Carnegie Hall concert honors black history

  NEW YORK (AP) — In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday, June 16, at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. “We will be [...]

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4 injured circus acrobats to speak about accident

  BOSTON (AP) — Four circus acrobats injured during a hair-hanging stunt were expected to discuss the accident that sent them plummeting to the ground during a live performance in Rhode Island. The four were to speak on Tuesday, June 17 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, although that number could change depending on their conditions, [...]

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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B’way musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — One of Tupac Shakur’s old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” in New York City on Monday, June 15, which would have been the rapper’s 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age [...]

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Christopher Jackson shines in Tupac musical

NEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Jackson remembers exactly where he was on Friday, Sept. 13, 1996. That was the day Tupac Shakur died from wounds suffered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, and Jackson honored the rapper the only way he knew how: with music. “I remember putting his CD in my CD player [...]

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James Franco to make stage directing debut

  NEW YORK (AP) — James Franco is adding another notch to his expansive resume — stage director. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater said Monday that Franco will direct Robert Boswell’s world premiere play “The Long Shrift” from July 7-Aug. 23. The off-Broadway job will coincide with Franco’s current one on Broadway as an actor in “Of [...]

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