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Bucks County Playhouse gives lyricists a boost

  NEW YORK (AP) — All too often, it’s the melodies in musicals that get all the attention. But what about the lyrics? The new leaders of the Bucks County Playhouse are hoping to try to redress the imbalance by focusing on a musical’s lyrics as part of a push to incubate new shows and [...]

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Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech

  NEW YORK (AP) — The rank of mega-stars who are known simply by one name includes, of course, Madonna, Cher, Beyonce and Bono. Oh, and one more, surely — that man-boy known as Screech. Samuel “Screech” Powers of the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has become almost an icon — for gross [...]

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Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener ‘Birdman’

  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero. Keaton’s role as Batman in two Tim Burton-directed blockbusters a quarter of a century ago made him a global star, and helped spawn a Hollywood obsession with comic-book franchises that has put a generation of leading [...]

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Kevin Spacey to sing in 1-night-only concert in DC

  NEW YORK (AP) — He has lied, cheated and killed, but “House of Cards” President Frank Underwood isn’t done yet. Next he’s going to sing. Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only [...]

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Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, August 11 in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his home in [...]

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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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