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Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on ‘SNL’

  NEW YORK (AP) — A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at “Saturday Night Live.” Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo. He spent three hours in the announcing booth practicing on Thursday for [...]

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Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage. The dancers claim Cher remarked that her successful “Dressed to Kill” tour had “too much color” and instructed [...]

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New ‘NCIS’ spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful “NCIS” TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots. But the stars and producers of “NCIS: New Orleans” also are betting that the crime drama’s setting, one of America’s most distinctive cities, will exert its own magic with viewers. The series debuts at [...]

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‘Queen Latifah’ promises a ‘juicy’ second season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season. The biggest, she said, involves her. “Everything at the end of the day comes down to me being myself,” Latifah said. “My whole goal this year is to be more loose, more playful, more fun, more provocative.” [...]

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Actress Mia Farrow reveals her motto: ‘I’m trying’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acting on Broadway is hardly a vacation, but if you’re Mia Farrow, it just might be. Her day job these days, after all, is speaking out about genocide and atrocities. Farrow, 69, has taken a break from international horrors to return to Broadway for the first time in 16 years [...]

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Students decide to stream with Netflix instead of flowing with cable

  by Stephanie Cousins House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development are just some of the shows that can be seen on Netflix. While video streaming is still in its infancy, it is becoming a welcomed alternative to cable television. Young people are a principle part of the “cut the cord” [...]

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Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in LA

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in “Django Unchained,” is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the [...]

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Lamar says Swift’s remarks help himself, hip-hop

  ATLANTA (AP) — Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper praised the country music star for speaking highly of his music, saying her admiring remarks show [...]

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One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

  NEW YORK (AP) — When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip — Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel’s new show “If/Then” to [...]

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Washington talks domestic violence, motherhood

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — It didn’t take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence. In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancé Janay Palmer, that the “Scandal” actress was filming a public service announcement [...]

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Drumline: A new beat

  By Richelle Hammiel This year marks the 12th anniversary for the musical phenomenon Drumline, which set a high standard for marching bands everywhere.  The long anticipated sequel, Drumline: A New Beat, is set to premiered by VH1 on Oct. 27 with a few members of the original cast, but with many new faces that [...]

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