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Snoop documentary has SXSW premiere

March 16, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In hip-hop terms, using three names in four decades qualifies as a sign of remarkable consistency. So expectations were high when Snoop Lion, the rapper born Calvin Broadus who rose to fame in the gangsta rap 1990s as Snoop Doggy Dogg, emerged Thursday for the premiere of his new movie, album Read More

Stylists’ star-making, brand-building power feted

March 15, 2013

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Dianna Agron may be a sought-after actress, but she’ll admit to a little stalking. Not for a plum role — for a stylist. “Not outside her house like a creepy person,” the “Glee” star said of her pursuit of stylist Samantha McMillen, “but I knew some of the people that Read More

Eva Longoria is busy post-’Desperate Housewives’

March 13, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Eva Longoria hasn’t slowed down since “Desperate Housewives” signed off after eight seasons last year. In fact, the actress says the word “lazy” isn’t in her vocabulary.“There are days when I relax but it won’t be a full day. It usually means I’m gonna clean out my closet. That’s relaxing for Read More

Batman’s mythology getting new boost from DC

March 11, 2013

Batman’s transformative years are getting a few new twists. DC Entertainment is going back into Bruce Wayne’s past to see how he began his transformation from wealthy socialite to the scourge of Gotham’s criminal underworld. Key elements of the character’s history are staying the same — the murder of Wayne’s parents, for example — says Read More

Researcher: Zombie fads peak when society unhappy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. In the popular TV series “The Walking Dead,” humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered Read More

‘Fifty Shades’ author offers readers’ journal

NEW YORK (AP) — E L James’ latest project is a journal that also offers a few tips on one of life’s most enduring passions: writing. Vintage Books announced Monday that James has collaborated with the publisher on “Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal).”

Imagine Dragons making moves

March 9, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — When he first started working with Imagine Dragons, music producer Alex da Kid was looking for some inspiration for the Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” “I thought they would be great to help me come up with ideas for U2,” the Grammy-nominated English producer said.

CNBC tries reality programming after business hours

NEW YORK (AP) — Buzz-worthy reality shows are often a ticket to riches for cable networks, even when the shows seem to have little to do with the network’s reason for being. So why shouldn’t CNBC get in on the action? The business network will try starting on Tuesday, when CNBC premieres “Treasure Detectives” and Read More

Seacrest dodges wedding question at ‘Idol’ event

March 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest can tell you lot about the evolution of American Idol over the last twelve seasons, but the host is a bit more reluctant to discuss the evolution of his relationship with actress Julianne Hough. When asked by The Associated Press if there was a wedding date in his future, Read More

Fans keep love alive for ‘Walking Dead’ star

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From week to week fans simply never know which characters will survive the relentless zombie attacks on AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead.” That unpredictability keeps viewers on the edge of their seats and the shows’ stars in a constant state of alertness.   “You see series and they last a Read More

9/11 victim’s mom upset film used son’s last words

February 27, 2013

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center says she’s upset the Oscar-winning movie “Zero Dark Thirty” used a recording of his last words without her permission. Mary Fetchet of New Canaan told CBS News and the Daily News this week that Read More

McFarlane aims to perk up stodgy awards

February 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You think the Academy Awards are boring? Try the nominations. They only last a few minutes, but it’s generally a sleepy academy suit and a sleepy starlet droning a list of names at 5:30 in the morning. Except last time. Some baby-faced guy took the stage, advised people who don’t know Read More

Ex-boyfriend: McCready left rehab too soon

February 19, 2013

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready threatened suicide after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program just days before she apparently killed herself at her Arkansas home, her ex-boyfriend said Monday. Billy McKnight, who was in a long, stormy relationship with McCready Read More

Film fans in Asia want light fun, make Oscars wait

February 15, 2013

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lights, camera, laughs. Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can’t count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before Read More

Mumford & Sons wins top album Grammy

February 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mumford & Sons wrapped up a completely unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year. It was an event that even shocked the London folk-rockers

CBS bans too much skin from Grammys

February 8, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is asking stars not to bare too much skin at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The network requests that “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered” for the televised award show. The memo sent out Wednesday also warned against “see-through clothing,” exposure of “the genital region” and said that “thong Read More

Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens

February 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday. The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck for elimination Read More

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