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Deadline looms on TV and film writers contract negotiations
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract for television and film writers is nearing expiration and a costly strike looms that could send some popular televisions shows into reruns. The writers contract expires at 12:01 a.m. PDT Tuesday and picketing could begin that morning. Representatives for the
Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand political party begins
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as a copyright trial involving the country's ruling political party began Monday. The
Globalism reigns at box office, while 'Furious' passes $1B
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NEW YORK (AP) — A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend. As expected, it was another runaway weekend for "The Fate of the
Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner
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NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2oSVBQ3 ) Zuckerberg dined Friday with the Moore family
Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online. The hacker, operating
Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights. John is scrapping all upcoming April and May dates of "The Million Dollar Piano" at the
Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail publisher
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LONDON (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said Wednesday. In a joint statement, the parties said the Mail retracted its false
Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57
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NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on "Chappelle's Show," has died. He was 57. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his
Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' wins fiction Pulitzer
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NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," his celebrated novel about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Monday's announcement confirmed the book as the literary event of 2016, an Oprah Winfrey
Music legend Chuck Berry remembered in rock 'n' roll style
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Family, friends and fans paid their final respects to the rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry on Sunday, celebrating the life and career of a man who inspired countless guitarists and bands. The celebration began with a public viewing at The Pageant, a music club in Berry's
Pepsi pulls widely mocked ad featuring Kendall Jenner
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NEW YORK (AP) — Pepsi on Wednesday pulled an ad after it was widely mocked and criticized for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes. "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding," the company said. "Clearly we missed the mark, and we
More advertisers say they have ditched Fox's O'Reilly show
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NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O'Reilly's top-rated Fox News show may be starting to feel a financial sting after allegations that he sexually harassed several women. A dozen major advertisers, ranging from automakers Hyundai and BMW, to financial firm T. Rowe Price, insurer Allstate and drugmaker
Roland founder, digital music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi dies
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TOKYO (AP) — Ikutaro Kakehashi, the Japanese engineer who pioneered digital music and founded synthesizer giant Roland Corp., has died, his company ATV Corp. said Monday. He was 87. Kakehashi, reputed to have devoted his life to the pursuit of live entertainment, had a definitive impact on
Dylan finally gets his hands on his Nobel Literature prize
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Bob Dylan finally has his hands on his Nobel Literature diploma and medal. Klas Ostergren, a member of the Swedish Academy, said the 75-year-old American singer-songwriter received his award during a small gathering Saturday afternoon at a hotel next to the conference center
'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters. Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49 percent from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned
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