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Cosby’s Pennsylvania preliminary hearing on hold

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing on criminal sex assault charges in Pennsylvania has been put on hold until a judge hears arguments on a defense bid to dismiss the case.A judge will hear the motion to dismiss the case Feb. 2.Cosby's lawyers call the criminal charges ...

Tony Award-winning classical actor Brian Bedford dies at 80

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Award-winning classical actor Brian Bedford, whose stage work included roles by Shakespeare and Chekhov, a long relationship with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and a memorable cross-dressing turn as a dowager on Broadway, has died. He was 80.Bedford died Wednesday of ...

Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars

NEW YORK - The race for best original song at the Academy Awards is a full-blown battle of the 20-something pop stars, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd up for the honor this year.In recent years chart-topping singers who co-wrote their songs have earned nominations for original song at ...

Adele leads UK’s Brit Awards nominations with 4 nods

LONDON (AP) - Adele, who has sold millions of copies of her third album, looks set to build on her success story at Britain's biggest music awards.As the favorite to win the Global Success Award and with nods in four other categories she leads the nominations at the Brits.Other female singers ...

Philadelphia man: Creator of hit show ‘Empire’ took my idea

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man is suing in federal court saying the hit show "Empire" infringes on a show he created and copyrighted a decade ago.Clayton Tanksley, an actor who once played a character on "The Cosby Show," says Lee Daniels stole the idea from him during a 2008 film ...

‘Revenant’ leads Oscar noms with 12, only white actors again

The brutal 1820s frontier revenge thriller "The Revenant" landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers a year after the Oscars came under withering criticism over its lack of diversity.The strong ...

Bowie views top daily record on Vevo, beating Adele

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Bowie fans found a new way to be passing time after the pop star's death: setting a single-day record for video views on Vevo.The music video service owned by Universal and Sony says views of Bowie videos hit 51 million Monday, the day after he died at age 69.That broke ...

Alan Rickman, star of stage and ‘Harry Potter,’ dies at 69

LONDON - British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, has died. He was 69.Rickman's family said that the actor died early Thursday in London after a battle with cancer.Daniel Radcliffe, who played opposite ...

List of 88th annual Academy Award nominations announced

Highlights from the list of 88th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:1. Best Picture: "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant," "Room," "Spotlight."2. Actor: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"; Matt Damon, "The Martian"; Leonardo ...

Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys arrested in Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has been arrested in Florida after a fight outside a bar.The 35-year-old was held early Thursday at the Monroe County jail, waiting to make his first appearance on a misdemeanor battery charge.According to a Key West Police report, Carter ...

Cosby’s wife to be deposed in defamation case next month

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Bill Cosby will not be deposed next month in a lawsuit accusing him of defaming seven women who accuse him of sexual assault, but his wife will be, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy agreed to hold off on the comedian's deposition, ...

Performance of David Bowie musical in NYC becomes a memorial

NEW YORK - A performance of David Bowie's trippy, melancholy musical "Lazarus" turned into a memorial for the Thin White Duke on Tuesday night as fans who had bought tickets to celebrate his music instead found themselves mourning his passing."It was incredible. I wept a lot," said Evan ...

A complete list of this year’s Razzies nominees

A look at the 36th annual Razzie nominations:- Worst picture: "Fantastic Four," ''Fifty Shades of Grey," "Jupiter Ascending," "Paul Blart Mall Cop 2," "Pixels."- Worst actor: Johnny Depp, "Mortdecai"; Jamie Dornan, "Fifty Shades of Grey"; Kevin James, "Paul Blart Mall Cop 2"; Adam Sandler, "The ...

‘Creed’ director not miffed over Stallone’s omitted thanks

LONDON (AP) - Sylvester Stallone's Golden Globes blunder was an honest mistake, says "Creed" director Ryan Coogler.Stallone failed to acknowledge Coogler and lead actor Michael B. Jordan in his acceptance speech at Sunday's ceremony, after winning best supporting actor for his role in the ...

Thousands at AT&T Stadium in Texas for ‘13 Hours’ premiere

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Thousands of people turned out at AT&T Stadium in Texas for the premiere of "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" and a salute to veterans.Organizers provided about 30,000 free tickets for Tuesday night's showing in Arlington on a massive high-definition ...

#wheresrey? Disney says more ‘Star Wars’ heroine toys on way

LOS ANGELES - Where's Rey? Disney says it's working hard to get more of the new "Star Wars" heroine in stores.Following a social media firestorm over the lack of Rey in a new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Monopoly game, Disney says it is unveiling a raft of new merchandise that puts more of ...

Outback pub toasts David Bowie, its most famous visitor

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Drinkers at a dusty Outback pub raised their beer glasses Tuesday to the pub's most famous visitor, David Bowie.More than three decades ago, the mercurial musician made the 650-kilometer (400-mile) drive from Sydney to the tiny outpost of Carinda in parched western ...

John Ridley’s splendid ‘American Crime’: no easy answers

NEW YORK - No one should come to "American Crime" expecting easy answers to the tough questions it poses.Viewers learned that during season one of the celebrated ABC drama, when murder and drugs in a California town sparked a troubling look at race, class and a broken legal system.Viewers will ...

Tributes for iconic singer David Bowie

LONDON (AP) - Tributes have poured in for singer David Bowie, who died Sunday aged 69. Politicians, entertainers, actors and astronauts have expressed their sadness at his death. Here is a look at some of the reactions:Mick Jagger:"David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He ...

Tommy Tune, always game, ‘excited’ to replace Chita Rivera

NEW YORK - Tommy Tune has jumped in to replace an injured Chita Rivera at the Cafe Carlyle, but he says he's not exactly stepping into her petite shoes."To step into her shoes is a bad analogy not just because of my big ol' clompers, but her talent is bigger than my feet," said the ...