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Signe Anderson, original Jefferson Airplane singer, dead at 74

NEW YORK - Signe Toly Anderson, a vocalist and original member of the Jefferson Airplane who left the band after its first record and was replaced by Grace Slick, has died.Anderson died Jan. 29 at her home in Beaverton, Oregon, according to her daughter, Onateska Ladybug Sherwood. Anderson was ...

Famed character actor Abe Vigoda recalled as a class act

NEW YORK - Nobody who knew "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller" actor Abe Vigoda made mourners smile through their tears Sunday faster than comedian and friend Gilbert Gottfried."This is the 20th time we buried Abe Vigoda," Gottfried announced to a memorial service audience of more than 100.It ...

Music festival promoter SFX files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind the Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland music festivals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.New York-based SFX Entertainment Inc. says, however, that its festivals and events will continue as planned. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows ...

Will Smith among NAACP Image Awards attendees and presenters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Will Smith doesn't plan to be at the Academy Awards, but he's scheduled to attend the NAACP Image Awards.The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the "Concussion" star is among the nominees expected to attend Friday's ceremony at the Pasadena Civic ...

‘Love Story’ actors return to Harvard 45 years later

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal returned to Harvard University more than 45 years after the release of their 1970 classic "Love Story."The duo, now in their 70s, reflected on their careers Monday afternoon in a conversation moderated by arts journalist Alicia ...

Jazmine Sullivan: Grammy nods and getting her groove back

Search the name Jazmine Sullivan online, and you're likely to find the name of another powerful vocalist-slash-songwriter: Adele. There are Twitter pleas for collaborations between the two, year-end lists including them both, and perhaps, more often, think pieces that end in questions about why ...

Werner Herzog on ski jumping and filming in North Korea

PARK CITY, Utah - The first time Werner Herzog came to Sundance a little over a decade ago with "Grizzly Man," he asked that the Festival prepare the Olympic-sized ski jump ramps for him.He'd grown up on skis in the Bavarian mountains and was a ski jumper in his youth.Herzog, then in his early ...

Trevor Noah writing book of personal essays due in November

NEW YORK (AP) - Trevor Noah is upholding another tradition left from his Comedy Central predecessor Jon Stewart: He's writing a book.Publisher Spiegel & Grau told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it had acquired a collection of personal essays by the 31-year-old Noah about "growing ...

Today’s birthdays

Actress Carol Channing is 95. Actress Jessica Walter is 75. Singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band is 65. Singer Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols is 60. Actor Anthony LaPaglia ("Without a Trace," "Murder One") is 57. Actress Kelly Lynch is 57. Singer-guitarist Lloyd Cole is 55. ...

In Oscars crisis, Chris Rock and a microphone loom large

NEW YORK - When Chris Rock first hosted the Oscars in 2005, the four black actors nominated that year - Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Jamie Foxx (twice!) - didn't escape his notice."It's like the Def Oscar Jam!" Rock exclaimed.The story will be slightly different this time ...

Today’s birthdays

Actress Dorothy Malone ("Peyton Place") is 91. Actor Gene Hackman is 86. Actress Tammy Grimes is 82. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 79. Country singer Norma Jean is 78. Singer Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship is 74. Horn player William King of The Commodores is 67. Musician ...

‘Carol,’ ‘The Danish Girl’ among GLAAD Media Awards nominees

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Danish Girl" is up for a GLAAD Media Award in a year where a record number of nominees feature transgender characters and subject matter.The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group announced the 101 nominees for its 27th annual honors on Wednesday.Academy ...

Ben Whishaw is a long way from James Bond in ‘London Spy’

LONDON - Ben Whishaw is trapped in a web of intrigue within a world of secrets. But he's a long way from James Bond in "London Spy," a TV thriller that explores the murky, morally ambivalent side of British espionage and power.One day during filming of the five-part BBC America miniseries, ...

Robert Redford knows Sundance has gotten too big

PARK CITY, Utah - Robert Redford is pretty sure this is the best Sundance Film Festival they've ever had, and he also knows that things have to change.It's not the films. The quality, he said, is better than ever. It's the size."I'm starting to hear some negative comments about how crowded it ...

Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in TV drama

LONDON (AP) - Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a one-off TV comedy set to broadcast later this year - a casting decision that has added fuel to a raging debate about opportunities for non-white actors in movies and TV.The white British star of "Shakespeare in Love" plays the black ...

Fox Searchlight acquires Sundance hit ‘Birth of a Nation’

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Fox Searchlight Pictures won a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival for "The Birth of a Nation," paying a record-setting $17.5 million for the film's worldwide distribution rights.The studio announced the deal Tuesday after the film premiered to a standing ovation a ...

‘Justified’ star Timothy Olyphant returns to the stage

NEW YORK - Timothy Olyphant had gotten only a few pages into Kenneth Lonergan's new play when he told his wife, "I'm going to want to do this."His wife's response? "Finish the play."But Olyphant, best known for six seasons of the FX series "Justified" as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, was ...

As expected, snowstorm took a bite out of Broadway profits

NEW YORK (AP) - The winter storm that barreled into New York over the weekend made a mess of Broadway box office receipts, with most shows reduced to six performances instead of eight when Saturday went dark.The Broadway League said Tuesday that the grosses for the week ending Sunday were ...

Broadway Week ticket deal extended following snowstorm

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's massive snowfall might have a silver lining on Broadway.Dozens of shows have agreed to extend their two-for-one tickets deal an extra few days to make up for lost business after Saturday's cancelations. Broadway Week, currently in effect, will now run to Feb. 7.The ...

Springsteen reschedules NYC show after snowstorm, adds dates

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band said Wednesday their New York City show that was canceled because of the recent snowstorm will now take place in March.Springsteen had been set to perform his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The show was canceled and ...