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Rocker Cui Jian says his music hasn’t changed but China has

BEIJING - China's godfather of rock Cui Jian says his basic message of personal freedom hasn't changed in his new album, even if the world has.The rocker, who fell out of favor with the government after he sided with demonstrating students during the 1989 Tiananmen protests, said the messages ...

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks from the United States and abroad

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Dec. 18 to Dec. 24, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.UNITED STATES1. Belly, "Might Not" (Roc Nation LLC)2. Danrell x SmaISland, ...

Plenty of Broadway cheer for Christmas as 18 shows break $1M

NEW YORK - Fans of Broadway gave theater producers reasons to smile this Christmas, with 18 of the current 37 shows breaking the $1 million mark for the week, led by "Hamilton," the new Andrew Lloyd Webber production "School of Rock - The Musical" and Disney's "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."The ...

Blockbusters propel 2015 domestic box office to record $11B

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been a record-breaking, $11 billion year at the movies.Box-office tracker Rentrak said Tuesday that the industry has already reached the benchmark and is expected to end the year with an unprecedented $11.1 billion in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada.The previous ...

Specials drummer John (Brad) Bradbury dies at 62

LONDON (AP) - The family of Specials drummer John (Brad) Bradbury has announced that he has died at the age of 62. He was for many years an integral part of the band's unique ska and reggae sound.The family and the band announced his death Tuesday. A family statement said he died Monday but did ...

Jim Carter serves ‘Downton Abbey’ as its beloved butler

NEW YORK - In the grand domain of splendid characters at Downton Abbey, Mr. Carson is perhaps the first among equals. Among the superb cast of "Downton Abbey," a similarly towering figure is Jim Carter, who plays him.After all, this is the saga of a noble estate and those who populate it during ...

The wit and wisdom of ‘Downton Abbey’ characters, actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The costumes were stunning. The manor house was sublime. And the "Downton Abbey" cast members made the most of their characters. Here we revisit some of the best lines, paired with choice quotes from the actors who uttered them. In interviews, it turns out, they didn't need ...

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child porn possession

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say former "Glee" star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.Police Officer Tony Im said the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served at his home in the Sunland ...

Universal Orlando looks back 25 years, more innovation ahead

ORLANDO, Fla. - When the Universal Orlando theme park opened in 1990, it was a way for visitors to have fun inspired by the movies they loved - without traveling to California.Director Steven Spielberg held the scissors at the ribbon-cutting. One of the first rides was themed on his movie ...

Heirs to New Hampshire poet sue ‘Big Bang Theory’ producers

NEW YORK (AP) - The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty" eight decades ago said in a lawsuit Monday that TV's "The Big Bang Theory" is violating their copyrights.Edith Newlin's daughters sued CBS and other media-related companies over the copyright to a song ...

Pittsburgh-area Cosby accuser defending defamation suit

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Attorneys for a western Pennsylvania woman who contends Bill Cosby repeatedly drugged and had sex with her in the 1980s have filed a response to Cosby's attempt to have a federal judge dismiss her defamation lawsuit against him.Cosby's attorneys last week asked a federal court ...

San Francisco demands help investigating Bieber graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney is demanding that Justin Bieber's music publisher help determine who is responsible for sidewalk graffiti promoting the pop star's latest album.City attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Universal Music Group on Monday, saying the graffiti ...

Father of crash victim wants Allman director to stay in jail

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The father of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a movie about singer Gregg Allman said Tuesday that granting the film's director early release from a two-year jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter would send a message "that Hollywood gets a ...

Oscar winning cameraman Haskell Wexler dies at 93

LOS ANGELES - Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood's most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and the Woody Guthrie biopic "Bound for Glory," died Sunday. He was 93.Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his ...

High hopes for ‘Star Wars’ in China

SHANGHAI (AP) - The latest Star Wars movie broke the $1 billion mark before fans in China could see it, but producers anticipate "The Force Awakens" will play "very very well" in the world's second-biggest film market.The film opens in China on Jan. 9.Director J.J. Abrams watched the Chinese ...

Tove Lo now part of Golden Globes nominees for best original song

NEW YORK - Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo has been added to Golden Globe nominations list for her work on Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack.Lo, who co-wrote the song, was not originally listed as a nominee for best original song when the Globes ...

Allman film director jailed in Georgia seeks early release

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A movie director sentenced to jail for the on-set death of a camera assistant asked a Georgia judge to set him free less than a year after he began serving time for the fatal train collision during shooting of a film about singer Gregg Allman.Former "Midnight Rider" ...

‘Judge Judy’ star is selling beachfront penthouse in Florida

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The star of the television series "Judge Judy" is trading her beachfront penthouse condo in Florida for a lakefront mansion nearby.Judge Judy Sheindlin and her husband bought the condo at the Windsor at Bay Colony in Naples for $6.9 million in 2005.The 8,550-square-foot ...

Rapper Trey Songz plays Santa in Virginia hometown

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Grammy-nominated singer Trey Songz delivered shoes and gift cards to dozens of needy children in his hometown of Petersburg.The Progress-Index reports that the entertainer surprised 68 children Dec. 23 with the early Christmas presents, including gift cards. His charity, ...

Surreal twists bring Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ to theaters

NEW YORK - Painstakingly crafted over more than three years with occasional appeals for crowd-sourced financing, the stop-motion animated film "Anomalisa" was, ironically, the easy movie for screenwriter Charlie Kaufman."I had been sort of going through a tough time for several years trying to ...