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Funny robots, crazy hair: Pop culture appeal of ‘Star Wars’

OK, so maybe he was mixing his "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" references. But when President Barack Obama spoke of getting congressional leaders into a "Jedi mind meld" back in 2013, eight years after the last "Star Wars" movie had come out, he was displaying in one small way just how firmly the ...

Today’s birthdays

Singer-bassist Lemmy of Motorhead is 70. Actor Clarence Gilyard ("Walker, Texas Ranger") is 60. Actress Stephanie Hodge ("Unhappily Ever After") is 59. Bassist-synthesizer player Ian Burden of Human League is 58. Actor Anil Kapoor ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 56. Singer Mary Ramsey of 10,000 ...

Hollywood star Bloom arrives in India after visa delay

NEW DELHI (AP) - British actor Orlando Bloom has been allowed entry into India after being turned away a day earlier from New Delhi's international airport because he did not have a valid visa, officials said Monday.The "Lord of the Rings" star was able to enter India after the External Affairs ...

Ukraine media says govt has banned Limp Bizkit leader Durst

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukrainian news media are reporting that the country's national security service has banned the leader of the group Limp Bizkit from entering the country for five years.Fred Durst, the founder of the group and its lead singer, was quoted in news reports in October as saying he was ...

Retired Letterman enjoys reaction to his beard

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman seems to be enjoying the reaction to his long, white beard.Upon his retirement from television last May, the former "Late Show" host took advantage of the opportunity to quit shaving, and the impressively bushy result has been on display in the few public ...

Music Review: Chris Brown is multi-dimensional on ‘Royalty’

Chris Brown knows his strengths, and on his seventh studio album, "Royalty," the singer plays to them with solid success. It's a feat worth applauding, considering how disparate the multi-dimensional singer's specialties seem to be.There's the electro-dance stuff: the contagiously upbeat "Fine ...

Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash wants charges tossed

NEWARK, N.J. - The truck driver who slammed into a limo carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian, will ask a judge next week to throw out criminal charges against him.Kevin Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014 when he crashed into Morgan's limo van. ...

‘Star Wars’ fan in NY legally changes name to Darth Vader

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - Darth Vader is a tattooed 43-year-old former Marine who owns a gym and is raising funds online for a bone marrow transplant.The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that a western New York man legally changed his name last year to match the villain in the "Star ...

FBI files: Military questioned Pete Seeger’s wartime loyalty

ALBANY, N.Y. - As Army Pvt. Pete Seeger eagerly waited for a chance to fight for his country during World War II, military investigators quietly built a case that the young folk singer was "potentially subversive."In a security investigation triggered by a wartime letter he wrote denouncing a ...

Excerpts from the Pete Seeger’s FBI files

SEEGER WRITESSeeger expressed outrage in a 1942 letter over an anti-Japanese resolution from American Legion: "If you bar from citizenship descendants of Japanese, why not descendants of English? After all we once fought them too. America is great and strong as she is because we have so far ...

Cosby lawyers want Pittsburgh-area defamation suit dismissed

PITTSBURGH - Bill Cosby's attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by a Pittsburgh-area woman.Renita Hill, of Baldwin, sued in October claiming Cosby drugged and had sex with her several times after they met on a children's educational TV show in 1983. She says ...

J.K. Rowling defends casting of black Hermione in new play

LONDON (AP) - A black actress playing Hermione Granger? J.K. Rowling has no problem with that.The best-selling author of the "Harry Potter" books has responded to mixed reactions after the cast for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" - a new London play featuring Harry as an adult - was ...

Sheet music written by Beethoven, found in home nets $100K

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Sheet music written by Ludwig van Beethoven and found in a Connecticut home has fetched $100,000 at auction.The Greenwich Time reports that appraiser Brendan Ryan spotted the sheet music when he visited the home of a Greenwich woman looking to sell some belongings. He ...

Shock jock formerly of ‘Opie and Anthony’ arrested in fight in New York

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A radio shock jock who hosted "Opie and Anthony" is facing charges over a fight with a woman at his New York home.Nassau County police say Anthony Cumia was arrested Saturday after the 26-year-old woman contacted authorities.He was arraigned Sunday on a charge of ...

Japan festival offers nearly $1 million to make a short film

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) - A Japanese festival focused on the art of the short film is offering a new award of nearly a million dollars to a director from anywhere in the world with a great pitch for a movie.Organizers say short video is where audiences are going, as entertainment increasingly gets ...

Rampling, Courtenay reflect on the ageless drama ‘45 Years’

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling might be cinematic contemporaries in our popular imagination, but they were near strangers when they began work on the marital drama "45 Years." Still, you wouldn't know it from the film, or their cheeky, sarcastic in-person ...

German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’ at a Sunday service

BERLIN - The force is strong in Berlin.A church in the German capital invited "Star Wars" fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on the sci-fi blockbuster in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews.About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying ...

‘Star Wars’ blasts opening weekend record with $238 million

LOS ANGELES - To say that the force is strong with this one isn't nearly enough.Studio estimates on Sunday say "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time.The Walt Disney Co. earnings destroy the ...

Actor James Cromwell arrested at power plant protest

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Actor James Cromwell was among six people arrested at an upstate New York power plant that is under construction.The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports the 75-year-old actor whose work includes "Babe," "American Horror Story" and "L.A. Confidential" was arrested ...

‘Real Housewives’ star to get out of prison before Christmas

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - One of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" is set to be freed from the big house just days before Christmas.Teresa Giudice will be released Wednesday from the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut, her lawyer said. She will then head home to her husband, Joe, ...