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Don McLean, wife agree to dismiss protection order case

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) - The attorney for Don McLean said on Sunday the "American Pie" folk singer and his wife have agreed to dismiss an order of protection case that followed the arrest of McLean on a domestic violence charge.Police arrested McLean on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge on ...

Salt Lake Comic Con may reach settlement over name rights

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con may be on the verge of resolving an ongoing name-trademark dispute.Attorneys for the two pop-culture conventions asked a federal judge to give them more time to work on a possible agreement on name rights, the ...

Street artist Banksy takes swipe at France on migrant crisis

LONDON (AP) - The street artist Banksy has taken a swipe at French authorities for their handling of the migrant crisis in Calais, placing a drawing of the child featured on posters for the musical "Les Miserables" surrounded by tear gas.The elusive street artist placed the mural near the ...

Stewart says Sundance for ‘film nerds,’ Remembering Bowie

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Jan. 31, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz.Here's what they've seen and heard:KRISTEN STEWART: SUNDANCE IS FOR 'ESOTERIC FILM NERDS'Kristen Stewart says the Sundance Film Festival is ...

Oscar producer: Rock rewriting Oscar monologue

Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin says host Chris Rock is hard at work rewriting his material for next month's Oscar show.Hudlin told "Entertainment Tonight" on Saturday that Rock is eager to host the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, even as a few black celebrities have decided not to ...

Felines take stage at Catdance, DeVito talks blizzard plan

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Jan. 31, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard:CATDANCE WITH HANNAH"New Girl" star Hannah Simone drove 10 hours through the snowy mountains to stand up ...

Matt Damon: Hollywood must do more to support diversity

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Matt Damon says the movie business has "a long, long, long way to go" when it comes to diversity.Hollywood must do "much, much, much more" to reflect the audiences who watch movies, the best actor nominee told The Associated Press on Saturday."We're talking about huge ...

‘Big Short’ wins Producers award; #OSW crisis also in room

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Star-studded financial crisis comedy "The Big Short" gained some much-need Oscar equity Saturday night, receiving the Producers Guild of America's highest film award at a Los Angeles ceremony that also reflected on Hollywood's diversity crisis.After gaining some early ...

Tina Fey returns as Sarah Palin on ‘SNL,’ Oscars parodied

NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Fey returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise her impression of Sarah Palin and give a rambling, sometimes-rhyming endorsement to Donald Trump.The sketch kicked off the cold open to "SNL" on Saturday, with Fey and Darrell Hammond skewering the former Alaska governor's ...

Judge delays murder trial for actor from ‘The Shield’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has delayed a murder trial for an actor who appeared on the television series "The Shield" to give his attorneys more time to investigate.Actor Michael Jace is charged with killing his wife in May 2014, and his attorneys have been seeking access to her cellphone.Los ...

Billy Joel pledges $1M to save LI high school for the arts

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) - Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing.A spokeswoman for the singer says he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years.School ...

Ebertfest to open with del Torro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Roger Ebert's film festival will open this year with director Guillermo del Toro and his 2015 gothic horror movie "Crimson Peak."Chaz Ebert says her late husband would have approved of the choice for the 18th annual Ebertfest in Champaign.She told The (Champaign) ...

Broadway’s spring offers Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange

NEW YORK - When the weather warms up on Broadway, the stars will come out. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange and Audra McDonald are some of the celebrities slated for the stage this spring. Here's a look at some of the highlights:SAME ACTRESS, SAME ROLEJessica Lange will return to Broadway in ...

Former rap mogul Suge Knight gets new lawyer in murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has a new lawyer in a murder case filed after authorities said he ran over two men in a parking lot last year in Compton, California.Former prosecutor Stephen L. Schwartz has replaced Thomas Mesereau, who won an acquittal for ...

Adele’s ‘Hello’ fastest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sorry, Psy. Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube.The streaming service announced Thursday that her music video for "Hello" greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy's "Gangnam Style.""If ...

George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ plots a life away from Broadway

NEW YORK - Theatergoers' allegiance to "Allegiance" on Broadway may not have been strong, but its creators vow to get their musical seen elsewhere."I know it has a life," said George Takei, who helped turn his childhood memories of being forced into a Wyoming internment camp into the show, ...

Robert Redford addresses diversity in film at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah - As the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, founder Robert Redford weighed in on the controversy over the lack of diversity this year among Oscar nominees in acting categories."I'm not focused on that part," the two-time Oscar winner said. "To me, it's about the ...

Judge tosses Pennsylvania woman’s defamation suit vs. Cosby

PITTSBURGH - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh-area woman who claims Bill Cosby defamed her when he and his representatives responded to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her and other women.The October lawsuit filed by Renita Hill, 48, of ...

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, Ruffalo also mulling

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Best supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo also says he's considering skipping the ceremony."My ...