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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 ...

Don McLean’s wife cites years of abuse leading to his arrest

Don McLean's wife cites years of abuse leading to his arrestCAMDEN, Maine (AP) - Don McLean's wife was granted a temporary order of protection from the "American Pie" singer after she cited a pattern of abuse going back three decades.Police in Maine arrested McLean on a misdemeanor ...

Community Theatre League to hold ribbon-cutting for performing arts academy

The Community Academy of Stage and Theater, or CAST, will have its official ribbon cutting, dedication and open house at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St.The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.CAST, the educational branch of the Community ...

Jamie Foxx helps rescue driver from vehicle

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has played super villains and antiheroes on screen. The role of super hero he apparently saved for real life.Foxx and the victim's father, who met and talked Tuesday, said that Foxx and one other person pulled a man from his burning ...

Mos Def charged with breaking South Africa’s immigration law

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - An American rapper has found out the hard way that a "world passport" isn't accepted in South Africa.Mos Def must appear in court for allegedly breaking South Africa's immigration laws, an official said Wednesday.The rapper and actor was charged with using a false identity, ...

Calls for boycott over diversity grow, throw Oscars into turmoil

NEW YORK - Growing calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees are forcing stars to choose sides and threatening to throw the movie industry's biggest night of the year into turmoil.The backlash over the second straight year of all-white ...

Spike Lee has other plans on Oscars night: the Knicks game

NEW YORK (AP) - Instead of going to the Academy Awards, Spike Lee has other plans: "I'm going to the Knicks game," he said Wednesday on "Good Morning America."Lee gave his first interview after announcing Monday that he would not go to this year's Oscar ceremony because of pervasive diversity ...

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

NEW YORK - Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president said it was time for major changes - and soon.Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and ...

Chicago brings producer Dick Wolf back to fore at NBC

PASADENA, Calif. - With all the changes in television over the past few decades, Dick Wolf has remained resilient and is now resurgent.A few years ago, the producer behind the "Law & Order" empire at NBC saw his three prime-time shows cut back to one, and was stung when the original ...

Getting in on the joke, Univision buys stake in The Onion

NEW YORK - The Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is buying a stake in the owner of satirical website The Onion, in what may be considered a serious grab for younger viewers."I'm happy to announce that we've just finished a deal with what might at first seem like an unusual partner: ...

Oscars odds, ends, facts and figures

A look at five facts about last week's Oscar nominations:GO FOUR IT: At age 25, Jennifer Lawrence is now the youngest four-time acting nominee. Besides the "Joy" star, who won the best actress trophy in 2013 for "Silver Linings Playbook," previous winners up for gold again are Eddie Redmayne ...

‘Spotlight,’ DiCaprio, Larson win at Critics’ Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES - The investigative journalism drama "Spotlight" won the top prize at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, while awards favorites Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won the top acting prizes for "Room" and "The Revenant."Both actors won Golden Globe Awards and are considered ...

‘American Pie’ singer arrested on domestic violence charge

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) - A jail supervisor says "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Maine.Cpl. Brad Woll says McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail.The 70-year-old singer-songwriter lives in ...

Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ debuts at No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) - David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted number one on the Billboard charts, the first U.S. chart-topper for the late musician.Since it was released two days before Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, "Blackstar" has sold 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It's the ...

‘High School Musical’ stars reunite for 10th anniversary

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stars of "High School Musical" are reuniting for a 10th-anniversary tribute to the TV movie.Actors Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman share memories of the movie when it airs again at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Disney Channel.Zac ...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra announces 15-city world tour

NEW YORK (AP) - Wynton Marsalis is taking the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on its longest tour in nearly 15 years, covering 15 cities in 10 countries over 40 days.Jazz at Lincoln Center announced Monday that its Blue Engine International Tour, named after its new record label, will begin ...

Buress calls impact of his Cosby joke ‘weird,’ unexpected

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Hannibal Buress calls it a weird surprise that his Bill Cosby "rapist" joke precipitated the star's fall from grace."I was doing a joke in my show and that shouldn't influence public opinion. I don't know if it should go that far," Buress said Sunday. "It's weird to me ...