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‘Back to the Future’ musical planned for London

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Director Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project – a stage musical of “Back to the Future.” Producers said Thursday night that a show adapted from the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Michael J....

Renee Fleming plans to sing national anthem live

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Renee Fleming says she only knows how to sing the national anthem one way: live. The 53-year-old opera singer will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday’s Super Bowl. She said in an interview Thursday she won’t sing to...

Bieber vs. Ford: Canada’s favorite bad boys

AP Photo/Chris Young TORONTO (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber is giving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a brief respite as Canada’s favorite bad boy and butt of all jokes. Ford has admitted smoking crack while in a drunken stupor and is being sued for supposedly orchestrating the...

Top Republican calls for boycott of MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee is urging GOP officials to avoid appearances on MSNBC because of what he called the network’s “petty and demeaning” attacks. The most recent incident that angered GOP chief Reince Priebus was a...

Bobby Vee braves Alzheimer’s to record once more

AP Photo/Jeff Baenen ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) — Bobby Vee still has the infectious smile, bright eyes and boyish good looks of his 1960s pop idol days, when he scored such hits as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Rubber Ball” and “The Night Has a...

NJ university offers course studying Beyoncé

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Beyonc is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called “Politicizing Beyonc.” Kevin...

Mirren honored with Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

AP Photo/Chris Carlson CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Helen Mirren is being honored as woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The 68-year-old Mirren was in Massachusetts on Thursday for a parade and roast, and to receive her ceremonial pudding...

Philomena Lee, US lawmaker push adoption rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philomena Lee wistfully described her search for her son 50 years after his adoption, a quest captured in an Oscar-nominated film. Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Lee’s experience was an argument for adoption rights and an incentive...

Bruno Mars to talk about Super Bowl halftime show

AP Photo/Matt Sayles NEW YORK (AP) — Before Bruno Mars performs in front of the biggest audience of his career at the Super Bowl, he’s expected to talk about it in front of a much smaller crowd Thursday. The pop crooner is due to appear at the Rose Theater in the Time...

Oscars’ green room gets an Oscar-winner’s touch

AP Photo/Rockwell Group Who better than a five-time Oscar nominee and best-actress winner to help decorate the backstage green room at the Academy Awards? Architectural Digest says Susan Sarandon will collaborate with designer David Rockwell on a photo installation inside the...