Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood’s biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his Encino,...
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Lady Gaga at SXSW: sausages, vomit and inspiration

AP Photo/John Shearer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lady Gaga kicked off 24 hours in the spotlight at South By Southwest in typically memorable fashion. The pop provocateur began her appearance at Stubb’s BBQ on Thursday night during the annual music festival and conference by...
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Review: ‘Rocky’ predictable until it gets puzzling

AP Photo/Matthew Murphy NEW YORK (AP) — A new drinking game comes to Broadway thanks to the musical “Rocky.” Here are the rules: Take a shot every time Rocky says “Yo, Adrian.” If you get to intermission without passing out, you win. The puzzling...
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Soundgarden revisits its biggest LP at SXSW

AP Photo/Jack Plunkett AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Soundgarden plans to play its breakthrough album “Superunknown” front to back for the first time Thursday night during the iTunes Festival at South By Southwest. There’s just one problem. “To be honest, we...

Nigerian author Adichie wins fiction prize

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest novel by the acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Chih-mah-MAHN’-dah EN’-goh-zee Ah-DEE’-chee), “Americanah,” has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Sheri Fink’s book on...
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Aaron Paul goes for fun after ‘Breaking Bad’ role

AP Photo/Melinda Sue Gordon When Aaron Paul received the script for “Need for Speed,” he had very little interest in even reading the story, let alone taking a starring a role in the movie. He saw the title and immediately envisioned another poorly done video game...
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Up, up and away for a live TV special from space

AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic Channel is targeting a subject that’s literally over our heads, bringing it down to Earth in an ambitious two-hour special. Airing Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, “Live From Space” will...

‘Good Morning America’ has biggest week in decades

NEW YORK (AP) — Fueled by the Oscars, ABC’s “Good Morning America” is celebrating its most-watched week in nearly 23 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday that ABC’s morning show averaged 6.3 million viewers last week, the most since the company...
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Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

AP Photo/Jay Janner AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police say that the two people killed when a suspected drunken driver crashed through barricade at the South by Southwest festival were a woman on a moped and a man on a bicycle. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news...
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Nick launching sports awards show

AP Photo/Evan Agostini NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is looking to slime some athletes. The network plans to announce Thursday that it’s starting a sports award show this summer. The show will be modeled after Nick’s popular Kids’ Choice Awards that honor...