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Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheik Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, right, meets with by Kevin Spacey in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Kevin Spacey skipped the SAG awards to watch 34 young aspiring actors from across...
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Sundance Watch: ‘Me and Earl’ becomes breakout hit at fest

Molly Shannon poses for a portrait to promote the film, “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”, at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) Molly Shannon poses...
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‘Django Unchained’ actress pleads not guilty to lewd conduct

FILE — In this Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, Daniele Watts attends The Hollywood Denim Party at Palihouse in West Hollywood. An attorney for Watts and her boyfriend entered a not guilty plea in Los Angeles to misdemeanor lewd conduct charges on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by...
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Sundance Watch: Celebrities sound off on the fest

Lily Tomlin poses for a portrait to promote the film, “Grandma”, at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) Lily Tomlin poses for a portrait to promote the...

Author of Twitter best-seller working on Silk Road book

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a best-seller about Twitter is working on an investigative book about the black market website Silk Road. New York Times columnist Nick Bilton has a deal with Portfolio for a “detailed narrative,” the publisher announced Monday....

Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak

LONDON (AP) — Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet. The American singer known for the megahit “All About That Bass” and the One Direction star got together to write a song called “Someday Maybe.” Trainor, 21, told...

Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors ‘colored’

LONDON (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an “idiot” to refer to non-white actors as “colored.” The Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show “Tavis Smiley” last week while discussing diversity in the...
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Sundance Watch: ‘Cobain’ premieres, women talk Hollywood

In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, Rashida Jones, center, and directors Jill Bauer, left, and Ronna Gradus pose for a portrait to promote the film, “Hot Girls Wanted,” at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Park...

McCain gives thumbs up to ‘American Sniper’ movie

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says critics of U.S. foreign policy are disparaging the movie, “American Sniper” and denigrating the memory of Chris Kyle, the U.S. serviceman depicted in the film. In a statement Monday,...
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A murder at the edge of the world takes ‘Fortitude’ to crack

This image released by Pivot shows Richard Dormer as Sheriff Dan Anderssen in a scene from “Fortitude.” The 12-hour psychological thriller kicks off with a two-hour premiere Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on Pivot. (AP Photo/Pivot, Amanda Searle) This image released by Pivot...