David Geffen donates $100 million to Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) – Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building – long known as Avery Fisher Hall – will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September....
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Paris Hilton brother Conrad to plead guilty to plane assault

FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF” in Los Angeles. Los Angeles federal prosecutors have filed charges against Paris...
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Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016

FILE – In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Jordan Saleh tries Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Sony unveiled a new prototype of its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset Tuesday, march 3, 2015, and...

DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

NEW YORK (AP) – Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service. Netflix announced Wednesday that DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way, have signed a first-look deal with Netflix for nonfiction...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops MTV Movie Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) – And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia...
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Apollo Theater to honor blues singer Billie Holiday

FILE – This Sept. 1958 file photo shows Billie Holiday. The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of Holiday. The legendary American jazz vocalist was born on April 17, 1915 and died in 1959 at the age of 44. Holiday performed at least two...

Carrie Underwood becomes a mom, gives birth to a boy

NEW YORK (AP) – Carrie Underwood is a new mom, and like all proud parents, she’s showing him off in a photo. The multiplatinum country singer gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, and on Tuesday, she announced it to the world on Twitter. She posted a picture...

Reports of Maggie Smith’s ‘Downton’ exit may be premature

LONDON (AP) – Predictions of doom for the Dowager Countess of Grantham may be premature. “Downton Abbey” publicists say Maggie Smith was misinterpreted in remarks widely reported as suggesting she will leave the TV show after its sixth season later this year....
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Playboy Jazz Festival to pay tribute to Gerald Wilson

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, file photo, Gerald Wilson, right, a former Navy Band member, conducts the Navy Band Great Lakes Jazz Ensemble as Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Dudzcenski, left, solos during concert at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great...
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Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, actress Dakota Fanning attends the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at The Plaza Hotel, in New York. The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival which runs from April 15-26, 2015, will feature documentaries on Cuban muscle...