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‘Magic Mike XXL’ outstripping ‘Terminator’ at box office

AP Photo/Joel Ryan NEW YORK (AP) — “Magic Mike XXL” is narrowly outstripping “Terminator Genisys” at the holiday weekend box office. Warner Bros. said Thursday that the Channing Tatum male-stripper sequel earned an estimated $9.3 million on its...

Ukulele orchestra wins UK court ruling against upstart rival

LONDON (AP) — A judge has delivered sweet music to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ruling that a rival ensemble can’t call itself the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. Judge Richard Hacon said Thursday that similar names had confused fans of the Hawaiian...

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on ‘Sesame Street,’ retiring

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference....

Easygoing Irish crooner Val Doonican dies at 88

LONDON (AP) — Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88. Doonican’s family said he died Wednesday at a nursing home in southern England. They gave the cause as...

Thicke: Distracted by failing marriage during music case

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Thicke says the deposition for the “Blurred Lines” case took a backseat to his crumbling marriage, in his first interview since he and Pharrell lost the lawsuit in March. In an interview with The New York Times that was posted Wednesday,...
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‘Rectify’ returns for Season 3 of a murder’s aftermath

AP Photo/Curtis Baker NEW YORK (AP) — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season’s “Rectify.” It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside...
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Amy Winehouse documentary wins raves but angers family

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano LONDON (AP) — In “Amy,” performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess. Critics love it...

Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film

BEIJING (AP) — Matt Damon, one of China’s favorite Hollywood stars, says he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China – not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who has a small role with him in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie. The...
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Deadheads get a new way to add Garcia to their social media

AP Photo/Kristy McDonald NEW YORK (AP) — Deadheads looking to add a little more Jerry Garcia to their lives can now incorporate the late Grateful Dead guitarist into their social media with the video storytelling platform Magisto. And Trixie Garcia hopes that will turn more...
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Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at MSG

AP Photo/Robert Altman NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John. The Piano Man was full of energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New...