Scott, Bale defend choice on ‘Exodus’ casting

NEW YORK (AP) — The biblical film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” has come under fire for casting white actors in the film’s main roles as Egyptians. But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the film: “I say get a life.”...
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Tom Hanks, Sting among 5 Kennedy Center honorees

President Barack Obama, right and first lady Michelle Obama, and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors recipients comedienne Lily Tomlin, from left, and actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, applaud during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014....
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Rita Wilson will star in Larry David’s play

FILE – In a Feb. 8, 2013 file photo, Rita Wilson arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. Producers said Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 that Wilson will star in Larry David’s Broadway...

Ex-member of band Cake to appeal molest conviction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former drummer of the alternative rock band Cake maintains his innocence, and his attorney has filed a notice of appeal after he was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl during a Thanksgiving party five years...
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Mark Wahlberg seeks pardon for 1988 assaults

FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest – “The Gambler,” in Los Angeles. Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for an assault he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston...
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Biden breaks ground for Kennedy Center expansion

This artist rendering provided by Steven Holl Architects shows expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is commencing nearly 50 years after construction began on the cultural center. The $100 million expansion will add space for arts education, programs,...

Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange for Marvel film

NEW YORK (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” as the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero. Marvel announced Thursday that the “Sherlock” star, long rumored for the part, will add another egotistical intellect to his...
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Prosecutors: AC/DC’s Rudd threatened man, daughter

Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd leaves District Court after he was detained by police Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Tauranga, New Zealand, after getting into a scuffle with a witness in his pending court case. Last month, police charged the 60-year-old drummer with threatening to...
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Monster trucks take American culture on the road

Coty Saucier, far right, covers his ears as the Monster Truck “Grave Digger” gets it’s engine started Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Feld Entertainment in Ellenton, Fla. Feld Entertainment is trying to bring American-style Monster Truck entertainment to other parts...
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Will Pharrell have ‘Happy’ year at Grammys again?

Pharrell Williams poses on his new star at the ceremony honoring him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Dec., 04, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Pharrell Williams poses on his new star at the ceremony honoring him on the Hollywood Walk of...