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Meek Mill gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill.Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered Mill to serve 90 days on house arrest, effective March 1, for violating the terms of his parole in a 2009 drug and ...

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

NEW YORK - Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.White, who was 74, suffered from ...

CMT to air ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ miniseries

NEW YORK - The CMT network is casting for its "Million Dollar Quartet" miniseries this month at Elvis Presley's alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee.CMT is adapting the Tony Award-winning musical on the recording sessions featuring Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis into an ...

Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers

PHILADELPHIA - With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify.On Wednesday, a judge moved the case a ...

Celine Dion to speak at Rene Angelil memorial

LAS VEGAS - Celine Dion will address the audience, but she isn't expected to sing at the memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil, her husband and manager credited launching with her career.Angelil died on Jan. 14 after a long battle with throat cancer in the suburban Las Vegas home that he ...

Jimmy Buffett musical to premiere at Calif. theater

NEW YORK - The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm - the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett's blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike ...

Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight’s jail privileges cut

LOS ANGELES - Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's access to visitors and phone calls have been completely cut off at the request of sheriff's investigators, court records shows.Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday cut Knight's access to phone calls ...

Punxsutawney Phil ‘predicts’ early spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he "predicted" an early spring."Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end? There is ...

‘Grease’ reaches 12.2 million viewers

NEW YORK - Fox's live production of "Grease" fought rain, wind and personal tragedy to emerge a winner, with its audience of 12.2 million people eclipsing viewership for the last two musicals presented on NBC.The Nielsen company said Fox's audience was more than three times what the network ...

NBC renews deal with prolific producer Wolf

NEW YORK - NBC has signed a new production deal with prolific producer Dick Wolf, ensuring an 18th season of "Law & Order: SVU" and the continuation of his Chicago trilogy of dramas.The deal, announced Monday, binds Wolf with NBC Universal through 2020, by which time he will likely have ...

Music promoter SFX files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK - The company behind the Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland music festivals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.New York-based SFX Entertainment Inc. says, however, that its festivals and events will continue as planned. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows ...

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ tops box office; ‘Finest Hours’ flounders

LOS ANGELES - "Kung Fu Panda 3" kicked its way to the top of the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.The DreamWorks Animation film cost a reported $145 million to make and earned a strong "A'' CinemaScore from audiences - 70 percent of ...

Famed character actor Abe Vigoda recalled as a class act

NEW YORK - Nobody who knew "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller" actor Abe Vigoda made mourners smile through their tears Sunday faster than comedian and friend Gilbert Gottfried."This is the 20th time we buried Abe Vigoda," Gottfried announced to a memorial service audience of more than 100.It ...

David Bowie wanted ashes scattered in Bali

NEW YORK - Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow, the supermodel Iman, according to his will filed Friday in Manhattan.The 20-page document, filed under his legal ...

‘Gilmore Girls’ to be revived by Netflix

LOS ANGELES - Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are taking a trip back to Stars Hollow. Netflix says "Gilmore Girls" will be revived with the show's original stars on the streaming service.The comedy-drama set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, ran for seven seasons from 2000 to ...

In latest fad, Thais treat ‘child angel’ dolls like progeny

BANGKOK - Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? "Child angel" dolls, the latest craze in Thailand.The dolls occupy a niche somewhere between Buddhist amulets, beloved by gamblers, gangsters and policemen for ...

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74

NEW YORK - Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.Kantner, who drew upon his ...

Diversity thrives in indies, while studios lag behind

LOS ANGELES - A year ago, first-time director Nate Parker was still struggling get together the $10 million he needed to make his passion project, a film that tells the story of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.On Tuesday, a day after the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Parker sold ...

Kerry Washington feted with parade at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Actress Kerry Washington has been feted with a parade through Harvard Square and a roast by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.The nation's oldest collegiate theatrical organization says it named Washington as Woman of the Year because she's the first black woman ...

Ex-bassist for The Roots sues bandmates

PHILADELPHIA - The former bassist for The Roots is suing members of the band and a manager, claiming he's owed money from a deal hatched before his cancer diagnosis forced him to quit.Leonard "Hub" Hubbard performed with the band from 1992 to 2007, when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. ...