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Puff Daddy rereleases free mixtape

ATLANTA - Puff Daddy is close to the finish line as a recording artist.But first, the performer wants to go out with a bang by rereleasing his well-received mixtape, "MMM (Money Making Mitch)," on iTunes on Friday. The mixtape serves as the prequel to "No Way Out 2," Puff Daddy's final album to ...

Tax code change will help live theater

NEW YORK - Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles is about to get a huge financial boost under a federal tax code change that's been championed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and such stars as Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston. Under a tax package that passed the House and is ...

Group hoping to control NYC Opera to stage ‘Tosca’

NEW YORK - A group that hopes to gain control of New York City Opera in bankruptcy proceedings will present six performances of Puccini's "Tosca" next month in a staging based on the premiere production at Rome's Teatro Costanzi in 1900. NYCO Renaissance, whose general director is former Dicapo ...

Eagles of Death Metal announce tour

NEW YORK - The U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal has announced dates for a rescheduled European tour, including a return to Paris.The band was performing at the Bataclan in Paris on Nov. 13 when 130 people were killed in the city. The band will play at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on Feb. ...

Khloe Kardashian behind makeover series

NEW YORK - Khloe Kardashian is behind a new makeover series at the E! network, where she promises to help the brokenhearted get the "ultimate payback." E! said it had approved a six-episode series where one of the network's favorite sisters will be mentor people trying to turn their life ...

PBS series finds these 2 very unlikely Bills are related

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNEW YORK - The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" has discovered that political television's polar opposite Bills - Maher and O'Reilly - are distant cousins.The revelation shocks the two men as it seems to tickle the show's host, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates ...

Celebs at ‘Star Wars’ offer glowing reviews

Wars" film until early Wednesday, but celebrity guests at the Hollywood premiere are already flooding the social media galaxy with praise for "The Force Awakens."The most breathlessly anticipated film of the year was finally screened Monday night, ending a period of unprecedented cinema secrecy ...

Schumer, Morgan, among Walters’ most fascinating

LOS ANGELES - Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and ballerina Misty Copeland are on Barbara Walters' list of the most fascinating people of the year.Others who made the cut for Walters' ABC special include Bradley Cooper, fighter Ronda Rousey, Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and Donna ...

Paris to save notes and drawings left after the attacks

PARIS - The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes, poems and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials at the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory intact of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity and compassion toward the victims.The decision was ...

‘The Force Awakens’ takes over Hollywood

LOS ANGELES - Stormtroopers marched down "The Force Awakens" red carpet Monday, heralding the return of "Star Wars" after a decade-long absence from the big screen.A giant opaque tent shrouded the red carpet - lined with Stormtrooper mannequins and neon lights that resembled giant lightsabers - ...

Josh Groban eyes Broadway, says he’s in that ‘headspace’

NEW YORK - Josh Groban will be following up his album of Broadway standards by doing it for real - singing on a Broadway stage for the first time."I was kind of in that headspace to begin with," Groban said Monday. "There was this nice stars-aligning-thing happening."Groban will play Pierre in ...

As rate hike nears, Fed’s hints on future to be scrutinized

WASHINGTON - It's not about what it will do. It's about what it will say.The worst-kept secret in the financial world is that the Federal Reserve is all but sure Wednesday to raise interest rates from record lows by a modest quarter point.On that, pretty much everyone agrees. The uncertainty ...

Simon & Schuster to publish Swift book

NEW YORK - Simon & Schuster will publish a crowdsourced book on Taylor Swift that fans will help create.The publisher announced Sunday that it will hold a contest where fans can name the book, which will be an oversized and illustrated volume "with the feel of a scrapbook." The book ...

With ‘Force Awakens’ looming, ‘Heart of the Sea’ sinks

NEW YORK - The movie industry braced for the coming storm of "The Force Awakens" over a quiet weekend where "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" notched its fourth-straight week atop the box office and Ron Howard's whaling tale "In the Heart of the Sea" capsized.With "The Force Awakens" ...

Lawrence Kasdan on the past, present and future of Han Solo

LOS ANGELES - Lawrence Kasdan isn't afraid to play favorites. For him, Han Solo is it.He didn't create the scruffy-looking smuggler. He hadn't even heard the lore that George Lucas partially based Han on Francis Ford Coppola. But it was Kasdan who helped fully realize "Star Wars'" favorite ...

Banksy talks migrant crisis with Jobs image

LONDON - Street artist Banksy has taken on the migrant crisis in a new mural at a migrant camp in France.The elusive graffiti artist has depicted the late Apple guru Steve Jobs - whose biological father was from Syria - carrying a black garbage bag and an early model of the Macintosh ...

2 killed when MTV helicopter crashes

SANTIAGO, Chile - A helicopter carrying a team filming for an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina on Saturday and at least two people were killed, local authorities said.The Bell 206 helicopter crashed as it flew over the reservoir at Potrerillos de Mendoza dam about 1,000 kilometers ...

Ex-neighbor gets probation for harassing comedian Jim Breuer

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A New Jersey man who admitted posting disparaging remarks online about comedian Jim Breuer and his family was sentenced Friday to five years' probation.Giuseppe Ionfrida, 47, was also ordered to attend psychiatric counseling, forfeit any weapons and have no contact with ...

1956 Ferrari fetches $28M at NYC auction

NEW YORK - A 1956 Ferrari sold for $28 million at an auction that also featured top bidding for Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, a 1963 Pontiac owned by Roy Rogers decorated with silver dollars and guns and a kid-sized Ferrari.The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626 was built for Formula One ...

‘Today’ weatherman Willard Scott retiring

NEW YORK - With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute. The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC's "Today" show for 35 years, said Friday that he's hanging it up. The genial 81-year-old Scott delivered weather forecasts until ...