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Hearing set for Hollywood sex abuse lawyer change

A court hearing in Honolulu has been scheduled for lawyers who want out of a case accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse. The Aug. 6 hearing will discuss a request by attorneys Jeff Herman and Mark Gallagher to withdraw as counsel for Michael Egan III. They say they ...

FILE - In this April 27, 2007 photo provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anne and Robert Drew, left, join Ed Carter and Grace Guggenheim, right, during an event honoring him at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The "cinema verite" technique and its pioneer, documentary filmmaker Robert Drew, were celebrated by the National Archives and Records Administration and Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Drew’s eldest son, Thatcher Drew, confirmed that the filmmaker died Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at his home in Sharon, Conn. (AP Photo/Neshan Naltchayan, AMPAS)

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90. His son Thatcher Drew confirmed he died ...

'Flower Drum Song' lead James Shigeta dies at 85

James Shigeta, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and had a small role in the first "Die Hard," has died. He was 85. His sister-in-law, Ellie Shigeta, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1le6ow4 ) that he died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly ...

FILE - This Oct. 25, 2009 file photo shows former Presidents George H. W. Bush, right, and George W. Bush before the Houston Texans NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Houston. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are cooperating with a historian for a joint biography about the former presidents. “Presidents Bush: A Portrait of a Father and Son,” by Mark K. Updegrove, has been acquired by Henry Holt and Company. The book is scheduled for Spring 2016. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

George W. Bush writes book about father

His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday ...

FILE - This Sept. 7, 2000 file photo shows author Oscar Hijuelos at a VIP reception at the Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington. A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death in 2013 will be published in the Fall of 2015. Grand Central Publisher announced Wednesday, July 30, 2014, that it had acquired Hijuelos’ “Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise,” based on the friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano, File)

Hijuelos novel posthumous release set for 2015

A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death last year will be published in the fall of 2015. Grand Central Publisher announced Wednesday it has acquired Hijuelos' "Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise," based on the friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Sir Henry Morton ...

This publicity image released by CBS shows, from left,  Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed. The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.  (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton, FIle)

Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word ...

FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Ventura, a former SEAL and pro wrestler, testified Kyle fabricated the story. Kyle denied that in testimony videotaped before his death last year. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. Ventura won another victory on Wednesday — a day after the jury voted 8-2 to award him more than $1.8 million — when "American ...

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Vegan's license plate request denied for being "vulgar"

The plate is supposed to stand for “I love Tofu” but the state of Tennessee thought ILVTOFU had a more adult interpretation. “All I’m trying to do is spread a pro-vegan message with my license plate,” said PETA employee Whitney Calk. Whitney told WKRN-TV, when she got a letter from the ...

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Couple attacked after trying to help child locked in a hot car

What started out as a good Samaritan act turned into a nightmare for one Colorado couple. The incident took place in the parking lot of a Dollar Tree store in Longmont. KDVR reports that Shannon Rodriguez, 43, and boyfriend Alan Mason were alarmed when they spotted a child alone in ...

Underground dweller dubbed ‘Moleman' sought by Seattle officials

Neighbors who live in an area of Seattle near Cheasty Boulevard South say they've complained about a man who has dug up extensive ditches in the environmentally protected Cheasty Greenspace.  Ed Neubold said the man, known as "James" and also "Moleman," is ruining some of the city's wetlands by digging ...

Actor Kelsey Grammer attends the premiere of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Killer of Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole

A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release. A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday that Freddie Glenn's parole request has been denied for now. Glenn, who is serving a life sentence, was convicted of killing ...

Rabe, Wolcott, Bidart among winners of PEN awards

Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year's winners of awards given out by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization. Ron Childress' "And West is West" won the $25,000 PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction. Wolcott received a ...

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Gardens next to Paris museum overrun with rats instead of tourists

The Louvre is a must-see tourist attraction for those visiting Paris, but there's a very unwelcome visitor in the gardens outside it: rats. (Via Getty Images) "Experts estimate that in Paris there are approximately two rats for every Parisian. And in the Tuileries Gardens next to the Louvre, the furry vermin have ...

This handout provided by the United States Tennis Association shows Noelle Scaggs, left, and Fitz, of Fitz and the Tantrums, posed on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York. Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/USTA, Jennifer Pottheiser)

Fitz and The Tantrums headline US Open ceremony

Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Fitz and The Tantrums, whose songs include "The Walker," is scheduled to perform three songs in Arthur Ashe Stadium before the night session at Flushing Meadows on ...

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform Tuesday at the Long Center.

Paul Simon stops by as Steve Martin, Edie Brickell weave musical magic

You never know how it’s gonna go in this racket. There I was, sitting in my chair at the Long Center on Tuesday evening, mentally composing my review of Steve Martin’s and the Steep Canyon Rangers’ performance, as comfy as Rory McIlroy sitting on a fat lead at the British ...

Lorde will play weekend two of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.

ACL Fest releases daily schedules: let’s talk musical choices

The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule for the 2014 event via the fest’s mobile app Tuesday morning and online Wednesday. The biggest change this year is the blocking of stage times. At previous fests, artists’ sets were staggered in 15-minute intervals throughout the day, which allowed fest-goers ...

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Man arrested after talking to bushes, shrubs

When officers arrived, Phillip Norman was asleep in his car. However, earlier that night, Norman was seen stumbling around a parking lot and carrying on a heck of a conversation with several bushes and shrubs. Reports in the News Herald say police in Hickory, North Carolina got a call from ...

FILE - This May 5, 2014 file photo shows Allison Williams at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," in New York. NBC announced Wednesday, July 30,  that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie ...

Geraldo Rivera is an American attorney, journalist, author, reporter, and former talk show host.

Geraldo Rivera sticks by his controversial marriage comments

Geraldo Rivera’s take on what a woman brings to a marriage has been met with a firestorm of criticism. Rivera made the comments during an appearance on the Fox News show, “Outnumbered.” The topic of discussion was beta marriages, a concept where a trial marriage is formed for a two-year ...

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Internet "fire challenge" burning teenagers across US

The “fire challenge” has shown up on several Internet sites, and many teenagers have acted, setting themselves on fire. One 15-year-old in Lexington, Kentucky found out the hard way exactly how devastating it can be. "I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and ...

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