Entertainment Entertainment en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:04:14 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Bunny Love: Awkward Moment for WBIR Anchors Entertainment Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:25:54 AM Bunny Love: Awkward Moment for WBIR Anchors

TENNESSEE - A very awkward moment for the anchors at NBC affiliate WBIR as two bunnies brought on set got a little frisky.

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Obama Biden Selfie Entertainment Thu, 17 Apr 2014 5:44:11 AM Obama Biden Selfie

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden makes his Instagram debut.

Biden joined the social media site on Wednesday and he's already posted a selfie.

Joining him in the photo is President Barack Obama.

Biden's Instagram already has more than 42,000 followers.


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Paul Walker's Brothers To Help Finish His Film, "Fast & Furious 7" Entertainment Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:05:03 AM Associated Press Paul Walker's Brothers To Help Finish His Film,

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Walker's brothers are filling in to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7."

Universal Pictures says Caleb and Cody Walker have been enlisted to complete the shooting of some of the film's action scenes.

Production has resumed after being suspended after Walker's death in a car crash last November.


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MTV Movie Awards Big Hollywood Studio Plug-Fest Entertainment Mon, 14 Apr 2014 3:26:22 AM Associated Press MTV Movie Awards Big Hollywood Studio Plug-Fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change, as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

In its 22nd year, the MTV Movie Awards show has become an important event for Hollywood studios. And oh yes, there were some awards, too.

At last year's show, which saw an average of 3.8 million viewers, up from 3.2 million for the previous year's telecast, included new footage from "Iron Man 3" and the world premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" trailer, which was introduced by one of the films' stars, Liam Hemsworth.

Sure, an abundance of golden popcorn-shaped prizes were again presented for fun fair, like the award for best shirtless performance, which Zac Efron accepted, well, shirtless. But it's the summer movie teasers - and the stars attached to them - that really make the show.

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone (who will also appear in Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight," July 25) and Jamie Foxx, star in the seventh installment of Sony's "Spider-Man" franchise, which kicks off the summer movie season on May 2. The trio introduced a clip of the film showing Spider-Man (Garfield) and the sparkling blue villain Electro (Foxx) battling in New York's Times Square.

Also expected to dominate at the box office, Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" was touted with an intro by one of its new stars, Ellen Page, who will take on the role of Shadowcat. The upcoming film, out May 23, sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves and introduces a number of new mutants - Blink, Sunspot, Warpath and Bishop.

There to present the award for best fight was Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the star of Warner Bros.' "Godzilla," which opens May 16. A short clip of the film, showing the monster preparing to wreak havoc, aired before Taylor-Johnson appeared on stage.

Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Efron, who lead Universal Pictures' comedy "Neighbors," out May 9, also presented the award for best kiss together.

No clip was shown for Disney-Marvel's opted against showing a clip of "Guardians of the Galaxy," a bit of a superhero spoof set in space, this yea. But Chris Pratt, the star of the film, out August 1, checked in at the show as well with a long speech encouraging viewers to vote for their favorite nominees online.

First-look footage from Fox's "The Fault in Our Stars," starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, showed the beginnings of the onscreen couple's romance in the heartfelt comedy.

Mark Wahlberg, who received the generation award at the show, touted his upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction," saying the Paramount Pictures' flick would be the biggest movie of 2014. Some of the crew of the hit HBO show "Entourage" presented Wahlberg with his award and the presence of Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon reminded us that the "Entourage" movie is being readied for 2015.

Starring in two possible summer hits, Channing Tatum will appear in both the buddy cop comedy "22 Jump Street," out June 13, with Jonah Hill (who picked up the best comedic performance award for "The Wolf of Wall Street"), and sci-fi fantasy "Jupiter Ascending," out July 18, with Mila Kunis (who scored the title of best villain for "Oz the Great and Powerful").

Both Kunis, looking very pregnant in a short, loose black dress, and Hill presented Tatum with his Trailblazer Award.

And not to be missed was Josh Hutcherson's mention of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Feb. 2 from a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs.

Hoffman appeared in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which earned the evening's top prize of movie of the year.

"If Philip were here he would think this was really cool," said Hutcherson, one of the stars of "Hunger Games" and the best male performance recipient.

"To have him in our movie was one of the coolest things," Hutcherson said. "We think about him every day on set. This definitely goes out to him as well."

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" will release later this year.

No MTV awards show would be complete without a few music numbers. Ellie Goulding sang "Beating Heart," while Zedd took the stage for "Find You." Both tracks appear on the "Divergent" soundtrack.

Host Conan O'Brien kicked off the ceremony, which aired live from the Nokia Theatre, with a challenge to gain 50 celebrity cameos for his opening segment. And of course he came through with many stars like Paul Rudd and Adam Sandler, who have films expected in the coming months.

The MTV awards had some stiff competition from other networks on Sunday night, including the latest installment of HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" and the final season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men."




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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions Entertainment Fri, 11 Apr 2014 4:07:46 AM Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

NEW YORK - Flamboyant rockers KISS, singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, grunge band Nirvana and chart-topping duo Hall and Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, but as they had vowed the four original KISS members did not perform.

Also inducted were country rock star Linda Ronstadt, who revealed last year that she is battling Parkinson's disease and did not attend, and Cat Stevens, the British musician who has gone by the name Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam, eschewing the stage for decades.

The E Street Band, the group behind Bruce Springsteen, was inducted by the rocker through the Award for Musical Excellence.

Brian Epstein, the music entrepreneur who managed The Beatles before he died in 1967 and onetime Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham rounded out the 2014 Hall of Fame roster, each receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Awards for lifetime achievement.


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Former Pro Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Dies at 54 Entertainment Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:47:18 AM Former Pro Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Dies at 54

The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most colorful stars in pro wrestling history, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

The WWE said Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig to his wrestling moniker, died Tuesday. Scottsdale, Ariz., police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark said he collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Hellwig was one of pro wrestling's biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.

He was in the spotlight again earlier this week, making appearances at the latest WrestleMania in New Orleans and on "Monday Night Raw," and being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.

"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," WWE said in a statement, adding: "We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame."

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon tweeted: "We are all so sad the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters."

The Ultimate Warrior personified the larger-than-life cartoon characters who helped skyrocket the WWE into the mainstream in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Warrior dressed in face paint, had tassels dangling from his super-sized biceps and sprinted to the ring when his theme song hit. He'd shake the ropes and grunt and howl while the crowd went wild for the popular good guy.

He made his debut with the promotion when it was known as the World Wrestling Federations in 1987 and wrestled on and off for the sports entertainment empire until 1996.

The Ultimate Warrior became the first wrestler to defeat Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania when he used his finishing splash for the pin. He won the championship in front of 67,678 fans at Toronto's SkyDome in a match billed as "The Ultimate Challenge."

The Ultimate Warrior would defeat Randy "Macho Man" Savage the next year at WrestleMania. Savage, who died in 2011, Hogan and Warrior were all enormous personalities with gaudy costumes and memorable catchphrases. They led the WWE's transformation from a promotion running weekend arena shows and Saturday morning TV into one booking events at the largest stadiums around the world with millions watching every Monday night. More than 5.1 million viewers watched Warrior's final appearance Monday night on "Raw."

The Ultimate Warrior had a falling out with the WWE and did not appear on its TV shows after July 8, 1996, until last weekend. He reconciled with McMahon and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also made an appearance on "Raw" and shook the ropes one final time in front of another crowd that went wild for the Warrior.

"Speak to me, Warriors!" he bellowed, as the New Orleans crowd chanted his name.

Warrior put on a mask that resembled his famous face paint and cut a promo about 24 hours before his death that seems eerie now.

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," Warrior said. "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, it makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized."


Associated Press Writer Paul Davenport in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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Comcast Argues Benefits of Time Warner Cable Deal Entertainment Tue, 8 Apr 2014 2:10:29 PM Comcast Argues Benefits of Time Warner Cable Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.

The company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.

On Wednesday, Comcast Corp. executive vice president David Cohen will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing to review the impact of the merger on consumers.

Comcast says the acquisition will allow it to boost Internet speeds for Time Warner Cable. The filing also says the company will provide better video-on-demand service and broaden its commitment to "Net neutrality" - the idea that Internet providers should not discriminate against Web traffic depending on its source.

Comcast has agreed to not discriminate against any traffic in its network through 2018 as a condition of its $30 billion purchase of NBCUniversal, which was completed last year. The company vowed to maintain the commitment despite a federal appeals court decision that struck down the FCC-imposed rules in January.

Comcast says pay-TV alternatives like streaming services from Netflix Inc., Inc. and others have created competition in video, while there is at least one broadband Internet competitor in more than 98 percent of its markets.

"Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not compete against each other in any area. So this transaction will not result in any reduction in consumer choice in any market," said Cohen on a conference call with journalists Tuesday.

Cohen also responded to calls by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to extend "Net neutrality" protections to the so-called "interconnection" area between major Internet backbone providers such as Comcast. In February, the two companies reached a deal in which Netflix pays Comcast to ensure its video streams faster and more consistently to Comcast subscribers. But Hastings said last month that the fee amounts to an "arbitrary tax" to companies like Comcast that act as gatekeepers to their networks.

Cohen said the market for interconnection is "not at all impacted by this transaction" although the deal will give it about a third of the market for all Internet subscribers nationwide.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week that while rules governing the "interconnection" between Internet backbone providers are not part of its current review of open Internet rules, the agency is monitoring the space to see if action is needed in another context. Wheeler's comments leave open the possibility that the FCC could impose conditions on interconnection deals as part of its merger review process.

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Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case Entertainment Mon, 7 Apr 2014 5:06:21 AM Associated Press Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) - The defense in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has opened its case, calling a pathologist as its first witness.

Prof. Jan Botha was testifying Monday following four weeks of prosecution-led testimony and a week's adjournment after one of the judge's aides fell ill.

Botha was allowed to testify first and ahead of Pistorius in an agreement with prosecutors because of a family illness. Defendants who choose to testify normally go first in South Africa.

Pistorius is expected to testify after Botha and explain his version that he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake on Valentine's Day last year thinking she was an intruder in his home. The double-amputee athlete is charged with premeditated murder for the nighttime killing and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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Mickey Rooney Passed Away Entertainment Mon, 7 Apr 2014 3:39:47 AM Mickey Rooney Passed Away

CALIFORNIA - Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has passed away.

He was with his family when he died Sunday at his North Hollywood home.

Rooney had one of the longest running careers in Hollywood.

He first became famous in the 1930's in the Andy Hardy series and in musicals with Judy Garland.

In his later years he spoke out against age bias in Hollywood, but he remained active, writing, producing, and acting until the end.

Rooney was 93 years old.


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The Big Bloom Brings Eco-fun to the Botanical Gardens Entertainment Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:41:08 PM Mike Gillaspia The Big Bloom Brings Eco-fun to the Botanical Gardens

CORPUS CHRISTI - The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center's annual mega plant sale and garden festival, known as The Big Bloom, is set for Saturday, April 5th. The event will happen from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Gardens & Nature Center grounds, located at 8545 S. Staples.

The Big Bloom includes orchid and plumeria sales, xeriscape and native landscape plants, and tropicals, plus specialty plant and yard art vendors. Returning popular entertainment features include butterfly and lady bug releases, reptile shows, visits with exotic parrots and afternoon music.

New eco-entertainment for kids and adults provided by Texas Master Naturalists, include nature walk-and-talks on the Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail, birding scopes on the Wetlands Awareness Boardwalk, kids touch-and-learn projects, and the Easter Bunny in Monkey Mansion Tree House.

During The Big Bloom, visitors may shop and tour the Botanical Gardens for just $1 per person and parking is free.

Additional information may be found by visiting or call (361) 852-2100.

Last year's event drew more than 4,600 people.


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Tiger Who Attacked 'Siegfried and Roy' Star Dies Entertainment Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:39:21 AM Tiger Who Attacked 'Siegfried and Roy' Star Dies

LAS VEGAS - The famous white tiger that performed with entertainers Siegfried and Roy has died.

According to a Facebook post from the illusionist, 17-year-old Mantecore died from illness on March 19.

While Mantecore performed in thousands of Vegas shows, he is perhaps best known for injuring Roy Horn during a performance in 2003.

Horn was badly injured when the 380 pound cat dragged him across the stage.

The average lifespan on such a tiger in captivity is 15 to 26 years.

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Judge Joe Brown Arrested for Contempt of Court Entertainment Mon, 24 Mar 2014 6:15:24 PM Judge Joe Brown Arrested for Contempt of Court

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee.

Shelby County Juvenile Court officials said the 66-year-old Brown was sentenced to five days in jail after causing an outburst Monday in a courtroom hearing. A spokesman for the Shelby County Juvenile Court, chief Magistrate Judge Dan Michael, said Brown appeared to have been representing a client who was accused of not paying child support. Michael said Brown caused a spectacle in court by yelling and repeatedly challenging the juvenile court magistrate's authority.

Joe Brown is currently running to be the top prosecutor in Shelby County. Memphis is the county seat.

Officials with juvenile court and the sheriff's department don't know if Brown has a lawyer.

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"Homeland" Actor James Rebhorn Dies at 65 Entertainment Mon, 24 Mar 2014 4:34:33 AM

NEW JERSEY - Actor James Rebhorn has died.

The 65 year old movie and TV actor died Friday at his New Jersey home.

Rebhorn most recently played Frank Matheson is the Showtime series "Homeland."

He also appeared in more than 50 movies including "Independence Day", "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny."


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Kurt Cobain Death Investigation Entertainment Fri, 21 Mar 2014 4:14:45 AM Kurt Cobain Death Investigation

SEATTTLE - Nearly two decades after his death, there are new photos of the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide at his Seattle home on April 8th 1994.

Police only released two image, both showing drug paraphernalia found in the rock star's home including a heroin kit.

Detective Mike Ciesynski, of the Seattle Police Department, said, "I was able to look at the kit. Look at where the suicide note was placed"

Seattle Police Detective Mike Ciesynski has been reviewing Cobain's death because the department knew the case would get a lot of attention this year, the 20th anniversary.

That's when he came across four rolls of undeveloped film in the files.
But Seattle police say the images don't change the outcome of the original investigation.

They maintain the musician best known as the lead singer of the band Nirvana took a fatal dose of heroin then shot himself.

Det. Ciesynski, Seattle Police Department, said, "he killed himself because of the shotgun blast but the heroin would have did the trick also."

The circumstances surrounding Kurt Cobain's death have become a topic of public fascination leading to conspiracy theories that the 27 year old rock icon had been killed.

But Seattle Police say: case closed.

It is not clear why the newly discovered rolls of film from the suicide scene remained undeveloped for 20 years.
Police speculate the original investigators may have regarded them as redundant and unnecessary to develop.


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Bieber Gets May 5 Trial Date in Florida Case Entertainment Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:42:11 AM Bieber Gets May 5 Trial Date in Florida Case

MIAMI (AP) - A May 5 trial date has been set for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license.

Prosecutors also said at a Tuesday hearing that no plea offer has been made for the 20-year-old pop singer. He has pleaded not guilty.

The first trial date was postponed while attorneys for news organizations and Bieber wrestled with release of police videos of him giving a urine sample for a drug test.

Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race with high-end sports cars. Breath tests showed Bieber's blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Other tests detected marijuana and Xanax.

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Oscar Record Breaking Tweet Entertainment Mon, 3 Mar 2014 7:44:26 AM NBC News Oscar Record Breaking Tweet

CALIFORNIA - Academy Awards host Ellen Degeneres has set a new record for the most retweeted tweet in less than a hour.

Degeneres posted this selfie taken by actor Bradley Cooper during Sunday's show.

The image was retweeted 115,000 times in the first minutes, crashing her @ellenshow account.

Within just 33 minutes it had been retweeted 1.9 million times, surpassing the previous record holder.

That was an image of President Obama and First Lady Michelle hugging taken on November 6, 2012.


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Diversity Wins Big at 86th Oscars Entertainment Mon, 3 Mar 2014 7:43:02 AM Associated Press Diversity Wins Big at 86th Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

For the first time, a film directed by a black filmmaker - Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave" - won best picture and a Latino - Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity" - took home best director in a ceremony presided over by a lesbian host and overseen by the academy's first black president.

McQueen's grimly historical drama "12 Years a Slave" took best picture, leading the usually sedate filmmaker to jump up and down in celebration after his acceptance speech.

The British director dedicated his award to "all of the people who endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today."

Cuaron's lost-in-space thriller "Gravity" led the Oscars with seven awards, including cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. Some in his native Mexico have been critical that since the attention came for a Hollywood release and not a Mexican-themed film, his win didn't have the same kind of importance.

"I'm Mexican so I hope some Mexicans were rooting for me," he told reporters backstage.

The entire Oscar ceremony had the feel of a make-over for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - an institution that has sometimes seemed stuck in the past. After a Los Angeles Times report revealed the academy was overwhelming older white men, new president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has pushed for a more varied membership.

The movie industry that the Oscars reflect has also been reluctant to tell a wider range of stories.

"Dallas Buyers Club," the best picture-nominated drama about AIDS in 1980s Texas, took two decades to get made after countless executives balked at financing such a tale. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won best actor and best supporting actor for their roles in the film as a heterosexual rodeo rat (McConaughey) and a transgender drug addict (Leto) united by HIV.

"Thirty-six million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you," said Leto is his acceptance speech.

Cate Blanchett, best-actress winner for her bitter, ruined socialite in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," used her acceptance speech to trumpet the need to make films with female leads - films like her own and like "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock. A study by analyst Kevin B. Lee found that last year's lead actors averaged 100 minutes on screen, but lead actresses averaged only 49 minutes.

"To the audiences who went to see the film and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences, they are not," said Blanchett. "Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money."

"12 Years a Slave" also won awards in the writing and acting categories. John Ridley picked up the trophy for best adapted screenplay, which was based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. The screenwriter is only the second black writer (Geoffrey Fletcher won for "Precious" in 2009) to win in the category. Backstage, the "12 Years" team mentioned their efforts to include Solomon Northup's memoir as part of high school study. The National School Boards Association announced in February that the book is now mandatory reading.

"It's important that we understand our history so we can understand who we were and who we are now and most importantly who we're going to be," said Brad Pitt, who produced "12 Years." ''We hope that this film remains a gentle reminder that we're all equal. We all want the same: Dignity and opportunity."

Lupita Nyong'o was a first-time Oscar winner for her supporting role as field slave Patsey in "12 Years." ''I'm a little dazed," said Nyong'o backstage of winning the Oscar. "I can't believe this is real life."

Nyong'o is the sixth black actress to win in the supporting actress category, following Hattie McDaniel ("Gone with the Wind"), Whoopi Goldberg ("Ghost"), Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Mo'Nique ("Precious") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help").

In her second time hosting, openly gay Ellen DeGeneres sought to make celebrities more like plain folk. She passed out slices of pizza to the front rows at the Dolby Theatre, then passed the hat to pay for it. She also tweeted a "selfie" with such stars as Meryl Streep, Julie Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Pitt and Nyong'o. The shot "made history," DeGeneres told the audience later. It's since been retweeted more than two million times.


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Permit Denied for Lady Gaga Performance at SXSW Entertainment Thu, 27 Feb 2014 5:24:45 PM Permit Denied for Lady Gaga Performance at SXSW

AUSTIN - Officials in Austin say necessary permits for Lady Gaga to play the Doritos stage during the popular South by Southwest Festival were denied over safety concerns.

The location of the Doritos stage would not be able to sustain the crowds Gaga might draw due to her international level of talent, the Austin Center for Special Events said.

Doritos has built a giant vending machine each of the last two years in the small parking lot of Carmelo's Italian Restaurant on East Fifth Street.

According to officials, the venue can only hold around 800 people.

L.L. Cool J, Ice Cube and Public Enemy performed on the stage last year. In an effort to block thousands of fans from trying to work their way into the event, Austin police had to line up several semi trucks along the road.

The city says a Lady Gaga performance at that location would draw even larger crowds and would present problems for public safety.

"Those 800 will get in, but it's the thousands of others that'll come, trying to sneak a peak and trying to hear, that that particular area just will not accommodate," says Commander William Manno.

A Lady Gaga performance at this year's festival still isn't completely out of question. According to the city, the pop star is currently trying to find another venue.


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Actor Harold Ramis Dies at Age 69 Entertainment Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00:31 PM Actor Harold Ramis Dies at Age 69

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," died Monday at his suburban Chicago home after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said.

Ramis, 69, died early Monday morning of complications from vasculitis, which causes inflammation and damage to blood vessels, said Chris Day, a spokesman at United Talent Agency. Ramis was surrounded by family and friends.

Ramis was a key factor in some of the biggest blockbuster comedies in the 1970s and 1980s.

He co-wrote "Animal House," which starred fellow Second City alum John Belushi. He teamed up with Second City alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd on "Ghostbusters," in which Ramis co-starred and helped write. He also co-wrote "Meatballs" and "Caddy Shack," both of which starred Murray.

"The best comedy touches something that's timeless and universal in people," Ramis told The Associated Press in a 2009 story about the 50th anniversary of Second City. "When you hit it right, those things last."

More recently, he directed "Analyze This," starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro.

Aykroyd issued a statement Monday, saying he was "deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend ... May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

Ramis was born Nov. 21, 1944 in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Erica Ramis; sons Julian and Daniel; daughter, Violet, and two grandchildren.


Associated Press writers Don Babwin in Chicago, Jake Coyle in New York and Steve Loeper in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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6th Annual PRCA Rodeo Offers Thrills and Spills Entertainment Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:37:32 PM Mike Gillaspia 6th Annual PRCA Rodeo Offers Thrills and Spills

SINTON - It is rodeo time in South Texas, and the annual PRCA Rodeo is once again bringing World Champions to the area.

Now in its sixth year, the rodeo will be held at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds (219 W. 5th Street) in Sinton. The entire family is invited to come out and catch all the thrills and spills at either of the weekend's two performances.

In addition to shopping at vendor booths and enjoying the available food selections, those who attend with have the chance to ride the mechanical bull and meet Professional Rodeo Clown and Barrelman "Backflip" Johnny Dudley. There will also be a dance following rodeo competition on Saturday night, featuring The Rough River Band.

Tickets are $15 at the gate for either Friday, February 21st or Saturday, February 22nd. Gates open at 6 PM and the Rodeo gets underway at 7:30 PM. Kids 5 and under will get to enjoy the show for free.

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