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Italian film comic Bud Spencer, the 'good giant,' dies at 86

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:30am

Bud Spencer, a burly comic actor dubbed the "good giant" for punching out bad guys on the screen in a long series of spaghetti westerns, has died in Italy. He was 86.

'North Pole Ninjas' Christmas book has message of giving

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:10am

A best-selling poet will help tell a Christmas story featuring the North Pole Ninjas. The message: Be kind.

'Avatar' mobile game landing ahead of film sequels

Derrik J. Lang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:10am

Before moviegoers return to Pandora, they'll be able visit the exotic alien world from "Avatar" on their smartphones.

Aerosmith drummer's new Massachusetts coffee shop to open

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:10pm

A rock 'n' roll-themed coffee shop owned by Aerosmith's drummer is set to open in Massachusetts this week.

Man pleads guilty in robbery of 'Idol's' Scotty McCreery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 2:01pm

A man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the robbery of "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and some of his friends two years ago.

UConn to vote on revoking Bill Cosby's honorary degree

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 1:11pm

University of Connecticut trustees are voting this week whether to revoke an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby.

Judge says no hurry in determining Prince claims

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:51pm

A Minnesota judge overseeing the legal proceedings surrounding Prince's estate said Monday there will be no quick decisions on who should be allowed to inherit from the late megastar.

'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller pleads in bankruptcy case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:21pm

"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller pleaded guilty Monday to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency she brought into the country.

Molly Shannon tearjerker about cancer mom wins at Nantucket

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:51am

A tearjerker about a family dealing with a mother's death to cancer has won top honors at the Nantucket Film Festival .

Justin Timberlake apologizes for tweet after backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:41am

Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams' moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture.

Jon Bon Jovi surprises cancer-stricken fan with guitar, kiss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 9:51am

A New Jersey woman battling lung cancer has received an unforgettable surprise from one of the state's most famous rockers, Jon Bon Jovi.

J.K. Rowling to host a special screening of her next film

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 9:21am

Carnegie Hall will host a benefit screening this fall of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" with some special guests — author J.K. Rowling, actor Eddie Redmayne and other cast members from the film.

BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 9:10am

or "The Prince Tribute Show" — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson honoring the Purple One, along with political statements on issues ranging from racial injustice to the U.S. presidential election.

Subway musical 'In Transit' to emerge on Broadway this fall

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 8:10am

"In Transit," a long-gestating, a cappella romantic comedy set in the New York City subway, has found the express train to Broadway.

Police: Florida man scams woman by posing as country star

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 8:21pm

Authorities say a Tampa Bay-area man swindled a mentally disabled woman and convinced her to have sex with him by pretending to be country music star Jason Aldean.

Dalai Lama, Lady Gaga talk of kindness at mayors conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 5:30pm

The Dalai Lama has spoken to more than 200 American mayors about the importance of being kind in a violent world.

US rapper fined for indecent language charges in St. Kitts

Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 1:51pm

U.S. rapper 50 Cent and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts and Nevis for using "indecent language" during a performance at a music festival, local police said Sunday.

Kenny Chesney calls cop to apologize for saying he had died

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 12:35pm

An officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for announcing at a concert that he had died of his injuries.

Minnesota judge to hold 2nd hearing in Prince estate case

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 11:21am

A hearing will be held in suburban Minneapolis regarding the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of Prince's estate. Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose, and no will has been found. The twice-divorced musician's parents are dead and he didn't have any known children, but he left behind a sister and at least five half-siblings. Others also have come forward to claim he was related to them.

Baltimore rapper Tyriece 'Lor Scoota' Watson fatally shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 11:01am

Baltimore police say local rapper Tyriece Travon Watson, who was known as "Lor Scoota," has been fatally shot.