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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been pals since they were both child actors vying for the same parts. But it's taken years for them to find a substantial collaboration. The two discuss finally pairing up as Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway in "The Great Gatsby." By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.

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NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin will headline the annual McDonald's Gospelfest in Newark, N.J., on Saturday. And the 71-year-old singer will have another big event: a meeting about her upcoming biopic. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

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LONDON — Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying to recruit: Paul McCartney, who was busy with another band at the time. By Gregory Katz.

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LAS VEGAS — Now you see her — twice. Yes, that's Isla Fisher appearing in two of the first major films of the summer movie season: the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and the crime caper "Now You See Me." ''It's really exciting," Fisher says. "I guess I don't feel any pressure because I'm not the lead in either movie." By Entertainment Writer Michael Cidoni Lennox.

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NEW YORK — Jada Pinkett Smith is an actress, author, singer-songwriter, philanthropist and successful businesswoman. But her more recent focus has been the documentary "Free Angela Davis and Other Political Prisoners," which marks the 40th anniversary of Davis' acquittal. By John Carucci.

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NEW YORK — Like mother, like daughter. And Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger do seem to like each other quite a bit. By Fashion Writer Samantha Critchell.

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NEW YORK — CBS says "The Young and the Restless" will broadcast a tribute to Jeanne Cooper, the veteran star of the daytime drama who died earlier this week. It is scheduled to air May 28.

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NEW YORK — Adult Swim says it's turning Mike Tyson into a cartoon detective. The network has announced a new animated series called "Mike Tyson Mysteries" that will feature the retired boxing champ.

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NEW YORK — Rosanne Cash has been a New Yorker for two decades now, but her latest project is taking her out of the city. She's preparing a new album of songs about the American South, and did a lot of traveling with her husband, John Leventhal, to get ideas. By Entertainment Writer David Bauder.

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NEW YORK — Kate Upton has gone from a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model to the front page of Vogue. Upton tells Vogue that runway modeling is "not what I set out to do" and that she desires to front a major fashion campaign and maybe even launch her own lingerie line.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A Muslim group is accusing a Christian organization of defamation for publishing a book that accuses the Muslim collective of holding terrorist training in its enclaves. The Christian Action Network refuses to back down, challenging Muslims of America Inc. to prove the allegations wrong in an upstate New York court. By Michael Virtanen.


ATLANTA — Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago. Filming this week of a sequel for the 2004 film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" features vintage New York taxis, graffiti-painted walls, a pay telephone and fake storefronts along Atlanta's famous Peachtree Street.

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LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s win over Robert Guerrero was an artistic success, but not a box-office smash. Early tallies show the fight will exceed 1 million pay-per-view buys, the Showtime network said Friday. That's short of the 1.5 million buys for Mayweather's previous fight against Miguel Cotto.

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LAS VEGAS — You can't always get what you want. Unless, perhaps, you're a member of the Green Valley High School choir and you want a chance to sing onstage with the Rolling Stones.

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MAHWAH, N.J. — A historian says New Jersey can lay claim to the trees Joyce Kilmer found lovelier than any poem.


BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The Palestinians haven't elected a president since 2005, but now they are finally getting a chance to do so — virtually — thanks to a hit reality TV show. "The President" is broadcast weekly on Maan TV, a popular independent Palestinian TV station. It offers contestants a chance to address the Palestinian people on what they would do on a variety of subjects if elected president. By Mohammed Daraghmeh.

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FILM REVIEW-THE GREAT GATSBY. By Movie Critic Christy Lemire. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.

FILM REVIEW-PEEPLES. By Movie Critic David Germain. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

FILM REVIEW-AFTERSHOCK. By The Hollywood Reporter. AP Photos. Moving Thursday.

FILM CAPSULES. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

MUSIC REVIEW-THE GREAT GATSBY. By Cristina Jaleru. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

MUSIC REVIEW-LADY ANTEBELLUM. By Michael McCall. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

MUSIC REVIEW-NATALIE MAINES. By Michael McCall. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

MUSIC REVIEW-PISTOL ANNIES. By Michael McCall. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

MUSIC REVIEW-PATTY-GRIFFIN. By Michael McCall. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

MUSIC REVIEW-TALIB KWELI. By James H. Collins. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

MUSIC REVIEW-SHE & HIM. By Sian Watson. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.

OPERA REVIEW-CARMELITES. By Mike Silverman. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

OPERA REVIEW-SIEGFRIED. By Mike Silverman. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.

THEATER REVIEW-NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS. By Jennifer Farrar. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

THEATER REVIEW-THIS SIDE OF NEVERLAND. By Jennifer Farrar. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.

THEATER REVIEW-ON YOUR TOES. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.

THEATER REVIEW-CORE VALUES. By Jennifer Farrar. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.

GAME REVIEW-BLOOD DRAGON. By Lou Kesten. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


BOOK REVIEW-MURDER AS A FINE ART BY DAVID MORRELL. Reviewed by Waka Tsunoda. AP Photos. Moved Monday.

BOOK REVIEW-THE OPHELIA CUT BY JOHN LESCROART. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. AP Photos. Moved Monday.


BOOK REVIEW-SEDUCTION BY M.J. ROSE. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.

BOOK REVIEW-MONTARO CAINE BY SIDNEY POITIER. Reviewed by Jennifer Kay. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW-ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW BY NATHANIEL RICH. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW-THE COOKED SEED BY ANCHEE MIN. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. AP Photos. Moved Friday.



LOS ANGELES — Aaron Eckhart on the father-daughter spy thriller "Erased." Coverage planned.

U.S. — South Korean pop sensation PSY visits Harvard University. Broadcast video available.

WASHINGTON — Prince Harry attends charity event on Capitol Hill. Broadcast video available.

NEW YORK — Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch attend premiere of the new "Star Trek" film. Broadcast video available.

LOS ANGELES — Raquel Pomplun is named first Mexican-American Playmate of the Year. Broadcast video available.

LOS ANGELES — "The Newsroom" and "Parenthood" are honored by the TV Academy. Broadcast video available.





LAS VEGAS — Like a recurring nightmare, the return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom come Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. By Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch.

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A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live, and what is expected at court in the week ahead.

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ANCHORAGE — Dallas Seavey knows what it's like to mush across the wilds of Alaska. Now you will see if he can survive being dropped off in the middle of that wilderness and navigate his way out without the help of a dog team. Seavey, 26, who became the youngest Iditarod champion ever when he won the 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska in 2012, is among eight mushers or outdoor adventurers featured in the latest reality show set in Alaska. "Ultimate Survival Alaska" premieres Sunday on the National Geographic Channel. By Mark Thiessen.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Hollywood image of Tonto once was simplistic, with the Lone Ranger's sidekick wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringes. The latest Disney version has a shirtless Johnny Depp adorned with feathers, a painted face and a stuffed crow on his head. The character still speaks broken English and chants prayers. But Depp has said he's less subservient and honors the proud American Indian warrior. And the studio brought on a Comanche adviser and has the blessing of other tribes. Yet Disney has caught a lot of flak for what some say is the perpetuation of stereotypes through a character that lacked any real cultural traits. Moviegoers will have to wait until July 3 to see how this all plays out. For now, they're getting a glimpse through movie trailers that have left some wondering to what extent Tonto portrays actual American Indians. By Felicia Fonseca.

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LOS ANGELES — This week, two young, starry-eyed singers will face off to become the 12th "American Idol," a prize that has led to fame and fortune for many winners. But the shining moment is bound to be overshadowed by drama behind the scenes, with veteran judge Randy Jackson announcing he's leaving and reports the rest of the panel will be fired amid declining ratings. By Entertainment Writer Derrik Lang.

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NEW YORK — NBC announces its new programs for fall ahead of television's "upfront week" when broadcast networks unveil their lineups for advertisers and the world. By Television Writer David Bauder. Eds: Expected around 5 p.m. EDT.

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LOS ANGELES — "The Great Gatsby" is expected to earn about $45 million on its debut weekend in North American theaters, but "Iron Man 3" should easily prevail with about $70 million on its second weekend. By Movie Writer David Germain.

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LONDON — J.J. Abrams is master of one universe — and he's about to try conquering another. The director who rebooted "Star Trek" for a new generation, sending the USS Enterprise out again to explore strange new worlds, has also been put at the "Star Wars" helm. So while Abrams was in London recently to talk about his second "Trek" feature, "Star Trek Into Darkness," the topic inevitably drifted to a galaxy far, far away. By Jill Lawless.

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NEW YORK — If you called Sarah Brightman a space cadet, it would probably make her smile. That's because she plans on becoming the first recording artist to venture into space en route to the International Space Station sometime in the next two years. By John Carucci. AP Photos, AP Video. Moved Monday.


LAS VEGAS — To step into club XS at the Wynn Las Vegas is to enter the dreamscape of a modern artist with fetishes for gold and bronze and bodies in motion. A golden-plated frieze made from casts of nude women sits atop a shimmering staircase. Waves of electronic dance music grow louder with each downward step toward a pulsating, football field-sized club where lasers cut the air above thousands of dancers. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos. Moved Monday.


LOS ANGELES — Hip-hop may need a checkup. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly was found dead last week in Atlanta of a suspected drug overdose at 34. Some of the genre's elder statesmen say they're worried about the culture's focus on youth, current emphasis on freewheeling partying and "you only live once" ethos. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Like everything else, Iggy & The Stooges are doing things differently when it comes to the popularity thing. Born in relative obscurity at their start 40 years ago, the band continues to get more popular with age. How very un-punk rock. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There's a lot of love in Rod Stewart's life these days, and it's on full display on "Time," out Tuesday. It's the 68-year-old rocker's first original album in 20 years following a lengthy bout with writer's block. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.


NEW YORK — Cinderella wasn't sure where her prince was. She could hear her stepmother, but they couldn't see each other. And her fairy godmother? Waiting in a hallway in jeans. Such was the scene one day in March when the cast and orchestra of the lush Broadway musical "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" were packed into a Times Square recording studio in a one-day bid to record their cast album. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.


LOS ANGELES — Isabella Rossellini's search for the meaning of maternal instinct in "Mammas" looks at nine animals where things like polygamy, abandonment, cannibalism, lying and dying convince her that "anything goes." The nine shorts that make up "Mammas" will launch on the Sundance Channel and sundancechannel.com on Mother's Day. Rossellini dresses as a mother spider, wasp, hamster, toad, cuckoo, dunnock, oil beetle, piping plover and cichlid fish and shows how each brings her young into the world. By Sue Manning. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.


NEW YORK — Despite numerous film adaptations over the last century, the poetry of "The Great Gatsby" has remained largely locked on the page. On Friday, Baz Luhrmann will release his "Gatsby," a 3-D blockbuster spectacle with a star-studded cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan), a contemporary soundtrack (Jay-Z, Jack White) and hopes of cracking the code of Fitzgerald's mysterious novel. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.


NEW YORK — Against all odds, "The Killing" lives on. This AMC whodunit, which solved a tangled murder case — Who killed Rosie Larsen? — over two often gripping, sometimes exasperating seasons, then was canceled for low ratings, got an unexpected new lease on life a few months ago. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lady Antebellum's last album "Own the Night" opened on top of the charts, spawned two No. 1 hits and has sold more than 1.8 million copies. By any measure the Grammy-winning trio's follow-up to its life-changing hit "Need You Now" was a success — except one: How the trio feels about it looking back. The difference between that record and Lady A's new release, "Golden," is profound and reflects a new self-awareness for Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. By Chris Talbott. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.


LOS ANGELES — Has-beens in Hollywood usually stay that way. Yet one writer who died there nearly forgotten 73 years ago had one of the most remarkable posthumous revivals in literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald is back on the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a story adapted for film and television more than half a dozen times since the silent-movie era, when it was published to scant sales in 1925. By Movie Writer David Germain. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the women in Pistol Annies get together, song ideas just fall out. They spent two days together recently to do promotional work for their new album, "Annie Up," and had the makings for eight new song ideas- practically a whole album - by the afternoon of the second day. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


NEW YORK — Even though a cowboy hat sighting on Fifth Avenue is still pretty rare, country music has made an important move into New York City. Country has its own radio station in the nation's largest market for the first time in 17 years. WNSH-FM, which calls itself "NASH 94.7," began broadcasting in January and its operators say it has established itself more quickly than expected during its first few months on the air. By Entertainment Writer David Bauder. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


NEW YORK — Fantasia is feeling the love - and the singer says she hasn't felt this good since winning "American Idol" in 2004. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


NEW YORK — For three actors, the Tony Award nomination announcement last week was somewhat bittersweet. Sweet, because they'd each gotten a prestigious nod. Bitter, because their shows were long gone. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


DALLAS — After selling his Texas oil company, Robert Edsel found himself in the art-drenched Italian city of Florence contemplating how so many famous sites and works of art survived the massive destruction of World War II. As an answer emerged, he found a new mission: Honoring and continuing the work the Monuments Men, those from Western Allied countries who worked to protect cultural treasures. That recognition is set to skyrocket in December with the premiere of a movie based on Edsel's book, "The Monuments Men," directed by and starring George Clooney. By Jamie Stengle. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.


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