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Blake Shelton: nominee, host and Lambert cheerleader at ACMs
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Blake Shelton may be going into the Academy of Country Music Awards as a host, performer and two-time nominee, but he has another priority: being a cheerleader....

'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's "Paul Blart" sequel couldn't outpace "Furious 7."...

Director reveals plot for "Star Wars" film "Rogue One"
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Jedis are all but extinct, the Old Republic is in turmoil and the threat of the Death Star is looming in "Rogue One," fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Sunday....

Ringo Starr, Green Day rock their way into Rock Hall
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ringo Starr was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a little help from one of his famous friends....

Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
BOSTON (AP) -- Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month....

Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy....

Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor
BOSTON (AP) -- Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program....

Actor Ben Powers, known for 'Good Times' TV role, dies at 64
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at age 64....

Don Francisco says it's time to close Sabado with dignity
MIAMI (AP) -- After receiving a standing ovation from his emotional audience, Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante," tried to explain why television's longest-running show is coming to an end....

'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about a generational transfer in more ways than one. Set 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi" and coming to theaters just over 30 years after the film first debuted, that idea remained top of mind for the film's brand new production design team, fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday....

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