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Could Helen Mirren forget how to act? She worries
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on "The Hundred-Foot Journey," she fears: "Oh my God, is it going to suck?"...

Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers....

At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics....

Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced
LONDON (AP) -- A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced....

Russell Simmons, LL Cool J visit youth at NYC jail
NEW YORK (AP) -- A group of young people at a jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J....

'Godfather of Makeup' Dick Smith dead at 92
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92....

Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday....

Atlantic City hosts free Blake Shelton concert
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach....

Police: Costumed girl injured at Comic-Con fell
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault....

Lawsuit over Slipknot bassist's death dismissed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor....

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