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Oldman apologizes for defending Gibson and Baldwin

NEW YORK — Gary Oldman has apologized for defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their controversial remarks about Jews and gays. “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” Oldman wrote in an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League …

North Korea calls US movie about plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un an “act of war”

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s take on an upcoming American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un: Release this movie and face “merciless” retaliation. An unidentified spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said in state media that if the U.S. government doesn’t block the release of the movie, it …

Fil-Am group gets four ‘YES’ from America’s Got Talent judges

MANILA — A Filipino-American boy band impressed America’s Got Talent judges getting a “YES” from Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Howie Mendel and Mel B. “Legaci,” a former back up performer of Justin Beiber is composed of all tech industry professionals from San Francisco. The boy band includes Chris Abad, Jason Atencion, Micah Tolentino and Del Lazaro. …

DeGeneres, Harvey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” received its eighth trophy as outstanding entertainment talk show at the awards ceremony Sunday in Beverly Hills. The “Steve Harvey” show was honored as outstanding informative talk …

‘Game of Thrones’ puts Northern Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version – on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing an economic boost to this British province …

Chinese company demands edits to ‘Transformers’

BEIJING — A Beijing property developer said Saturday it has terminated cooperation with the new “Transformers” movie, wants Paramount Pictures to make edits to it and is asking China to suspend screenings of the blockbuster film. The company owns the Pangu Plaza, a dragon-shaped hotel, office and mall complex that stretches the length of half …

Selena Gomez stalker sentenced to treatment

LOS ANGELES — A homeless man has been ordered to undergo psychological treatment after pleading no contest to stalking Selena Gomez. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Che Thomas Cruz entered the plea Friday and was told to spend six months in a residential treatment facility followed by a year of psychological treatment. He’ll also have …

Jackson remains a provider 5 years after his death

LOS ANGELES — It’s been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades. Just last month, the singer moonwalked across a Las Vegas stage in a nationally televised hologram performance. A new album recently debuted at No. 2 on music charts. And a traveling Cirque …

Safety board report on Tracy Morgan crash raises new questions about trucker’s work hours

NEWARK, N.J.—A report by federal transportation safety investigators says a truck driver was speeding before he slammed into a limousine van, killing one man and seriously injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and two other passengers, and it has raised new questions about the trucker’s work schedule. Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper was going 65 mph in a …

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s ex husband and prolific writing partner, dies at 75

NEW YORK—Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and “The Loco-Motion,” died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, …

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