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Lucy Lawless is bewitching as a newcomer to WGN's 'Salem'
NEW YORK (AP) -- As if there weren't enough upheaval in 17th-Century Salem, Massachusetts, this haunted village is about to welcome Lucy Lawless....

'Furious 7' film shows off sharp new Imax laser technology
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Deeper blacks, brighter whites, even bigger screens and better sound. When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format....

Maya Angelou play in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer's views on life and how to live it to the fullest....

Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer....

New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker
UNION, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba....

Trevor Noah defends self in backlash to old tweets
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy....

'Ex-Machina,' 'It Follows' breathe life into stale genres
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Garland has learned a few things in his years as a science-fiction screenwriter: namely, that money doesn't always help....

Who's Who in music streaming: Tidal, Spotify, Pandora & more
NEW YORK (AP) -- Since Apple shook up the music world with iTunes a little more than a decade ago, online music has exploded and become the central way many people enjoy and discover music. Internet services such as Pandora and Spotify have millions of users. Now, several high-profile musicians are behind what's being billed as the first artist-owned music-streaming service....

Germany: Pissarro work from Gurlitt trove to be returned
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says experts have determined that a Camille Pissarro painting from the art trove hoarded by the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was looted by the Nazis and will be returned to its rightful owner's descendants....

Review: `Furious 7' drives hard with action, laughs, tribute
Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape....

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