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Rushdie chastises authors protesting Hebdo tribute
NEW YORK (AP) -- Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation....

'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created the Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award....

'Avengers' stars wary of artificial intelligence
BURBANK, California (AP) -- The cast of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" may battle out-of-control artificial intelligence onscreen but in real life, they're not so sure about cutting-edge technology. The Associated Press talked with the "Ultron" cast about what they embrace and what they fear in today's high-tech landscape:...

A new Vision for Paul Bettany in 'Avengers'
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Bettany couldn't hear anything....

'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movie
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Good times are coming to the big screen. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed to The Associated Press....

Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings - and not worn by DeGeneres....

Salma Hayek hopes 'The Prophet' inspires new generations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Salma Hayek said on Monday that the animated feature film "The Prophet" she co-produced has been a personal passion project, one she hopes can inspire young viewers to think outside the box about ways to improve the world....

Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafight
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout....

It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Will the list include a musical set in a funeral home of all places? Or one set in Paris? Is there room for a brand-new show that makes William Shakespeare look like Mick Jagger? Can a dark, sinister show led by an 82-year-old sneak in?...

Kim Kardashian: supports Bruce Jenner's gender transition
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kim Kardashian says she and her family support her stepfather Bruce Jenner 100 percent as he goes through gender transition, even though family members are still adjusting to that news in what she called "a daily process."...

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'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony

Kim Kardashian: supports Bruce Jenner's gender transition

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Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo

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