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The film world of Asia is too busy making movies to fret too much about the debate slamming Hollywood _ the casting of white people in roles written for Asians
TOKYO (AP) -- The film world of Asia, known for producing Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Brillante Mendoza and other greats, is too busy making movies of its own to fret much about the debate slamming Hollywood - the casting of white people in roles written for Asians....

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization....

The Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition....

Jessica Williams is leaving Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" after 4 years as a correspondent, working with both Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jessica Williams is leaving as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" this week after four years. But she's not straying far....

The University of Connecticut has revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, saying he engaged in conduct "incongruent" with the university's values
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut on Wednesday revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, saying he engaged in conduct "incongruent" with the university's values....

With Atlantic City's lucrative July 4th holiday weekend fast approaching, the struggling seaside gambling resort is trying to avoid a strike against five of its eight casinos
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- With Atlantic City's lucrative July 4th holiday weekend fast approaching, the struggling seaside gambling resort is trying to avoid a strike against five of its eight casinos....

The story of Jesus Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The story of Jesus Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time....

New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at the 22nd annual Essence Festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different....

Actor Dennis Quaid's nearly 12-year marriage is coming to an end
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Dennis Quaid's nearly 12-year marriage is coming to an end....

Film Review: In a questionable return to the jungle, 'The Legend of Tarzan' dusts off the King of the Jungle
Tarzan has been dusted off, his abs polished and his vocabulary spruced up in David Yates' handsome but altogether pointless "The Legend of Tarzan," a chest-thumping resurrection of the Ape Man that fails to find any reason for the iconic character's continued evolution....

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New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at the 22nd annual Essence Festival

The Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition

Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, died at age 87.

Singer Brad Paisley has started a crowdfunding website campaign to raise money for flood-relief efforts in his native West Virginia

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book about transformation and change that will come out in 2017

Jessica Williams is leaving Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" after 4 years as a correspondent, working with both Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah

The author of the million-selling bedtime story "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" is now hoping to find the same magic with the story of an elephant

If you can't make it to see Laura Benanti in the charming Broadway revival of "She Loves Me," don't worry

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley add more fab to "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" premiere, to cheer up a gloomy Britain

Celebrities including singer Billy Ray Cyrus and "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will gather this week for a fundraiser to benefit flood recovery efforts in West Virginia