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Familiar Stars Hollow faces back for 'Gilmore Girls' reboot

LOS ANGELES — Some familiar Stars Hollow faces will be on hand for the "Gilmore Girls" reboot.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Accused Paltrow stalker discusses desire to marry actress
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 11:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — An Ohio man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow testified Wednesday that he sent her dozens of messages in the hope she might want to marry him despite her testifying against him in a previous stalking case.

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7 innocents spend time in jail for new TV show
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Seven innocent civilians agreed to spend two months in an Indiana jail and have their experiences filmed for an A&E Network series, "60 Days In," that will air starting next month.

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Van Gogh's bedroom recreated in Chicago as Airbnb rental
Posted: February 10, 2016

CHICAGO — Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in a replica of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom for only $10.

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Ghomeshi's trial won't hear from Ghomeshi, heads to closing arguments
Posted: February 10, 2016

TORONTO — As the sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi neared its final stages Wednesday, one thing became clear — the former broadcaster would not take the stand.

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Cudlitz's 'Walking Dead' moustache has its own Twitter handle
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — On "The Walking Dead," Michael Cudlitz's character, Abraham Ford, is known for his bright red hair and distinctive handlebar moustache.

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Film and TV star Sandra Oh brings diversity debate to world of animation
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm

TORONTO — Film and TV star Sandra Oh is bringing the diversity debate to the world of animation.

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Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' give Canadian restoration duo Grammy attention
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm

TORONTO — Years of sifting through dusty attic boxes and reels of fuzzy audio recordings has given two Canadian music archivists a shot at Grammy glory.

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Sheepdogs returns to town as a powerhouse
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 2:01 pm

MUSIC SCENE

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Adele holds tour warm-up in LA
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Adele is warming up for her upcoming concert tour with a special show for fans in Los Angeles on Friday.

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HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — HBO Now has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched on Apple TV in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers last year.

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Author of 'Thirteen Reasons Why' has new novel coming
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK — The author of "Thirteen Reasons Why," the million-selling young adult novel being developed as a Netflix series, has finished his first solo work of fiction in nearly a decade.

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Jack Huston: The 'Ben-Hur' remake was an epic undertaking
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Jack Huston is surrounded by the undead in his new movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," but this summer the stakes are even higher. He stars in the role made famous by Charlton Heston in a remake of "Ben-Hur."

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Bluesfest ’16: All Canadian, all weekend
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 1:55 pm

BY IAN PATTISON

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'Firewatch' drops gamer into Wyoming wilderness with a radio and many questions
Posted: February 10, 2016

TORONTO — In a video game world full of shooters and sequels, "Firewatch" offers a refreshing change of pace.

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Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 12:04 pm

STOCKHOLM — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back "long-lost music" to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday.

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Will Kendrick Lamar make history at the Grammys?
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."

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Ex-bodyguard testifies about lewd messages sent to Paltrow
Posted: February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A jury hearing a case against an Ohio man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow heard testimony Tuesday about pornographic messages and sex toys he sent her earlier in her career.

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Judge deliberates on new trial for "Serial" defendant
Posted: February 10, 2016

BALTIMORE — A retired Baltimore judge who will determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the centre of popular podcast "Serial" deserves a new trial said the five-day post-conviction hearing that concluded Tuesday garnered more attention than any other proceeding he'd seen in the state.

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Foundation that gives National Book Awards names director
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — The former publisher of the literary magazine Guernica has been named executive director of the National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards.

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Paris music hall where 89 were killed to reopen this year
Posted: February 10, 2016

PARIS — The owners of the Paris concert hall where 89 people were massacred by Islamic extremists say they are aiming to host music shows again before the end of the year.

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Northern Ireland's 'Game of Thrones' road painted by mistake
Posted: February 10, 2016

ARMOY, Ireland — "Game of Thrones" fans, don't fret: Cleaners are coming.

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Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Donald Trump's first place finish among the GOP candidates in the New Hampshire primaries was greeted by a mock online documentary of the brash businessman starring a furiously wigged Johnny Depp.

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New Potter play coming out in book form
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book.

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Eagles band members to honour Glenn Frey at Grammys
Posted: February 10, 2016

NASHVILLE — Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne will join members of the Eagles in a tribute to the band's founding member Glenn Frey during Monday's 58th annual Grammy Awards.

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Pianist plays at Lumina concert
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 11:23 am

Internationally acclaimed pianist Natalia Mirzoeva warms up before her performance at the Jean NcNulty Recital Hall at Lakehead University in a Lumina Concert Series event. Miroeva was born in Russia and studied piano since the age of six. She moved to Canada in 2003 and obtained a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Montreal where she continues as an accompanist in the Pierre Laport Academy of Music.

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Review: Hulu's '11.22.63' mini-series a dreary TV effort
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — No one would figure going back in time to spare the life of JFK would be easy or quick. But does it have to drag on so long and be this tiresome to watch?

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'The High Mountains of Portugal' by Yann Martel tops Maclean's fiction list
Posted: February 10, 2016

Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending Feb. 7 as compiled by Maclean's magazine. The previous week's position is in parentheses.

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Sarasota Opera caps unique Verdi project
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — When the curtain rises on Giuseppe Verdi's "La Battaglia di Legnano" ("The Battle of Legnano") in Sarasota, Florida., later this month, it will cap an achievement as historic in its way as the military victory the opera celebrates.

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'Anti' by Rihanna top album on iTunes in Canada
Posted: February 10, 2016

iTunes in Canada top 10 for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.

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Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he'll be back
Posted: February 10, 2016

TOKYO — Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia more than 20 years ago.

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New adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' heads to Broadway
Posted: February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" — and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch — are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin.

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Ken Hamm returns home with Delta blues show
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 8:48 am

BY KEN WRIGHT

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
With costumes, beads, music, New Orleans marks Fat Tuesday
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 11:01 pm

NEW ORLEANS — Dressed in elaborate costumes, dancing to the beat of brass bands and clamouring for beads from passing floats, thousands of people gathered in the streets of New Orleans to mark the culmination of the famous Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday.

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Sports costs at ESPN weigh down Disney's Force-ful quarter
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 8:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney's profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it's coming off a round of layoffs in the latest quarter. As more people cut the cord to watch programming online, its perch on top of the pay TV empire is looking unsteady at best.

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LL Cool J learns family secret in 'Finding Your Roots'
Posted: February 09, 2016

LOS ANGELES — LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.

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Prosecutor: 'Serial' questions don't make Syed innocent
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 5:00 pm

BALTIMORE — An alibi witness who was never called, cellphone data that was misrepresented and other legal failures justify a new trial for Adnan Syed, his defence lawyer argued Tuesday, closing a hearing prompted by a podcast that turned millions of listeners into armchair detectives.

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Some Dominicans don't want Vagas Llosa to get literary prize
Posted: February 09, 2016

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Plans in the Dominican Republic to award a literary prize to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa have angered some people, including a member of the president's Cabinet.

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Attorney: DMX has recovered after being resuscitated
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 5:00 pm

NEW YORK — An attorney for DMX said the rapper has recovered after he was resuscitated by police outside Yonkers, New York hotel on Monday.

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Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce song
Posted: February 09, 2016

NEW YORK — Red Lobster says it's feeling the "Beyonce Bounce."

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Tony-nominated actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer
Posted: February 09, 2016

NEW YORK — A publicist for Ken Watanabe says the Tony Award- and Oscar-nominated actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway's "The King and I" while he battles stomach cancer.

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Marv Albert gets contract extension to call NBA on TNT
Posted: February 09, 2016

NEW YORK — Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games.

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Jennifer Garner urges lawmakers to fund children's program
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 2:02 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner is asking Kentucky lawmakers to spend $1 million on an early-childhood education program.

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Cosby's ex-lawyer dismissed from lawsuit
Posted: February 09, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A judge on Tuesday dismissed model Janice Dickinson's defamation claim filed against Bill Cosby's former lawyer for denying her allegations that the comedian had drugged and raped her in 1982.

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Paltrow describes years of messages from stalking suspect
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 2:02 pm

LOS ANGELES — Letters addressed to Gwyneth Paltrow came for years, often with unsolicited items ranging from pornography and sex toys to religious books, earrings and clothes.

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Raptors alum Jerome Williams preps Property Brothers for All-Star celeb game
Posted: February 09, 2016

TORONTO — Vancouver natives Drew and Jonathan Scott are ready to hit the hardcourt in Toronto for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and they're hoping a Raptors fan favourite will help them take a bite out of their competition.

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Cineplex reports record Q4 results, 'Star Wars' the top box office draw
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 2:02 pm

TORONTO — Cineplex says the weak economy has been good news for Canada's largest movie chain, which posted its best-ever annual and fourth-quarter results Tuesday, helped by a big boost from the latest instalment in the "Star Wars" franchise.

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Raptors alum Jerome Williams preps 'Property Brothers' for all-star celeb game
Posted: February 09, 2016

TORONTO — Vancouver natives Drew and Jonathan Scott are ready to hit the hardcourt in Toronto for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and they're hoping a Raptors fan favourite will help them take a bite out of their competition.

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Second City names new film comedy school for Harold Ramis
Posted: February 09, 2016

Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis.

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Sam Hunt: Hard to wrap head around 2 Grammy nominations
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:03 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It's hard for rising singer Sam Hunt to wrap his head around earning two Grammy nominations — mainly because music started as a hobby for the 31-year-old.

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Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case
Posted: February 09, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.

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Montreal's CFCF distinct among Grammy remix nominees
Posted: February 09, 2016

TORONTO — It turns out not every Grammy-nominated remix needs to flood the dance floor.

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Summer festival WayHome to feature Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, the Killers
Posted: February 09, 2016

TORONTO — Canadian Grammy winners Arcade Fire will join Vegas rock band the Killers and freshly-reunited LCD Soundsystem at the WayHome Music And Arts festival in Ontario this summer.

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Crown wants one more witness to testify at Jian Ghomeshi's sex assault trial
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:03 pm

TORONTO — The judge at Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is weighing whether to allow the Crown to call one final witness to testify.

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Russian town in Siberia makes DiCaprio an ersatz Oscar
Posted: February 09, 2016

MOSCOW — Residents of a town in Russia's Far East have been donating their gold and silver for something near and dear to their hearts: Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Reality TV star, ex-rapper to coach football in Miami
Posted: February 09, 2016

MIAMI — The female star of a reality television show along with a former rapper will be leading the football program at Miami's Jackson High School.

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Taylor Swift leads iHeartRadio Award nominations
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 10:01 am

NEW YORK — Taylor Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven.

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Founder of black film fests says Canada has dearth of roles for people of colour
Posted: February 09, 2016

TORONTO — While the Canadian Screen Awards tout a diverse slate of 2016 nominees, there's still a dearth of roles for people of colour in this country, says the founder of the Montreal International Black Film Festival and the Toronto Black Film Festival.

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Michael Douglas among film stars honoured by AARP
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:00 am

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Michael Douglas was initially confused when he was told that he was being honoured with a career achievement honour by the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.

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