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updated: 05/26/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford encouraged college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators to overcome life's daunting difficulties. Redford was the commencement speaker Sunday at Maine's Colby College. He received an honorary degree of fine arts from the school before an audience of thousands, including nearly 500 graduates.

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posted: 05/25/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to go to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the past month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation’s vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. Sarandon was in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

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posted: 05/24/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won’t file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted. A charge evaluation sheet released by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Casey Kasem had received consistent medical care in his final days and that it wouldn’t be appropriate to charge Jean Kasem.

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updated: 05/23/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Michael Fassbender doesn't know whether the Macbeth curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it. "The Scottish film" is what Fassbender calls his Macbeth adaption, which is set to premiere today at the Cannes Film Festival. He's maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare's play -- at least he wasn't in an interview ahead of the festival.

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updated: 05/22/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus. After all, the ceremony was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a concert venue where his band has performed. The New Jersey native premiered a new song, "Reunion," which he said was a gift to the graduates.

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posted: 05/21/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman has signed off. The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of televisi

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updated: 05/20/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Grammy Award winner Sam Smith underwent successful vocal cord surgery at a Boston hospital. Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement Tuesday -- the singer's 23rd birthday -- that he is expected to make a full recovery. The surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding was performed by Dr. Steven Zeitels, who has performed the same procedure on Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie and Adele.

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updated: 05/19/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Jane Fonda is starring in a film at Cannes, but she also came to the film festival to pick up an honor. Fonda was celebrated by the Cannes Film Festival and luxury goods company Kering for her contribution to cinema Sunday as the first honoree of the "Women in Motion" program. It recognizes the work of women on the big screen. When asked about the pay divide in Hollywood, Fonda was spirited in her response.

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posted: 05/18/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

David Lynch’s exit from Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks turned out to be just another plot twist. The drama’s co-creator is back in the fold. Showtime conf irmed Saturday that Lynch is back and will direct new episodes of the series, which originally aired on ABC in the early 1990s.

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posted: 05/17/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Matthew McConaughey’s comeback streak in recent years — the so-called McConaissance — hit a bump at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. The film, about two men — played by McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — who find each other in a Japanese “suicide forest,” was greeted harshly by critics and was loudly booed in its initial screenings to Cannes media.

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posted: 05/16/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Facing the threat of being put down, Johnny Depp’s dogs Pistol and Boo were shipped Friday from Australia to the United States after Australia’s agriculture minister angrily accused the Hollywood actor of sneaking the pups into the country.

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updated: 05/15/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may be exiting The Simpsons, where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. In a pair of Twitter posts Thursday, Shearer said re-signing with the show would have denied him "what we've always had: the freedom to do other work."

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updated: 05/14/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

CBS is saying goodbye to its long-running hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with a two-hour finale this fall and hello to Supergirl, an unusual genre show for the network. Television's most popular network will wrap one of its most pivotal hits -- the CSI that started the franchise in 2000 -- Sept. 27, with original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger returning for the finale. CSI star Ted Danson will stick around, with his character joining the spinoff CSI: Cyber when it returns for its second season with star Patricia Arquette.

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updated: 05/13/2015 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Food Network television star Sandra Lee announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy. The popular lifestyle personality and live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo divulged the news on ABC's Good Morning America.

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