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NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ gets A-list marketing treatment

With TV viewers awash in choices, how can a network bolster a freshman hit’s chances of repeating its success in year two? Plot a marketing extravaganza that’s nearly inescapable.

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Don Pardo was a link to TV's birth, says 'SNL' boss

Don Pardo was a timeless classic, and in selecting him as the announcer for the brand-new "Saturday Night Live," Lorne Michaels must have known it.

Michael Cera releases album he calls 'honest'

Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself.

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Capaldi gets New York welcome at 'Dr. Who' premiere

Peter Capaldi knew he was in New York on Thursday the minute he stepped out of a classic yellow cab that drove him to the premiere of "Doctor Who."

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'Anything Goes' for Florida Georgia Line's 2nd LP

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country dude duo Florida Georgia Line know all eyes on Music Row are on them as they prepare to release their second album, "Anything Goes," on Oct. 14.

'Dogtown' skateboarding rebel Jay Adams dies at 53

Jay Adams, who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports, has died at age 53.

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Netflix goes for laughs with new stand-up specials

You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand.

Robin Williams’ wife: He had Parkinson’s disease

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday.

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout begins Friday

Ten days of activities await attendees at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout powerboat races, starting on Friday.

Robin Williams’ daughter faced online abuse

Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages following her father’s death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.

The Boxcars top nominees for bluegrass awards

The Boxcars, Blue Highway and The Del McCoury Band are the leading nominees in the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards.

Pioneering Chicano artist Emigdio Vasquez dies

Emigdio Vasquez, whose bold use of color, exacting brush skills and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, has died in California. He was 75.

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W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word “zilch” and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and title of national Scrabble champion.

Justin Bieber pleads guilty in deal in Florida

Pop singer Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

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Marvel heroes and villains fight it out — live

Marvel Entertainment, which muscled into pop culture with comic books, TV cartoons and movies, is gambling on attracting new fans as it tackles 3-D — but forget the silly glasses.

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