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Movie Review: Been there, done that in the 'Wedding Ringer'

The first version of the script for "The Wedding Ringer," a new comedy about a friendless schlub who rents a best man for his big day, was written back in 2002 — a fact that partly accounts for the whiff of stale leftovers that hangs over the movie from start to finish.

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Perry: My female anthems make me ideal Super Bowl performer

Katy Perry says her female empowerment anthems make her the ideal Super Bowl halftime performer after an NFL season shadowed by highly publicized domestic violence cases involving players.

Feminists cheer as bare breasts disappear from UK tabloid

Feminists are rejoicing at the disappearance of bare breasts from the British tabloid The Sun — though the newspaper is not saying whether the decision to ditch its “Page 3 girls” is permanent.

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to a Sicilian former art dealer.

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At Westminster show, 2 new breeds, bigger agility contest

Eleven-year-old Emma Rogers is only six years older than her great Dane and half the size, but she’s set to squire her dog in the ring at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club show.

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Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart.

Message of movie ‘Sniper’ finds mark

Clint Eastwood gets it: People think they know him from a lifetime of making movies and living in the public eye.

Lip-syncing cop’s video gets more than 20M views

A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer lip-syncing and dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” has now gotten more than 20 million views on YouTube, and a shout-out from the pop princess herself.

Book Review: 'Unquiet Dead' is outstanding debut by Khan

"The Unquiet Dead" (Minotaur Books), by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan's gripping first novel tackles questions of identity, culture, revenge and war horrors in a strong police procedural.

1 of Mark Wahlberg’s victims says he shouldn’t be pardoned

A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes.

A long march toward fair representation on TV for blacks

More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president.

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television.

Chastain shocked by attacks following diversity speech

Jessica Chastain said Tuesday she has received a barrage of abuse following her recent speech urging more diversity in Hollywood.

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Music Review: Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Special' is not that special

Mark Ronson, "Uptown Special" (RCA)

Mark Ronson's new album, "Uptown Special," opens with such promising notes — Stevie Wonder's harmonica, playing so soulful and slow that the listener can't help but settle in, ready and waiting for what's sure to be an exhilarating musical story.

Book Review: 'First Bad Man' is Miranda July's debut novel

"The First Bad Man" (Scribner), by Miranda July

The first sentence of Miranda July's debut novel, "The First Bad Man," suggests the almost surreal self-absorption of its problematic narrator: "I drove to the doctor's office as if I was starring in a movie Phillip was watching."

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