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Cosby takes stage despite protest over sex-assault claims

About 100 people chanting "Rape is not a joke!" and "No means no!" protested outside a theater in Denver before comedian Bill Cosby took the stage on Saturday, but his first of two performances of the night went on without a disturbance.

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Movie Review: Sweet, clever and cuddly, 'Paddington' is just right

Paddington Bear. How well we know him. He's cuddly, he's loyal, he's sensitive. He's well-traveled — but loves to stay home, too. And he can whip up a mean homemade marmalade.

Book Review: Book balances funny, fragile times of Bob Hope

"Hope: Entertainer of the Century" (Simon & Schuster), by Richard Zoglin

At one time, Bob Hope was the hottest thing in comedy, a fresh face with a fresh delivery. Really.

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Movie Review: Mann's cyber-thriller 'Blackhat' clicks with urgency

Michael Mann's "Blackhat" begins with the camera slowly descending from above Earth, diving down into a nuclear facility, and submerging into the underlying, twisting maze of electronic circuitry. A single, glowing blip — a bit of malicious code, we soon learn — invades and proliferates.

Book Review: New novel explores Van Gogh's silent period

"The Season of Migration" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Nellie Hermann

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist's eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

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Movie Review: Time is bent — and gender, too — in 'Predestination'

Time travel. There's hardly a more alluring fantasy in our pop culture, from the simplest depictions — children's cartoons, comic strips, romantic comedy films —to the "Interstellar" kind that you need a physics degree to understand.

Book Review: Phil Hogan delivers clever psychological thriller

"A Pleasure and a Calling" (Picador), by Phil Hogan

William Heming is the proverbial quiet man, nondescript, keeping to himself, mastering "the skill of being likable, but not memorable." Yet Heming seethes with self-righteous contempt for others and a propensity for vengeance and violence that erupts when he feels threatened, or just irritated.

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Sniper’s widow struggled with having him portrayed in film

The wife of a famed Navy SEAL sniper said she struggled with the idea of someone playing the movie role of her husband, who was killed two years ago near Fort Worth, Texas.

Toy weapons banned from Pennsylvania arts festival

Toy weapons have been banned from a Pennsylvania arts festival where kids sell handmade arts and crafts because organizers believe it’s a step needed to combat the “especially violent times” in which we live.

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Movie Review: 'American Sniper' is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama "Jersey Boys," Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best movie in years. "American Sniper" is quintessentially Eastwood: a tautly made, confidently constructed examination of the themes that have long dominated his work.

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Amazon signs Woody Allen to create his first TV series

Amazon Studios is delivering Woody Allen as creator of his first-ever TV series.

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Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

Botti, Dr. John to play 2015 Newport Jazz Festival

Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Cassandra Wilson and Dr. John are among the biggest names playing this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.

Former Massachusetts prosecutor: Don't pardon Mark Wahlberg

A former prosecutor in Massachusetts says Mark Wahlberg shouldn't be pardoned for an attack as a youth on two Asian men

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'Transformers' sequel leads Razzies 'worst-of' list

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.

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