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Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of ’80s and ’90s, dies at 54

Sridevi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ’90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. She used one name onscreen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her …

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‘Vicar of Dibley’ actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

LONDON (AP) — British actress Emma Chambers, known for her roles in “The Vicar of Dibley” television series and the romantic comedy “Notting Hill,” has died at 53. Her agent John Grant said Saturday that Chambers had died of natural causes on Wednesday evening. “Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She …

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Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at 97

Nanette Fabray

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nanette Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of the stage, film and television, has died at age 97. Fabray’s son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, tells The Associated Press his mother died Thursday at her home in Palos Verdes Estates. Fabray launched her career at age 3 as Vaudeville’s singing-dancing Baby Nanette. On Broadway she won a Tony in …

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NBC gets 17.3 million for figure skating’s big night

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: RATINGS: An estimated 17.3 million people watched the Olympics on NBC, NBCSN or streaming services on Thursday night, down 13 percent from the 20.3 million who watched the corresponding night in Sochi four years ago. The NBC-only audience of 15.2 million was down 25 percent, the Nielsen company …

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The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try.

Chadwick Boseman

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Much of what is seen in “Black Panther” is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it. “The clicks are no joke,” Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o said recently, calling isiXhosa …

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Blige, Day, Lafourcade, Common among Oscars music performers

Common, Diane Warren

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original singers of the year’s five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live on the Oscar stage. Academy Awards producers said Friday that supporting actress nominee Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Gael Garcia Bernal, Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens will perform during the March 4 ceremony. Blige will sing “Mighty River” …

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Weinstein apologizes to Streep, Lawrence for lawyers’ words

Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after his lawyers cited them in asking a court to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit. A spokeswoman for the disgraced movie mogul said Thursday that Weinstein has also directed his legal representatives not to use specific names of actors and former associates in the future. Lawyers for …

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Tiffany Haddish to host MTV Movie & TV Awards in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Thursday that the “Girls Trip” breakout star will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on June 18. The 38-year-old actress and comedian has seen her star rise since “Girls Trip” was released last summer. She’s gone on to host “Saturday …

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New study finds female protagonists decreased in 2017 films

Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins

NEW YORK (AP) — While 2017 may have been the year of “Wonder Woman,” but a new study finds that female protagonists were down 5 percent in the year’s 100 top-grossing films. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University released its annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” on Thursday. It found …

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