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Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Canadian music artist Shawn Mendes poses for a portrait, in New York. Mendes, who turns 16 next month, was able to secure a following on Vine, where he had 300,000 fans awaiting his posts. Record labels caught wind of his strong social media presence. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform.


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Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
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'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.
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Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 said Joel, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


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Imax, Shanghai Film to open 19 screens in China
HONG KONG (AP) — Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market.
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Big milestone for Britain's little prince

This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.


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Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.
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Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'

From left, Creator Kurt Sutter, Director Paris Barclay and actor Charlie Hunnam speak on stage during the “Sons of Anarchy” panel at the The FX 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


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Israel violence moves production of FX's 'Tyrant'

This photo released by FX shows Fares Fares, left, as Fauzi, and Adam Rayner as Barry, in a scene from the TV series, "Tyrant," airing Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Production of FX’s series “Tyrant” recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics’ panel Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/FX, Vered Adir)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Production of FX's series "Tyrant" recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics' panel Monday.


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'Simpsons' marathon, digital Simpsons World coming

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Fox)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy.


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'Fargo' gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime

This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." The network announced Monday, July 21, 2014, it has renewed the series for a second season with a new cast, time period and crime. The location, however, is still being worked out. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — FX is taking another trip to "Fargo," where the cast is changing but some of the characters are not.


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Shania Twain's Vegas residency to end in December

FILE - This Dec. 1, 2012 file photo shows Shania Twain performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, 2014, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country superstar Shania Twain will end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she made a grand Sin City entrance on horseback and began performing at Caesars Palace.


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New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp's son
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.
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'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music

In this July 17, 2014 photo, “Weird Al” Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Billboard reported that Yankovic's “Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, "Alpocalypse," sold in its debut week in 2011. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.


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Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2010 file photo, Conor Oberst, left, and M. Ward perform with Monsters of Folk at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments. The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday, July 18, 2014, in New York federal court. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments.


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Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Mattel, Inc., Jeffrey Moustache)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.


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Court: Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund' kids

FILE - In a Jan. 19, 2014 file photo Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The GenArt Quaker Good Energy Lodge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Court documents filed July 18, 2014 show Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids.


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Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

FILE - This Aug. 16, 2013 file photo shows Ted Nugent performing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4, 2014, concert by Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday, July 21, 2014, said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in Worley was because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks.'' (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.


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ABC's Paula Faris gets weekend anchor job

This photo released by ABC shows Paula Faris of ABC News. Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of "Good Morning America." ABC News said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Faris will start Aug. 8. (AP Photo/ ABC,Ida Mae Astute)NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of "Good Morning America."


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Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

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Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving 'Fifty Shades'

FILE - In this June 1, 2014 file photo, Charlie Hunnam arrives at the Huading Film Awards in Los Angeles. The first trailer for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie will be out this week and Hunnam, the original Christian Grey, says he can’t wait to see the finished product. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.


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Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach

Designer Francesca Aiello, of Frankie's Bikinis, right, walks on the runway with a model during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs. This was Frankie's Bikinis' debut show for the 19-year-old designer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, but Aiello is a pro when it comes to social media.


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Ex-'X Factor' judge trial nixed over lying claims

British singer Tulisa Contostavlos delivers a statement after her trial over drugs allegations collapsed, outside Southwark Crown Court, London, Monday, July 21, 2014. The drug trial of Contostavlos collapsed after the judge said an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" probably lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year that it had caught singer and TV talent-show judge Tulisa Contostavlos acting as a go-between in a deal to sell cocaine to a reporter posing as a wealthy film producer. (AP Photo/PA, Justin Tallis) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVELONDON (AP) — The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheik," had lied under oath.


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Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival. This year, his view will be much improved — he'll be on stage.
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Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Mattel, Inc., Jeffrey Moustache)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.


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