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'Jungle Book' rules box office again; 'Civil War' looms

NEW YORK - Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Jazz fest's last day kicks off after storm cancels some sets
Posted: May 01, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - The last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off under grey skies again.

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Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 9:00 am

MINNEAPOLIS - On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong.

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What's new on Netflix Canada, Shomi, CraveTV in May
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 7:01 am

A monthly look at what's scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, Shomi and CraveTV:

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'No shortage of stories:' North's past, present and future found in comic books
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:04 am

It was one of the most successful cultural exports from the North since someone suggested southerners might like those little carvings.

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'Houdini & Doyle' series 'like the Victorian X-Files,' says star
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:04 am

TORONTO - They were unlikely friends in the early 20th century: Brash American illusionist Harry Houdini, a paranormal debunker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the prim and proper British Sherlock Holmes creator who believed in spirits.

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Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:04 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday.

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New doc 'Quebec My Country Mon Pays' examines exodus of English-speaking Quebecers
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 9:00 am

TORONTO - Documentary filmmaker John Walker grew up an English-speaking Quebecer, alongside French children that didn't seem to like anglophone kids like himself.

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Cover star: Duchess Kate poses for British edition of Vogue
Posted: May 01, 2016

LONDON - The British edition of Vogue will mark its 100th anniversary with a rare portrait of Kate Middleton looking relaxed in the countryside.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Obama out: President takes last shots at official Washington
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 10:05 pm

WASHINGTON - Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy.

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Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion
Posted: April 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY - Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.

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Jazz Fest: Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dog acts cancelled by rain
Posted: April 30, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Saturday's late acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, including scheduled appearances by Stevie Wonder, rapper Snoop Dogg, Beck and others.

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Big Freedia twerking her way to stardom
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 5:02 pm

NEW ORLEANS - Talk about your ups and downs.

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Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

STOCKHOLM - Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.

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Friday 04/29/2016
'Maze Runner' shoot delayed further due to star's injuries
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Principal photography on "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has been further delayed to allow star Dylan O'Brien more time to recover from injuries he suffered during the shoot in mid-March.

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Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:05 pm

HONOLULU - Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries — but not one owned by Woody Harrelson.

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Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket close out Friday's Jazz Fest
Posted: April 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. A look at the festival's fifth day:

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New Anthony Hopkins thriller to premiere at smalltown B.C. drive-in
Posted: April 29, 2016

ENDERBY, B.C. - A major motion picture shot in British Columbia will have it's premiere showing at a small Okanagan community's drive-in theatre.

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Pop classic 'Baby Baby' gets Tori Kelly reboot
Posted: April 29, 2016

NASHVILLE - A pop classic from the early '90s, Amy Grant's hit "Baby Baby," is getting a reboot 25 years later thanks to Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly.

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Prince death investigation focuses on flight, drugs, doctor
Posted: April 29, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments:

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Q&A: 'Breaking Bad' scribe on finale: 'We were flying by the seat of our pants'
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 5:00 pm

TORONTO - "Breaking Bad" stands as one of the most finely crafted series on television, but its Emmy-winning scribe says the show's creators were "flying by the seat of our pants" when it came to its devastating final episodes.

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Boom! Queen & Harry answer Obamas' Invictus Games challenge
Posted: April 29, 2016

LONDON - It helps to have friends in high places when you're promoting an athletic event.

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Former star of "The West Wing" greets White House reporters
Posted: April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON - Allison Janney played a White House press secretary on "The West Wing." She got a chance to do the real thing on Friday.

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Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family backlash.

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Obamas engage in sports trash talk with royal family
Posted: April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON - The Obamas and the royal family are engaging in trash talk with Britain's royals before next week's athletic competition for wounded military personnel and veterans.

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'Breaking Bad' scribe on her 'deeper' take on 'Anne of Green Gables'
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

TORONTO - The former "Breaking Bad" writer in charge of CBC-TV's "Anne of Green Gables" adaptation says she's on the hunt for "a 12-year-old female Bryan Cranston."

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Pullman's 'Independence Day' call-to-arms lives on
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 11:00 am

NEW YORK - President Thomas J. Whitmore, famed speech-maker and defender of the planet from aliens, has the kind of poll numbers Hillary or Donald dream about.

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Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business
Posted: April 29, 2016

NEW YORK - For decades, the quest for another "Ghostbusters" movie was as elusive as an ectoplasmic phantom.

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'Shuffle Along' deemed a new musical, must face 'Hamilton'
Posted: April 29, 2016

NEW YORK - The Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" will have to tap-dance against a hip-hop monster for attention at the Tony Awards.

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In 'Popstar,' Lonely Island aim for a 'Spinal Tap' for today
Posted: April 29, 2016

NEW YORK - Lonely Island, the trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, has technically already made the leap to the big screen in 2007's wannabe daredevil comedy "Hot Rod." But it won't be until "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" hits theatres that the full experience of Lonely Island — in all their seductively wrapped male anatomy glory and seafaring glee — lands at the movies.

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Next Big Thing: Three picks for a mini-Hot Docs film festival at home
Posted: April 29, 2016

The weekly Next Big Thing column highlights what's bubbling under the surface in entertainment with a look at rising stars in the world of music, as well as standout TV shows, movies and web series that would be a shame to overlook.

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Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds pens goodbye to young cancer patient in Edmonton
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:00 am

EDMONTON - Movie star Ryan Reynolds has posted an emotional goodbye on Facebook to a boy in Edmonton who has died of cancer.

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith join Obama youth initiative
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are adding their star power to President Barack Obama's initiative to boost opportunities for vulnerable young Americans.

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Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day
Posted: April 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honouring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.

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Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias top Billboard Latin Music Awards
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

MIAMI - Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias took home seven awards apiece, including six shared awards for their hit duet "El Perdon," at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami.

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Official Whitney Houston doc in the works from Oscar-winner
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

LOS ANGELES - An official Whitney Houston documentary is in the works from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. It will be the first to be authorized by the late pop superstar's estate since her death in 2012 at age 48. Altitude Film Entertainment announced the project on Thursday.

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The K in K-tel: Phil Kives was king of catchy commercials on television
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

WINNIPEG - Phil Kives, the tireless and optimistic pitchman who pioneered the television infomercial, died Wednesday after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

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AP Exclusive: Prince's 'Purple Rain' coat is up for auction
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

CALABASAS, Calif. - A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince's 1984 classic film "Purple Rain" is hitting the auction block.

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Investigators look at overdose in Prince death
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

MINNEAPOLIS - Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

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Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

NEW ORLEANS - The start of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was marked with thunderstorms, but the music played on to crowds that were thinned by the bad weather.

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Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:02 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honouring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments Thursday.

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Next Big Thing: Three picks for a mini-Hot Docs film festival at home
Posted: April 29, 2016

The weekly Next Big Thing column highlights what's bubbling under the surface in entertainment with a look at rising stars in the world of music, as well as standout TV shows, movies and web series that would be a shame to overlook.

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'Tempest Storm' at Hot Docs profiles 88-year-old burlesque star
Posted: April 29, 2016

TORONTO - At 88, burlesque star Tempest Storm is still a hurricane of energy.

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Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band
Posted: April 29, 2016

AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs.

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Autopsy: Pianist's 2 daughters likely died of asphyxia
Posted: April 29, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas - A Texas medical examiner says the deaths of the young daughters of an internationally known pianist were most likely due to asphyxia.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Free XBox Gold titles for month
Posted: April 28, 2016

Gamers can look forward to a list of titles they can add to their growing library for free every month.

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Alicia Vikander takes on Lara Croft role in 'Tomb Raider'
Posted: April 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Alicia Vikander is following in Angelina Jolie's butt-kicking footsteps.

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Police sniper shoots man who says he has bomb at TV station
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:02 pm

BALTIMORE - A police sniper shot a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest, authorities said Thursday.

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Fans' Holy Grail: unreleased songs in Prince's vault
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:02 pm

LOS ANGELES - Before his death, fans searching online for Prince were likely to find just a handful of his performance videos and almost none of his recorded music. In the days since he died, YouTube and other uploading sites have been flooded with hundreds of hours of the superstar musician's songs, concert footage, TV appearances and music videos.

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The Latest: Rundown of calls to police from Prince estate
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:02 pm

MINNEAPOLIS - The Latest on the investigation into the death of music superstar Prince (all times local):

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