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Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.”

Michael Cera pulls off surprise album release

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Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen …

Post-KISS, Ace Frehley all about the solo work

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Eight years sober, the guitarist says his new “Space Invader” shows “that I am more focused these days.”

At 68, Sylvester Stallone says he’s still viable as an Expendable

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LOS ANGELES — Sylvester Stallone has an exit strategy. Ask him: Exactly how long can you be an Expendable?

“When you wear Depend-ables, you really might be expendable,” says the 68-year-old screen icon, laughing.

Until then, he’s in no mind to retire. “Age is a …

Bieber reaches plea deal in Florida drag-race case: sources

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Sources said Bieber, 20, would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges, rather than the original driving under the influence charge. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines. The plea agreement does not call for any jail time.

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Kimball Paul — sword-wielding bouncer on Chicago’s punk, new wave scene of 1980s — dead at 56

Kimball Paul, a sword-wielding bouncer known to also create a scene on the dance floors at the punk and new wave bars that dotted the North Side of Chicago in the 1980s, has died at 56. Paul, a Bridgeport resident who grew up in Skokie, died Tuesday of liver disease at Rush University Medical Center. He was a bouncer at clubs including Neo, Exit, Avalon and Metro.

Beyonce to perform at MTV Video Music Awards; to receive vanguard honor

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Beyonce is set to have a “Flawless” night at the MTV Video Music Awards where she is nominated for 8 awards, performing, and receiving the Vanguard Award.

40 years after resigning, Nixon is ‘alive’ and well on Twitter

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Admirers have speculated that the account manager for @Dick— Nixon is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident.

Martha Stewart’s sister dies from aneurysm

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NORWALK, Conn. — Martha Stewart says her younger sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, has died in a Connecticut hospital of a brain aneurysm. She was 59. The home decorating business executive says on her website that Plimpton suddenly fell ill Monday morning and was taken to …

Ella Jenkins turns 90, with a song in her heart

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In her 57-year career, the Chicago treasure has learned the value of exposing children to music.

‘American Idol’ contestant Michael Johns dead at 35

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Michael Johns, the rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of TV’s “American Idol” singing competition, has died. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported that Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in an ankle.

Trombone Shorty replaces New Orleans boy’s stolen trombone

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A 14-year-old New Orleans boy whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty.

Jury awards $1.8M to Jessie Ventura

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling …

Eek! ‘Mice’ in movie theaters

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If you missed James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester in last season’s Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” you may soon to be able to catch the production in a theater — a movie theater, that is — near you. It …

Jurassic 5 rekindles the magic with reunion tour

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It was the reunion no one saw coming. An “older” and “wiser” Jurassic 5 reunites for 20th anniversary tour.

Eileen Ford, modeling agency founder, dies at 92

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Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation’s standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died.