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Cowell: 'X Factor' wants 2 female judges, 2 hosts

February 23, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

FILE – In this May 19, 2011 file photo, musician Janet Jackson arrives for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 64th Cannes international film festival, in Cap d’Antibes, southern France. Simon Cowell, creator and judge on “The X Factor” is playing it coy about rumors that Fergie, Britney...

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Singer Jason Crabb gets 8 Dove Awards nominations

February 23, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

Kirk Franklin performs at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) ATLANTA (AP) — Singer Jason Crabb grabbed eight nominations for the Dove Awards, leading the way for the gospel and Christian music...

Franklin says Houston's mother raised her well

February 23, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

In this July 26, 2010 photo, performer Aretha Franklin looks out a window, in Philadelphia. Franklin says she believed Whitney Houston had overcome her demons and was primed for a comeback, which made learning of the troubled singer’s death all the more...

First Amendment crusader Barney Rosset dies

February 23, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

This undated file photo, released by the National Book Foundation, shows Barney Rosset. Rosset died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Rosset Archives, National Book Foundation, file) NEW YORK (AP) — Barney Rosset was a publisher, not an author,...

Rebuffed by mainstream, Black turns humor inward

February 23, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

In this undated image released by Gallery Books, Michael Ian Black is shown. After years of banging his head against Hollywood for mainstream success, the comedian Michael Ian Black has found only esteemed cult status. Having now turned 40, and long past his...

Obama joins Jagger, B.B. King, to belt out blues

February 22, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

B.B. King, is greeted by Jeff Beck, as they stake the stage to perform during the White House Music Series saluting Blues Music in recognition of Black History Month, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo...

Linda Lavin to take 'The Lyons' to Broadway

February 22, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

FILE – This image released by Sam Rudy Media Relations shows Dick Latessa, right, and Linda Lavin in a scene from Nicky Silver’s play “The Lyons,” at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. Producers on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 said that the...

What's next for the Soul Train brand?

February 22, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

FILE – In this July 21, 2011, file photo, Hall of Fame basketball player turned businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson smiles during a news conference, in Detroit. Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of nostalgia in the American...

SEALs hope film blitz draws recruits

February 22, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

In this image released by Relativity Media, a scene is shown from the film “Act of Valor,” starring real, active-duty Navy SEALs. (AP Photo/ Relativity Media) WASHINGTON (AP) — Navy SEALs never expected the film “Act of Valor,”...

Discovering Agnes Martin's artistic roots

February 22, 2012 • EntertainmentComments Off

This undated image provided by the Harwood Museum of Art shows Agnes Martin’s “New Mexico Mountain Landscape, Taos,” Raymond Jonson Collection. This will be exhibited in “Agnes Martin: Before the Grid,” opening Feb. 25, 2012 at...