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Universal brings ‘Minion Mayhem’ to Hollywood theme park


Riding high on the global success of “Despicable Me,” the films’ makers have teamed up with theme park engineers to produce a tourist ride designed to immerse visitors in “Minion Mayhem.”

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Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93

In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, file photo, entertainment icons Dick Van Patten, left, and Mel Brooks flank Mickey Rooney at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia Calif. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. AP

Mickey Rooney, whose long Hollywood career began as a child star in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93, US media reported late Sunday.

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Elton John to marry longtime partner

Elton John AND David Furnish AFP FILE PHOTO

Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalized gay marriage.

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Hoping for another Filipino monster in ‘Grimm’

REGGIE Lee says the aswang episode was a “rich emotional experience for my character.”

    LOS ANGELES—“I think and hope that that’s a possibility,” Reggie Lee said of the chance that another Filipino monster may creep into NBC’s “Grimm,” where he is a regular cast as Sgt. Wu. The aswang episode of the drama-fantasy-horror series drew high ratings and was the No. 1 scripted show in US television [...]

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Kenya celebrates first-ever Oscars win

Lupita Nyong'o accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.  AP

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o was hailed as a national hero on Monday for stunning Hollywood in her big-screen debut and scooping the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as an abused servant in “12 Years a Slave.”

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Academy Awards in numbers

Preparations continue on the red carpet during rainy weather for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, for the Awards night on Sunday, March 2. The  red carpet measures 500 feett (152 meters) long and 33 ft wide. AP

Here are some details about the Oscars and the 86th Academy Awards show, in numbers.

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HK brothers plead not guilty to ‘Transformers 4′ director extortion

Two brothers charged with trying to extort nearly $13,000 from Hollywood director Michael Bay (in photo) while he was shooting the latest "Transformers" film in Hong Kong have pleaded not guilty, local media reported Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.  ANGELA WEISS/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Two brothers charged with trying to extort nearly $13,000 from Hollywood director Michael Bay while he was shooting the latest “Transformers” film in Hong Kong have pleaded not guilty, local media reported Tuesday.

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US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

In a Jan. 19, 2014, photo Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" was found dead Sunday in his apartment in New York with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.  AP

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment, due to a suspected drug overdose, on Sunday, law enforcement officials said. He was 46.

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Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam over Israeli firm advert

Scarlett Johansson. AP FILE PHOTO

US actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed the role “incompatible” with her promotion of an Israeli firm that has a factory in the occupied West Bank.

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Madonna to share stage with freed Pussy Riot members

Madonna. AP /Evan Agostini, File

Madonna will share a stage with the freed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot at a concert in New York next month, the US pop star said.

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Justin Bieber faces assault charges in Toronto—reports

Singer Justin Bieber leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami. AP FILE PHOTO

Pop star Justin Bieber is expected to go to a Toronto police station Wednesday to be formally charged with assaulting a limousine driver last December, local media said.

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Daft Punk, Pharrell win 4 Grammys

LUCKY STARS  Musicians Pharrell Williams, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk accept the Grammys’ best pop duo/group performance award for “Get Lucky.”  AFP

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams didn’t only get lucky—they won in every category they were nominated in at the Grammy Awards, including the coveted album of the year and record of the year for the funk-electronic anthem “Get Lucky.”

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