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    by Published on 11-20-2014 04:19 AM  Number of Views: 17 

    Musician Billy Joel has received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala in Washington DC, honouring his life's work in songwriting.

    The singer was joined by a number of other entertainers at the celebration, including Tony Bennett and LeAnn Rimes.

    Actor Kevin Spacey played harmonica for Joel on a rendition of Piano Man, one of his many hits.

    The prize, created by the Library of Congress in 2007, is named after songwriters George and Ira Gershwin.

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    by Published on 10-26-2014 10:46 AM  Number of Views: 27 

    Jeb Bush is "moving forward" on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he'll enter the Republican race. That's the opinion of his son, who's running for office in Texas.

    George P. Bush tells ABC's "This Week" that his father is "still assessing" a presidential bid, but it seems more likely he'll seek the presidency this time. The former Florida governor declined to run for president in 2012 despite encouragement from Republicans.

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    by Published on 04-07-2014 05:56 PM  Number of Views: 195 

    Mickey Rooney, whose roller-coaster, nine-decade career in show business included vaudeville, silent films, movies, television and Broadway, died Sunday. He was 93.

    Rooney died in California, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said.

    Rooney's career spanned almost the entire history of motion pictures. He made his first film, the silent "Not to Be Trusted," in 1926 and followed it up with several shorts based on the "Mickey McGuire" comic strip. He was still making movies nine decades later, including "Night at the Museum" (2006) and "The Muppets" (2011).

    At the time of his death, he had three more films in the works, according to the Internet Movie Database, including a version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" with Margaret O'Brien.

    Read more http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/showbi...y-rooney-obit/
    by Published on 04-04-2014 06:54 AM  Number of Views: 205 

    Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.

    Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

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    by Published on 03-16-2014 11:06 AM  Number of Views: 254 

    Comedian David Brenner, who had a record number of 'Tonight Show' appearances, is dead at 78. Here, Brenner at 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' on January 26, 1976.

    Comedian David Brenner, a late-night TV fixture who holds the record for the most “Tonight Show” guest appearances, died Saturday. He was 78.

    Brenner died at his home in New York City surrounded by his children, a family representative said.

    The Pennsylvania native was considered the father of observational comedy, a form of humor that relied on impromptu quips rather than canned jokes.

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brenner shot to fame in 1971 after becoming a late-night TV favorite.

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    by Published on 02-13-2014 08:50 AM  Number of Views: 294 

    Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., his friend Carl Reiner told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. He was 9

    The exact cause of his death was not disclosed.

    Caesar, a New York native, was a master of pantomime with a sense of comedy that made him a star in the early days of "live" television.

    He was best known for his work on TV's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," groundbreaking sketch comedy series that paved the way for such later hits as "Saturday Night Live."

    "Inarguably he was the greatest single monologist and skit comedian we ever had," Reiner said in a statement to THR.

    "Television owes him a debt of gratitude for his pioneering work and the great shows he gave us all. Render unto Caesar what is his due. He deserves real applause from the American people."

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    by Published on 02-11-2014 02:47 PM  Number of Views: 292 

    Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.

    She was 85.

    Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.

    She began acting at age 3 and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.

    Her first film of notice was in 1932 when she played in "War Babies," part of the "Baby Burlesks" series of short films.

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