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  1. Two people knew instantly that 'La La Land' didn't win; why did it take so long to announce?


    LOS ANGELES — At the climactic final moment of the 89th Academy Awards, when Faye Dunaway read the name of the film printed on the card in front of her — La La Land! — there were two people, standing on each side of the stage in the Dolby Theater, who knew immediately that the film she had just …

    Warren Beatty, center, discusses the results of the Award for Best Picture with Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences officials and producers from La La Land at the Oscars on Sunday.
  2. Paxton, star of action blockbusters of TV's 'Big Love,' dies at 61


    Bill Paxton, the affable actor who co-starred in a string of 1990s blockbusters including Twister, Titanic and Apollo 13 and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama Big Love, has died. He was 61.

    596313 (BC-BPI-DEBONT) Jo Harding (HELEN HUNT) and Bill Harding (BILL PAXTON) hold on for their lives as a roaring twister wreaks havoc in Warner Bros.’ and Universal Pictures’ thrilling action-adventure, ‘Twister,” from Amblin Entertainment. BPI DIGITAL PHOTO  1996 W.B. & UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS CR: DAVID JAMES
  3. Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner


    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport.

    Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., in January 2016. Newly released video shows a plane piloted by Ford mistakenly flying low over an airliner that was taxiing at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of video released Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, shows the 74-year-old "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. [Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP]
  4. David Cassidy, heartthrob star of 'The Partridge Family,' reveals he has dementia


    David Cassidy, best known as the well-coiffed heartthrob who starred in the 1970s series The Partridge Family, watched his family members succumb one by one to dementia.

    David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," said in an interview with People magazine that at 66 years old, he is suffering from dementia. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told People. [Associated Press (2009)]
  5. Kate Upton makes third appearance on Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover


    NEW YORK — She's once, twice, three times a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model.

    Kate Upton appears on the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition for the third time. [Sports Illustrated]
  6. The top 10 Batman actors ever, from Adam West and George Clooney to Will Arnett and Michael Keaton


    So many men have inherited Gotham's dark cape and cowl that The Lego Batman Movie doesn't even have the most well-known plastic incarnation of the character.

    Will Arnett's Caped Crusader -- here with Channing Tatum's Superman in the new "Lego Batman Movie" -- is one winning tough guy. [Warner Bros. - DC 2017]
  7. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne


    LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.

    This 2014 photo by English photographer David Bailey of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was reissued Monday by Buckingham Palace to celebrate the queen's Sapphire Anniversary, marking the 65th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne. In the photo, the Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery originally given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947. [David Bailey via AP]
  8. Trump asks for prayers for Schwarzenegger's 'Celebrity Apprentice' ratings at National Prayer Breakfast


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump opened his first appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast with a prayer for the television ratings of the man who succeeded him as host of The Apprentice.

    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hosting the latest version of "The Celebrity Apprentice." On Thursday, President Donald Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, "They hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place. We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tube. I want to just pray for Arnold for those ratings." [Associated Press]
  9. Column: Pop culture and politics, a match made on stage


    Come. Sit down on the leather sofa. Close your eyes and I'll get the kettle on. Now, spill.

    How bad is your election fatigue?

  10. Bob Dylan, Bill Murray and Henry Kissinger: When honorees don't want their prize


    On Sunday night, the ever-elusive Bill Murray is expected to take the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and accept the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award he actively avoided receiving. Last week he told The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers, "I really thought if I don't answer the phone …

    Bob Dylan before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on May 29, 2012. [Associated Press file]