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at 17:23 on December 22, 2014, EST.

British singer Joe Cocker, of 'You Are So Beautiful' fame, dies at age 70

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.


at 17:30 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Keith Urban says wife Nicole Kidman, family spending New Year's in Niagara Falls

TORONTO - A gig used to be Keith Urban's only annual New Year's Eve tradition — then he married Nicole Kidman, and a new ritual emerged.


at 17:00 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Sony, Rogen and others in Hollywood try to move forward after Sony hacking attack

ATLANTA - The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Will Sony eventually release "The Interview" in some form? In theatres, on DVD or online? And what recourse does the company have against the North Korean-linked hackers?


at 16:40 on December 22, 2014, EST.

The top films of 2014 as chosen by The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A remarkable look at the growth of a young boy, a gripping portrait of a maniacal jazz instructor and a quirky summer blockbuster are among the cinematic stories that captured the imaginations of the reporters and editors at The Canadian Press this year. In alphabetical order, our top films of 2014 are:


at 16:35 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Actor Mark Wahlberg went through extreme weight loss for 'The Gambler'

TORONTO - When director Rupert Wyatt first met actor-producer Mark Wahlberg about "The Gambler," the star was shooting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and in strapping form.


at 15:50 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Celine milestone: 25 years since 'Unison' broke Dion in English Canada

TORONTO - Twenty-five years ago, English audiences finally caught on to a secret that had previously been whispered mostly in French: Celine Dion.


at 15:41 on December 22, 2014, EST.

New York City theatre plans reading of 'The Interview' script 'in the name of free speech'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie "The Interview," but it will be in at least at one theatre in New York City — onstage, that is.


at 13:25 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network blocked from Dish Network during contract negotiations

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.


at 13:16 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Trump Entertainment eyes $20 million financing offer from Icahn to keep Taj Mahal casino open

WILMINGTON, Del. - Trump Entertainment Resorts says a new $20 million pledge by billionaire investor Carl Icahn will give it time to restructure while keeping the struggling Taj Mahal casino open.


at 12:59 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Connecticut writer asks state Supreme Court to order release of arsenic killer's records

HARTFORD, Conn. - A writer telling the story of a serial killer who inspired the play and 1944 movie "Arsenic and Old Lace" hopes the Connecticut Supreme Court will order records related to her incarceration in a state mental hospital to be opened.


at 12:41 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Indianapolis Colts owner donates $10,000 to Jack Kerouac organization

LOWELL, Mass. - The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's legacy alive.


at 12:40 on December 22, 2014, EST.

South Africa's high crime rate inspires author to write edgy crime fiction

JOHANNESBURG - Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.


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