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Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

BRUSSELS - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool.

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New Gdansk theater shows Poland's contemporary links with Shakespeare

GDANSK Poland - A new Elizabethan-style theater opened in Gdansk last week on the site of a building that showed Shakespeare's plays during his lifetime in the Baltic Sea city.

Arts, 10:59am EDT

Hulu orders series on Kennedy killing based on Stephen King novel

LOS ANGELES - Television streaming company Hulu said on Monday it ordered an original series about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy called "11/22/63," based on the 2011 novel of the same name by best-selling author Stephen King.

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Violinist Benedetti: Populism to promote music is okay

STAFFORD England - Violinist Nicola Benedetti has a best-selling album in the British pop charts so it comes as no surprise that she approves of a bit of populism to get the message across that classical music can be fun.

Music, 4:38pm EDT

Uncertain Guggenheim Helsinki draws record number of hopeful architects

HELSINKI - A plan for a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki like those in Bilbao and New York has attracted a record number of design submissions, even though it is not sure it will be built, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation said.

Arts, 11:50am EDT

'Maze Runner' speeds past Neeson's 'Tombstones' at box office

LOS ANGELES - Dystopian young adult movie "The Maze Runner" won the weekend box office race in the United States and Canada, collecting $32.5 million in ticket sales to outpace the Liam Neeson action flick, "A Walk Among the Tombstones."

Film, 4:08pm EDT

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