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Jim Parsons set for celestial role in Broadway comedy 'Act of God'

NEW YORK - Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show's producer said on Thursday.

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A Minute With: Blythe Danner on getting older, finding better roles

PARK CITY, Utah - From Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" to Viola in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Blythe Danner has had numerous starring roles on the Broadway stage, but in her first leading film role she tapped into something closer to home.

Film, People 28 Jan 2015

Rockers Fall Out Boy tops Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES - Rock group Fall Out Boy topped the weekly Billboard 200 album chart for the third time, holding off pop star Taylor Swift's mega-selling "1989," Billboard said on Wednesday.

Music 28 Jan 2015

At 82, Broadway star Joel Grey comes out as gay

NEW YORK - Actor Joel Grey, an Oscar winner for his role in "Cabaret" opposite Liza Minnelli and who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, on Wednesday publicly revealed that he is gay.

People 28 Jan 2015

Leviathan director: controversy shows film 'touched something' in Russia

MOSCOW - Director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose bleak depiction of his homeland in the Oscar-nominated film Leviathan divided Russia, said on Wednesday the polarization proved his movie had "touched something very important".

Film, People, Russia 28 Jan 2015

Larry David's Broadway play sets advance ticket sales record

NEW YORK - Comedian Larry David's new play, "Fish in the Dark," is shaping up for a major opening on Broadway next month and has already set a record for advance ticket sales by racking up $13.5 million before a single performance.

28 Jan 2015
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Book Talk: Iran "insider" offers roadmap for U.S.-Iran peace

ANKARA - Hossein Mousavian thinks a big reason Iran has not struck a deal with six major powers over its nuclear program boils down to a lack of understanding between Tehran and Washington, and a lack of U.S. appreciation for gestures Iran has made.

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