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Actress Polly Bergen Dies at 84

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New York (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends, publicist Judy Katz said. She had battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She

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Civil Rights Activists Call on 'Django Unchained' Actress to Apologize to Lapd

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Civil rights leaders who initially defended Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts in her dispute with the Los Angeles Police Department are now calling on her to apologize.  Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project Islamic Hope president Najee Ali and other activists held a press conference Friday, telling reporters that they now have doubts about Watts' side of the story. "I was one that was very outspoken about it," Hutchinson said about having come to Watts' defense when her story first broke. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial."

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U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

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U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. Following a years-long dispute over the plans, the commission announced on its website that it is permitting the Irish musician, whose real name is David Evans, to move forward with developing the homes and an access road on Sweetwater Mesa in the Santa Monica mountains. The Los Angeles Times first reported the news. The agreement involves a compromise, as the area of development will be smaller than Evans initially wanted, and he will have to make other concessions

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Baltimore Ravens Reportedly Knew Details of Ray Rice Video Hours After Violent Incident

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Baltimore Ravens officials had information of the domestic violence involving Ray Rice much earlier than they have publicly said, Espn is reporting. According to the Frontline investigation, Baltimore Ravens' director of security Darren Sanders was given a detailed account of security footage showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee just hours after the incident occurred. He reportedly informed Ravens officials shortly after getting the information. Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted no one in the league had seen the security footage from inside elevator in the Atlantic City casino until it was made public Sept. 8. He has said

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Jimmy Fallon's 40th: James Franco, Seth Rogen and Stevie Wonder Surprise on 'Tonight Show'

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Jimmy Fallon celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday's The Tonight Show — with a little help from Seth Rogen, James Franco and Stevie Wonder. The two actors popped out of a cake (shirtless), before Wonder came out from backstage to perform a happy birthday song for Fallon, who said he had no idea who his surprise guests would be. Wonder stuck around for an interview and made Fallon's birthday wish come true by performing.  Sept. 19, 11:08 p.m.: Updated with Wonder performance of "All Day Sucker."

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- Aaron Couch

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Toronto: Rights to Thriller 'Kill Me Three Times' Go to Magnolia

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Magnolia has taken the rights to director Kriv StendersKill Me Three Times, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Australian thriller was penned by James McFarland and stars Simon PeggSullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown. Pegg plays a hitman set loose on a sleepy Australian town. The film was produced by Parabolic Pictures, Stable Way Entertainment, in association with Feisty Dame Productions. It was produced by Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Tania Chambers. Executive producers include Jed Weintrob, Jan Korbelin, Bryce Menzies, Ian Gibbins, Jack Drewe, Joan Peters, Aaron L. Gilbert and Alan Simpson. The deal, first reported by

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