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  • Jennifer Garner stresses early education with US governors

    WASHINGTON - Actress Jennifer Garner says growing up "surrounded by generational, rural poverty" in West Virginia inspired her to become an advocate for early-childhood education.
  • Five facts about Sunday's 89th Annual Academy Awards

    LOS ANGELES - Five facts about Sunday's 89th Annual Academy Awards:
  • Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

    WASHINGTON - U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

    NEW YORK - The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during Sunday's Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing.
  • Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars

    LOS ANGELES - The 89th Academy Awards should be a very schizophrenic affair: equal parts pomp and politics.
  • 'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' to vie at Spirit Awards

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The last three best-feature winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best-picture the next day at the Academy Awards, but that streak appears likely to snap this year.
  • Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

    SAN FRANCISCO - Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed.
  • AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged

    Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.
  • Legend, Miranda, Bareilles make Oscar rehearsals musical

    LOS ANGELES - Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from "La La Land," posed like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever," invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on.
  • Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.

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