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Iran Bars Barenboim because of Israeli Citizenship

Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.

Barenboim, 72, general music director of the Berlin State Opera House, said Thursday he was in talks with Iran about a concert, in what would have been a major example of cultural diplomacy.

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Send Me your Songs, Asks Celine Dion Eyeing New Albums

Celine Dion is looking for help for her next two albums, so on Friday she put out the call: send me your songs.

"It's open to everyone," the 47-year-old Canadian singer told French radio station RTL in an interview. "Any artist or composer can send me their art."

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Robin Williams' Family Back in Court over Estate Dispute

Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children were due back in court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides were scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

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Texas Judge Wants $10M Set Aside in 'Fifty Shades' Case

A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.

State District Judge Susan McCoy said Wednesday that she wants the money deposited in a court registry by Sept. 25 as attorneys seek to negotiate a judgment amount for Jennifer Pedroza, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Arlington.

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Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to Receive Honorary Oscars

Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards this year and film star Debbie Reynolds will be awarded a humanitarian prize, Academy Award organizers said Thursday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences emphasized the "extraordinary contribution" that the three legends have made to show business throughout their long careers.

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Robert Redford Takes a Walk Through his Classic Buddy Roles

When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson's memoir "A Walk in the Woods," he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking comrade: Paul Newman.

Not only were the two men responsible for some of cinema's most iconic duos — they were lifetime friends as well.

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New Pals Lawrence and Schumer Writing a Comedy Together

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer aren't just riding jet skis together. They're making a movie.

A representative for Lawrence confirms Wednesday that Lawrence and Schumer are writing a screenplay.

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50 Cent Will Try again to Sell Connecticut Mansion

Rapper 50 Cent's bankruptcy attorney says he'll try again to sell his 50,000-square-foot Connecticut mansion.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1hH14pW) Pat Neligan spoke at a court hearing Wednesday. 50 Cent didn't attend.

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Justin Bieber to Perform at MTV Video Music Awards

Justin Bieber will be back on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Wednesday that the 21-year-old singer will be performing the song "What Do You Mean" from his forthcoming album at Sunday's extravaganza at the Microsoft Theater.

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Kanye West to be Honored at MTV Awards

Mercurial hip-hop great Kanye West will be honored for his career achievements during the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, the organization announced Tuesday.

The 38-year-old boundary-pushing rapper has produced "groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances" and has "delivered something new with every successive video," MTV said on their website.

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