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Lenny Kravitz Nixes Asia Tour

Lenny Kravitz on Friday abruptly canceled a tour of Asia and Australia, with the rocker blaming unspecified scheduling issues.

The singer-songwriter, whose mix of rock with soul and funk elements has won him a wide international following, had been scheduled to head in March to Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia before a series of dates in Australia.

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Nyong'o Stolen Pearl Gown Recovered by Police

A $150,000 pearl-encrusted dress stolen from the hotel room of Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o was found Friday, Los Angeles police said.

The custom-made gown, encrusted with some 6,000 pearls, went missing from the Oscar-winning star's hotel room after she turned heads in it Sunday on the Academy Awards red carpet. 

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Noel Gallagher looks to the future with 'Chasing Yesterday'

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is putting his past behind him, releasing a new solo album, ruling out a reunion with his brother Liam and even being nice about one-time arch-rivals Blur.

Oasis split five years ago after nearly two decades of fractious sibling rivalry between guitarist Noel and his younger brother Liam, the band's frontman. 

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won fans worldwide for his generations-spanning role as the pointy-eared half-human half-Vulcan Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" television and film franchise, died Friday at age 83.

Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles. His granddaughter Dani announced the death on his Twitter account.

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Crimea 'Nationalizes' Yalta Film Studios

The authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea said Friday they have nationalized film studios in the Black Sea resort of Yalta, famous for Soviet productions including Andrei Tarkovsky's classic "Solaris".

Crimea's State Council, the ruling regional body, passed a resolution saying the studios have been incorporated "into the property of the republic." 

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U.S. Celebrity Paris Hilton Visits Cuba

American socialite Paris Hilton is visiting Cuba, an island on which her family lost a hotel half a century ago after Fidel Castro came to power.

The hotel heiress posted a photograph of herself in Havana with the caption "Cuba baby!"

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Glam Rock Star Gary Glitter Jailed for 16 Years for Child Abuse

Glam rock star Gary Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of abusing three young girls in the latest child sex scandal to bring down a former icon of Britain's entertainment world.

Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

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Pearl Oscars Dress Worn by Nyong'o Stolen

The pearl-encrusted $150,000 dress worn by Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars last weekend was stolen from the actress's Los Angeles hotel room, police confirmed Thursday.

"It has been confirmed that it is the dress that was worn by Lupita Nyong'o," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.

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Madonna Says 'Intolerance' in Europe 'Feels like Nazi Germany'

Rebounding from her stage tumble at the Brit awards, pop star Madonna told French radio Thursday that "intolerance" was now so high in France and Europe that "it feels like Nazi Germany."

Speaking to Europe 1 radio in an interview to be aired Friday morning, Madonna said "anti-Semitism is at an all-time high" in France and elsewhere in Europe, and likened the current atmosphere to the period when German fascism was on the ascent.

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Long Live the King! Elvis Returns to Vegas

Elvis Presley, the late "king" of rock-and-roll and former fixture in Las Vegas, will receive a symbolic return to Sin City with a reconstruction of his concerts and an exhibition, promoters said Thursday.

A slate of homages to the American singer, whose music career began in the 1950s, starts April 23 with a gala attended by ex-wife Priscilla Presley, Graceland holdings and Westgate Resorts said.

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