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New York Scare House Evokes City's 'Bad Old Days'

New York City's bad old days are here again — in a Halloween haunted house, that is.

"Nightmare: New York," staged in a Lower East Side building, depicts the ugliest, scariest vision of 1970s — and '80s-era Gotham. Subways are awash in graffiti, creeps and crime. Menacing punks roam the streets. And the "characters" of Times Square do not look anything like Elmo or SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Carol Burnett Returns to Broadway, Happily

Carol Burnett doesn't want to brag, but she's done it with a lot of famous guys. Her first time was with Leslie Nielsen, then Tony Roberts. She did it twice with Charlton Heston, twice with Cliff Robertson, once with Tom Selleck, and once with John Cleese.

"Am I leaving anyone out?" the actress asks, impishly. "I've been awfully busy."

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British Queen Makes Actress Angelina Jolie a Dame

The American actress Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame for her work combating sexual violence by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at London's Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The star of such Hollywood films as "Tomb Raider" and "Maleficent" was made an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, which recognizes her close work with Britain's Foreign Office.

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Iconic French Crooner Aznavour in Hospital

Legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, 90, has been hospitalized for an infection and has postponed a concert due to be held later on Friday in Geneva, organizers said.

Dubbed "France's Frank Sinatra," Aznavour is one of the country's best-known and beloved singers, whose ballads are recognized the world over.

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Green Day, Sting, Withers among Rock Hall Nominees

The punk trio Green Day, the short-lived British band The Smiths, "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers and Sting are among the first-time nominees for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Six of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 announced Thursday are on the ballot for the first time. More than 700 artists and other members of the music community will vote on the inductees, with the results announced in December.

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'The Vampire Diaries' Shifts Tone for Season 6

"The Vampire Diaries," known for its plot twists and supernatural lore, is doing some shape-shifting.

The sixth season of The CW series (Thursdays, 8 p.m. EDT) about vampires, witches, werewolves and the humans who love (or hate them) has a change in tone, with more focus on characters.

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Taylor Swift, Pharrell to Perform at Jingle Ball

Taylor Swift, Pharrell and Maroon 5 are among the acts set to perform at radio station Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 concert in New York City.

Other performers announced Thursday for the Dec. 12 concert at Madison Square Garden include Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Meghan Trainor and Rixton.

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Mrs Clooney to Fight for Return of Greek Marbles from Britain

Amal Alamuddin, the lawyer newly wedded to Hollywood star George Clooney, will be in Greece this month to advise on the return of the Parthenon Marbles from Britain, her employers said on Thursday. 

The marbles, taken by diplomat Lord Elgin in 1803 and currently held in the British Museum, have been a bone of contention between the UK and Greek governments for decades. 

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Gilmour: 'This is the End' for Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd's first album in 20 years will be the rock legends' last and will end on a "lyrical" note about the band's legacy, guitarist and singer David Gilmour said.

"It's a shame, but this is the end," Gilmour told the BBC in an interview released Thursday ahead of the eagerly awaited November 7 release of "The Endless River."

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'Imitation Game' Opens London Film Festival

"Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch says his latest role as a code-breaking genius doesn't mean he's only capable of playing brainy characters.

Cumberbatch stars as computer pioneer Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game," which opens the London Film Festival on Wednesday.

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