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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with syringe in his arm NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm and a drug overdose is suspected as his cause of death. The two officials spoke Sunday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about evidence found at the scene. The officials say glassine envelopes they suspect contained heroin were also found in Hoffman s New York City apartment. Those items are being tested. They say Hoffman s body was discovered by two people: a friend who called police and his assistant. He won an Academy Award for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Capote. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Misty Copeland, Plaxico Burress and other stars flock to pre-Super Bowl events New York doesn’t have a team in the Super Bowl this year and the game itself is being played in New Jersey, but the big game has made a huge impact on the social scene of the city that never sleeps. Any given night on the days leading up to the Super Bowl are filled with multiple event and party options, some featuring today’s top athletes. Under Armour, an athletic apparel manufacturer, kicked off its four-day take over of Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall with a special presentation by the company’s CEO Kevin Plank and appearances by brand ambassadors American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre. “I never thought I’d be saying this, but it’s my pleasure to introduce Under Armour’s first ballerina, Misty Copeland,” said Plank as he introduced Copeland and gave her a hug. Not to be left out, Newton quickly got in on the hugging action too. “I want a hug!” he exclaimed as he pla
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Malik Yoba: Actor and activist talks new play and pledge to help ‘empower young people’ .embedded-player { width: 640px; margin: 0 auto 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-videolink { display: block; z-index: 3; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; text-decoration: none; position: relative; } .embedded-player .embedded-play { display: block; background: transparent url(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/_Player/mobile/assets/play_btn.standard.png) no-repeat; z-index: 2; width: 95px; height: 64px; margin: -90px 0 0; position: relative; left: 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-photo { display: block; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; position: relative; z-index: 1; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-box { position: absolute; z-index: 2; width: 85%; top: 50%; left: 7.5%; margin-top: -20px; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-message { text-align: center; padding: 10px; background: #333; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18px; line-height: 20px; color: #fff; border: 3px solid 
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Keep our youth in your mind and showing love, Malik. Thank You they so need it.
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Is Vin Diesel’s Beyoncé tribute a ‘guy code’ violation? Vin Diesel is more than an action star. A recent video suggests he might also be a KatyCat and member of the Beyhive. But will a little pop karaoke and choreography hurt the actor’s tough guy image? Diesel has an active social media life. The actor often updates his fans via Facebook, which he has dubbed his VinBook, and Twitter. But no update caused as much of a stir as a seven-minute video he posted Tuesday. It starts slow. Diesel is standing in a room, seemingly recording from a webcam and singing along and dancing to Katy Perry s Dark Horse. Then he makes an announcement to his fans. Guys, I m just, I m excited, I m happy and calling you guys or shouting out to you guys to say thank you, Diesel says. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There s no way in the world Riddick would have been made without you guys and it s a win for all of us, and really, really, really, thank you so much. Yeah, I m excited. And, of course, Universal is a
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Janet Hubert: ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion should happen in honor of James Avery .embedded-player { width: 640px; margin: 0 auto 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-videolink { display: block; z-index: 3; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; text-decoration: none; position: relative; } .embedded-player .embedded-play { display: block; background: transparent url(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/_Player/mobile/assets/play_btn.standard.png) no-repeat; z-index: 2; width: 95px; height: 64px; margin: -90px 0 0; position: relative; left: 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-photo { display: block; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; position: relative; z-index: 1; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-box { position: absolute; z-index: 2; width: 85%; top: 50%; left: 7.5%; margin-top: -20px; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-message { text-align: center; padding: 10px; background: #333; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18px; line-height: 20px; color: #fff; border: 3px solid 
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I agree!!!! R.I.Paradise Uncle Phil!!
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‘Ride Along’ No. 1 for third week LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Super Bowl XLVII weekend in full swing, Ride Along remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot in a surprising three-week takeover at the box office. Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6 million, the buddy cop comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, made $12.3 million, as it nears a $100 million domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday. In the world of animation, Disney s Frozen, now the fourth highest-grossing domestic animated release ever, is in second place with $9.3 million. The studio rereleased a singalong version of the film, as the movie s soundtrack remains No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The film s signature track Let It Go, sung by Idina Menzel, sits on the Billboard Hot 100 among the top 30. Frozen singalong shows, featured in 2,057 theaters out of 2,754, added $2.2 million, as the film crossed the $360 million mark do
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Anna Gordy Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife, dies at 92 DETROIT (AP) — Anna Gordy Gaye, who was married to musical great Marvin Gaye and whose brother founded Motown Records, has died, her family said. She was 92. A statement released by the family said Gordy Gaye died early Friday morning at her Los Angeles home while surrounded by family, including her son, Marvin Gaye III. Her brother, Berry Gordy, founded Motown Records in Detroit with a family loan in 1959. He named one label subsidiary after his sister — and it was on that subsidiary, named Anna, that Marvin Gaye recorded his early work. He and Gordy Gaye were married about a decade and co-wrote some songs together before they divorced in 1976. She received $600,000 in royalties from him, while Marvin Gaye used it as inspiration for Here My Dear, a 71-minute musical recount of the breakup. He and his second wife married in 1977 but divorced four years later. He died in 1984, during a violent argument with his father. Gordy Gaye s sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, proceeded her in dea
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Gabby Douglas: ‘Beyoncé inspired me to not quit gymnastics’ .embedded-player { width: 640px; margin: 0 auto 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-videolink { display: block; z-index: 3; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; text-decoration: none; position: relative; } .embedded-player .embedded-play { display: block; background: transparent url(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/_Player/mobile/assets/play_btn.standard.png) no-repeat; z-index: 2; width: 95px; height: 64px; margin: -90px 0 0; position: relative; left: 15px; } .embedded-player .embedded-photo { display: block; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; position: relative; z-index: 1; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-box { position: absolute; z-index: 2; width: 85%; top: 50%; left: 7.5%; margin-top: -20px; } .embedded-player .embedded-status-message { text-align: center; padding: 10px; background: #333; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18px; line-height: 20px; color: #fff; border: 3px solid 
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Prince’s ‘New Girl’ performance leaves creator teary eyed After everyone on New Girl calmed down from the news of Prince — yes, The Purple One — guest starring on the Fox comedy s post Super Bowl episode, it turns out there was still more freaking to be done. In addition to his special appearance on the show he loves, he collaborated on the script, gave feedback on jokes and knew exactly where he d fit in. Prince plays himself in the episode (which means he plays pingpong and kills it) and transforms Jess (Zooey Deschanel) in a way she will never forgot. But first, back to the freaking out: Creator and executive producer Liz Meriwether said she couldn t handle it when he performed a new song during the episode. When the take was over, he was like, Is that OK? and it was so embarrassing. I was kind of crying, Meriwether told TODAY. I was trying to play it off: Yeah, I think that s going to work, but I was totally tearing up. Working with him was truly the most amazing thing that s ever happened to me. I am a big fan of his. Click here to 
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Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ 10 years later: ‘Nipplegate’ incident seems silly now It’s been 10 years since Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl during a halftime performance with Justin Timberlake and as much as things have changed, many things have stayed the same. Before getting to that, let’s recap what happened. The famed singer and actress from the legendary Jackson clan was on stage performing an upbeat track called “Rock Your Body” from Timberlake’s debut solo album. Timberlake sang the final line of the song, “Better have you naked by the end of this song” and ripped off the right side of Jackson’s bustier. But instead of revealing a sexy bra underneath, America got a glimpse of Jackson’s bare breast, adorned only with a nipple ring. Jackson quickly covered her breast and the lights went out to mark the end of the performance, so Janet Jackson’s chest was only on the screen for less than a second, but that was enough to cause a major media firestorm. Michael Powell, son of former Secretary of State Coli
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