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March 24, 2014 | By August Brown
Two beloved bands have each announced new albums. The Pixies said today that a new record, "Indie Cindy," would compile three recent EPs and singles into a single long-player. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Gil Norton, will be released April 29 on the band's own label, Pixiesmusic, in a variety of formats. "New music seemed like something we just had to do; we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new," drummer David Lovering said in a statement to Rolling Stone . "So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out. " The EPs have earned mixed reviews at best.
March 23, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are trophies here. "It's not child abuse, it's derby," she once told her mother, who made sure she alerted her daughter's pediatrician about the girl's newfound love for the sport. "There have literally been days where I have been like, 'I must be crazy.' But she just picks herself up and gets back out there," said her mother, Tracy Wolk.
March 21, 2014 | By David Ng
"The Phantom of the Opera" has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years. This week, the musical announced a first: a black actor has been cast in the title role in the New York production. Norm Lewis will join the company of "Phantom" at the Majestic Theatre starting May 12. He will be the first black actor to take the lead role in the Broadway run of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which first opened in 1988. Lewis won't be the first black actor to play the role of the Phantom.
March 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
March 15, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
There's quite a few taco nights between now and the second-season roll-out of "Orange is the New Black," but that doesn't mean we can't sneak you some goodies. Creator Jenji Kohan and a good portion of the show's sprawling cast were on hand Friday night at the dramedy's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood to reflect on its lauded debut season, and to tease--as much as Netflix will allow--what to expect from the upcoming second season, which is up for parole on June 6. It was previously revealed that a new inmate would be joining Litchfield Penitentiary--and the cast all seem to be in agreement that this newbie will shake things up. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Lorraine Toussaint joins as Yvonne "Vee" Parker and she disclosed to the crowd that her character is a street-wise drug maven who runs children.
March 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the box-office success of their comedy "Ride Along," Kevin Hart and director Tim Story are saddling up again. Hart is in talks to reunite with Story as well as team up with Jamie Foxx in the hitman movie "Black Phantom," according to a Variety report. The new movie would tell the tale of "a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the Black Phantom, the same African-American hitman who had been sent to kill him," the report says .  Hart might be the busiest buddy in Hollywood, still riding high from the $130-million cop comedy "Ride Along" and having earned kudos from critics for stealing scenes in the rom-com "About Last Night.
March 11, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Mya, a 5-month-old black Labrador retriever, was allegedly held upside down over a keg -- in a keg stand -- by New York college students and forced to lap up beer. A picture on Twitter tipped off authorities to the incident. And now two students at the College of Brockport in New York state have been charged with animal abuse. Police say one student held Mya over the keg, forcing her to drink, at an off-campus party Saturday at the campus near Rochester, N.Y., according to the Associated Press.  Another student took a photo and posted it on Twitter.
March 10, 2014 | By August Brown
Black Flag was one of the most combative bands in L.A. hardcore, and that antagonism has certainly carried over into their recent reunion.  After founder Greg Ginn sued a bevy of former members and apologized for a rotten 2013 , former singer Ron Reyes gave his first interview about his acrimonious departure from the band. In a talk with  ( via Pitchfork ), the vocalist airs all sorts of grievances with Ginn, the Black Flag/Flag lawsuit, and his exit from the band.
March 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
CVS Caremark Corp. could face as much as $29 million in fines for allegedly losing track of prescription painkillers at four of its California stores, from which authorities said thousands of pills may have been sold on the black market. Officials at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Board of Pharmacy told me Monday that more than 37,000 pills were apparently taken from CVS stores in Modesto, Fairfield, Dixon and Turlock. Meanwhile, CVS pharmacists in Southern California said they've been instructed by the drugstore chain to get their paperwork in order so that no other prescription meds are found to be missing.
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