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December 26, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Ari Bloomekatz
A producer of the popular 1990s television show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was found dead in Hermosa Beach earlier this week. The body of Jeffrey Ian Pollack, also the writer-director of "Above the Rim" and director of "Booty Call," was found Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area, according to the Associated Press .  Lt. Tom Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department told The Times that a woman rushed into the station at...
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May 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Early Tuesday night, Prince played the first of four shows at the City National Grove of Anaheim, part of the Purple One's so-called Live Out Loud tour with his new backing band, 3rd Eye Girl. Pop & Hiss will publish a full review later, but for now, here are five quick takeaways. 1. Age hasn't caused Prince, 54, to relax his famous no-photos rule. Security heavies prowled the venue Tuesday night, seemingly eager to kick out fans firing off shots with their cellphones. And the legend even skipped having an official photographer at the show -- the image you see at the top of this post was taken at the tour's first stop in Vancouver, Canada.
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March 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
You saw him allegedly smash a Roots member's guitar this month on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " And you no doubt heard about his stunning late-night concert at South by Southwest last weekend. Now Prince is taking his revitalized live show on the road for a West Coast club tour set to launch in mid-April. Appearing Wednesday night in a video chat with the blogger Dr. Funkenberry , the members of Prince's new backing band 3rd Eye Girl said the trek will kick off April 15 in Vancouver and wrap up with gigs May 7 and 8 at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
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March 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- On the last night of this year's South by Southwest music festival -- when many attendees were probably thinking about spending the next several weeks lying down in a quiet room -- Prince threw a party that nobody wanted to leave. Headlining a double bill Saturday at La Zona Rosa that also included A Tribe Called Quest, the pop superstar took the stage after midnight and didn't get off until 3 a.m. Actually, he disappeared on several occasions, but each time the crowd -- which included Dennis Quaid, Paloma Faith and Questlove of the Roots, who apparently headed over after his gig across town with Justin Timberlake -- drew Prince back with cheers that felt more like a collective demand.
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January 30, 1985 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
Two bodyguards of rock star Prince--one of them 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds--were arrested early Tuesday after allegedly attacking two photographers who were trying to take pictures of the musician after his appearance at the American Music Awards ceremony, deputies said. Mike Guastella, 21, of Granada Hills, and Vincent Zuffante, 28, of New York, began taking pictures of Prince as he emerged from Carlos and Charlie's, a West Hollywood restaurant on Sunset Boulevard about 2:20 a.m.
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November 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Prince fans, fire up that Little Red Corvette and head for Las Vegas: The purple one will be performing there every weekend starting Nov. 10. The diminutive rocker will play Friday- and Saturday-night shows at 3121, a nightclub inside the Rio hotel. Tickets for the 21-and-over shows cost $125 and went on sale Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2007 | Kevin Bronson
Prince will start a series of seven shows -- including dinner, a live set and a jazz jam -- this weekend at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The series, billed as "3121 Live," kicks off Saturday and continues on Sunday and on June 28, 29 and 30. Two more dates will be announced. The shows -- with dinner presented by Prince's personal chef, a two-hour set and a jazz jam -- will be pricey. VIP packages (for two) will cost $3,121, with standing-room-only tickets at $312.10.
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July 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend. "Planet Earth" will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80. The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales. It has led Sony BMG U.K., Prince's local label, to pull the plug on its own sales release of the CD in Britain.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
Prince has the movie bug again. After returning to the top of the charts with his music for the box-office smash "Batman," the renegade pop star wants to return to making his own films. Prince has four properties in development under his Paisley Park Films, said his manager, Albert Magnoli, who directed Prince's first--and most successful--film, 1984's "Purple Rain."
NEWS
March 25, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Prince has signed a new major-label record contract after years of releasing albums himself and promoting his music primarily through his website. His new album, "Musicology," will be released April 20 on Sony-owned Columbia Records. "Over the course of his extraordinary career he's continually taken on new artistic challenges, and in the process he has repeatedly set new standards of excellence in popular music," Sony Music U.S. President Don Ienner said in a statement.
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