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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California boy who was treated for leukemia and became famous as "Batkid" got to spend time with another superhero after his planned appearance at the Academy Awards was cut. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man on the big screen, spent time on Monday with 5-year-old Miles Scott and his family at Disneyland. The two had been set to be on the Oscars the previous day, but the academy said segments sometimes have to be cut when producing a live show. Miles battled the Riddler and Joker as Batkid last November in San Francisco. His wish was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His family said Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old and ended treatments in June.  

NEW YORK (AP) - It's rare to see either Paul Simon or Sting take to the stage before a bunch of empty seats. But when both performers began their show the other night at Madison Square Garden, there were more than a few people who weren't on hand. That was because of the intense security at the arena. But before long, every seat was filled and the two artists shared the stage together part of the time - as well as did sets of their own music during the two and a half hour show. The two men expressed admiration for each other - with Sting telling the audience how much he learned from Simon, whom he called a songwriter "without peer."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prince says he'd gladly whip up an omelet for you - just keep your fingers out of his hair. The musician made an appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" last night - and not only did he perform, he took questions from the studio audience. One woman asked - since everyone has a pet peeve, what is his? Prince says it drives him nuts when strangers touch his hair. A guy wanted to know if there were any household chores he does that might surprise people. Prince says he does cook - but has only one specialty: omelets. He says all of his friends have high cholesterol.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:17

ABC to air figure skating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Can't get enough of those lutzes? ABC has got you covered. It says it will air figure-skating specials with Sochi Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White among the performers. Joining the on-ice crew will be veteran Olympic star Brian Boitano - while Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss will host. Two of the programs will air in the fall, with a second to air early next year.

NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" will face off with blockbusters like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the MTV Movie Awards. The network announced Thursday the nominees for its 24th annual Movie Awards. The other movie of the year nominees are "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle." Most of the best male and female nominees reassemble recent Oscar contenders including Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong'o and Leonardo DiCaprio. The awards' best kiss category will have a clear favorite: Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence's smooch in "American Hustle." For best shirtless performance, Jennifer Aniston from "We're the Millers" will vie with DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Conan O'Brien will host the show live April 13 from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) - 1970s-era teen star David Cassidy has caught a big break. His DUI charge in New York State has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and returned to a town court for resolution. Cassidy was pulled over in the town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated in August, when he was in the area for a horse racing meet. The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 DUI influence conviction in his home state of Florida. His attorney says Cassidy is now in alcohol rehab after yet another DWI arrest - this one in January in Los Angeles. Cassidy is 63 and starred in "The Partridge Family" and had a singing career in connection with the show about a traveling family band.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:15

Conan O'Brien to host MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Conan O'Brien will hosting an awards show on MTV. But no, it won't be THAT awards show - the Music Video Awards that serves up controversy as often as it hands out trophies. He will be hosting the MTV Movie Awards. Instead of moonmen, this award doles out popcorn-shaped trophies. The event is set for April 13 in Los Angeles. In a comment, O'Brien joked that after years of "intense negotiations," he's honored to be hosting what he calls "MTV's second most prestigious awards show."

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:15

Rob Ford upset at Jimmy Kimmel

TORONTO (AP) - Note to politicians seen smoking crack on video and getting drunk in public: if you go on a late night comedy show, don't expect to be chatted up on city issues. Toronto mayor Rob Ford is reportedly upset with Jimmy Kimmel after being on the show Monday night. During the show, Kimmel twice urged Ford to get help for his drinking. Ford laughed off the suggestion, saying he "wasn't elected to be perfect." Ford made international headlines last year when he acknowledged smoking crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. The mayor's brother says Ford "was a little upset" after his Kimmel appearance, saying he hoped to promote the city more.

NEW YORK (AP) - John Travolta's botching of Idina Menzel's name was a pretty sorry sight at the Oscars Sunday night. And now the actor says he's sorry himself for hacking up the name of the Tony Award-winning performer. Travolta was to introduce Menzel to perform "Let It Go" from the animated film "Frozen." But his tongue seemed to freeze as he blurted out something sounding more like "Adele Dazeem." Travolta has said he's been beating himself up over the mistake - but in a statement, says Menzel would tell him to "Let it Go." If only social media jokesters would do the same. There's been a Twitter handle with adeladazeem - and it has nearly 20,000 followers. And on Facebook there's a very popular name generator that butchers - Travolta style - any name you type in.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:05

Ellen's selfie still causing stir

NEW YORK (AP) - In these days of product placement and commercial tie-ins, even a simple stunt ends up as the focus of attention. Take Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity selfie from the Oscars. It was done with a Samsung phone. And Samsung just happened to be a commercial sponsor of the Academy Awards. What caused some to question the use of the Samsung for the on-camera stunt is that DeGeneres' backstage Twitter posts included shots from an iPhone. ABC says Samsung didn't pay specifically for use of the camera in the DeGeneres selfie segment. But Samsung said yesterday it was donating $1.5 million each to DeGeneres' favorite charities, St. Jude's and the Humane Society. In its statement about the donations, Samsung didn't directly address how its camera ended up in the starring role.

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