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In Splendor, Winter Olympics Open on NBC (AP)
A Ferrari Formula One race car spins out during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)AP - With model cows twirling on ice, fiery skaters and women in lumpy dresses meant to signify the Alps, the Winter Olympics opening ceremony pulled back the curtain Friday on 17 days of NBC coverage.


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Fashion's Maestros Hit the Right Notes (AP)
The fall 2006 collection of Karl Lagerfeld is presented on the final day of Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb 10, 2006.. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)AP - Fashion shows are all about timing — hitting the right notes before the right audience and then building to a crescendo. That's what New York Fashion Week pulled off, with grand finales by some of the field's most accomplished maestros.


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Lopez Seeks Bone Marrow Donors for Woman (AP)
Actress and designer Jennifer Lopez, greets the crowd at the fall 2006 show of the Sweet Face during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)AP - Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is using her starpower to rally support for a fellow Latina who is suffering from blood cancer. Lopez, 36, is urging Hispanics in New York City to donate blood marrow to help Janet Ovalles, a 29-year-old of Dominican descent who needs a transplant from a matching donor to survive.


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Merv Griffin Visits His Calif. Alma Mater (AP)
Entertainer and media mogul Merv Griffin looks over San Mateo High School Quad in San Mateo, Calif., Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 during a dedication of the Merv Griffin Quad. Griffin, 80, graduated from San Mateo High School in 1942. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Merv Griffin paid a visit to his high school alma mater Friday as the school dedicated its quad to one of its most prominent donors.


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Janet Jones Under the Spotlight Again (AP)
Wayne Gretzky poses with his wife, actress Janet Jones, after they presented an award during the 10th annual ESPY Awards, Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Los Angeles. Gretzky was recorded on a wiretap talking to the alleged financier of a gambling ring, discussing how the hockey great's wife could avoid being implicated, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday Feb. 9, 2006. Gretzky's wife, actress Janet Jones, allegedly bet at least $100,000 on football games over the course of the investigation by state authorities, the person said. (AP Photo/Krista Niles)AP - Years after Janet Jones found fame as a fitness star, a "Dance Fever" performer and an up-and-coming actress, the wife of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is back in the spotlight — only this time at the center of a betting scandal that has rocked the sports world.


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Dreary lives take center stage in 'Soap' (Reuters)
Reuters - BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) -- In "A Soap," the characters watch American soap operas, and you envy them because the movie you're watching is appallingly dreary. This two-hander is about a sometimes awkward, sometimes compassionate relationship between a self-loathing transsexual and her downstairs neighbor, a confused woman looking for love in all the wrong places.

Norah Jones and Co. express love of country (Reuters)
Norah Jones performs at the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit in New York, September 17, 2005. (Chip East/Reuters)Reuters - When you have snared a trophy case full of Grammy Awards in one sitting, including ones for album of the year and best new artist, it is a little hard to fly under the radar.


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Turin Throws Big Party to Start Olympics (AP)
Fireworks light up the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Clive Rose, Pool)AP - TURIN, Italy — Mix in some song, dance and a squealing Ferrari, and cap it off with some opera. That's amore — for the Turin Olympics.


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US FCC chairman seeks to ease barriers to TV entry (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin on Friday called for easing regulations that make it hard for new competitors to enter the pay television business.

Broadway-Bound 'Drowsy Chaperone' Tops L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award Noms (Playbill)
Playbill - The Broadway-bound original musical The Drowsy Chaperone nabbed eight nods as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced nominations for their upcoming annual awards.

Dreary lives take center stage in 'Soap' (Reuters)
Reuters - BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) -- In "A Soap," the characters watch American soap operas, and you envy them because the movie you're watching is appallingly dreary. This two-hander is about a sometimes awkward, sometimes compassionate relationship between a self-loathing transsexual and her downstairs neighbor, a confused woman looking for love in all the wrong places.

Iraq's 'Requiem' pits Old World against youth (Reuters)
Reuters - PALM SPRINGS, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Iraq's first submission to the foreign-language Oscar race, "Requiem of Snow" is a quietly devastating modern-day folk tale that pits an independent-minded teen girl against patriarchal tradition.

University Wants 'Glory Road' Apology (AP)
AP - Officials at Texas A&M University-Commerce want Walt Disney Co. and the makers of "Glory Road" to apologize for inaccurately linking their school to some of the film's most racially charged scenes.

Janet Jones Under the Spotlight Again (AP)
New York Rangers' Wayne Gretzky meets with his wife Janet, his son Trevor, daughter Pauline and his father Walter at the end of ceremonies following his last game in the NHL Sunday, April 18, 1999, in New York. Before she was implicated in 'Operation Slapshot,' the scandalous sports gambling ring, Janet Jones made headlines as a fitness star, Wayne Gretzky's wife and a contestant on 'Dance Fever.' (AP Photo/CP, Paul Chiasson, File)AP - Years after Janet Jones found fame as a fitness star, a "Dance Fever" performer and an up-and-coming actress, the wife of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is back in the spotlight — only this time at the center of a betting scandal that has rocked the sports world.


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Bates, Asner bag "Santa's Sack" (Reuters)
Reuters - Kathy Bates, Ed Asner and Norm MacDonald will lend their voices to the flash-animated holiday-themed feature film, "Who Stole Santa's Sack?"

Courageous Field of Oscars Picks Offered (AP)
In this undated photo released by Sony Pictures Classics, Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays writer Truman Capote in a scene from the film, 'Capote.' Oscar voters overlooked big, amiable studio fare when Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, in favor of inquisitive films that present one of the most challenging best-picture lineups since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began handing out trophies in 1929. (AP Photo/Attila Doroy, Sony Pictures Classics)AP - The Academy Awards nominations confirm it: 2005 may have been an off year for the blockbuster crowd, but it was a great year for people who love quality cinema.


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Sizemore Says He's Given in to Drug Issues (AP)
Actor Tom Sizemore arrives at Los Angeles County Superior Court in this Feb. 2, 2006, file photo. A judge sentenced Sizemore to three years of probation Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine last month. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)AP - Tom Sizemore, who has admitted in court to using methamphetamine, says he's struggling to come out from the haze of drug addiction.


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Tom Sizemore Gets Probation for Drug Use (AP)
Actor Tom Sizemore arrives at Los Angeles County Superior Court in this Feb. 2, 2006, file photo. A judge sentenced Sizemore to three years of probation Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine last month. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)AP - A judge on Thursday sentenced Tom Sizemore to three years probation after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine last month.


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'Throttling' Angers Netflix Heavy Renters (AP)
Manuel Vallanueva is shown at his home in Warren, Mich., Feb. 8, 2006. Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.'s online DVD rental service 2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AP - Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.'s online DVD rental service 2 1/2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged. That's because the $17.99 monthly fee that he pays to rent up to three DVDs at a time would amount to an even bigger bargain if the company didn't penalize him for returning his movies so quickly.


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Review: 'Final Destination 3' (AP)
AP - The third time usually isn't the charm when it comes to movie franchises. Think "The Godfather: Part III," "Return of the Jedi," or the third films in series like "Spy Kids" or "Halloween." Not exactly the most glittering jewels in the crown.

Norah Jones and Co. express love of country (Reuters)
Norah Jones performs at the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit in New York, September 17, 2005. (Chip East/Reuters)Reuters - When you have snared a trophy case full of Grammy Awards in one sitting, including ones for album of the year and best new artist, it is a little hard to fly under the radar.


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Turin Throws Big Party to Start Olympics (AP)
Fireworks light up the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Clive Rose, Pool)AP - TURIN, Italy — Mix in some song, dance and a squealing Ferrari, and cap it off with some opera. That's amore — for the Turin Olympics.


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Gelb Era at Met to Open With 'Butterfly' (AP)
Peter Gelb, the newly appointed General Manager of Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera, poses for a portrait, in a  Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 photo, in New York. The new impresario taking over the Metropolitan Opera is wasting no time putting a more cutting edge on the company scrapping plans for a 'three tenors' gala to open next season by substituting a controversial production of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' directed by Oscar winner Anthony Minghella. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek, file)AP - The new impresario taking over the Metropolitan Opera is wasting no time putting a more cutting edge on the company — scrapping plans for a "three tenors" gala to open next season by substituting a controversial production of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" directed by Oscar winner Anthony Minghella.


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Oldies good to Manilow (Reuters)
Reuters - Barry Manilow went back to the '50s to deliver his first No. 1 record in almost three decades.

Click Five's sweet pop-rock clicks with teens (Reuters)
Reuters - Delighted squeals greeted the Click Five as they warmed up to the strains of "Shout It Out Loud." But the traditional ear-ringing cheers were reserved for dreamy singer Eric Dill, who strategically took the stage last. Throwback all the way.

Correction: Feb. 8-9 Grammy Vignettes Story (AP)
The group Maroon 5 appears backstage with the award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for 'This Love' at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)AP - In stories Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 about "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher at the Grammys, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the designer of her dress. He is Jean Paul Gaultier, not John Paul. The corrected version of this story appears below.


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Correction: Grammys-Vignettes Story (AP)
AP - In stories Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 about "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher at the Grammys, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the designer of her dress. He is Jean Paul Gaultier, not John Paul.

Metropolitan Opera's Future Plans (AP)
AP - Some of the future plans of the Metropolitan Opera, as obtained by The Associated Press from music industry employees who spoke on condition of anonymity:

Arts Review: 'Kismet' Is Theatrical Hokum (AP)
AP - There's something to be said for excess in musical comedy, and when you marry it to operetta you get "Kismet," a slice of prime theatrical hokum that needs larger-than-life personalities to pull it off.

NBC Takes a Chance on a New 'Idol' (AP)
AP - With Fox's "American Idol" showing no sign of going flat, NBC announced it's planning a singing competition based on a 50-year-old European show that helped launch the careers of Celine Dion and ABBA.

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