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Betsey Johnson, fashion's free spirit


The name BETSEY JOHNSON has always promised fashions that are anything but ordinary. Not surprising, considering that the real-life Betsey Johnson is a bit out of the ordinary, too. With Serena Altschul this morning we’ll pay her a visit:  A Betsey Johnson fashion show can seem a bit like a …

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And the new Monopoly pieces are…


Times are changing on the Monopoly board.  Hasbro announced Friday that the popular board game’s playing pieces are getting a revamp, with the thimble, the wheelbarrow and the boot getting the boot in favor of some more fan-friendly options.  The new lineup for the game includes a rubber ducky, a …

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Jesse Williams on "The Obama Years," BET Awards


Actor and activist Jesse Williams, well-known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is bringing his voice to a new Smithsonian documentary, “The Obama Years: The Power of Words.” The film focuses on six of former President Obama’s most important speeches delivered before and during his eight …

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Movie theaters lure families with playgrounds


Climbing, swinging and sliding aren’t usually what you do at the movie theater.   But Cinépolis, the world’s fourth largest theater chain, spent a million dollars to upgrade two Southern California theaters, creating a family space that caters to kids. They invited some families to try it out before the …

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Behind Cheech and Chong's breakup and reunion


Cheech and Chong made their mark as one of comedy’s most influential pairs. The two performers starred in a string of popular movies and albums that defined “stoner comedy.” Now Richard “Cheech” Marin is out with a new memoir called “Cheech is Not My Real Name… But Don’t Call Me …

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"Underground" stars talk Season 2


“Underground” stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Amirah Vann and Aldis Hodge were pleasantly surprised when they found out that the series’ first season finale drew 2.5 million viewers, making it the No. 1 scripted show on cable for its time slot. “It was shocking and surprising in such a rewarding way,” Smollett-Bell …

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Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel on empowering women


A new book, “We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere,” presents a manual for change that questions why women today are prone to self-criticism, and looks at how the rates of depression and anxiety among women are skyrocketing. Co-authored by award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (best known for playing FBI Special Agency …

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Sheryl Crow, survivor


Singing hits is one side of Sheryl Crow. Spreading her hard-won knowledge about early cancer detection is another. She’s talks about that, and more, with Rita Braver:  We are used to seeing Sheryl Crow, on stage with a guitar in her hands. But she says she’s equally at home in …

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