Influential musician and producer Alex Chilton died Wednesday at age 59. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Late Alex Chilton, An Uncompromising Rocker

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Ratings Show NBC Needs Some Hit TV Shows

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At a moment when the Arab world was buffeted by modernity, Umm Kulthum's voice was a lodestar. courtesy of Arab Film hide caption

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Umm Kulthum: 'The Lady' Of Cairo

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Tyler Perry recently launched 34th Street Films, an art-house division of his Atlanta studio. It's named for Miracle on 34th Street, because Perry — a high school dropout — says his life is a miracle. Brad Barket/Getty Images hide caption

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More Than 'Madea': Tyler Perry Changes Course

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The Mariposa Film Group (left to right: Rob Epstein, Veronica Selver, Peter Adair, Lucy Massie Phenix, Andrew Brown and Nancy Adair) shared the roles of director, editor, producer and cinematographer to collectively make Word is Out. Their film went on to become an icon of the emerging gay rights movement. Janet Cole/Milliarium Zero hide caption

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'Word Is Out': A Love That Dared Speak After All

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Cupcakes Are So 2005: The latest "it" dessert is the macaroon ... or macaron, if you want to be French about it. Kyle Samperton hide caption

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Move Over, Cupcake: Make Way For The Macaroon

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Advertisers Push Nielsen To Count Online Viewers

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Author J.D. Salinger Remembered

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J.D. Salinger, pictured in one of the few existing photographs of the author. The 1951 portrait was featured on the original dust jacket of The Catcher in the Rye. The Lotte Jacobi Collection/University of New Hampshire hide caption

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Conan O'Brien To Leave NBC Under Deal

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Kate McGarrigle came from one of those rare families that actually sing at home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies At 63

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Dramas Resurgent In TV's 10 P.M. Time Slots

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TV host Ryan Seacrest has parlayed his American Idol fame into a raft of projects that have made him one of pop culture's most pervasive personalities. And there's no sign that he's slowing down. Michael Becker/Fox hide caption

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Ryan Seacrest, Ruler Of All Media ... And More?

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'Avatar' And Ke$ha: A Denominator In Common?

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2006 And The Death Of Tower Records

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