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01/12/2014 | 03:01am US/Eastern

Report: 'Lust, Caution' actress is victim of fraud

BEIJING (AP) _ "Lust, Caution" actress Tang Wei fell victim to a $35,000 fraud after being persuaded over the phone to wire money to a suspect, state media reported Sunday. Citing local police, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Tang was filming in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when she received a phone call and was persuaded to go to a bank and wire the 210,000 yuan ($35,000).

Hanks, Blanchett, Scorsese among BAFTA guests

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Aaron Paul celebrated their Golden Globe Award nominations over cucumber sandwiches and scones with cream. The nominees were among the guests of honor at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' annual awards-season tea party, held Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

International directors gather for Globes panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Golden Globe Awards are put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association _ a group of journalists who cover movies for international publications _ so it's fitting to pay special tribute to international filmmakers. The HFPA did that Saturday at its 11th annual Foreign Language Film Symposium, which drew the directors of four of the five foreign-language films nominated at Sunday's Golden Globes.

Hypnotist Scott Lewis dies in Sydney balcony fall

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ U.S. stage hypnotist Scott Lewis has plunged to his death from the balcony of a Sydney apartment, Australian police said on Sunday. Lewis was in Sydney performing his hypnosis act along with six other performers in the show "The illusionists 2.0," which opened at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday last week.

Weather Channel says safety at risk in dispute

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ The Weather Channel asked its viewers Saturday to urge Congress to intervene in its business dispute with DirecTV, arguing that it can harm public safety if the satellite system pulls the network off the air for nearly 20 million viewers. The network's contract with DirecTV expires at the end of Monday. If an agreement on how much DirecTV pays The Weather Channel is not reached by then, TWC will likely stop airing on the system.

David Cassidy arrested in LA on suspicion of DUI

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving. The California Highway Patrol says the 63-year-old Cassidy was pulled over Friday near Los Angeles International Airport after an officer spotted him making an illegal right turn against a red light.

Chili Peppers to join Bruno Mars at Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bruno Mars will have help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performs at the Super Bowl next month. Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show.

White House: Government can't force Kimmel off air

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House has responded to a petition calling for an apology and the removal of Jimmy Kimmel's television show by saying the comedian can't be forced off the air. More than 105,000 people signed the petition on the White House website. It followed an October broadcast of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" featuring a segment in which Kimmel spoke to young children about U.S. government debt owed to China.

Gregg Allman feted by fellow musicians at concert

ATLANTA (AP) _ An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's early 1970s success. Traditionally, Allman's biggest fans have been in the audience, dancing and swaying to his southern rock ensemble's well known songs like "Melissa" and "Midnight Rider." But on this night those effusing about Allman the most were on stage in Atlanta, performing for him and beside him _ including Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal and Vince Gill.

Steven Bochco on slowing down: 'I'm just old'

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Veteran television producer Steven Bochco has a three-word explanation for why he's slowing down: "I'm just old." The groundbreaking creative mind behind "NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues" said Friday that he doesn't have the creative drive he used to have.

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