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Andy Griffith, “an entertainer whose stories about small town life were a source of cheerful recognition and nostalgic pleasure for generations of Americans,” died Tuesday morning at age 86 at his home on Roanoke Island, N.C.

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It appears that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is taking the direct approach in responding to Hollywood studios' less-than-enlightened portrayals of GLBTQ characters and use of certain slang terms, but we're not entirely sure that the watchdog organization is "Hollywood's Latest Bully," as The Wrap suggested Tuesday.

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It wasn't exactly "two thumbs up" material, but despite the Vatican's vested interest in pooh-poohing certain conspiratorial notions presented in "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown's oeuvre, the official paper of the Holy See didn't quite pan director Ron Howard's cinematic treatment of Brown's prequel, "Angels & Demons," either.

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If Sunday's concert extravaganza, featuring such boldfaced musical acts as U2 (channeling U2 from 25 years ago), Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige, didn't provide enough glitz for one inaugural bash, several dozen of their celebrity peers are following the spotlight to Washington, D.C., to join in the festivities.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace braved the "liberal wind," according to his colleague James P. Pinkerton, by defending George W. Bush from a gaggle of lefties eager to compare Bush to Richard Nixon at a Washington, D.C., screening of Ron Howard's film "Frost/Nixon."

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