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'Scarface' stars, fans reunite to say hello to their little friends

Fans of “Scarface” were more than happy to say hello to their little friends Thursday.

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Members from the 1983 movie -- known for its violence and profanity, and a cult classic -- had a reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Daily News reported. Al Pacino, who played Cuban immigrant-turned-drug-lord Tony Montana, appeared with co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the film.

The role of Montana is one of the iconic acting leads for Pacino, 77, who starred in “The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “Serpico,” and “Dog Day Afternoon.” His signature line before spraying bullets at men attempting to break into his office -- “Say hello to my little friend” -- is a pop culture staple.

Pacino told the audience that the line — written by screenwriter Oliver Stone — never gets old.

“What you mean, ‘Say hello to my little friend?’” he repeated to the audience when asked about how the quote still resonates.

Pfeiffer, 59, was coming off her first leading role from 1982’s “Grease 2” when she took the role of Montana’s wife, Elvira Hancock, in “Scarface.” She said Thursday that she learned a great deal from Pacino and still protects her characters “at all costs,” the Daily News reported.

“I have always tried to emulate that, and I tried to be polite about it, but I think that that's what really makes great acting,” Pfeiffer said.

During a question-and-answer session, Pfeiffer was asked what her weight was when she played the Elvira character. During the movie, her drug-addict character gets thinner as the plot deepens. The question was received with boos from the audience, the Daily News reported.

"Well, OK, I don’t know (what my weight was)," Pfeiffer said. "I literally had members of the crew bringing me bagels, because they were all worried about me and how thin I was getting. I think I was living on tomato soup and Marlboros,.”

Pacino told the audience that the movie was his own idea, inspired by watching the 1932 movie of the same name, the Daily News reported.

"Bombast was part of what we were trying to say with the movie," Pacino said. "It was bigger than life."

De Palma said the acting from “Scarface” still blows him away.

"The amazing thing about is seeing this movie again and again is the amazing performances," he said.

Pacino said he had a hunch the movie -- and his role -- would be special.

"I did have a feeling, I must say it's true, because there are certain roles you feel that can challenge you ... there was something about the preparation, there was something about the text and Brian,” Pacino told the crowd.

Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift's NYC home, took nap

Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse and took a nap.

Police say officers investigating a reported break-in Friday found 22-year-old Roger Alvarado asleep in the pop star's home in the Tribeca neighborhood.

Alvarado, of Homestead, Florida, was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.

It's not clear whether he has an attorney who can speak for him.

Alvarado was arrested at the same address on Feb. 13 on charges of breaking the front door with a shovel.

Swift was not home during Friday's break-in.

The multiplatinum-selling recording artist has dealt with stalkers on both coasts.

Police said a Colorado man arrested April 14 outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift had a knife, a rope and ammunition.

High holiday: Pot fans join 420 smoke-out in San Francisco

Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts simultaneously exhaled a giant cloud of smoke that rose above San Francisco's Golden Gate Park precisely at 4:20 p.m. Friday, the annual April 20 high holiday.

An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the park's so-called Hippie Hill for the annual 420 celebration of all things pot and the number that is stoners' code for smoking marijuana. Events also were held in other cities worldwide.

The San Francisco gathering was the first since California legalized marijuana on Jan. 1 and it may have been its biggest yet.

A small, informal gathering that began several years ago has blossomed into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food.

Plenty of marijuana products also were on sale, with sellers fanning through the crowd like hot dog vendors at baseball games.

San Francisco TV station KGO reported that 12 people were transported to hospitals for treatment. KGO reported the San Francisco Police are investigating some of the cases as possible fentanyl overdoses.

No arrests were reported.

Five Northern California men say they created the 420 code in 1971 while high school classmates when they planned to meet at 4:20 p.m. to smoke.

The Latest: Nile Rodgers mourns Avicii, talks DJ's drinking

The Latest on the death of electronic dance DJ and producer Avicii, who died Friday in Oman at age 28 (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Music producer Nile Rodgers is expressing sorrow at the death of DJ star Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), with whom he developed a close friendship during their collaborations.

Rodgers says he considered the Swedish-born DJ his "little brother" and one of the best melody writers he ever worked with. He's among many stars and fans mourning Avicii, who was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday at age 28.

Rodgers says his last performance with Avicii was three years ago and was a painful experience because the DJ was drunk.

The DJ suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.

Rodgers says he called out Avicii about being drunk and although he still performed he was upset and left because his heart was breaking.

Avicii's hits include "Wake Me Up!" and "You Make Me."

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2:50 p.m.

Fans and members of the music community are mourning the death of DJ Avicii on social media.

Fellow DJ-producer David Guetta writes in an Instagram post the world has lost a talented musician and thanks Avicii for his beautiful melodies and the time they spent in the studio together.

Fellow DJ-turned-superstar Calvin Harris laments that Avicii's death came too soon. Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding writes Avicii inspired so many people and she wishes she could have told him that in person.

Publicist Diana Baron said Friday the 28-year-old Swedish-born DJ was in Muscat, Oman, when he died. No details on the cause of his death have been released.

Avicii's hits include "Wake Me Up!" and "You Make Me."

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1:30 p.m.

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.

Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was "Le7els."

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP "Avicii (01)."

His hits include "Wake Me Up!" ''The Days" and "You Make Me."

Boston Globe places columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave

The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted.

The paper said Friday it's asking a third party to conduct the probe. The Globe didn't detail what prompted the review.

The Globe was awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings the year before. Cullen was a finalist for commentary.

Boston sports radio station WEEI has pointed to what it described as inconsistencies in Cullen's coverage.

WEEI noted a column in which Cullen wrote about how horrifying it was "to watch as first responders frantically pulled metal barriers" to get to the injured.

WEEI says Cullen in a subsequent interview says he was one mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off.

Who was Avicii, the electronic dance musician?

Avicii, one of the biggest names in dance music was found dead Friday in Oman, a Middle Eastern country.

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“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his publicist said. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Related: Swedish musician Avicii dead at 28

The DJ made hits collaborating with Rita Ora, Aloe Blacc, Madonna and others. Here are some things to know about the late artist.

He was born in Stockholm

Avicii was born in 1989 to Anki Liden, a Swedish actress, and Klas Bergling. According to a 2013 GQ profile, he got his start remixing songs and posting them on music blogs. His first DJ job was for a school prom.

“It’s been a very crazy journey.” Avicii told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into it 100 percent.”

His DJ name was inspired by a friend

A GQ profile on Avicii revealed that a friend told him Avici was a level of Buddhist hell. From there, he took on the name but added an extra “i” because Avici was already taken on MySpace.

He became mainstream with a song that sampled Etta James

Avicii’s 2011 song “Levels” samples Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” The song was nominated for a Grammy and reached No. 2 on Billboard's hot dance/electronic songs and dance/mix show airplay chart.

His biggest hit set records

Avicii’s 2013 single “Wake Me Up”, which has vocals from  Aloe Blacc, spent 26 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s hot dance/electronic songs chart. It held the record for the longest weeks at the top spot until 2014, when The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” stayed No. 1 for 27 weeks. The song also topped the alternative songs, pop songs, adult pop songs and adult alternative songs charts. The music video for the song has more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

He retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems

“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Avicii told The Hollywood Reporter. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist.”

His health problems included acute pancreatitis, which later led him to cancel shows in 2014 when he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.

Avicii still made music in the studio, releasing the EP “Avīci” in 2017.

The Latest: Actress to get bail hearing in sex slave case

The Latest on the actress charged with helping to recruit women into a cult-like organization. (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

An actress best known for playing a young Superman's friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization.

Allison Mack was charged Friday sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting women to a group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn. A bail hearing will be held Monday.

Mack starred in The CW network's "Smallville," a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.

Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his group called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um).

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An actress best known for playing a young Superman's friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization.

Allison Mack was charged Friday sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting women to a group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn. The judge refused a request by her lawyers to release her without bail.

Mack starred in The CW network's "Smallville," a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.

Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his group called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um).

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3:20 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.

Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Mack, 35, starred in The CW network's "Smallville," ending in 2011, a reimagining of the early life of Superman, but has played only minor roles since then.

Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um).

Raniere is being held on trafficking charges, and his attorneys have said he's innocent.

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This story has been corrected to say that the "Smallville" show ended in 2011, not 2015.

Candidate buys ads on Sinclair TV stations to blast company

A Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat is using Sinclair Broadcast Group's own television stations to blast the company for forcing its reporters to read the conservative-leaning corporation's statements on air.

John Heenan bought airtime starting Monday for an ad on Sinclair-owned stations KECI-TV in Missoula and KTVM-TV in Bozeman and Butte. In it, he calls Sinclair "a corporation using its power to take advantage of journalists, our democracy and the people of Montana."

"This station is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, a powerful corporation that forces its journalists to read corporate talking points on the air," Heenan says in the ad.

KECI general manager Tamy Wagner said her station received the ad Friday morning and that it would run as scheduled.

"We don't turn away candidate ads," she said. She declined further comment.

Heenan added that the Sinclair stations did not object to the ad's message. "They cashed our check," he said.

The candidate, one of four Democrats competing for the chance to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, was referencing a script read by news anchors on Sinclair stations across the country that expressed concern about "one-sided news stories plaguing the country."

A video by the website Deadspin that edited together dozens of anchors reading the same words from the Sinclair script has been viewed by millions of people.

Other Democratic candidates for political office in the U.S. have pulled their ads from Sinclair stations or pledged not to buy air time on them in protest. Heenan claimed to be the first candidate to use the company's own airwaves against it.

He said in an interview Friday that he wanted to show support for the Sinclair employees who may not be able to speak out against the company, and to educate viewers about what's happening.

"It's troubling when we as the viewers trust what journalists tell us, particularly when we watch local news," Heenan said. "Journalists are required to read from a script under threat of their jobs. I know that troubles me and I'm not the only one."

Heenan is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Montana's only U.S. House seat. Another candidate, Grant Kier, also launched a new ad campaign this week as the June 5 Democratic primary draws near.

The winner goes up against Gianforte, who won the seat in a special election last year that received national attention when Gianforte assaulted a reporter who was trying to ask him a question.

Heenan noted that Sinclair director Robert E. Smith's contributions to Gianforte in last year's and this year's elections exceed $10,000.

Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from Mack's lawyers to release her without bail. A bail hearing will be held Monday.

Mack, 35, starred in The CW network's "Smallville." Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said.

But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor," according to federal prosecutors.

"Mack and other ... masters recruited ... slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women," prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza said in court that that "under the guise of female empowerment" Mack "starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal."

Federal authorities raided an upstate New York residence near Albany where NXIVM was headquartered in March. The organization also ran programs in Mexico.

Raniere, 57, was arrested in Mexico, brought to the U.S. on March 26 and is being held without bail in Brooklyn.

The FBI has filed sex trafficking charges against him, saying that with the help of mostly female assistants, he blackmailed and coerced women into unwanted sex. Prosecutors hinted in earlier papers that Mack was one of the co-conspirators; it's not clear who else may be charged.

Raniere's attorney has said the facts would show Raniere did not compel or pressure anyone to do anything. He says everyone was acting in accordance with his or her free will at every instant.

Raniere sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars and his core disciples who include actresses, wealthy heiresses and a son of the former president of Mexico.

Mack's "Smallville" co-star Kristin Kreuk says she was involved with one of the group's self-help programs but left about five years ago. She wrote on Twitter last month that she didn't experience any "nefarious activity" and was "horrified and disgusted" by the allegations.

Founded in 1998, NXIVM promoted Raniere's teachings as a kind of mystical, executive coaching designed to help people get the most out of life. Enrollees in its Executive Success Programs paid handsomely for his advice. The organization also drew criticism from people who likened it to a cult.

Last year, the accusations took a new twist, with women who were part of a NXIVM subgroup coming forward to say that they had been physically branded with a surgical tool against their will.

Prosecutors said in court papers that Raniere created a society within NXIVM called "DOS" — an acronym based on a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "Lord/Master of obedient female companions." Women were required to provide damaging material about their friends and family, naked photos and even sign over their assets as a condition for joining, they said. Many were branded with his initials, they said.

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This story has been corrected to show that "Smallville" ended in 2011, not 2015.

Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

From far and wide, Beyonce brings excitement to HBCU culture

When Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges at Coachella, the singer's grand performance reignited interest in the marching band culture and created shockwaves of excitement to students attending those schools.

From far and wide, some HBCU students are saying Beyonce's routine was the main topic on their campus this week — even over finals. The singer's high-energy festival set over the weekend involved a black college marching band, dance troupes and step teams along with her singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," known as the national black anthem.

"It's what everyone has been talking about. All my friends were gushing over it," said Cierra Johnson, 22, a senior at Clark Atlanta University. The journalism major watched Beyonce's performance online with her friends (though the superstar's second performance this weekend at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will not be streamed for fans).

"It shows that our culture is appreciated," she added. "I was happy to see black people unite to do great work. It has the power to inspire a lot of African-American students who want to go to an HBCU to experience that culture."

Beyonce is also helping people get there. She announced Monday she plans to donate $100,000 to four black universities — $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University.

One student from each school will receive a scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year through Beyonce's BeyGOOD initiative.

"She's getting the message out there that HBCUs are vital," Xavier president C. Reynold Verret said. "She's an important messenger to our community. It's important that these young African-American students and even the parents of the young women and men know that HBCUs are out here doing excellent work. They should be looking at these schools."

Xavier students Kamry Thomas, Kai Wilson, Leah Tiller and Tashely Drake, are planning on applying for the scholarship. Each believes Beyonce's performance will help boost HBCU enrollment.

"People on Twitter, on social media, they are like they're going to an HBCU next semester," said Wilson, a mass communication major.

Thomas said: "I really didn't think a lot of people knew about Xavier, but they did and they're going to."

Even Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, said in an Instagram post she was initially afraid that the predominantly white audience at Coachella, set in Indio Valley, California, would be confused by the black culture references.

But in the post, Knowles-Lawson said she found comfort after her superstar daughter told her: "I have a responsibility to do what's best for the world and not what is most popular."

Clark Atlanta senior Darrius Newton was glad the singer used that platform, making him feel proud that he attends an HBCU. He called her show "well thought out."

"It really shows what happens at HBCUs," said Newton, 22, who is majoring in business and administration with a concentration in marketing.

"I really felt like I was at someone's probate show or a football game," he said. "She didn't make it all about her. She really spotlighted a lot of the dancers and the instrument players. I really appreciated that."

It's not the first time Beyonce has included an HBCU band or dancers in her routine. She performed with Southern University's Dancing Dolls during the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show.

"I'm happy that she put marching bands on a bigger stage, because we deserve that," said James Oliver, band director of the Mighty Marching Hornets at Alabama State University. "We have been looked over for so many years. There are so many talented students and band members. We have to do more, and I'm going to make sure we do."

Over the years, other HBCU marching bands have appeared with some of the biggest names in music. Florida A&M's Marching 100 performed with Prince for his spectacular Super Bowl halftime show in 2007. Southern University's Dancing Dolls squad accompanied Madonna at Super Bowl 46.

Bethune-Cookman marching band director Donovan Wells hopes others can follow Beyonce's lead.

"One year at Texas, athletic boosters raised $70 million for football, but most HBCUs don't have $70 million annually in their budget or endowment. As far as what she has done, I hope she can inspire other people to give and continue to move the needle."

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Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.

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