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Cow­ell to judge ‘Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent’ through 2019

LOS AN­GE­LES >> Si­mon Cow­ell will serve as a judge on “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” through 2019.

NBC said Tues­day that Cow­ell has signed on as part of the tal­ent show’s judg­ing panel for three more sea­sons.

Cow­ell, who cre­ated “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” was a judge on the hit sum­mer­time se­ries for the first time this year. He al­ready knew the ropes: He was among the orig­i­nal “Amer­i­can Idol” judges.

When “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” comes back on the air next year, Cow­ell will be joined by re­turn­ing judges Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, NBC said. Nick Can­non again will host.

Ben Stiller cred­its prostate can­cer test for sav­ing his life

NEW YORK >> Ben Stiller Tues­day re­vealed that he bat­tled prostate can­cer in 2014, and he cred­its the test that di­ag­nosed the can­cer with sav­ing his life. In an es­say posted on the web­site Medium, Stiller re­counted his ex­pe­ri­ence with prostate can­cer.

Stiller is now can­cer-free and be­lieves that would never have hap­pened with­out a PSA or prostate­spe­cific anti­gen test. Stiller said he wanted to tell his story in sup­port of the much-de­bated test.

Stiller had his PSA test when he was 46, four years be­fore the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety rec­om­mends. Many ex­perts say a PSA can do as much harm as good. PSA tests are im­pre­cise, and they can lead to un­nec­es­sary treat­ment of non­lethal can­cers.

But PSA tests can be a use­ful early in­di­ca­tor of prostate can­cer, which af­fects one in six men. The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety rec­om­mends men dis­cuss the test with their doc­tor at age 50.

In Stiller’s case, he was given a PSA test for more than a year and a half. As his num­bers rose, Stiller was sent to a urol­o­gist for ex­am­i­na­tion, then given an MRI and even­tu­ally a biopsy that came back pos­i­tive.

“This is a com­pli­cated is­sue, and an evolv­ing one,” Stiller wrote. “I be­lieve the best way to de­ter­mine a course of ac­tion for the most treat­able, yet deadly can­cer, is to de­tect it early.”

Dolly Par­ton to re­ceive life­time award at 50th an­nual CMAs

NASHVILLE, TENN. >> Coun­try star Dolly Par­ton will re­ceive the Wil­lie Nel­son Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the up­com­ing 50th an­nual Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

Par­ton will re­ceive the award in Nashville on Nov. 2, the CMA said Tues­day. The show will air on ABC. Par­ton, who wrote “I Will Al­ways Love You” and “9 to 5,” is a nine-time CMA win­ner, in­clud­ing en­ter­tainer of the year.

Nel­son was the first re­cip­i­ent of the award, pre­sented in 2012. It hon­ors an artist who has achieved na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fame through per­for­mances, phi­lan­thropy, hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts and record sales. Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents also in­clude Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash.

CMA CEO Sarah Tra­h­ern said in a state­ment that Par­ton is a “trail­blazer who con­tin­ues to en­chant and cap­ti­vate fans around the world.”

Dolly Par­ton per­forms in con­cert dur­ing her Pure & Sim­ple Tour in Philadel­phia in June.

Ben Stiller

Si­mon Cow­ell

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