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Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2006 file photo, Jazz legend Buddy Defranco, left, shares a laugh with fellow jazz legend Freddie Hubbard during the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Awards Concert where they were honored, in New York. The renowned jazz clarinetist DeFranco has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. DeFranco, recognized repeatedly as the world's top jazz clarinetist, had been in declining health in recent years, his wife, Joyce DeFranco, said. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek, File) PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday.


Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2014 file photo, Derek Karpel holds his ticket to a screening of "The Interview" at Cinema Village movie theater, in New York. The film raked in just over $1 million in ticket sales from 331 locations for an impressive $3,142 per theater average, according to distributor Sony Pictures. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.


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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing

This Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," has been charged with stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar. (AP Photo/Ozaukee County Sheriff) Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas.


Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, Sony Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai speaks during a press conference at the Sony headquarters in Tokyo. Sony’s iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it’s apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for. The stolid silence of Sony’s Tokyo headquarters over the hoopla surrounding Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” underscores the longstanding divide between the Japanese parent company and its U.S.-led and -run motion pictures subsidiary, successor to Columbia Pictures. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) TOKYO (AP) — Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.


Egypt axes 'Exodus' film, citing historical mistakes

A man dressed as Santa Claus stands next to a billboard for the Hollywood biblical film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" in Rabat, Morocco, on December 26, 2014 Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings" citing historical inaccuracies, the culture minister said Friday, a day after a similar move by Morocco. The film relates how Moses helped Israelite slaves flee persecution in Egypt under the Pharaoh Ramses by parting the Red Sea to let them cross safely. Culture Minister Gaber Asfour told AFP that Ridley Scott's blockbuster was rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that "Moses and the Jews built the pyramids".


Las Vegas New Year's Eve prep takes year effort

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, Carmen Zepeda, of Corpus Christi, Texas, shows off her 2013 New Year's Eve glasses at the Fremont Street Experience Downtown Countdown in Las Vegas. On New Year's Eve night, some 340,000 people spending some $226 million, will crowd the Strip and downtown Fremont Street expecting to be entertained and for that reason, Las Vegas casino operators, event planners, tourism agencies and more have spent months planning ways to wow. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid, File) LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year.


Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away

In this Dec. 4, 2014 photo, Rich Curilla locks the doors to a replica of the Alamo, built for John Wayne's 1960 movie "The Alamo," in Brackettville, Texas. Wayne’s movie about the famous siege marked his debut as a director and had an estimated budget of $12 million, huge at that time. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.


India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes

In this Nov. 3, 2014 photo, members of Indian Brass band, play as they accompany a wedding procession, in New Delhi, India. The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood. Dressed in faded military-style uniforms or long silken tunics and turbans, brass bands playing the latest Bollywood tunes have long been a must-have at any Indian wedding. But as the tastes of young, wealthier Indians shift to more modern music, young couples increasingly choose DJs playing electronic music instead of live bands. The shift is leaving band owners and musicians struggling to find gigs, exacerbating an already difficult existence. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup) NEW DELHI (AP) — The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.


At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the 'Spirit'

In this Tuesday, Dec.16, 2014 photo, Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait during press day for "Blithe Spirit" at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Lansbury is appearing in the production of Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit” from Dec. 9, 2014, through Jan. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.


Creator of 'Tail! Spin!' talks about power, truth

This 2014 photo provided by Richard Kornberg & Associates shows, from left, Nate Smith, Arnie Burton, Rachel Dratch, Sean Dugan, and Tom Galantich in a scene from "Tail! Spin!" at the Culture Project in New York. The show closes Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Kornberg & Associates, Carol Rosegg) NEW YORK (AP) — One had a "wide stance" and another was "hiking the Appalachian Trail."


PlayStation, Xbox service in US goes down on Christmas

Attendees walk between signs for Sony PlayStation and Microsoft's XBox on the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, on June 11, 2013 The online gaming networks for Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox consoles -- hot gifts this Christmas -- have gone dark in what hackers said was a coordinated attack. The outage started Christmas Day and went into Friday, PlayStation and Xbox said on their Twitter feeds, adding that they were working to restore service. The name is the same used by a group of hackers that has targeted Sony in the past, though it was not possible to verify the Twitter account's authenticity.


5 things to know about Alamo Village

In this Dec. 4, 2014 photo, Rich Curilla walks past a replica of the San Fernando Cathedral, built for John Wayne's 1960 movie "The Alamo," in Brackettville, Texas. The movie set includes a full-scale re-creation of the Alamo compound. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. It's been closed since 2009. Here are five things to know about the 400-acre park's history:


'Christmas Vacation' prank: Clark Griswold exit

FILE - In this March 10, 2008, file photo, actor Chevy Chase poses backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, in New York. On Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, a sign for an exit on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway for Clark and Westfield to read "Clark Griswold," after a character played by Chevy Chase in the Christmas cult classic, 'Christmas Vacation.' (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) CLARK, N.J. (AP) — At least one "Christmas Vacation" fan was driving on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway Thursday.


Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'

Patrons wait in line to see "The Interview" at the the at the Valley Art theater in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday Dec. 25, 2014. The film's Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/Alina Hartounian) NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.


'The Interview' draws crowds of US free speech advocates

Movie-goers wait in line outside the Los Feliz 3 Cinema in Los Angeles, California December 25, 2014 to purchase tickets for the "The Interview" A fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un drew throngs of moviegoers, as it became an unlikely symbol of free speech thanks to hacker threats that nearly scuppered its release. The future of Sony's "The Interview" had been in doubt after the entertainment giant said it was canceling the release following an embarrassing cyber attack on its corporate network and threats against patrons. I think it's something important, showing the freedom in the United States," said Adolfo Loustalot as he queued up to buy tickets outside "Los Feliz 3" cinema in Los Angeles. The film was also available on a variety of digital platforms, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and on a Sony website.


Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Actors Christian Bale (L), Joel Edgerton (R) and film director Ridley Scott pose during a photocall for Scott's film 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', in Paris, on December 2, 2014 Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday. It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie which had been given the green light by the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM), which implements all rules concerning the industry. Theatre managers said they received "verbal" instructions from the CCM not to begin screening the movie as planned on Wednesday, according to news website media24. Others said CCM officials had informed them of the ban in person.


'Sons of Liberty' tells tale of America's founders

In this 2014 photo released by the History Channel, actors portray Revolutionary War soldiers in a scene from "Sons of Liberty," a new miniseries premiering in January 2015 on the History Channel. (AP Photo/History Channel, Ollie Upton) BOSTON (AP) — Don't let the powdered wigs and oil paintings fool you: Samuel Adams, John Hancock and the other eventual Americans who changed the course of history were a ragtag band of secretive and sometimes mischievous young radicals.


Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2014 file photo, Derek Karpel holds his ticket to a screening of "The Interview" at Cinema Village movie theater, in New York. The film raked in just over $1 million in ticket sales from 331 locations for an impressive $3,142 per theater average, according to distributor Sony Pictures. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.


Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack

In this Dec. 22, 2014, file photo, a South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview," at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. It seems everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama’s conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet’s newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with questions about why the communist state would steal and leak gigabytes of data, email threats to some Sony employees and their families then threaten moviegoers who planned to watch “The Interview” on Christmas. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."


Sony streams North Korea comedy online

"The Interview" is being distributed on Google's YouTube for a $5.99 rental fee, on the Google Play app for Android devices and on a dedicated website, seetheinterview.com Entertainment giant Sony streamed "The Interview," the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers. It was being distributed on Google's YouTube for a $5.99 rental fee, on the Google Play app for Android devices and on a dedicated website, seetheinterview.com. A bawdy, expletive-laden tale full of sexual innuendo and scatological humor, the film's future had been in doubt after Sony said it was canceling the release after an embarrassing cyber-attack on its corporate network and threats against moviegoers. The US has blamed the hack attack on North Korea, and President Barack Obama has threatened reprisals.


Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

This photo released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, as Dave and Seth Rogen as Aaron in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Ed Araquel) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Sony statement on the on-demand release of 'The Interview'

FILE - In this April 25, 2014 file photo, Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, arrives at the 19th annual "Taste For A Cure" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sony issued the following statement Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the on-demand release of "The Interview": "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," said Lynton. "With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nationwide today. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment issued the following statement Wednesday on the on-demand release of "The Interview":


Rogen, Franco, others react to 'The Interview' online stream

In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, actors Seth Rogen, right, and James Franco attend the premiere of the Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" in Los Angeles. Celebrities react to Sony's announcement Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, that it released Rogen and Franco's North Korea satire, "The Interview," on digital platforms: "You wanna watch The Interview?? You can RIGHT ... NOW!! ... Thanks Sony for making it happen. Booyah." - Rogen on Twitter moments after “The Interview” became available. "Merry X-mas MERICA! !!!!!THE INTERVIEW IS LIVE!!!!!! !!! ... Thank you SONY!!!!!!!!" - Franco on Twitter shortly after “The Interview” became available. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities react to Sony's announcement Wednesday that it released Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea satire, "The Interview," on digital platforms:


Spain: New king says corruption must be eliminated

In this undated picture Spain's King Felipe VI gives an speech at the Zarzuela Palce, near Madrid. The speech watched by millions on TV is the most important national address by Spanish kings and is a chance for Felipe to show his style as king six months after his father Juan Carlos abdicated and tell the nation what he thinks about the state of the economically hurting country and what Spaniards must do to improve it. (AP Photo/Angel Diaz, Pool) MADRID (AP) — Spain's new King Felipe VI insisted in his first Christmas Eve speech Wednesday that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out.


Acclaimed film 'Selma' disappoints LBJ historian

FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, from left, LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to attend a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Updegrove, said the film, "Selma," that opens in theaters Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, incorrectly portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson as an obstructionist to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Selma" is based on the 1965 marches from the Alabama cities of Selma to Montgomery that were led by King. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The widely acclaimed movie "Selma" about the 1965 Civil Rights movement has disappointed at least one moviegoer: a leading historian of President Lyndon B. Johnson.


North Korea: No 'physical reaction' to new film

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it likely will have no "physical reaction," just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.

Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2014, file photo shows an exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building in Culver City, Calif. It seems everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama’s conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet’s newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with questions about why the communist state would steal and leak gigabytes of data, email threats to some Sony employees and their families then threaten moviegoers who planned to watch “The Interview” on Christmas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.


Casey Kasem's children to share medical records

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of radio legend Casey Kasem said Wednesday they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow, who is suing a hospital in Washington state to learn more about the last weeks of his life.
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