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[January 29, 2013]
AP Entertainment NewsBrief at 8:09 p.m. EST
(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ABC: Barbara Walters is out of the hospitalLOS ANGELES (AP) _ ABC says Barbara Walters is out of the hospital and recovering from chicken pox at home. ABC said Tuesday that the 83-year-old host on "The View" is resting comfortably and "getting stronger." There was no indication of when she might return to work.
Disney closing 'Epic Mickey' video game developerLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Now it's time to say goodbye to "Epic Mickey." The interactive division of the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is closing Junction Point Studios, its Austin, Texas-based developer that created 2010's "Disney Epic Mickey" and its 2012 sequel "Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two." Man detained by Taye Diggs charged with burglaryLOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man who was detained by Taye Diggs after the actor found him at his home has pleaded not guilty to a felony burglary charge. Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly says Hassan Omar Juma entered the plea Tuesday afternoon and will return to court Feb. 8.
Oscar hits the road to visit more than 10 citiesLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Oscar is going on a road trip. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the golden statuette will visit at least 10 cities as part of its first national tour.
Pacino's late comedic turn also a homecomingNEW YORK (AP) _ Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers. "When you get me on the acting trail, I get on that train," he says, punctuating what he calls an improvised "thesis on time" with staccato snaps.
A final '30 Rock' showcases its unsung music manNEW YORK (AP) _ "When stuff is coming to an end, people freak out and they act crazy," says Liz Lemon. Liz and all the characters of "30 Rock" are doing just that on the series finale (airing Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC) as they produce one last installment of their show-within-that-show, "TGS," while anticipating life apart from one another.
Dior: Jennifer Lawrence dress had no malfunctionLOS ANGELES (AP) _ That was no wardrobe malfunction _ that was couture. When Jennifer Lawrence ascended the stairs to accept her SAG Award Sunday night, a bit of skin showed through the skirt of her gown, leading to some speculation that it had ripped.
Review: Veteran actors elevate `Stand Up Guys'Watching "Stand Up Guys" feels akin to seeing an old, favorite rock band getting back together for one last gig after decades apart. They're not as energetic as they once were, their vocals aren't as powerful, but an obvious camaraderie still exists as well as a touch of rebellion. Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin are all performing their greatest hits in this con-man comedy, albeit within dialed-down versions of their familiar screen personae. These no longer go to 11; Pacino mercifully isn't in full-on "Hooah!" mode. But there's enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens' film to make it a passably enjoyable experience for the most part.
Former activist gets prison in Calif. for fraudSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A former social activist convicted of defrauding a California charity backed by celebrities Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte was sentenced Tuesday to three years and four months in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer also ordered Hari Dillon to pay back the victims of his $2.5 million fraud, which contributed to the financial collapse of the Vanguard Public Foundation.
Chris Cuomo leaving ABC News for CNNNEW YORK (AP) _ Chris Cuomo is leaving ABC News to host a new morning show at CNN, where new boss Jeff Zucker is moving fast to try to turn around the cable news pioneer that has fallen on hard times. Network managing editor Mark Whitaker announced he was quitting Tuesday, officially Zucker's seventh day on the job as CNN Worldwide president. Longtime political consultants and commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin also are leaving.
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