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    AMERICAN INDIANS WALK OFF SET OF ADAM SANDLER MOVIE

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The collaboration between Netflix and Adam Sandler was supposed to produce hits and laughs. But so far, it has produced controversy -- and a set walkout. A group of American Indian actors left the set of Sandler's movie -- upset over what they say was a script that featured stereotypical comedy, offensive names and demeaning references to Indian religious practices. One actor, Loren Anthony, says he and eight others quit work on "The Ridiculous Six" when producers ignored their complaints. For its part, Netflix seems to be defending Sandler's work. It says the movie is called The Ridiculous Six because it's supposed to be: ridiculous. The network describes the movie is supposed to be "a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized."

    AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports a group of American Indian actors have quit the Adam Sandler movie "The Ridiculous Six."

    ACTORS APOLOGIZE FOR SEXIST "AVENGERS" REMARKS

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The movie is about the effects of artificial intelligence on the world. But two of the stars of the new "Avengers" movie are apologizing for comments that are being seen as anything but smart. Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked in a press interview about the love life of the only female Avenger, Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. They described the character in graphic terms that suggested she sleeps around. The actors have issued apologies.

    AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports two actors in the upcoming Avengers movie are apologizing for derogatory terms used in comments about a female character in the movie. ((NOTE CONTENT: Cut includes the words "slut" and "whore."))

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    AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans are responding to criticism for jokingly using derogatory terms for women in a press appearance for the new "Avengers" movie.

    "GREY'S ANATOMY" - McDREAMY

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A shocker for fans of "Grey's Anatomy" -- Dr. McDreamy is no more. The character played by Patrick Dempsey has been killed off the long-running ABC show. It happened in last night's episode. McDreamy dies of injuries he got when he was blindsided by a truck -- this, after helping to treat four people who were involved in a car wreck. The death of McDreamy leaves Meredith Grey to fend for herself as a single mom of two as "Grey's" enters season 12. This year's season finale is next month.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS is seeing David Letterman off the air with something a bit more expensive than the typical gold watch you get for retirement. The network is giving him 90 minutes of prime-time real estate for a tribute show. It's set for Monday, May 4 -- and will be hosted by Ray Romano. Letterman's final show on CBS will be May 20. He wraps up more than 6,000 late-night shows over 33 years on CBS and his previous late-night TV home, NBC.

    ACTOR GOES FROM PLAYING JESUS TO PLAYING DEVIL

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Some actors complain about playing good guys all the time. Others want to break free from playing baddies to portray more virtuous characters. Then, there's Diogo Morgado -- who should have no complaints. He was Jesus in the History channel's 2013 miniseries "The Bible." Now, he will be playing the devil. Morgado plays an evil fellow known as "The Man" on tonight's episode of "The Messengers" on The CW. Morgado says while people think it's more fun to play bad guys -- he doesn't agree.

    GLENN CLOSE - TOM STOPPARD

    NEW YORK (AP) -- She's received a number of awards herself during her acting career. But this time, it will be Glenn Close who will help honor someone else. She will present playwright Tom Stoppard with a PEN Literary Award. Close knows of his work; she starred in Stoppard's 1984 Broadway production of "The Real Thing."

    NICOLE KIDMAN - LONDON PLAY

    LONDON (AP) -- Nicole Kidman is returning to the London stage. She will star in "Photograph 51" -- a play about Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist who helped discover DNA's double-helix structure. The play will open in September.

    Rewind Time

    April 25, 2015 07:09 GMT

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlights in History:

    On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe (EL'-beh) River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

    On this date:

    In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci (vehs-POO'-chee).

    In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

    In 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.

    In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.

    In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli (guh-LIHP'-uh-lee) Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

    In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded.

    In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

    In 1964, vandals sawed off the head of the "Little Mermaid" statue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    In 1974, the "Carnation Revolution" took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.

    In 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she'd written expressing concern about possible nuclear war; Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made in July.

    In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. (It was discovered that the telescope's primary mirror was flawed, requiring the installation of corrective components to achieve optimal focus.) Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.

    In 1995, show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 83.

    Ten years ago: At his Texas ranch, President George W. Bush prodded Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah to help curb skyrocketing oil prices. The CIA's top weapons hunter in Iraq, Charles Duelfer (DEHL'-fur), said in an addendum to his final report that his search for weapons of mass destruction had been "exhausted" without finding any. A packed commuter train jumped the tracks and hurtled into an apartment complex in western Japan, killing 107 people. A space capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian-Italian crew landed safely in northern Kazakhstan.

    Five years ago: President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who had counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. An al-Qaida front group in Iraq confirmed the deaths of its two top leaders a week after a raid by Iraqi and U.S. security forces on the leaders' safe house near Tikrit (tih-KREET'), north of Baghdad. British writer Alan Sillitoe, 82, died in London.

    One year ago: President Barack Obama, in a joint news conference in Seoul alongside South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay), said the U.S. stood "shoulder to shoulder" with its ally in refusing to accept a nuclearized North Korea. The United States and other nations in the Group of Seven said they'd agreed to "move swiftly" to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine. In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes. (The results of the closely watched vote have yet to be released.)

    Today's Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 75. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 71. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 70. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (BYORN ul-VAY'-us) (ABBA) is 70. Actress Talia Shire is 70. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn is 68. Rock musician Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 65. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 61. Actor Hank Azaria is 51. Rock singer Andy Bell (Erasure) is 51. Rock musician Eric Avery is 50. Country musician Rory Feek (Joey + Rory) is 50. TV personality Jane Clayson is 48. Actress Renee Zellweger is 46. Actress Gina Torres is 46. Actor Jason Lee is 45. Actor Jason Wiles is 45. Actress Emily Bergl is 40. Actor Jonathan Angel is 38. Actress Marguerite Moreau is 38. Singer Jacob Underwood is 35. Actress Melonie Diaz is 31. Actress Sara Paxton is 27. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 19.

    Thought for Today: "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." -- Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress (1901-1992).

    Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

     
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