Last Update on March 27, 2015 12:55 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a slow fade to black for "Downton Abbey." The show's producers say they will pull the plug on the show -- which is wildly popular both here and in the U.K. -- after its sixth season, which is now in production. Because the show runs in "the colonies" after it airs in Britain, the final season here won't be seen until next year. In the U.K., the final show will air on Christmas Day. Executive producer Gareth Neame says while he believes the show "is in incredibly strong shape," he wants to see it go out on top. He says the danger with a hit show is "to let it go on forever." And apparently goodbye will mean goodbye for "Downton Abbey." Neame says there are no plans for a movie or based on the show -- or for a spinoff TV series.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that it looks like once Downton Abbey is gone, it will be gone forever.
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Sound of the theme from "Downton Abbey." Producers announced the upcoming 6th season of the show will be its last.
NEW YORK (AP) -- When "Downton Abbey" dies -- who ends up dying off with it? It's anybody's guess. Producers say they already have ideas about the fate of various characters as the final season continues production. But producers also haven't been shy about offing a character or two along the way. Among those bumped off during the show's run so far: Kemal Pamuk in season 1; Lady Sybil -- who died giving birth in Season 3 -- and Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens. He also died in season 3 -- perishing in a car wreck just after his son was born.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The director of the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is calling "cut." Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back for any of the sequels. In a statement, she says doing "Grey" was an "intense and incredible journey" and that she's "hugely grateful" for the opportunity. But she's also confirming insider talk that she won't return for any re-do's. The movie based on E L James' erotic novel has grossed $558 million worldwide so far in its theatrical run. So far, it appears Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be back for sequels -- though a reboot for the movie hasn't officially been announced.
HOUSTON (AP) -- So, how much will Matthew McConaughey get for speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Houston? We may never know. A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it shouldn't have to reveal how much the actor will be getting. The university is also declining to say -- because it says it signed a confidentiality deal with the talent agency that booked McConaughey. His agency's Web site says the minimum fee to book the actor in the U.S. ranges from $150,000 to $499,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He vowed he'd be back -- and he is. Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking another shot at the "Terminator" movie franchise. The new version will be called "Terminator: Genisys" -- and Paramount has served up a few minutes worth of an "appetizer" for the main course, which is due in theaters July 1. So far, the Terminator series has pulled in more than $1 billion in box office receipts.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is down with "The Wire." Not only does he say he's a big fan of the HBO series -- but he also says he thinks the show is one of the greatest pieces of art in the past couple of decades. Obama has met with David Simon -- who created the series -- at the White House. The two chatted for 12 minutes about how to reduce the number of people jailed for nonviolent drug offenses. They also discussed how to make cites safer. The video was shown yesterday at the Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Her take on Maria in "The Sound of Music" is considered by many fans to be the ultimate version of the character. But Julie Andrews says she has no problem with actors trying to interpret the role differently. She says she wouldn't even mind if someone tried it with puppets. She says since the role is a classic, it can be interpreted any way an actress wants. As for those who don't want to see anyone else play Maria, Andrews says while that's "very flattering" -- there are many who have played the role and brought great pleasure to audiences in the 50 years since "The Sound of Music" hit theaters.
Julie Andrews says he doesn't pay much attention to fans who insist her take on Maria is the ultimate version.
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Julie Andrews says although it's unlikely she'll perform in another Broadway play, she's not ruling out being involved in other ways.
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Julie Andrews says she may get back into musicals -- as a writer in books she and her daughter have written.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually having a movie shot in a particular town is good for business. But not so in Mexico City, where the upcoming James Bond movie, "Spectre," is being filmed. Business owners in the historic downtown district report a 60-percent drop in sales in the first week of filming alone. Officials have closed some streets in the area until April 1. And while a group representing small businesses say owners appreciate the publicity from the Bond film, the street closings are scaring away customers and keeping workers from getting to their jobs. They say the city should pitch in to help make up for the losses.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Alexander will be pinch-hitting for an old "Seinfeld" pal. He'll take over for Larry David in the starring role in the Broadway play, "Fish in the Dark." Alexander will play Norman Drexel in the production, which was written by David and is at the Cort Theater. Alexander took a break from a successful theater career to play George Constanza in "Seinfeld" -- also written by David.
March 27, 2015 07:06 GMT
Today is Friday, March 27, the 86th day of 2015. There are 279 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 27, 1945, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that Germany's main defensive line on the Western Front had been broken.
On this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon (hwahn pahns duh LEE'-ohn) sighted present-day Florida.
In 1884, the first telephone line between Boston and New York was inaugurated.
In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of Japan's ambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, planted in Washington the first two of 3,000 cherry trees given as a gift by the mayor of Tokyo.
In 1933, Japan officially withdrew from the League of Nations.
In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock's first American movie, "Rebecca" starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, premiered in Los Angeles.
In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
In 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives.
In 1975, construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which was completed two years later.
In 1977, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife (ten-uh-REEF').
In 1980, 123 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform, the Alexander Kielland, capsized during a storm.
In 1990, the U.S. began test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the signal.
In 1995, "Forrest Gump" won six Academy Awards, including best picture and a second consecutive best actor Oscar for Tom Hanks; Jessica Lange won best actress for "Blue Sky."
Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II delivered an Easter Sunday blessing to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, but the ailing pontiff was unable to speak and managed only to greet the saddened crowd with a sign of the cross. In a live Internet interview with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson declared himself "completely innocent" of child molestation charges, and said he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Five years ago: Lights were switched off across the world from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time to mark Earth Hour, an event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to highlight concerns about global warming. President Barack Obama announced he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs using recess appointments. Mao Asada of Japan beat Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea to win her second title at the World Figure Skating Championships, held in Turin, Italy.
One year ago: Face to face at the Vatican for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor. The U.S. Air Force took the extraordinary step of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it would discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal. A judge in Missoula, Montana, sentenced Jordan Graham to more than 30 years in prison for killing Cody Johnson, her husband of eight days, by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park. James Schlesinger, 85, who'd held a long string of Cabinet and other high-level positions in three U.S. administrations, died in Baltimore.
Today's Birthdays: Dance company director Arthur Mitchell is 81. Actor Julian Glover is 80. Actor Jerry Lacy is 79. Hall of Fame racer Cale Yarborough is 76. Actor-director Austin Pendleton is 75. Actor Michael York is 73. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 65. Rock musician Andrew Farriss (INXS) is 56. Jazz musician Dave Koz (kahz) is 52. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 52. Rock musician Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) is 51. Rock musician Johnny April (Staind) is 50. Actress Talisa Soto is 48. Actress Pauley Perrette is 46. Singer Mariah Carey is 45. Rock musician Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is 45. Actress Elizabeth Mitchell is 45. Actor Nathan Fillion is 44. Hip-hop singer Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) is 40. Actress Megan Hilty is 34. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd is 31. Actress Brenda Song is 27. Pop singer/songwriter Kimbra is 25. Actress Taylor Atelian is 20.
Thought for Today: "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." -- George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952).
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