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Last Update on November 28, 2014 08:11 GMT

"PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR" - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

NEW YORK (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch was alarmed that his character in "Penguins of Madagascar" didn't have a lot to him. Cumberbatch voices a secret agent wolf named Classified. Cumberbatch says he was worried he would have an "unanimated performance." He ramped up his voice work for a scene where Classified panics, and that turned things around. Cumberbatch says he laughs every time he sees it, because Classified is poised and arrogant and then has a complete breakdown. "Penguins of Madagascar" is in theaters now.

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<<CUT ..008 (11/28/14)>> 00:17 "the spastic muscle"

Tom McGrath actor

Tom McGrath says the penguins were flushed out as characters because of the "Madagascar" movies. ((note lenght of cut))

<<CUT ..009 (11/28/14)>> 00:16 "a great mix"

Tom McGrath actor

Tom McGrath says the penguins from the "Madagascar" movies became fully developed characters in their own rights. (refers to costars Ken Jeong and Benedict Cumberbatch)

<<CUT ..010 (11/28/14)>> 00:14 "of my contributions"

Benedict Cumberbatch actor

Benedict Cumberbatch says initially he did not think there was much to his "Penguins of Madagascar" character, a secret agent wolf named Classified.

<<CUT ..011 (11/28/14)>> 00:15 "makes me laugh"

Benedict Cumberbatch actor

Benedict Cumberbatch says the secret agent wolf he plays in "Penguins of Madagascar" ended up being a funny character.

BEN FOLDS TAKES TIME OFF ON "THE SING-OFF"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Folds will not return this year as a judge on "The Sing-Off." The Hollywood Reporter reports Folds is touring internationally. Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump takes Folds' place on the judges' panel. Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Jewel will return as judges. "The Sing-Off" will air as a two-hour special on December 17 on NBC.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH IS BACKED BY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kristin Chenoweth wanted a choir to back her up on a song for her PBS special and live album, so she got the choir from her old high school. Chenoweth enlisted the help of singers from Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She says when she went to high school, the choir only had eight kids, and now they have 40. She says when they went on stage to tape the show, she lost it. She says she looked back on the kids wearing the high school's emblem and she realized all she ever wanted was to leave her mark. Her special, "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" airs on PBS beginning tonight - check local listings. A live album is out now.

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Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she wants her fans to hear the recording of "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" as though they were in the room, where every note isn't perfect.

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Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she hits a few bum notes on her "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" album and she didn't want to fix them.

<<CUT ..006 (11/28/14)>> 00:12 "now there's 40"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she asked the choir from her high school to back her on a song called "Upon This Rock."

<<CUT ..007 (11/28/14)>> 00:19 "leave my mark"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says when she taped her PBS special with the choir from her high school, she was overcome with emotion. ((note length of cut))

GQ CREATES "LEAST INFLUENTIAL" LIST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Zach Braff, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp and Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') don't have the "it" factor anymore, at least according to GQ magazine. It's named them to its list of the Least Influential People of 2014. The magazine chose Braff for being rich but turning to crowdfunding to finance a movie that it calls "a mope-piece." It chose Allen for making "Magic in the Moonlight," what it calls another movie about a man wooing a woman half his age. It chose Depp for always playing movie characters that cannot plausibly exist in real life. GQ says LaBeouf made the list for wearing a brown bag on his head and calling it a performance piece. Bono, Robin Thicke and several politicians and athletes also make the list.

Rewind Time

November 28, 2014 08:11 GMT

Today is Friday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2014. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 28, 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.

On this date:

In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

In 1861, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri's disputed secession from the Union.

In 1905, Sinn Fein (shin fayn) was founded in Dublin.

In 1922, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square; about 47,000 calls in less than three hours resulted.

In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

In 1944, the MGM movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland, opened in New York, six days after its world premiere in St. Louis.

In 1958, Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the original permanent headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia. Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became the first African-American to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.

In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.

In 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate. Sixties war protester Jerry Rubin died in Los Angeles, two weeks after being hit by a car; he was 56.

In 2001, Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal.

Ten years ago: NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol was injured, his 14-year-old son Teddy among three people killed, when a charter plane crashed during takeoff outside Montrose, Colorado. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for slaughtering members of Iraq's security forces in Mosul, where dozens of bodies had been found. A gas explosion in a central Chinese coal mine killed 166 people.

Five years ago: A conservative Iranian legislator warned his country might pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty after a U.N. resolution censuring Tehran. For a second straight day, Tiger Woods was unavailable to speak to the Florida Highway Patrol about an accident involving his SUV that sent him to the hospital with injuries.

One year ago: China said it had sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone, days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in defiance of rules Beijing said it had imposed in the East China Sea.

Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 85. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 78. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 74. Singer Randy Newman is 71. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 68. Movie director Joe Dante is 67. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 65. Actor Ed Harris is 64. Former NASA teacher in space Barbara Morgan is 63. Actress S. Epatha (eh-PAY'-thah) Merkerson is 62. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is 61. Country singer Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 58. Actor Judd Nelson is 55. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron (kwahr-OHN') is 53. Rock musician Matt Cameron is 52. Actress Jane Sibbett is 52. Comedian Jon Stewart is 52. Actress Garcelle Beauvais (gar-SEHL' boh-VAY') is 48. Actor/comedian Stephnie (cq) Weir (TV: "The Comedians"; "MadTV") is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dawn Robinson is 46. Hip-hop musician apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) is 40. Actor Ryan Kwanten is 38. Actress Aimee Garcia is 36. Rapper Chamillionaire is 35. Actor Daniel Henney is 35. Rock musician Rostam Batmanglij (bot-man-GLEESH') (Vampire Weekend) is 31. Rock singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) is 31. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is 30. R&B singer Trey Songz is 30. Actress Scarlett Pomers (TV: "Reba") is 26.

Thought for Today: "Happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you're lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love." -- Adela Rogers St. Johns, American journalist (1894-1988).

 
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