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 29, 2015 07:10 GMT
Today is Sunday, March 29, the 88th day of 2015. There are 277 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 29, 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: "For Gods sake look after our people."
On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.
In 1812, the first White House wedding took place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of first lady Dolley Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1936, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler claimed overwhelming victory in a plebiscite on his policies.
In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began.
In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.) The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" opened on Broadway.
In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time, although the network aired a repeat the following night. (Johnny Carson debuted as host the following October.)
In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai (mee ly) massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)
In 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges were later dismissed.) Chinese farmers digging a well discovered the Terracota Warriors, an "army" of sculpted soldiers dating from the third century B.C.
In 1992, Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana "a time or two" while attending Oxford University, adding, "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again."
Ten years ago: As Terri Schiavo entered her 12th full day without food or water, the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed with her parents and joined conservatives in calling for Florida lawmakers to order her feeding tube reinserted. Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. died in Los Angeles at age 67. Former U.S. Senator Howell Heflin died in Sheffield, Alabama, at age 83.
Five years ago: Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in twin attacks on Moscow subway stations jam-packed with rush-hour passengers, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 100. Pop star Ricky Martin confirmed he was gay in bilingual online posts.
One year ago: Two Spanish journalists, Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, were freed after being held captive for six months in Syria by a rogue al-Qaida group. Mao Asada of Japan topped the free skate to capture her third world figure skating title. African Story won the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 3/4 lengths in the world's richest horse race.
Today's Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 88. Author Judith Guest is 79. Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major is 72. Comedian Eric Idle is 72. Composer Vangelis is 72. Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier is 70. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 68. Actor Bud Cort is 67. Actor Brendan Gleeson is 60. Actor Christopher Lawford is 60. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is 60. Actress Marina Sirtis is 60. International Gymnastics Hall of Famer Kurt Thomas is 59. Actor Christopher Lambert is 58. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 56. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 54. Model Elle Macpherson is 52. Movie director Michel Hazanavicius (mee-SHEHL' ah-zah-nah-VEE'-see-oos) is 48. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 48. Actress Lucy Lawless is 47. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 47. Country singer Brady Seals is 46. Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is 44. CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is 44. Actor Sam Hazeldine (TV: "Resurrection"; Film: "The Monuments Men") is 43. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jennifer Capriati is 39. Actor Chris D'Elia is 35. Pop singer Kelly Sweet is 27.
Thought for Today: "If men could foresee the future, they would still behave as they do now." -- Russian proverb.
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