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 28, 2015 07:09 GMT
Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015. There are 278 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 28, 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
On this date:
In 1515, St. Teresa of Avila was born Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada.
In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.
In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.
In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film "Triumph des Willens" (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.
In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.
In 1955, John Marshall Harlan II was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1965, an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck La Ligua, Chile, leaving about 400 people dead or missing, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington D.C. at age 78.
In 1987, Maria von Trapp, whose life story inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," died in Morrisville, Vermont, at age 82.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.
Ten years ago: The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty in a rape-and-murder case because five of the trial jurors had consulted the Bible and quoted Scripture during deliberations. (The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating the death sentence of Robert Harlan, who ended up being resentenced to life in prison for the murder of cocktail waitress Rhonda Maloney.) A major earthquake off the west coast of Indonesia killed some 1,300 people.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama secretly visited Afghanistan near the front lines of the increasingly bloody 8-year-old war. Actress-writer June Havoc, 97, whose childhood in vaudeville was immortalized in the musical "Gypsy," died in Stamford, Connecticut. Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis died in Los Angeles at age 88.
One year ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama to discuss a solution to the crisis in Ukraine; the leaders agreed that top U.S. and Russian diplomats should work on the details. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan became the first man in 12 years to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year. Jeremiah Denton, 89, a former U.S. senator who'd survived 7 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, died in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ray Rice married Janay Palmer a day after the Baltimore Ravens running back was indicted for aggravated assault for punching his fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator. (Charges against Rice were dropped when he agreed to enter an intervention program.)
Today's Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG'-nyef breh-ZHIN'-skee) is 87. Author Mario Vargas Llosa is 79. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 74. Movie director Mike Newell is 73. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 72. Actor Ken Howard is 71. Actress Dianne Wiest (weest) is 69. Country singer Reba McEntire is 60. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 57. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 49. Actress Tracey Needham is 48. Actor Max Perlich is 47. Movie director Brett Ratner is 46. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 46. Actor Vince Vaughn is 45. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 44. Actor Ken L. is 42. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is 42. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 39. Actress Annie Wersching is 38. Actress Julia Stiles is 34. Singer Lady Gaga is 29.
Thought for Today: "Those who say they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste and end by debauching it." -- T.S. Eliot, American-Anglo poet and critic (1888-1965).
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