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Last Update on September 02, 2015 07:13 GMT

IDRIS ELBA: BOND WRITER DISMISSES HIM AS "TOO STREET" FOR 007 ROLE

LONDON (AP) -- The man who wrote the new James Bond novel thinks people might be reading between the lines too much about his comments on casting for the movie based on the book. One of the candidates to be the new Bond is Idris Elba. But writer Anthony Horowitz says he feels Elba is "too street" to play 007 and that he isn't "suave" enough. Elba would be the first black in the history of the franchise to play the spy. That started an online firestorm, with people accusing Horowitz of suggesting Bond could only be a white guy. Horowitz says that isn't what he meant. In a Twitter post, he says: "I'm a writer not a casting director so what do I know?"

NEW YORK (AP) -- There is a temporary cease-fire between NBC and Donald Trump. The Republican presidential candidate will be a guest on "The Tonight Show" starring Jimmy Fallon. He will discuss his campaign and other issues. Other guests on the Sept. 11 show will be Terrence Howard and Pharrell Williams. Trump has been sniping at NBC since launching his bid for the White House. The network cut Trump loose as host of "Celebrity Apprentice" -- a move Trump said was an act of cowardice. NBC says it was because of his remarks about Mexican immigrants.

JIMMY FALLON - STEPHEN COLBERT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Do you watch late night TV shows because of the host -- or because of the guests? NBC and CBS hope you'll be motivated to tune in by a combination of both -- and so they are loading up their late-night lineups with big names next week. That's when Stephen Colbert begins at the helm of "The Late Show" on CBS. He will have Vice President Joe Biden (BY'-dehn), George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. NBC is countering with its lineup for "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. Among those on with Fallon the week of Colbert's debut include Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg, Carrie Underwood and the rap duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

VMA RATINGS IMPROVE

NEW YORK (AP) -- As the saying goes, there's strength in numbers. In the case of the ratings for the MTV Video Music Awards, the strength comes from the number of networks the show was on. Nielsen says just over 5 million people watched the VMAs on Sunday night. That would have been a sharp drop off from last year's show, which drew 8.3 million. But MTV's corporate parent simulcast the show on 10 separate networks -- including outlets like Comedy Central, BET, CMT, TV Land and Logo. When you add that up, the total is 9.8 million, enough to outpace last year's audience.

JOE BROWN RELEASED FORM JAIL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- First he was out of options. Now, former TV judge Joe Brown is out of jail. The former Memphis judge has been released after serving a five-day sentence for contempt of court. Brown turned himself in last Thursday -- and was released yesterday. Brown got himself in trouble doing something more than a year ago that he usually didn't tolerate in his TV courtroom: mouthing off at a judge. Last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court declined a review of an appeals court ruling that said Brown had to do the time.

006-a-09-(Rami Malek, during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" broadcast Tuesday)-"Mr. Robot traffic (laughs)"-Rami Malek tells Jimmy Kimmel his identical twin brother Sami is getting some the fringe benefits of the hit series, "Mr. Robot." COURTESY: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Sep 2015)

<<CUT ..006 (09/02/15)>> 00:09 "Mr. Robot traffic (laughs)"

005-a-17-(Rami Malek, during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" broadcast Tuesday)-"this guy's exotic (laughs)"-Rami Malek says he's getting more action now that he's the star of the TV hit, "Mr. Robot." COURTESY: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Sep 2015)

<<CUT ..005 (09/02/15)>> 00:17 "this guy's exotic (laughs)"

004-a-15-(Jimmy Kimmel and Rami Malek, during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" broadcast Tuesday)-"altering my life"-Jimmy Kimmel tells Rami Malek that he's a big fan of Malek's series on USA, "Mr. Robot." COURTESY: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Sep 2015)

<<CUT ..004 (09/02/15)>> 00:15 "altering my life"

CARMICHAEL SHOW - RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a while since a summertime comedy has done this well. NBC says its "Carmichael Show" drew 4.8 million viewers for its debut on Sunday. That's the largest audience for any summertime comedy in eight years.

OSCAR PRODUCERS NAMED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man nominated for an Oscar for his work on the 2012 hit "Django Unchained" is going to be calling the shots on the upcoming Oscars telecast. Reginald Hudlin has been named to produce the 88th Academy Awards early next year. He will be joined by David Hill for the telecast. Oscar ratings dropped dramatically last year, when Neil Patrick Harris was the host. The Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Rewind Time

September 03, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Thursday, September 3, the 246th day of 2015. There are 119 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 3, 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

On this date:

In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died in London; he was succeeded by his son, Richard.

In 1868, the Japanese city of Edo was renamed Tokyo.

In 1914, Cardinal Giacomo Della Chiesa became pope; he took the name Benedict XV.

In 1923, the United States and Mexico resumed diplomatic relations.

In 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland,

In 1940, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five recorded "Summit Ridge Drive" and "Special Delivery Stomp" for RCA Victor.

In 1951, the television soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" made its debut on CBS.

In 1967, the original version of the television game show "What's My Line?," hosted by John Charles Daly, broadcast its final episode after more than 17 years on CBS.

In 1976, America's Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

In 1989, a Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashed after takeoff in Havana, killing all 126 aboard and 45 people on the ground.

In 1995, the online auction site eBay was founded in San Jose, California, by Pierre Omidyar under the name "AuctionWeb."

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration intensified efforts to rescue Katrina survivors and send aid to the hurricane-ravaged region in the face of criticism it did not act quickly enough. U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died in Arlington, Virginia, at age 80, after more than three decades on the Supreme Court.

Five years ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates toured U.S. bases and war zones in Afghanistan, saying he saw and heard evidence that the American counterinsurgency strategy was taking hold in critical Kandahar province. The Fox network announced that Kara DioGuardi was stepping down as one of the judges on "American Idol," following the departures of Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, during a visit to Estonia, harshly condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace. President Obama also said the United States would not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of American journalist Steven Satloff. A judge sentenced Theodore Wafer, a suburban Detroit man who'd killed an unarmed woman on his porch instead of calling police, to at least 17 years in prison after telling the family of 19-year-old Renisha McBride he would carry "guilt and sorrow forever."

Today's Birthdays: "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 92. Actress Anne Jackson is 90. Actress Pauline Collins is 75. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 73. Actress Valerie Perrine is 72. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 67. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 60. Actor Steve Schirripa is 58. Actor Holt McCallany is 51. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 50. Actor Charlie Sheen is 50. Singer Jennifer Paige is 42. Dance-rock musician Redfoo (LMFAO) is 40. Actress Ashley Jones is 39. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 37. Actor Joel Johnstone (TV: "The Astronaut Wives Club") is 37. Actor Nick Wechsler is 37. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 36. Actress Christine Woods is 32. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 31. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 29. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 23.

Thought for Today: "In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising." -- Pauline Kael, American movie critic (1919-2001).

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