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Last Update on January 23, 2015 08:06 GMT


DENVER (AP) -- More than a-third of the people who had planned to see Bill Cosby in Denver have changed their mind. The head of the city's arts department says nearly 40 percent of the tickets originally purchased for Cosby's comedy shows have been returned for refunds. The Denver Post says Kent Rice has said people have asked for money back on 1,200 of the 3,100 tickets sold already. Cosby is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women. He has never been charged -- and has denied the allegations through his attorney.


LONDON (AP) -- Jessica Chastain says she's gotten a taste of what it's like to be the target of racists. She says she has been hit by a lot of shocking comments since she spoke up at the Critics' Choice Awards last week -- calling for more diversity in Hollywood. She says people she calls "racists" come out and "say really terrible things" about her since the ceremony. She says she finds it "strange" but says she is understanding "how much hate" some people can have.

Jessica Chastain says the negative reaction she has gotten from some gives her an idea what black people go through regularly.

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain says she has gotten a taste of how racist some people can be.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No, Seth Rogen doesn't think that "American Sniper" looks like a Nazi propaganda film. In an exlusive statement to the Associated Press, Rogen says it wasn't his intent to offend anyone or to say anything with political implications. Sunday he tweeted that American Sniper "kind of reminds" him of the movie being shown in a theater toward the end of the Quentin Tarantino movie "Inglourious Basterds." In the scene, there's a fake propaganda movie about a skilled Nazi sniper. Rogen says his only point was "they both involved plots about the most lethal of snipers." Rogen points out that his grandfather was a veteran. He says he liked the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper. Rogen also apologized for any offense his tweets might have caused.

AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports actor Seth Rogen is clarifying comments he tweeted about the movie "American Sniper."


NEW YORK (AP) -- Jennifer Lopez has often gotten attention for her clothes. But in her latest movie, she didn't have to go far to get her threads. She says she used items from her own closet for the movie "The Boy Next Door." The movie cost less than $4 million to make. To cut corners, she wore some of her own clothes. She says because clothing is often so expensive she "didn't have that luxury" of running out to shop -- so she used her own stuff. The movie opens today.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- "American Idol" will be a real drag for one contestant this season. That's self-described drag queen Dakota Suarez. The Texas 18-year-old auditioned in New Orleans on last night's episode. He won over two of the three judges, but not Harry Connick Junior. Connick says he would love to see a drag queen performing on Idol, but didn't think Suarez's voice is strong enough. But with two "yes" votes, Suarez gets his golden ticket to Hollywood. The Idol auditions make their final stop this season in San Francisco next week.


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Dakota Suarez and Jennifer Lopez

Dakota Suarez tells the judges something unusal about himself. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of Dakota Suarez, performing during audition

Excerpt of Dakota Suarez performing during "American Idol" audition. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Dakota Suarez isn't Idol ready, and it has nothing to do with him being a drag queen. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "American Idol" theme

Excerpt of "American Idol" theme. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Usually, actors and actresses aren't crazy about being given an award from The Golden Raspberry Foundation -- or the Razzies. No surprise there, the awards are given each year to those who considered to have cranked out the worst in the motion picture industry. But Jennifer Aniston isn't beefing about the Razzie she got for her work in "Cake." Part of the reason is that the Razzie is for a new category: the Razzie Redeemer Award. It honors former Razzie regulars who are now doing work worth applauding. She says the honor is "so nice" since it recognizes her trek from romantic comedies to a more serious role in "Cake."


PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- The actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has made a court appearance. Dustin Diamond and his fiancTe, Amanda Schutz (SHUTS) were in court, where Diamond pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Christmas Day bar fight. Diamond is accused of stabbing a man after his girlfriend became involved in an altercation. Diamond has pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless endangering safety, a felony, and two misdemeanors. He's been free on bond.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paula Abdul is getting judgmental again -- in a good kind of way. She will be returning to a judge's chair in an upcoming TV show. She will be on the panel for "So You Think You Can Dance" when the show returns this summer. She joins Nigel Lythgoe -- who is also the show's executive producer. Auditions for the new season are set to begin tomorrow in New York. Before she launched her singing career and job as judge on "American Idol," Abdul was a dancer for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and handled choreography for artists including Prince and George Michael.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Some of the movies you may be talking about later this year are being rolled out starting this week at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder Robert Redford says the festival has remained true to the mission it had 31 years ago: to show off the work of emerging artists and promote diversity and change in the movie industry as a result. Redford said he's gratified by the festival's continued growth -- saying it has expanded "way beyond" his imagination.

Rewind Time

January 25, 2015 08:10 GMT

Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2015. There are 340 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 25, 1915, America's first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to his former assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, over a line set up by American Telephone & Telegraph.

On this date:

In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1915, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Coppage v. Kansas, upheld the right of employers to bar employees from belonging to labor unions by making them sign a "yellow dog contract."

In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix (SHAH'-moh-nee), France.

In 1945, the World War II Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces were pushed back to their original positions. Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first community to add fluoride to its public water supply.

In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 48.

In 1955, the Soviet Union formally ended its state of war with Germany.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Idi Amin seized power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote (oh-BOH'-tay) in a military coup.

In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.

In 1990, an Avianca Boeing 707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck, Long Island, New York; 73 of the 158 people aboard were killed. Actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67.

In 1995, the U.S. and Norway launched a Black Brant rocket carrying equipment to study the aurora borealis, startling Russian officials who wondered at first if the rocket was an incoming Trident missile. (Russian President Boris Yeltsin reportedly was given his "nuclear briefcase" for possible retaliation before realizing there was no threat.)

Ten years ago: A videotape showed Roy Hallums, an American kidnapped in Baghdad the previous November, pleading for his life. (Hallums was rescued by coalition troops on Sept. 7, 2005.) A stampede during a Hindu festival in western India killed some 300 people. Architect Philip Johnson died in New Canaan, Connecticut, at age 98.

Five years ago: Iraq hanged Ali Hassan al-Majid (ah-LEE' hah-SAHN' ahl mah-ZHEED'), known as "Chemical Ali" for his role in gassing 5,000 people in a Kurdish village. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed into the Mediterranean after taking off from Beirut in a fierce thunderstorm; all 90 people aboard were killed. Director James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle "Avatar" overtook his shipwreck saga "Titanic" to become the world's highest-grossing film.

One year ago: Two brothers, 60-year-old Garrick Hopkins and 61-year-old Carl Hopkins, were shot to death south of Barboursville, West Virginia, as they toured land that Garrick Hopkins and his wife had purchased; Rodney Black faces two counts of first-degree murder. A gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in suburban Baltimore, killing two skate shop employees, 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson; shooter Darion Aguilar then killed himself. On the third anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising, giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 in the Australian Open final. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium in the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game. Morris "Morrie" Turner, 90, creator of the "Wee Pals" comic strip and the first African-American cartoonist to be syndicated nationally, died in Sacramento, California.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Gregg Palmer is 88. Actor Dean Jones is 84. Country singer Claude Gray is 83. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 72. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 70. Actress Jenifer (cq) Lewis is 58. Actress Dinah Manoff is 57. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 46. Actress China Kantner is 44. Actress Ana Ortiz is 44. Musician Matt Odmark (OHD'-mark) (Jars of Clay) is 41. Actress Mia Kirshner is 40. Actress Christine Lakin is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia (ah-LEE'-shuh) Keys is 34. Actor Michael Trevino (TV: "The Vampire Diaries") is 30. Pop musician Calum Hood (5 Seconds to Summer) is 19.

Thought for Today: "The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own." -- Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941).

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