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Last Update on May 27, 2015 07:15 GMT

LIAM NEESON / PIERCE BRONSAN - AD-MEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- So, who's the best "pitcher" out there these days? A baseball fan might say it's Matt Harvey or Max Scherzer. But for ad execs, the best pitcher -- is actor Liam Neeson. The Nielsen company has taken a look at celebrities who did commercials during the first three months of the year -- and using some fancy calculations, determined who had the biggest affect on consumers. And by that measure, Neeson wins. Pierce Bronsan had the same score Neeson did, but Neeson is seen as having more clout in getting products sold. Other celebs who scored high included Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Natalie Portman, Sofia Vergara, Jim Parsons, Dennis Haysbert and J.K. Simmons.

SAM SHEPARD - ARREST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Actor Sam Shepard is facing a DUI case in New Mexico. He was arrested Memorial Day on suspicion of drunken driving. Santa Fe police say they were called after security at a restaurant complained about a driver trying to leave the parking lot -- but couldn't because his pickup truck's emergency brake was engaged. Police say an officer smelled alcohol on Shepard's breath and the actor said he had some tequila. He declined to take a breath test but did take -- and fail -- a field sobriety test.

KELLY RUTHERFORD - CUSTODY CASE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge in Los Angeles has stepped into a custody dispute involving actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband. The judge has ordered Rutherford's ex to return their two kids to the actress. Rutherford went to court because her ex had sought to change the citizenship of the children, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl. The judge has ordered the ex to bring the children from to the U.S. from Monaco, pending a court hearing next month. Rutherford was in "Gossip Girl" and "Melrose Place."

BOB BARKER - RETIREMENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You know how some people retire -- then go on blathering about their old job as though they missed it so much? Bob Barker isn't one of those people. He says he considers himself "a complete success at retirement" -- in that he has "never regretted it." He says the key to doing that is knowing when to leave -- not too soon and not too late. Barker says the one thing he misses about hosting "The Price Is Right" is the money. As far his time now, he says he uses it doing more of what he used to while he had a job: working on behalf of animals.

Bob Barker says there's a question he's often asked now that he's retired.

<<CUT ..003 (05/27/15)>> 00:06 "enjoying it thoroughly"

Bob Barker

Bob Barker says unlike some contestants who rue their choice on pricing games, he has no regrets about leaving the show.

KATHRYN HAHN - "TOMORROWLAND"

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- It happens when you're an actor in a movie bankrolled by Disney and called "Tomorrowland" -- people want to know about your experiences at Disney parks. Kathryn Hahn says she remembers her first time was when took her young son. She says it was a hot day there was a long line for the Peter Pan ride. By time she boarded, it wasn't just Hahn's forehead that was damp. She says she cried when she got on because the ride was "the most beautiful thing." She says hearing songs like "When You Wish Upon A Star" make her feel like a kid again.

Kathryn Hahn says there was no blood, but plenty of sweat and tears as during her first foray into a Disney theme park.

<<CUT ..006 (05/27/15)>> 00:14 "a kid again"

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn says she's really into the more classic Disney theme park rides and music.

JOHN WAYNE DAY

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas' second-in-command is a big John Wayne fan. And never was that more obvious than yesterday -- when Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declared a "day" for the iconic movie cowboy. While presiding over the state Senate, Patrick -- a collector of movie memorabilia -- wore a brown plaid coat Wayne sported in a 1945 film. Yesterday would have been Wayne's 108th birthday.


Entertainment History

May 27, 2015 07:09 GMT

On May 27th, 1950, Frank Sinatra made his TV debut with Bob Hope on NBC.

In 1957, The Crickets' first record "That'll Be the Day," with lead singer Buddy Holly, was released by Brunswick records. It was the group's first and only chart-topper.

In 1962, Bob Dylan released "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which contained songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

In 1967, Otis Redding's band, The Bar-Kays, entered the R&B chart with "Soul Finger." The instrumental became their biggest hit without Redding.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols' second single, "God Save the Queen," was released to coincide with Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee celebration in June. The record, which begins "God save the Queen, she ain't no human being," made the British Top Ten despite being banned from airplay.

In 1980, David Lee Roth fractured his nose and suffered a concussion when he leaped off Alex Van Halen's drum riser and hit the stage lights. They were recording an Italian TV special in Rome at the time.

In 1988, Van Halen's "Monsters of Rock" touring festival opened at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin.

In 1989, Chicago and the Beach Boys toured together for the first time in 14 years, with Brian Wilson joining them on occasion.

In 1992, Cher was forced to postpone her live performance debut in New York City after she came down with bronchitis.

In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in a riding accident in Virginia.

In 2003, Angelina Jolie's and Billy Bob Thornton's divorce was finalized.

In 2010, Simon Cowell appeared on his last episode of "American Idol." He left to start the show "X Factor." Lee Dewyze won "Idol" that night, beating out Crystal Bowersox.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 93. Actress Lee Meriwether is 80. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 80. Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 79. Country singer Don Williams is 76. Actor Bruce Weitz is 72. Singer Cilla Black is 72. Singer Bruce Cockburn (COH'-burn) is 70. Actor Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") is 60. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (SOO'-zee SOO') of Siouxsie (SOO'-zee) and the Banshees is 58. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 57. Actress Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") is 54. Actress Cathy Silvers ("Happy Days") is 54. Comedian Adam Carolla is 51. Actor Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes") is 50. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 49. Actor Paul Bettany ("The Da Vinci Code," "A Beautiful Mind") is 44. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux (deh-VOH') of Nine Days is 44. Actor Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") is 42. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 40. Rapper Jadakiss is 40. Actor Ben Feldman ("Mad Men") is 35. Actor Darin Brooks ("The Bold and the Beautiful" is 31. Actor Chris Colfer ("Glee") is 25. Actor Ethan Dampf ("American Dreams") is 21.

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