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Last Update on November 28, 2014 08:11 GMT

"PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR" - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

NEW YORK (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch was alarmed that his character in "Penguins of Madagascar" didn't have a lot to him. Cumberbatch voices a secret agent wolf named Classified. Cumberbatch says he was worried he would have an "unanimated performance." He ramped up his voice work for a scene where Classified panics, and that turned things around. Cumberbatch says he laughs every time he sees it, because Classified is poised and arrogant and then has a complete breakdown. "Penguins of Madagascar" is in theaters now.

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<<CUT ..008 (11/28/14)>> 00:17 "the spastic muscle"

Tom McGrath actor

Tom McGrath says the penguins were flushed out as characters because of the "Madagascar" movies. ((note lenght of cut))

<<CUT ..009 (11/28/14)>> 00:16 "a great mix"

Tom McGrath actor

Tom McGrath says the penguins from the "Madagascar" movies became fully developed characters in their own rights. (refers to costars Ken Jeong and Benedict Cumberbatch)

<<CUT ..010 (11/28/14)>> 00:14 "of my contributions"

Benedict Cumberbatch actor

Benedict Cumberbatch says initially he did not think there was much to his "Penguins of Madagascar" character, a secret agent wolf named Classified.

<<CUT ..011 (11/28/14)>> 00:15 "makes me laugh"

Benedict Cumberbatch actor

Benedict Cumberbatch says the secret agent wolf he plays in "Penguins of Madagascar" ended up being a funny character.

BEN FOLDS TAKES TIME OFF ON "THE SING-OFF"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Folds will not return this year as a judge on "The Sing-Off." The Hollywood Reporter reports Folds is touring internationally. Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump takes Folds' place on the judges' panel. Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Jewel will return as judges. "The Sing-Off" will air as a two-hour special on December 17 on NBC.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH IS BACKED BY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kristin Chenoweth wanted a choir to back her up on a song for her PBS special and live album, so she got the choir from her old high school. Chenoweth enlisted the help of singers from Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She says when she went to high school, the choir only had eight kids, and now they have 40. She says when they went on stage to tape the show, she lost it. She says she looked back on the kids wearing the high school's emblem and she realized all she ever wanted was to leave her mark. Her special, "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" airs on PBS beginning tonight - check local listings. A live album is out now.

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<<CUT ..004 (11/28/14)>> 00:15 "of a sound"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she wants her fans to hear the recording of "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" as though they were in the room, where every note isn't perfect.

<<CUT ..005 (11/28/14)>> 00:12 "can hear it"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she hits a few bum notes on her "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" album and she didn't want to fix them.

<<CUT ..006 (11/28/14)>> 00:12 "now there's 40"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says she asked the choir from her high school to back her on a song called "Upon This Rock."

<<CUT ..007 (11/28/14)>> 00:19 "leave my mark"

Kristin Chenoweth singer-actress

Kristin Chenoweth says when she taped her PBS special with the choir from her high school, she was overcome with emotion. ((note length of cut))

GQ CREATES "LEAST INFLUENTIAL" LIST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Zach Braff, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp and Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') don't have the "it" factor anymore, at least according to GQ magazine. It's named them to its list of the Least Influential People of 2014. The magazine chose Braff for being rich but turning to crowdfunding to finance a movie that it calls "a mope-piece." It chose Allen for making "Magic in the Moonlight," what it calls another movie about a man wooing a woman half his age. It chose Depp for always playing movie characters that cannot plausibly exist in real life. GQ says LaBeouf made the list for wearing a brown bag on his head and calling it a performance piece. Bono, Robin Thicke and several politicians and athletes also make the list.


Entertainment History

November 28, 2014 08:06 GMT

On November 28th, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.

In 1964, Willie Nelson made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Also in 1964, "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las hit number one on the Billboard pop chart.

In 1974, John Lennon performed in concert for the first time in several years. He sang three songs with Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was payback for a bet in which John had made Lennon promise they'd perform together if "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" hit number one.

In 1976, actress Rosalind Russell died. She was 68.

In 1989, IRS agents raided the Las Vegas home of actor Redd Foxx, who owed an estimated $755,000 in taxes.

In 1990, officials in Los Angeles decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute singer Axl Rose for assault in connection with a dispute with his neighbor. The neighbor claimed Rose hit her over the head with an empty wine bottle.

In 1997, Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon (NO'-bay-kon) was arrested in Florence, Italy, for wearing a skirt. He was released when a police officer recognized the name "Chumbawamba."

Also in 1997, the last episode of "Beavis and Butt-head" aired on MTV.

Today's Birthdays: Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Junior is 85. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel (shuh-NEL') is 74. Singer Randy Newman is 71. Musician Paul Shaffer ("Late Show With David Letterman") is 65. Actor Ed Harris is 64. Actress S. Epatha (e-PAY'-tha) Merkerson ("Law and Order") is 62. Country singer Kristine Arnold of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 58. Actor Judd Nelson is 55. Drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is 52. Comedian Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show") is 52. Actress Garcelle Beauvais (boh-VAY') ("NYPD Blue," "The Jamie Foxx Show") is 48. Actress/comedian Stephnie (correct) Weir ("The Comedians" "MadTV") is 47. Singer Dawn Robinson (En Vogue, Lucy Pearl) is 46. Musician apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas is 40. Rapper Chamillionaire (kah-MIL'-yon-ayr) is 35. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij (bot-man-GLEESH') of Vampire Weekend is 31. Singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is 31. Singer Trey Songz is 30. Actress Scarlett Pomers ("Reba") is 26.

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