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JAY LENO-COMEDY AWARD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He has told many a joke during his career. But last night, he was the target of most of the humor. Jay Leno was given the nation's top humor award. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes were among those paying tribute to Leno at the Kennedy Center in Washington last night -- as he received the Mark Twain Prize. Previous winners include Carol Burnett, Will Ferrell and Bill Cosby. The event was recorded and will be broadcast nationally on Nov. 23 on PBS.
Jay Leno was honored with the nation's top humor prize Sunday, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.
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Archive audio of "Tonight Show" introduction
Archive audio of "Tonight Show" introduction. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
DAVID LETTERMAN-CUE CARD GUY
NEW YORK (AP) -- The guy who has handled David Letterman's cue cards for years will have to handle something else -- unemployment. He has lost his job -- after getting into a dispute with a co-worker. Tony Mendez tells the New York Post he was let go after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt. The incident happened behind the scenes at "Late Show with David Letterman." Mendez, who's 60, says he knows he was wrong -- saying he should not have gone after a co-worker. He says Letterman was unaware of any beef between the two workers. Mendez was familiar to "Late Show" viewers, having appeared in episodes of the show going back to at least 1997.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's intense and bloody. It's also the nation's top movie. Brad Pitt's "Fury" has fought its way to the number one slot at the box office, taking in $23.5 million in ticket sales. The rise of Fury drops the previous top film to second place. "Gone Girl" had been at the top for the past two weeks before dropping down a notch with a box office take of $17.8 million. Number three is the animated movie "The Book of Life," followed by Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with $12 million. Rounding out the top five is another new film, "The Best of Me," with $10.2 million.
After a chilly financial summer -- things are looking up a bit for Hollywood. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office numbers.
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Sound of an excerpt from "Fury"
This is an excerpt from the World War II drama "Fury," which was number one at the weekend box office.
BRAD PITT-LONDON FILM FEST
LONDON (AP) -- While it was making news at the box office here in the U.S., Brad Pitt's new movie was rounding out the London Film Festival. Pitt walked the red carpet before the screening of "Fury" -- the often brutal tale of at a tank crew doing battle in the closing months of World War II. The London festival handed out prizes for films this past Saturday.
MISTY UPHAM-BODY ID'D
SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials near Seattle confirmed what has been feared since last week: that the body found in a ravine is that of missing actress Misty Upham. Authorities say the actress died Oct. 5 -- the same day her family told police the actress was suicidal. The medical examiner's office has identified the body of the Native American actress -- but the cause and manner of her death are still being determined. Things with Upham's name on them were found nearby and authorities say there were no signs of foul play. Upham starred in the movies "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- A motorcycle said to have been featured in the movie "Easy Rider" has been sold at auction. The Profiles in History auction house isn't identifying who ponied up the $1.35 million for the famed "Captain America" chopper that the house says was ridden in the 1969 movie. But it describes bidding for the Harley-Davidson bike as fierce.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- So, which are the "greenest" TV shows? According to an organization that monitors environmental issues -- there are a few that make the grade. The Environmental Media Association says the shows "New Girl," "Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for their support of green initiatives. The shows received their awards at an event this past Saturday in Burbank, California. Ed Begley Jr. is a member of the board, which encourages those in the entertainment field to educate the public about environmental issues.
October 20, 2014 15:18 GMT
(Following Advance for Use Sunday, October 26)
On Oct. 26, 1936, country artist Roy Acuff made his first recordings, including "Great Speckled Bird" and "Wabash Cannonball."
In 1955, "Rebel Without A Cause," starring James Dean, opened in New York.
In 1965, The Beatles were made Members of the British Empire by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
In 1966, Liberace (lih-ber-AH'-chee) played the parts of both a good and evil pianist on "Batman."
In 1970, the comic "Doonesbury" by Garry Trudeau premiered.
In 1978, "Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. It took 20 weeks from the time it entered the
Hot 100 to reach No. 1, longer than any single before it.
In 1981, David Bowie met with Queen in Montreaux, Switzerland, to record "Under Pressure" in an all-night session.
In 1982, the hospital drama "St. Elsewhere" premiered on NBC.
In 1984, the movie "The Terminator" opened.
In 1993, Roman Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico, opened their doors for the night and urged residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Shelley Morrison ("Will and Grace") is 78. Actress Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") is 69. "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is 68. Musician Bootsy Collins is 63. Singer Maggie Roche of The Roches is 63. Actor James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy") is 62. Guitarist Keith Strickland of The B-52's is 61. Actress Rita Wilson is 58. Actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice") is 53. Actor Cary Elwes is 52. Singer Natalie Merchant is 51. Country singer Keith Urban is 47. Actor Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") is 46. Actress Rosemarie DeWitt ("The United States of Tara") is 43. Writer-actor Seth McFarlane ("Family Guy") is 41. Actor Jon Heder ("Blades of Glory," "Napoleon Dynamite") is 37. Singer Mark Barry of BBMak is 36.
(Above for release Sunday, Oct. 26)
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