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Last Update on March 27, 2015 12:55 GMT

"DOWNTON ABBEY" - SIX AND OUT

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a slow fade to black for "Downton Abbey." The show's producers say they will pull the plug on the show -- which is wildly popular both here and in the U.K. -- after its sixth season, which is now in production. Because the show runs in "the colonies" after it airs in Britain, the final season here won't be seen until next year. In the U.K., the final show will air on Christmas Day. Executive producer Gareth Neame says while he believes the show "is in incredibly strong shape," he wants to see it go out on top. He says the danger with a hit show is "to let it go on forever." And apparently goodbye will mean goodbye for "Downton Abbey." Neame says there are no plans for a movie or based on the show -- or for a spinoff TV series.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that it looks like once Downton Abbey is gone, it will be gone forever.

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Sound of the theme from "Downton Abbey." Producers announced the upcoming 6th season of the show will be its last.

DOWNTON ABBEY - WHO SURVIVES?

NEW YORK (AP) -- When "Downton Abbey" dies -- who ends up dying off with it? It's anybody's guess. Producers say they already have ideas about the fate of various characters as the final season continues production. But producers also haven't been shy about offing a character or two along the way. Among those bumped off during the show's run so far: Kemal Pamuk in season 1; Lady Sybil -- who died giving birth in Season 3 -- and Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens. He also died in season 3 -- perishing in a car wreck just after his son was born.

"FIFTY SHADES" - DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The director of the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is calling "cut." Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back for any of the sequels. In a statement, she says doing "Grey" was an "intense and incredible journey" and that she's "hugely grateful" for the opportunity. But she's also confirming insider talk that she won't return for any re-do's. The movie based on E L James' erotic novel has grossed $558 million worldwide so far in its theatrical run. So far, it appears Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be back for sequels -- though a reboot for the movie hasn't officially been announced.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY - FEE

HOUSTON (AP) -- So, how much will Matthew McConaughey get for speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Houston? We may never know. A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it shouldn't have to reveal how much the actor will be getting. The university is also declining to say -- because it says it signed a confidentiality deal with the talent agency that booked McConaughey. His agency's Web site says the minimum fee to book the actor in the U.S. ranges from $150,000 to $499,000.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER - NEW "TERMINATOR"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He vowed he'd be back -- and he is. Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking another shot at the "Terminator" movie franchise. The new version will be called "Terminator: Genisys" -- and Paramount has served up a few minutes worth of an "appetizer" for the main course, which is due in theaters July 1. So far, the Terminator series has pulled in more than $1 billion in box office receipts.

"THE WIRE" - PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is down with "The Wire." Not only does he say he's a big fan of the HBO series -- but he also says he thinks the show is one of the greatest pieces of art in the past couple of decades. Obama has met with David Simon -- who created the series -- at the White House. The two chatted for 12 minutes about how to reduce the number of people jailed for nonviolent drug offenses. They also discussed how to make cites safer. The video was shown yesterday at the Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington.

JULIE ANDREWS - MARIA THE PUPPET?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Her take on Maria in "The Sound of Music" is considered by many fans to be the ultimate version of the character. But Julie Andrews says she has no problem with actors trying to interpret the role differently. She says she wouldn't even mind if someone tried it with puppets. She says since the role is a classic, it can be interpreted any way an actress wants. As for those who don't want to see anyone else play Maria, Andrews says while that's "very flattering" -- there are many who have played the role and brought great pleasure to audiences in the 50 years since "The Sound of Music" hit theaters.

Julie Andrews says he doesn't pay much attention to fans who insist her take on Maria is the ultimate version.

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews says although it's unlikely she'll perform in another Broadway play, she's not ruling out being involved in other ways.

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews says she may get back into musicals -- as a writer in books she and her daughter have written.

JAMES BOND - MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually having a movie shot in a particular town is good for business. But not so in Mexico City, where the upcoming James Bond movie, "Spectre," is being filmed. Business owners in the historic downtown district report a 60-percent drop in sales in the first week of filming alone. Officials have closed some streets in the area until April 1. And while a group representing small businesses say owners appreciate the publicity from the Bond film, the street closings are scaring away customers and keeping workers from getting to their jobs. They say the city should pitch in to help make up for the losses.

JASON ALEXANDER - BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Alexander will be pinch-hitting for an old "Seinfeld" pal. He'll take over for Larry David in the starring role in the Broadway play, "Fish in the Dark." Alexander will play Norman Drexel in the production, which was written by David and is at the Cort Theater. Alexander took a break from a successful theater career to play George Constanza in "Seinfeld" -- also written by David.


Entertainment History

March 29, 2015 07:10 GMT

On March 29, 1951, the Academy Award for best picture went to the 1950 film "All About Eve."

In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the last time. Johnny Carson began his stint as host in October.

In 1973, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show made it onto the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine, as sung about in the band's hit song "The Cover of Rolling Stone."

In 1976, the Oscar for best picture went to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Jack Nicholson's role in the film won him the best actor award, while Louise Fletcher picked up the Oscar for best actress.

In 1977, "Rocky" won the Academy Award for best picture. "Evergreen," the love theme from "A Star Is Born," won the best original song award.

In 1978, "Annie Hall" won the Oscar for best picture plus the best actress award for Diane Keaton. "You Light Up My Life" won the original song award.

In 1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend, George Harrison. They separated in 1986.

In 1980, part-time songwriter Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gees for copyright infringement on the hit song "How Deep Is Your Love." Selle claimed the Bee Gees plagiarized a song called "Let It End." He lost on appeal.

In 1989, "Rain Man" won four Academy Awards, including best picture and the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman.

In 1993, the Supreme Court announced it would use a case involving 2 Live Crew to decide whether copyright holders can ban song parodies. The rappers later won their dispute with Acuff-Rose music over their takeoff of Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman."

In 2000, 'N Sync's album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies its first week out. It set an all-time record for first-week sales.

In 2010, Ricky Martin announced on Twitter he is gay.

Today's Birthdays: Host John McLaughlin ("The McLaughlin Group") is 88. Comedian Eric Idle is 72. Composer Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire") is 72. Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is 68. Actor Bud Cort ("Harold and Maude") is 67. Actor Brendan Gleeson ("Harry Potter") is 60. Actress Marina Sirtis ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 60. Actor Christopher Lambert ("Highlander") is 58. Singer Perry Farrell of Porno for Pyros and Jane's Addiction is 56. Comedian Amy Sedaris is 54. Model Elle Macpherson is 52. Singer-harmonica player John Popper of Blues Traveler is 48. Actress Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") is 47. Country singer Regina Leigh of Regina Regina is 47. Country singer Brady Seals is 46.

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