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Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The wife and adult children of Robin Williams have decided to work out their disagreements like, well, family. Attorneys for both sides agreed to take the dispute over the actor's property and assets out of court -- and resolve them on their own. A judge in San Francisco says the two sides are to meet before next Friday -- and if needed, use a mediator before returning to court. Last December, Williams' widow filed papers suggesting disputes over Williams property might become a drawn-out court battle. But yesterday, attorneys for both sides suggested the differences aren't that big, after all. An attorney for Williams' children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody says the children want the matter resolved soon so they can move on with their lives and continue grieving over their dad who killed himself last August.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports at issue are some personal items related to Robin Williams.

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James Wagstaffe, attorney for Susan Williams, widow of Robin Williams

Attorney Jim Wagstaffe, representing Robin Williams' widow Susan Williams, says his client has agreed on how hundreds of items should be distributed among the entertainer's family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market

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Meredith Bushnell, attorney for Robin Williams' children

Attorney Meredith Bushnell, representing Robin Williams' children, says the court proceedings have been emotional for the family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market


NEW YORK (AP) -- The new guy taking over on "The Daily Show" is promising to bring a more global perspective to the desk soon to be vacated by Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is a mixed-race comedian from South Africa who traveled extensively before doing some comedy bits on Stewart's show. In one of those bits, he notes he never thought he'd "be more afraid of police here than in South Africa," adding that the unrest last year over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri made him "nostalgic for the old days back home."

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart expressed complete confidence in him. ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart has confidence in the producers and writers of 'The Daily Show.' ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says 'The Daily Show' is bigger than its host. ((note audio quality))


BEIJING (AP) -- Anyone who knows anything about the movie industry predicts "Furious 7" will be a shoo-in winner at the box office this weekend. But franchise star Vin Diesel says there's one thing the movie won't win: an Oscar. And he says that's unfortunate. He says the finale in the "Fast and Furious" saga deserves to win for best picture -- but won't. Diesel says for one thing, it's an action film and another -- it's a sequel. And as long as he was ripping on the Academy, he didn't stop there. Diesel says movies that tend to be nominated for best picture do poorly at the box office. He made the comments in Beijing, where "Furious 7" makes its premiere later next month. It opens in U.S. theaters Friday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carl's Junior model Charlotte McKinney was worried about her chest getting in the way on "Dancing With the Stars." Perhaps she should have been more concerned about her feet. McKinney is the second celebrity of the season to be voted off the show. McKinney says she's a better for having competed on the dance floor. Last night, actor-singer Riker Lynch and gymnast Nastia Liukin were tied for the best judges' scores. McKinney and Patti LaBelle were tied at the other end of the judges' leaderboard.

Host Tom Bergeron announces this week's results. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Charlotte McKinney, contestant voted off

Charlotte McKinney says she's a better person after taking part in the competition. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The teams on "The Voice" are now set for this season's live shows. The last slots in Top-20 were filled on last night's episode. Lexi Davila took the final spot, thanks to Christina Aguilera. Lexi was dropped by Team Adam but Team Xtina quickly snapped her up. Aguilera said she had been holding her steal for just the right singer and Lexi is it. Others to make through on the final night of the knockout rounds include Tonya Boyd-Cannon for Team Adam and Team Xtina's India Carney. Tonight's episode will be a recap of the season leading up the live rounds.

Adam Levine has to decide whether to keep Joshua or Lexi. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera gloats as she picks up Lexi, who was just dropped by Team Adam. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don't look now -- but "The Wiz" is making a comeback. It will be on TV as part of a live special to air on NBC. The network will add its take on the all-black retelling of the classic "Wizard of Oz" to its list of live theater productions. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil (SIRK doo soh-LAY') will be putting "The Wiz" on the boards for the 2016-17 Broadway season. Cirque de Soleil will also partner with NBC on the televised version of the production.

Entertainment History

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

On March 31st, 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.

In 1958, Chuck Berry released the single "Johnny B. Goode."

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire in front of an audience for the first time, during a concert in London.

In 1981, "Ordinary People" won the best picture Academy Award. "Fame" won best original song and score.

In 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced they were breaking up. The Doobies have staged several reunions since then.

In 1983, MTV added Michael Jackson's video for "Beat It." It was the first video MTV played by a black artist.

In 1986, O'Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers died of a heart attack in Alpine, New Jersey. He was 48.

In 1991, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Martha Graham died in New York.

Also in 1991, former TV actor Danny Bonaduce (bah-nah-DOO'-chee) was arrested after hiding from authorities in a closet. He allegedly had picked up a prostitute near his downtown Phoenix apartment.

In 1992, two Bruce Springsteen albums went on sale nationwide. Some stores opened at midnight for fans who were waiting in line to be the first to buy "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town."

In 1993, actor Brandon Lee died after a freak accident on the set of the movie "The Crow." Lee had been shot with a prop gun that was supposed to fire blanks. He was 28.

In 1995, Tejano (tay-HAH'-noh) singer Selena was shot and killed by the founder of her fan club.

In 1996, actor Clint Eastwood married newscaster Dina Ruiz.

In 2011, singer Michael Buble' (boo-BLAY') married Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato (loo-EES'-ee-AH-nah loh-pee-LAH'-toh) in Buenos Aires.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels ("St. Elsewhere") is 88. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 81. Actress Shirley Jones is 81. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 81. Musician Herb Alpert is 80. Actor Christopher Walken is 72. Comedian Gabe Kaplan ("Welcome Back Kotter") is 71. Actress Rhea Perlman ("Cheers") is 67. Actor Ed Marinaro ("Hill Street Blues," "Sisters") is 65. Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC is 60. Bassist Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers is 44. Actor Ewan (U'-en) McGregor is 44. Rapper Tony Yayo is 37. Guitarist Jack Antonoff of fun. and of Bleachers is 31. Actress Jessica Szohr ("Gossip Girl") is 30.

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