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  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
In this Feb. 8, 1964 file photo, Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," in New York. (AP Photo, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ed Sullivan will be back in front of an audience soon, but it won’t be a big show.

An 18-inch solid bronze statue of the legendary television variety show host was recovered by Los Angeles police Thursday, four days after it was stolen.

The LAPD says the 20-pound statue is in good condition. They gave no details on where it was found or who may have taken it.

The statue was taken Sunday from atop an outdoor pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood.

The plaza where the statue stood honors significant TV personalities and pioneers. Sullivan’s classic variety show, “The Ed Sullivan Show,” lasted for more than two decades. He died in 1974.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
In this Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, actress Kristen Stewart smiles at the premiere of the film "Camp X-Ray" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Stewart will be among the panelists selecting the winners for a short film competition. At least five young female directors will be chosen to direct shorts based on characters from “Twilight." (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

"Twilight" will be raised from the dead for a series of short films on Facebook.

Two years after the last film of the popular movie franchise, Lionsgate announced late Tuesday that Stephenie Meyer's world of vampires and werewolves will be revived for a short film competition. The Women in Film organization will help lead a campaign to develop and produce a series of shorts directed by aspiring female filmmakers.

At least five young directors will be chosen to direct shorts based on characters from "Twilight." Meyer and "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart will be among the panelists selecting the winners.

In a statement, Meyer said she was honored to work on a project "giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."

The films will debut on Facebook next year.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actor Adam Sander smiles during a press conference for "Men, Women, and Children" at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Hannah Yoon, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

In its bid to upend the movie business the way it has television, Netflix has secured one of the big screen's biggest box-office draws and most irreverent comedic talents.

Adam Sandler has signed a four-film deal with Netflix, the streaming service announced early Thursday. The actor will star in and produce each feature, all of which will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

"When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only: Netflix rhymes with wet chicks," Sandler said in a statement. "Let the streaming begin!"

Netflix declined to say how much it was paying Sandler. But the streaming giant has a history of reaching deep into its pocket to lure big-name talent. To land "House of Cards," with director David Fincher and star Kevin Spacey, Netflix reportedly spent $100 million for the show's first two seasons.

On Tuesday, Netflix signaled its More

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Isa Qosja, director of "Three windows and a Hanging," Kosovo’s first ever Oscar contender, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. 31, 2014 in Kosovo capital Pristina. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- 

Kosovo has nominated an Oscar contender for the first time since it announced its independence from Serbia in 2008.

"Three Windows and a Hanging" by veteran filmmaker Isa Qosja was selected to represent the new Balkan nation at the Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film.

The film examines a fictional village shaken after Serb forces raped some of its women during the 1998-99 Kosovo war — a sensitive issue that has largely been ignored in Kosovo's patriarchal society.

Kosovo authorities say up to 20,000 women may have been victims of rape at the time. The conflict hangs heavy over relations between the two former foes and Serbia fiercely objects to Kosovo's representation as an independent country.

"Should rape be considered shameful or as a misfortune?" the 66-year-old Qosja asked during an interview with The Associated Press. "In our tradition, rape has been treated as More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, attendees walk in front of an EBay and PayPal display area at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.

Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.

"In light of the development of strong competition such as the advent of Apple Pay, the sooner these consolidations take place, the better," he wrote on his website Tuesday in the wake of eBay's announcement that it will split off PayPal by the second half of 2015.

An independent PayPal will be much more appealing to potential customers like Amazon.com who compete with eBay. And PayPal will have more freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay.

PayPal services $1 of every $6 dollars More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, and released by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, author Piper Kerman talks about her memoir, "Orange is the New Black" at the university's student center in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tory Germann)
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- 

The woman whose best-selling prison memoir has been adapted into the "Orange is the New Black" Netflix series is sharing her insight into the upcoming Season 3, saying it "holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns."

Piper Kerman said the upcoming season will feature backstories for some of the characters and the emergence of very intriguing new characters.

The show, created by Jenji Kohan, is about a woman serving time in a federal prison for carrying a suitcase stuffed with drug money to her ex-girlfriend. Kerman said shooting for its third season is more than halfway through but she can't offer spoilers or a release date.

Kerman is a consultant on the show, reading scripts and offering her advice on how to make it realistic. But she did not offer any inside scoop on when Season 3 will be available and laughed Tuesday night when asked if V, one of the show's main antagonists last season, is still alive.

"One of More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
This product image provided by PepsiCo Inc. shows the company's new product, Pepsi True. (AP Photo/PepsiCo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners.

PepsiCo said Wednesday it plans to roll out a reduced-calorie version of its namesake soda made with sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener. Pepsi True will be sold on Amazon.com later this month before rolling out more broadly.

Meanwhile, rival Coca-Cola is testing Coca-Cola Life, which is also made with a mix of sugar and stevia and has fewer calories than its regular soda. That drink is expected to hit markets nationally by November.

As Americans keep cutting back on soda, the two beverage giants are hoping they can win back customers by addressing concerns about the high fructose corn syrup in regular soda as well as the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas.

Executives have pushed to come up with formulas with fewer calories using natural sweeteners. But the bitter aftertaste of some natural sweeteners like More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Matthew McConaughey in a scene from "Interstellar." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Director Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar" will open two days early in theaters projecting the movie on film, rather than digital.

Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. announced the unusual pre-release on Wednesday. "Interstellar" will first play in 225 select North American theaters beginning Nov. 5 ahead of the film's Nov. 7 wide release.

The theaters will play "Interstellar" on either 70mm Imax film, 70mm film or 35mm film. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm film and 65mm Imax film.

The director has long been a vocal advocate for celluloid, which has been widely phased out of both movie production and projection by digital.

  • Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Actress Viola Davis poses at The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch at Greenacres on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis stars in "How To Get Away With Murder" on ABC. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

No one watches live television anymore, right? Apparently, many people still do, judging by results from the first week of a new television season.

CBS, NBC and ABC all had more viewers last week than during the first week of the 2013 fall TV season, according to the Nielsen Co.'s measurement of people watching live or before midnight on the same evening. Only Fox saw its numbers slip among the four largest broadcast networks.

Five of the 20 most-watched programs were brand new, with three on CBS and two on ABC, according to Nielsen.

"Maybe the networks are putting out better shows," said Brad Adgate, a ratings analyst for Horizon Media, "or at least they're putting out a better marketing strategy."

Some of the successful new series, like "Madam Secretary" on CBS and "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC, were the subject of big campaigns by their networks to drive early viewership.

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  • Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014
In this Feb. 8, 1964 file photo, Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," in New York. (AP Photo, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The statue was taken Sunday from atop a pedestal in the academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood.

A police statement describes the statue as standing 18 inches tall and weighing about 20 pounds.

The Police Department's North Hollywood area burglary detectives have asked the public for any information that would lead to an arrest.

Officer Drake Madison said Tuesday there had been no break in the case.

The plaza where the statue stood honors significant TV personalities and pioneers. Sullivan's classic variety show, "The Ed Sullivan Show," lasted for more than two decades. He died in 1974.

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