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OSCAR MORE POPULAR THAN FIRST THOUGHT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar is more popular by the before. The Nielsen ratings company has revised its estimate of Sunday's awards telecast. It now says 43.7 million people watched. That means the Oscars had the biggest audience of any Academy Awards telecast since 2000. The adjusted Nielsen numbers adds 700,000 to the Oscars mix — which moved it ahead the 2004 show, which had 43.5 million viewers.

PIZZA DELIVERY GUY GETS HIS TIP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Usually if the pizza guy shows up a day late, he doesn't get a tip. But this time the guy who delivered a pizza to the Oscars ceremony got a pretty nice chunk of change when he showed up the day after his delivery. He got $1,000 in cash — handed to him yesterday by Ellen DeGeneres on her show. The tip given Edgar Martirosyan included money collected from A-list celebrities who chowed down on the slices during the ceremony Sunday and from DeGeneres herself. DeGeneres says she passed Pharrell Williams' oversized leather hat during the ceremony — and added some of her own cash to the $600 ponied up by the stars in the audience.

JOHN TRAVOLTA SORRY FOR BOTCHING SINGER'S NAME

NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta's botching of Idina Menzel's name was a pretty sorry sight at the Oscars Sunday night. And now the actor says he's sorry himself for hacking up the name of the Tony Award-winning performer. Travolta was to introduce Menzel to perform "Let It Go" from the animated film "Frozen." But his tongue seemed to freeze as he blurted out something sounding more like "Adele Dazeem." Travolta has said he's been beating himself up over the mistake — but in a statement, says Menzel would tell him to "Let it Go." If only social media jokesters would do the same. There's been a Twitter handle with @adeladazeem — and it has nearly 20,000 followers. And on Facebook there's a very popular name generator that butchers — Travolta style — any name you type in.

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Sandy Kozel, AP correspondent

John Travolta is owning up to an Oscar show flub that made him the target of social media mocking. AP Correspondent Sandy Kozel reports.

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John Travolta, actor

John Travolta mispronounces Idina Menzel's name when introducing her during the Oscar telecast. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (the pronunciation of Idina Menzel is ih-DEE'-nah mehn-ZEHL')

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John Travolta, actor

John Travolta mangles singer Idina Menzel's name during the Oscar telecast. ((shorter version of previous cut)) COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (the pronunciation of Idina Menzel is ih-DEE'-nah mehn-ZEHL')

NEW YORK TIMES MAKES CORRECTION ON "12 YEARS A SLAVE" MEMOIR WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) — File this in the "better way late than never category." The New York Times has issued a correction that is literally 161 years in the making. The newspaper ackowledges that in a January 20, 1853 article, it misspelled Solomon Northup's surname. It got the name wrong twice — once in the body of the story and another in the headline. Northup's memoirs were turned into the movie "12 Years A Slave," which won best picture Oscar on Sunday. The Times corrected Northup's name yesterday, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking at its archives. Northup was born in New York and was kidnapped and sold as a slave in 1841. He spent the next dozen years in Louisiana before regaining his freedom.

MICHAEL EALY - "ABOUT LAST NIGHT"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you saw the movie "About Last Night" that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, that's no reason why you shouldn't see the new version that stars Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Ealy says his version is not a remake of that movie, but a contemporary remake of the play. He says the 1986 movie is about one couple, while the new one is about two couples. He says the new version is also edgier and funnier, which is more what the play was like.

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Michael Ealy, actor

Michael Ealy says it's not fair to compare the new version of "About Last Night" to the one that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

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Michael Ealy, actor

Michael Ealy says the new version of "About Last Night" is different from the version that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

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Michael Ealy, actor

Michael Ealy says he's never seen the 1986 version of "About Last Night."

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Michael Ealy, actor

Michael Ealy says he has nothing to gain from watching the 1986 version of "About Last Night."

ROB FORD UPSET AT JIMMY KIMMEL

TORONTO (AP) — Note to politicians seen smoking crack on video and getting drunk in public: if you go on a late night comedy show, don't expect to be chatted up on city issues. Toronto mayor Rob Ford is reportedly upset with Jimmy Kimmel after being on the show Monday night. During the show, Kimmel twice urged Ford to get help for his drinking. Ford laughed off the suggestion, saying he "wasn't elected to be perfect." Ford made international headlines last year when he acknowledged smoking crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. The mayor's brother says Ford "was a little upset" after his Kimmel appearance, saying he hoped to promote the city more.

''THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Shelton says he sees fireworks when Audra McLaughlin sings. She got all four coaches on "The Voice" last night to turn their chairs. Shelton told her the fireworks spelled out "Team Blake." That convinced Audra. Team Blake also picks up Nashville rocker Megan Ruger. She wanted to know which of the judges like '80s rock the most. Shelton says checkout his iPod playlist. He adds it was the most unusual question he's heard in his years as a coach on the show. The blind auditions continue next week.

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Megan Ruger, performing "Just Like A Pill"

Megan Ruger, performing "Just Like A Pill." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Megan Ruger and the coaches

Megan Ruger has a question for coaches, before deciding whose team she'll be on. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton says Megan Ruger's question for the coaches was a good one. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Audra McLaughlin, performing "Angel from Montgomery"

Audra McLaughlin, performing "Angel from Montgomery." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Usher and Audra McLaughlin

Usher tries to persuade Audra McLaughlin to join his team. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Blake Shelton and Audra McLaughlin

Blake Shelton persuades Audra McLaughlin to go with him. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

DANCING WITH THE STARS LINEUP SET

NEW YORK (AP) — Three people who made names for themselves on ice will be trying to make progress on the hardwood floor when they compete on "Dancing With the Stars." Olympic ice dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis will join former NHL player Sean Avery in this year's lineup. Others in the mix will include game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams and long distance swimmer Diana Nyad. The new season will begin on March 17.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP entertainment correspondent

ABC has announced the contestants for the next season of "Dancing With The Stars," which starts March 17. AP entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

CONAN O'BRIEN TO HOST MTV MOVIE AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conan O'Brien will hosting an awards show on MTV. But no, it won't be THAT awards show — the Music Video Awards that serves up controversy as often as it hands out trophies. He will be hosting the MTV Movie Awards. Instead of moonmen, this award doles out popcorn-shaped trophies. The event is set for April 13 in Los Angeles. In a comment, O'Brien joked that after years of "intense negotiations," he's honored to be hosting what he calls "MTV's second most prestigious awards show."

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MTV Movie Awards show site: http://www.movieawards.mtv.com

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY STAR FACES PRISON TIME

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star and her husband face prison time after their guity pleas to federal fraud charges. Teresa and Joe Giudice both copped pleas to charges of concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. They are usually boisterous on screen — but in court yesterday, the couple spoke in barely audible tones as they admitted their part in the financial ripoff. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months. His attorney says Joe Giudice is an Italian citizen and could be deported once his prison term is done.

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Warren Levinson

Two stars of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' have pleaded guilty to mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud charges. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports.

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Sound of cameras clicking and unidentified reporter as "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast members Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice depart federal court in Newark, New Jersey. The Giudices each pleaded guilty to several counts including bankruptcy fraud and failing to pay taxes.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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