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OSCAR WINNERS LUPITA NYONG'O AND JARED LETO AN ITEM?

PARIS (AP) — So, do Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto share something other than just winning Oscars this past Sunday. Could be. They both showed up in Paris — together — for a fashion show by Italian designer Prada. The two have been coy about the nature of their relationship. They haven't confirmed they are an item — but haven't denied it, either. This past Saturday, Leto thanked "my future ex-wife Lupita" during a speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. Lupita has laughed off questions about her personal life — but no denials.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN PREMIERES IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Allison Janney says she remembers watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman on TV as a kid. And she says the thing that struck her at the time was that a dog was the one who adopted the kid — instead of the other way around. She says as a dog lover herself, that intrigues her to this day. She's one of the voices in the animated film, which had its premiere in Los Angeles last night. Janney was joined by fellow cast members Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.

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<<CUT *010 (03/06/14)>> 00:10 "couldn't get it"

Ty Burrell

Ty Burrell says he owes his role in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" to his work on "Modern Family."

<<CUT *011 (03/06/14)>> 00:08 "that has legs"

Ty Burrell

Ty Burrell says his "Modern Family" bounce landed him the gig in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

<<CUT *012 (03/06/14)>> 00:10 "remember it distinctly"

Allison Janney

Allison Janney says she recalls — sort of — watching Mr. Peabody, Sherman and their cartoon buds as a kid.

<<CUT *013 (03/06/14)>> 00:10 "dog lover, too"

Allison Janney

Allison Janney says the premise of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" has always intrigued her.

''AMERICAN IDOL" JUDGES GIVE MIXED REVIEWS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a mixed bag of singing during "American Idol" last night. The judges were so torn on Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) doing Dido's "White Flag" that they were still debating it coming back from commercial. Harry Connick Junior wanted Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene to bust out more with "Suddenly I See," and Keith Urban told Alex Preston he kept thinking the word "instability" during his performance. Jennifer Lopez thought Emily Piriz was brave for tackling a JLo song, although Connick thought it was too big a production for her. Lopez liked Malaya Watson's gospel song "Take Me To The King," saying it gave her "goosies" from head to toe and tears in her eyes.

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Emily Piriz

Emily Piriz performing "Let's Get Loud" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *002 (03/06/14)>> 00:06 "out there watching (applause fades)"

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez gives her reaction to Emily Piriz covering her song, "Let's Get Loud." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Malaya Watson

Malaya Watson performing "Take Me To The King" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *004 (03/06/14)>> 00:16 "C it's crazy"

Keith Urban

Keith Urban tells Malaya Watson he thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of "Take Me To The King." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson performing "Working Man" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *006 (03/06/14)>> 00:15 "push it forward"

Harry Connick Junior

Harry Connick Junior tells Caleb Johnson he walks a fine line between consistent and predictable. Courtesy: COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

KRISTIN CHENOWETH'S ASTHMA

NEW YORK (AP) — If you heard her sing on Broadway, you'd probably never guess that Kristin Chenoweth suffers from asthma. But the actress is trying to let people know about her condition — now that she's a spokeswoman for a product designed to treat the disease. She says she used to get sick all the time and had trouble catching her breath — but it was years before doctors were able to pin down the diagnosis as asthma. She needs to carry an inhaler all the time. And she's the spokeswoman for a brand of inhaler that keeps count on how many doses she has left.

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IDINA MENZEL VEXED ABOUT FAME

NEW YORK (AP) — Fame can be a funny thing — just ask Tony-winning Idina Menzel. She is getting all kinds of attention these days because of the success of her hit "Let It Go" from the animated film "Frozen." But she finds it strange that the song is getting love on the pop charts — when she is best known for belting out show tunes as a Broadway actress. She says she's been trying to convince people she has the chops to be a rock or pop singer — but the one time she ends up getting a big hit, it's from a Disney movie song. Menzel puts it another way: "I'm singing at the Oscars — I've never sang at the Grammys." She didn't just sing at the Oscars; "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for best original song for a movie.

GAME SHOW HOST GEOFF EDWARDS DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the second straight week, we have lost a TV game show host who was popular during the 1970s. The latest to pass away is Geoff Edwards — who used to preside over the shows, "Jackpot!" and "Treasure Hunt." Edwards was cut from a slightly different bolt of cloth than the usual game show host of that time. He often ditched the suit and tie, often wore jeans — and had longer hair than more straight-laced hosts back in the day like Bill Cullen, Wink Martindale, Jim Lange and Bob Eubanks. His agent says Edwards died of complications of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California. He was 83. Funeral plans are pending.

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Sound of opening to the TV game show "Treasure Hunt"

Sound of opening to the TV game show "Treasure Hunt," hosted by Geoff Edwards.

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Sound Geoff Edwards

Sound of Geoff Edwards hosting the TV game show "Treasure Hunt."

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Sound of opening

Here's the opening of the game show "Jackpot," hosted by Geoff Edwards, who has died.

ABC TO AIR FIGURE SKATING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can't get enough of those lutzes? ABC has got you covered. It says it will air figure-skating specials with Sochi Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White among the performers. Joining the on-ice crew will be veteran Olympic star Brian Boitano — while Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss will host. Two of the programs will air in the fall, with a second to air early next year.

A-BOMB BACK STORY TO BECOME TV SERIES

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — We're from the government — and we're here to entertain. At least that's what the people behind a new TV series hope will happen. There's a new TV series being developed about the U.S. government's effort to develop the first atomic bomb. The show, "Manhattan," will begin production in New Mexico later this month. It will make its premiere on WGN America in July.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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