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ISAIAH WASHINGTON TO RETURN TO "GREY'S ANATOMY"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven years after he was fired, Isaiah Washington is returning to "Grey's Anatomy." But it won't be a long run. ABC says he will be back in May as the season ends. The end the season will also bring the departure of Sandra Oh. Her character was engaged to Washington's character at one point in the hospital drama. Washington left the series in 2007 after a controversy over his use of an anti-gay slur against fellow actor T.R. Knight. Washington repeated the slur at the 2007 Golden Globe awards. Despite apologizing and meeting with gay-rights groups, he was cut loose from the show.

ARIEL WINTER - "MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariel Winter had heard of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" before she was cast as Penny in the movie version of it, but she had never seen it. Winter says she looked up the cartoons and thought they were "hilarious and brilliant," but then she made a realization: Penny wasn't in the cartoons. Winter saw that as an opportunity, because she could create the character. She says it was like being given a blank book and she got to write the pages. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" opens in theaters today.

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<<CUT *005 (03/07/14)>> 00:10 "with my hands"

Ariel Winter, actress

Ariel Winter says she can't decide whether she likes doing real-life acting or voiceovers for animation better.

<<CUT *006 (03/07/14)>> 00:14 "the entertainment industry"

Ariel Winter, actress

Ariel Winter says she doesn't limit herself to just live acting or just voiceovers for animation because she wants to do everything.

<<CUT *007 (03/07/14)>> 00:15 "wasn't in it (laughs)"

Ariel Winter, actress

Ariel Winter says she did some research on her character, Penny, when she found out she was cast in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

<<CUT *008 (03/07/14)>> 00:11 "my own character"

Ariel Winter, actress

Ariel Winter says she was surprised that her character, Penny, was not in the original cartoon.

''AMERICAN IDOL" ELIMINATES EMILY PIRIZ

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doing a Jennifer Lopez song in front of Jennifer Lopez did not save Emily Piriz on "American Idol." She was sent home. Lopez appeared irritated when the judges were asked if they were going to use their save, and she said their decision was not unanimous. Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene and MK Nobillette were also in the bottom three. Next week, the contestants will sing songs from movies.

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<<CUT *001 (03/07/14)>> 00:12 "you are safe"

Ryan Seacrest

Host Ryan Seacrest announces the results of this week's vote. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *002 (03/07/14)>> 00:29 "''

Emily Piriz, performing "Stars"

Emily Piriz, performing "Stars." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *003 (03/07/14)>> 00:10 "a decision, no (laughs; crowd noise)"

Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez

Host Ryan Seacrest asks the judges about Emily Piriz's fate. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *004 (03/07/14)>> 00:16 "use the save (boos)"

Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

The judges decide not to keep Emily Piriz in the competition. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

12 YEARS A SLAVE UP FOR MTV MOVIE AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Does popcorn come with that Oscar? We'll find out next month with this year's winner for best picture goes up against remakes of box-office stars like "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit" at the MTV Movie Awards. MTV has announced the nominees for this year's awards, which are crafted in the shape of a popcorn box. Other movie of the year categories include "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle." Unlike the Oscars, the awards include categories like best kiss and best shirtless performance. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 13. Conan O'Brien will host.

KEVIN SPACEY TO LEAD FLORIDA ACTING WORKSHOP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It will be a case of Hollywood meeting Bollywood — in Florida. Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will be in Tampa to lead an acting workshop next month. The session will be part of the International Indian Film Academy's weekend and awards. The event is the equivalent to the Oscars for Bollywood. Joining Spacey in the master class will be Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.

JUDGE ACKNOWLEDGES POSTING ABOUT CHARLIZE THERON'S ADOPTION

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has acknowledged that he was the person who posted a series of anonymous online comments — including one that provided details of the private dealings involving Charlize Theron's adoption of her son. Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledges that he was the person posting under the pseudonym "geauxjudge." The judge also has ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

BILL WHITAKER JOINS "60 MINUTES"

NEW YORK (AP) — You might want to tip off your parents and grandparents so they aren't shocked when it happens: "60 Minutes" is getting a new staff member. CBS says veteran correspondent Bill Whitaker will be joining the cast next fall. Whitaker has been with CBS since 1984 — and has been based in Los Angeles. He joins Scott Pelley, Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, Bob Simon and Lara Logan on the Sunday night show — often mocked by critics and comics as appealing to older viewers.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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