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SHEILA MacRAE DIES

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The second Alice Kramden has died. Actress Sheila MacRae died Thursday in Englewood, New Jersey, at the age of 92. Her daughter says MacRae died of old age. MacRae is probably best known for playing Alice on "The Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 to 1970. Audrey Meadows played Alice in the 1950s version of "The Honeymooners." MacRae also played Madelyn Richmond on "General Hospital.''"

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Theme from 'The Honeymooners' TV show

Theme from 'The Honeymooners' TV show on which actress Sheila MacRae played Alice Kramden.

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Sound of Sheila MacRae and Gordon MacRae

Sound of Sheila MacRae and her then-husband Gordon MacRae, singing "Love is a Simple Thing." Sheila MacRae has died at 92.

MAX CHARLES - "MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The boy who voices Sherman in the film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is just a regular kid. Ten-year-old Max Charles says he got a basketball hoop for Christmas, so he plays a lot of basketball. He also rides his bike and skateboards. Charles says he likes that Sherman sort of looks like him. He says the animators gave Sherman the same facial expressions he did when he was doing the voice.

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Max Charles

Max Charles says it wasn't that big of a deal creating a voice for Sherman in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

<<CUT *005 (03/10/14)>> 00:08 "was really cool"

Max Charles

Max Charles says he likes that Sherman looks a little bit like him.

<<CUT *006 (03/10/14)>> 00:14 "I'm like what"

Max Charles

Max Charles says he has a favorite scene from "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

<<CUT *007 (03/10/14)>> 00:16 "of different things"

Max Charles

Max Charles says he's a normal 10-year-old.

WES ANDERSON USES ODD TECHNIQUES FOR NEW FILM

NEW YORK (AP) — Film audiences who see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" directed by Wes Anderson might be struck at how old-fashioned some of his techniques are. Anderson mixes in miniatures and he filmed a chase scene with figurines. Anderson says he sees "a great deal of artificiality" in James Bond movies, and we accept that style of special effects as reality. Anderson says miniatures and animations are like magic tricks with a certain charm and he assumes that everyone knows his films are "a kind of a concoction."

BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK (AP) — The battle of the Persians versus the Greeks wins the battle of the box office. The film "300: Rise of an Empire" brought in $45.1 million in its opening weekend, putting it at number one. It's a sequel to the 2007 film "300." ''Mr. Peabody and Sherman" made its debut in second with $32.5 million. Last week's number one, "Non-Stop," came in third with $15.4 million. "The Lego Movie" was fourth, "Son of God" was fifth and "The Monuments Men" was in sixth. Thanks to its best picture win at the Oscars, "12 Years A Slave" saw a resurgence, with $2.2 million in sales, even though it came out on DVD last week.

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

A continuation of the story of the Persians battling the Greeks takes Number one at the box office. AP correspondent Margie Szaroleta has the details. ((opens with sound))

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

AP correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports the sequel to "300" outsold the movie remake of a 50's and '60s cartoon.

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Excerpt of Sullivan Stapleton

Excerpt of Sullivan Stapleton in scene from "300: Rise of an Empire"

SCHOOL WILL STAGE MUSICAL VERSION OF "CARRIE"

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit school is standing by its decision to stage a musical version of the Stephen King book "Carrie." Parents have complained that it's an inappropriate choice for a spring musical for North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. One parent calls it "arrogant" and "insensitive" to put on a show that ends with a mass murder in a high school. Principal Joe Greene says the musical is a way of looking at the impact of bullying and mental illness.

REAL-LIFE "BAND OF BROTHERS" SOLDIER DIES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of the World War II veterans who was portrayed in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" has died. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere (gar-NAYR') died of a ruptured aneurysm Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was 90. Guarnere was portrayed by Frank John Hughes in the miniseries, which followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Guarnere became known as "Wild Bill" because of his combat exploits, and he lost a leg while trying to help a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Bulge.

JONATHAN DEMME WILL SELL OUTSIDER ART COLLECTION

UNDATED (AP) — "Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme (DEM'-ee) is unloading his art collection. Demme plans to sell 90 percent of his well-regarded collection of outsider art, or art made by people with little formal training. Demme's collection focuses on the art of Haiti and other Caribbean countries but includes the art of other nations as well. Demme says he loves fine art but there's something about that sincere work of an outsider artist that turns him on. More than 900 pieces will be auctioned at Philadelphia's Material Culture at the end of March. Demme will donate part of the proceeds to the rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

by Margie Szaroleta

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