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    Last Update on September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

    BOX OFFICE-"MAZE RUNNER" WINS

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A young adult novel made into a movie has gotten off to a good start. "The Maze Runner" was the top movie this past weekend at the box office, taking in $32.5 million in its debut weekend. Finishing second was "A Walk Among the Tombstones," followed by "This Is Where I Leave You." Dropping to fourth is "No Good Deed," followed by "Dolphin Tale 2."

    It's the start of a new movie franchise. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office numbers.

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    Sound of excerpt from "The Maze Runner," which was tops at the weekend box office.

    "NO GOOD DEED"-ELBA / HENSON

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taraji P. Henson says the crew of "No Good Deed" spent a lot of time together in the evenings. But they were working, not playing. Henson says she did many of the fight scenes at night, after the actors were already tired from a long day. She says "it was the most challenging" thing she has ever done. Idris Elba says shooting at night helped bring tension to the set and that made the scenes more realistic.

    Taraji P. Henson says the fight scenes were challenging.

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    Idris Elba

    Idris Elba says shooting at night, when the actors were tired, was tricky.

    "THE VOICE" RETURNS

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- The coaches may not be the only people who need to be fast on the button on "The Voice." Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani say the network censors may have to have their bleep buttons handy -- because of Levine. Stefani says she's been around guys all her life -- but that Levine is "nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting." And if that weren't enough, she adds that Levine "really has no filter." For his part, Levine agrees. He says he doesn't care what he says because "people find a way to get mad at you" no matter what you say -- so he'd rather be "gross and funny and outlandish." The seventh season of "The Voice" begins tonight, with Pharrell Williams joining Stefani as newcomers along with returning coaches Levine and Blake Shelton.

    Gwen Stefani says Adam Levine is not what she expected.

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    Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams and Gwen Stefani, musicians

    Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani were asked if "The Voice" was anything like they expected.

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    Blake Shelton, musician

    Blake Shelton says Pharrell Williams utlizes his nice-guy personality ruthlessly. (refers to musician and fellow "The Voice" judge Adam Levine) ((not length of cut))

    PHARRELL WILLIAMS-HAPPY-IRAN

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Pharrell Williams said he was upset that Iranian teenagers were arrested for doing a video in which they performed his Oscar-nominated song "Happy." Now, there has been a legal resolution in the case. Authorities in Iran have sentenced the six dancers -- and their director -- to suspended sentences. Part of the sentence: a set of 91 lashes each, in part for violating Islamic moral standards. In the case of the video, part of the violation was that members of the opposite sex were seen dancing without the women having the required head covering. The sentences won't be imposed if those involved stay out of trouble for the next six years.

    AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there has been a sentence in a case in which young Iranians were arrested for dancing on a video to Pharrell Williams' "Happy."

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    "RED BAND SOCIETY"-BUS ADS

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's the end of the line for some ads promoting the new Fox TV series "Red Band Society." Transit officials in Los Angeles are pulling the ads from nearly 200 buses after people complained they were sexist and racist. The ads in question show the cast in front of a wall -- with graffiti describing each character. The character played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer uses the "b-word" to describe her. One person who complained to transit officials said she didn't know whether she found the ads more offensive because she's a woman -- or because she's black.

    AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports bus ads promoting a new TV show are being pulled in Los Angeles. ((note contents))

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    RUBY DEE-MEMORIAL

    NEW YORK (AP) -- She entertained in a variety of ways. So it was no surprise that those paying tribute to Ruby Dee used poetry, dance and song to honor her memory. The Saturday event included a performance of the song "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys -- and actor Courtney B. Vance called the three-hour ceremony "an absolute celebration." Among those sending a message were President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. In a letter read by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the Obamas praised her for living an "extraordinary life" and for "throwing open the doors of opportunities." Harry Belafonte delivered the eulogy via video.

    Ruby Dee's daughter, Hasna Muhammad, touchingly recalled how the actress and activist was also a mother.

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    Sound of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, performing "This Little Light of Mine" with Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia

    Sound of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, performing "This Little Light of Mine" with Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia, at memorial service for Ruby Dee.

    "GOTHAM"-PREMIERE

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Who knew? The villain known as The Penguin in the "Batman" series has a real name. And yeah, we'll tell you: it's Oswald Cobblepot -- which probably explains why he was such a bad guy. But the guy who plays the Penguin in the TV series "Gotham" says he's been inspired versions of the avian agitator done by Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith. Gotham sets itself as a prequel to the Batman series we've seen in the movies. Robin Lord Taylor says he imagines that The Penguin was teased by other kids, which probably explains how he turned out. Gotham's premiere is tonight on Fox.

    Rewind Time

    September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

    Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:29 p.m. Eastern time.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

    On this date:

    In 1761, Britain's King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.

    In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed.

    In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

    In 1911, pitcher Cy Young, 44, gained his 511th and final career victory as he hurled a 1-0 shutout for the Boston Rustlers against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

    In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.

    In 1938, the musical comedy revue "Hellzapoppin'," starring Ole (OH'-lee) Olsen and Chic Johnson, began a three-year run on Broadway.

    In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

    In 1950, Omar N. Bradley was promoted to the rank of five-star general, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall and Henry H. "Hap" Arnold.

    In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," starring Zero Mostel, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances. The secret agent series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, premiered on NBC-TV.

    In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.)

    In 1989, the Irish Republican Army bombed the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent, England, killing 11 band members. Songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101.

    In 1994, the situation comedy "Friends" debuted on NBC-TV.

    Ten years ago: British hostage Kenneth Bigley, 62, appeared on a video posted on an Islamic Web site weeping and pleading for his life (Bigley was later beheaded by his captors). In Haiti, the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 1,000. CBS-owned stations were fined a total of $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for Janet Jackson's exposed right breast during the Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) halftime show (however, a federal appeals court twice threw out the fine, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating it.) The TV series "Lost" premiered on ABC.

    Five years ago: President Barack Obama, visiting New York, brought together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for their first face-to-face meeting. Al-Qaida released a 106-minute-long video predicting President Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world.

    One year ago: President Barack Obama spoke at a memorial service for the 12 men and women killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, calling on Americans to raise their voices against gun violence. A pair of Sunni militant suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 85 Christian worshippers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led her conservatives to a stunning election victory. "Breaking Bad" won best drama series while "Modern Family" was recognized as best comedy series at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is 87. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is 72. Musician King Sunny Ade (ah-DAY') is 68. Actor Paul Le Mat is 68. Capt. Mark Phillips is 66. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 63. Actress Shari Belafonte is 60. Singer Debby Boone is 58. Country singer June Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 58. Singer Nick Cave is 57. Rock singer Johnette Napolitano is 57. Actress Lynn Herring is 57. Classical crossover singer Andrea Bocelli (an-DRAY'-ah boh-CHEL'-ee) is 56. Singer-musician Joan Jett is 56. Actor Scott Baio is 54. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 53. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 53. Actor Rob Stone (TV: "Mr. Belvedere") is 52. Musician Matt Sharp is 45. Rock musician Dave Hernandez is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Big Rube (Society of Soul) is 43. Actress Mireille Enos is 39. Actress Daniella Alonso is 36. Actor Michael Graziadei (GRAHT'-zee-uh-day-ee) is 35. Actress Ashley Drane (Eckstein) is 33. Actress Katie Lowes (TV: "Scandal") is 32. Actor Tom Felton is 27. Actress Juliette Goglia is 19.

    Thought for Today: "I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/ Stand shadowless like silence, listening/ To silence." -- Thomas Hood, English author (1799-1845).

     
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