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DALLAS (AP) - Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has rolled out its annual holiday catalog, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of $1 million "his and hers" timepieces from Van Cleef & Arpels. The pair of watches depict a tale of lost love on the faces and come with a trip to romantic Paris and Geneva. Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is known for featuring expensive and often outrageous "fantasy gifts" in its Christmas Book. The 86th edition includes a special edition McLaren 12C Spider in red for $354,000, a hen house inspired by France's Versailles palace for $100,000 and a walk-on role in Broadway's "Annie: The Musical" for $30,000. Those with smaller budgets can take heart though - almost 40 percent of the items offered in the catalog are under $250.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlie Brown and his "Peanuts" pals are coming to the big-screen. Charles Schulz' beloved characters will star in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015. That year marks the 65th anniversary of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the first of the gang's many TV specials. The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by 20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios animation unit, the outfit behind the "Ice Age" flicks and such cartoon hits as "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" Schulz' son Craig and grandson Bryan co-wrote the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and the three also are producing the film. Steve Martino, co-director of "Horton Hears a Who" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift," will direct the "Peanuts" film.

Monday, 08 October 2012 10:52

Dish, Gannett reach agreement over TV fees

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Dish and Gannett say they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett. The companies said Monday that they reached a long-term agreement but didn't give further details. Dish Network Corp. had claimed that Gannett Co. was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. Gannett has said it was seeking a fair deal in line with market rates. The two sides are also fighting over Dish's new digital video recorder, which allows customers to automatically skip commercials from the previous night's prime-time broadcasts. Gannett's television markets include Denver, Atlanta and Washington.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:31

Highest paid women in entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey tops the Forbes list of the highest paid women in entertainment. Forbes estimates that Winfrey made $165 million in 12 months. That's nearly as much as the next three women on the list combined. Brittany Spears took in $58 million, a million more than Taylor Swift. Ellen DeGeneres is tied with Rihanna for fourth place with $53 million. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are a million behind them. The top ten ends with a three-way tie. Gisele Bundchen (zhih-ZEHL BUND'-chen), Katy Perry and Judge Judy each made $45 million.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:30

James Bond themes anyone?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - All the James Bond movie songs have been compiled into one collection. "Best of Bond...James Bond" will feature the theme songs from all 22 James Bond movies. An expanded edition includes other music heard in the movies. Both version come out on Tuesday. Neither version includes the Adele song "Skyfall" that will be the theme for the Bond movie of the same name that comes out next month.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:29

Newton-John and Travolta team up for Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta have reunited to make a Christmas record -- and a sequel to a "Grease" hit. The album is called "This Christmas" and comes out November 13. The album includes an original song called "I Think You Might Like It" that's being billed as a sequel to "You're The One That I Want." They got some high-profile guest musicians for the album, too: Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Kenny G, Tony Bennett , Cliff Richard and Chick Corea.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:28

Taylor Swift on Forbes big bucks list

(AP) - Taylor Swift released her new single "Red" this week but she is definitely in the black. Swift is number three on Forbes magazine's annual list of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Women and at 22 she is the youngest. Swift earned an estimated $57 million this year. Her new album "Red" comes out later this month and the first single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has already spent three weeks in the number one spot of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It's a good thing Swift - who is currently dating Conor Kennedy - is earning lots of money, because according to Marie Claire magazine Swift wants at least four kids. In an interview which will appear in the U.K. November issue, Swift says she wants "a bunch of them running around, minimum four." She says she is already putting money away for their education. The women who beat Swift for the number one and two positions on Forbes' list: Oprah Winfrey followed by Britney Spears.

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