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NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center says she's upset the Oscar-winning movie "Zero Dark Thirty" used a recording of his last words without her permission. Mary Fetchet of New Canaan told CBS News and the Daily News this week that she was shocked the filmmakers didn't ask if they could use the voicemail her son, Bradley Fetchet, left on her phone while he was on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower. The movie about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden begins with the voices of 9/11 victims making their last phone calls. Sony Pictures Entertainment said in a statement that the filmmakers contacted several relatives of 9/11 victims about using the voice recordings.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:28

New dad Nick Lachey to release a lullaby album

NEW YORK (AP) - First-time dad Nick Lachey knows all about rocking a baby to sleep. Now he wants to help other kids get their rest. His new album, "A Father's Lullaby," will be released in a few weeks. It features 12 songs, including classics like "You Are My Sunshine" and "Brahms Lullaby." The album also features four original tracks that Lachey co-wrote, inspired by his own baby. The 39-year-old singer and his wife, TV personality Vanessa Lachey, welcomed their son, Camden, last September. "A Father's Lullaby" will be available on iTunes and Amazon on March 13. It will be in stores in April. Lachey will release a new album, "2.0," in May with his group, 98 Degrees.

NEW YORK (AP) - A gold-medal figure skater, a country music legend and a kooky comedian are stepping their way onto "Dancing With the Stars." ABC says Dorothy Hamill, Wynona Judd and Andy Dick are among 11 contenders for the mirrored ball on the new season of the celebrity dance competition. Other famous faces in the show's 16th edition include standup comic and actor D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens football player Jacoby Jones and former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler. Also on hand will be former welterweight boxing champ Victor Ortiz, "General Hospital" star Ingo Rademacher, actress-singer Zendaya Coleman and Lisa Vanderpump from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," as well as Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman. The new "Dancing With the Stars" season kicks off on ABC with a two-hour premiere on March 18.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania TV station is refusing to run a commercial for the real-life Dunder Mifflin paper brand. Quill.com produces a line of paper products inspired by the fictional company at the center of "The Office," the long-running NBC comedy set in Scranton. Quill had planned to run an ad on WNEP-TV, the ABC affiliate, during this Sunday's Academy Awards telecast. But WNEP declined to air the spot. Paul Bessinger works for Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Quill, a division of Staples. He tells The Times-Tribune of Scranton the spot was apparently declined because "The Office" airs on a rival network. Michael Last at WNEP declined to comment. The ad will air instead on another ABC affiliate, in Utica, N.Y. Like Scranton, Utica is home to a Dunder Mifflin branch on "The Office."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mindy McCready's funeral has been scheduled for Tuesday in her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla. The funeral for the late country star will be held at Crossroads Church. A Friday news release says a Nashville memorial organized by friends and the music community is tentatively scheduled for March 6 at Cathedral of the Incarnation. McCready committed suicide Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark., days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. The 37-year-old mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson was believed to have killed himself in the same location.  

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in Arkansas say preliminary autopsy results confirm country music singer Mindy McCready's death was a suicide. The Cleburne County sheriff said in a statement Wednesday that preliminary autopsy results from Arkansas' state crime lab show McCready's death was a suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators have said McCready apparently shot and killed her late boyfriend's dog before she turned the gun on herself Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities found McCready's body and the dog on the front porch where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are investigating Wilson's death as a suicide but they haven't determined an official cause of death yet.

NEW YORK (AP) - Amanda Knox, the college junior who spent four years in an Italian prison after being accused of murdering her British roommate, is telling her story to ABC News. The network says Knox will sit down with Diane Sawyer for a prime-time special airing April 30. The exclusive interview also will be featured on other ABC News programming. Knox was an American student studying in Italy when, in 2007, she became the center of a murder case that seized the world's attention. She was convicted in 2009. But after an appeal, she was acquitted and released in October 2011. The interview is timed to the publication of Knox's book, "Waiting to Be Heard."

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carnival parades managed to roll Sunday in New Orleans despite bad weather, but revelers might not be so lucky on Monday. Parades planned for Fat Monday, or Lundi Gras (LUHN-dee grah), are threatened by more rain in the forecast. That includes the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded group led by entertainer Harry Connick Jr. It was scheduled to roll at 6 p.m. Monday, with Connick, actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. And Fat Tuesday could be a wet one: The National Weather Service expects rain for much of the day, when as many as 1 million people party in the streets. Carnival season culminates Tuesday with the Rex and Zulu parades. So far, they haven't been canceled.

Monday, 11 February 2013 14:30

Justin Timberlake performs post-Grammy show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mr. "SexyBack" performed back-to-back Sunday night. After Justin Timberlake's performance at the Grammy Awards, the pop star electrified during a 90-minute set at the Hollywood Palladium. Timberlake sang familiar hits - from "Senorita" to "Rock Your Body" to "My Love" - as well as new, R&B numbers from his anticipated new album. He was easygoing onstage - as if he never left. Like at the Grammys, Jay-Z joined in for "Suit & Tie." Beyonce was among the VIPs watching on, along with Kelly Rowland, Neil Patrick Harris, Timbaland, Lance Bass and others. Timberlake apologized to the eager crowd for waiting so long to release new music. His last album was out in 2006. He said, smiling: "It's going to be a fun year." Timberlake's new album, "The 20/20 Experience," is out March 19.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:57

Newtown Shooting Movie

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A TV movie about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is in the works. Director Jonathan Bucari tells News 12 Connecticut that he's scouting locations in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which is 20 miles from Newtown. He says he picked Ridgefield because it looks like Newtown and because he didn't want to upset residents so soon after the massacre. The school superintendant in Ridgefield still says the timing is "poor."

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