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Last Update on April 27, 2015 07:07 GMT

BRUCE JENNER - RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- He talked. And a lot of us watched. Bruce Jenner's interview drew an audience of nearly 17 million. In the interview, Jenner declared that he identifies as a woman. The Nielsen ratings show it was the biggest audience for ABC's "20/20" on a Friday night in 15 years.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bruce Jenner says he has the heart and soul of a woman -- but hasn't decided whether to give himself a woman's body. And he says if he decides to have what's known as gender reassignment surgery -- it won't be as public a deal as the interview he did Friday night. He went on ABC to tell Diane Sawyer that for "all intents and purposes" he is a woman. He says he has felt gender confusion since he was a kid, trying on his mother's and sister's dresses.

Bruce Jenner is out with his not-so-well-kept secret -- he's becoming a woman. Details on his extraordinary TV interview from AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel.

<<CUT ..008 (04/27/15)>> 00:16 "do so privately"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Bruce Jenner used his ABC interview to clear up some details about his personal life.

<<CUT ..009 (04/27/15)>> 00:19 "angry with himself"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Bruce Jenner says in an ABC interview that his transition to a woman isn't a spur-of-the-moment fancy.

<<CUT ..010 (04/27/15)>> 00:15 "part of me (2nd reference)"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner tells the world where he is gender-wise. COURTESY: ABC News ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..011 (04/27/15)>> 00:06 "was this big"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner says he had gender issues dating back to when he was a child. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..012 (04/27/15)>> 00:09 "a human being"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner takes issue with the idea that he is a woman trapped in a man's body. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..013 (04/27/15)>> 00:06 "have to do"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner asks one thing of people who are hearing about his decision to become a woman. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..014 (04/27/15)>> 00:08 "my soul is"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner says while he looked like a man, he thought like a woman. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..015 (04/27/15)>> 00:13 "that to happen"

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner says he decided to go forward with becoming a woman because he didn't want to die with regrets. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))

"FURIOUS 7" WINS BOX OFFICE RACE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four in a row for "Furious 7." The movie took in another $18.3 million over the weekend -- to top the box office battle for a fourth straight week. The success isn't just in the U.S. It's become only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally. But Furious is expected to be beaten next weekend when "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theaters. It has already taken more than $200 million in its overseas debut.

"Furious 7" stays number-one for the fourth-straight weekend -- as AP's Jamie Friar reports.

<<CUT ..003 (04/27/15)>> 00:11 "her legs closed"

Sound of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson

Sound of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, in a scene from "Furious 7," the top movie at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row.

<<CUT ..004 (04/27/15)>> 00:08 "let's do this"

Sound of Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez

Sound of Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez, in a scene from "Furious 7," the top movie at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row.

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ADAM SANDLER MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS CONCERNS OVER HOW

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- When you think of Native Americans in movies, what images come to mind? In many cases, the portrayals are similar to those from decades ago -- and that's why so much attention was given to last week's walkout of eight American Indian actors from the set of an Adam Sandler movie. They wanted out of "The Ridiculous Six" because the script poked fun at Indian names and religious rites. In one scene a Native American woman urinates while smoking a peace pipe. One actor says she knew the movie wouldn't be historically accurate -- but she at least thought it would be tasteful.

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EDIE FALCO - FINALES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Edie Falco isn't a big fan of series finales. But she says fans of "Nurse Jackie" will be pleased with the way the show wraps up. Falco was in "The Sopranos" -- a show whose 2007 finale still generates talk from fans. Falco says in a perfect world, a finale episode would live up to everyone's expectations. But Falco says she tries "not to get too caught up" in the hype. "Nurse Jackie" ends its 7-year run on Showtime on June 28.

Edie Falco says she isn't a big fan of series finales. ((Longer version of cut used in wrap))

<<CUT ..022 (04/27/15)>> 00:05 "and producing them"

Edie Falco

Edie Falco says series finales seem to be more than an inside baseball thing.

<<CUT ..023 (04/27/15)>> 00:13 "another episode, really"

Edie Falco

Edie Falco says there's no point in her mind for fans to give so much attention to series finales. ((Longer version of cut used in wrap))

<<CUT ..024 (04/27/15)>> 00:11 "the whole series"

Edie Falco

Edie Falco says despite her misgivings, she thinks the finale of "Nurse Jackie" will work for fans of the show.

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Edie Falco and others

Here's a scene from the TV show "Nurse Jackie." The Showtime production ends its final season on June 28

CRAIG FERGUSON - DAYTIME EMMY WINNER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Craig Ferguson says he never wins anything. But he has now. He won for best game show host at the Daytime Emmy Awards. He stars in "Celebrity Name Game." Accepting his award at a ceremony in Los Angeles last night, Ferguson said: "Thank you, Hollywood, for a job."

SAWYER SWEETEN - OBIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of Ray Romano's twin sons in "Everybody Loves Raymond" has died. Sawyer Sweeten was 19 -- and killed himself, according to his sister Madylin -- who is four years older. She provided no other details. Madylin, Sawyer and his twin Sullivan played the Barone kids on the sitcom which ran nine seasons before ending its run on CBS in 2005. He apparently didn't work in TV or movies after the show went off the air.

Here's a bit of the theme from the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." One of the boys who played Ray Romano's twins in the show, Sawyer Sweeten, has died by suicide at age 19.


Entertainment History

April 27, 2015 14:27 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Monday, May 4)

On May fourth, 1957, the "Alan Freed Show" debuted on ABC. The first guests on his show included the Del-Vikings and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

In 1959, the first Grammy Awards were given out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Henry Mancini won album of the year for "The Music from Peter Gunn." The Champs and the Kingston Trio were also winners.

In 1964, the Moody Blues formed in Birmingham, England.

In 1970, Neil Young wrote "Ohio" after four Kent State University students were killed by U.S. National Guardsmen.

In 1990, Madonna kicked off the U.S. leg of her "Blonde Ambition" tour in Houston. Fans eventually got to see what went on behind the scenes in the documentary "Truth or Dare."

In 1995, actor Gary Busey was found unconscious at his home in Malibu, California, apparently from a cocaine overdose.

Today's Birthdays: Surf guitarist Dick Dale is 78. Singer Peggy Santiglia Davison of The Angels is 71. Country singer Stella Parton is 66. Singer Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons is 64. Singer Oleta Adams is 62. Singer Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is 59. Musician Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 58. Country singer Randy Travis is 56. Actress Mary McDonough ("The Waltons") is 54. Comedian Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live") is 48. Actor Will Arnett ("Arrested Development," "Blades of Glory") is 45. Bassist Mike Dirnt of Green Day is 43. Singer Lance Bass ('N Sync) is 36. Actor Alexander Gould ("Weeds") is 21. Actress Amara (uh-MAH'-ruh) Miller ("The Descendants") is 15.

(Above for release Monday, May fourth)

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