Fred Armisen confirms
his exit from 'SNL'
NEW YORK - Fred Armisen has confirmed he has left "Saturday Night Live" after 11 years.
Armisen dispelled any doubt about his exit in an interview posted Monday by comedy website Splitsider.
"SNL" often doesn't announce its cast changes, but the show's season finale in May concluded with a farewell for Armisen and Bill Hader.
Armisen said he felt as though his departure from "SNL" was "obvious" considering in his last sketch he sang "It's been a lovely night with you" as British punk rock character Ian Rubbish. He was accompanied by several friends, including Carrie Brownstein, his co- star on the IFC sketch show "Portlandia."
NBC to air Mark Burnett's 'Bible' sequel
LOS ANGELES - "The Bible" is getting its holy sequel.
NBC said Monday it was teaming with resident producer Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Celebrity Apprentice") for "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (working title), the followup to this spring's popular cable miniseries "The Bible" from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It's the first announced project under the network's new miniseries initiative.
"The Bible" made history on a different network: History Channel. The cable network scored big with the 10-hour miniseries, which premiered to a hefty 13.1 million total viewers in March.
"A.D.: Beyond the Bible" will follow the period after Jesus' death - and the ensuing unrest in the Holy Land.
U.N., Davis team up
to study women in film
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. women's agency is teaming up with Academy Award-winner Geena Davis to support a global study analyzing the depiction and representation of women and girls in family film.
Lakshmi Puri, acting head of U.N. Women, said it will be the first international study undertaken on gender representation in film, an issue that influences how women and girls are perceived, their self-esteem and relationships between the sexes.
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