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"THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG" - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
BERLIN (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch went straight to the zoo when he landed the role of the dragon in "The Desolation of Smaug." Cumberbatch says he looked at reptiles, serpents and bats. Anything that he says that reminded him of a dragon. Then he had to simulate Smaug's movements so they could be captured by computer and used in the movie. It's the same method of motion capture Andy Serkis used to create Gollum. The Desolation of Smaug opens today.
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Benedict Cumberbatch had to find his inner dragon to star in "The Desolation of Smaug." AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has the story.
<<CUT ..002 (12/13/13)>> 00:09 "being a dragon"
Benedict Cumberbatch says he watched other creatures to prepare to play Smaug.
<<CUT ..003 (12/13/13)>> 00:15 "creation of fantasy"
Benedict Cumberbatch says he enjoyed using only his body and voice to play Smaug.
<<CUT ..004 (12/13/13)>> 00:14 "dragon type thing"
Benedict Cumberbatch says he didn't try to do an exact impression of a dragon. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))
<<CUT ..005 (12/13/13)>> 00:07 "supposed to do"
Benedict Cumberbatch says moving like a dragon took a toll on his body. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))
"SAVING MR. BANKS" - EMMA THOMPSON
LONDON (AP) -- Emma Thompson is surprised by how little she knew about the woman who wrote "Mary Poppins" before playing her in "Saving Mr. Banks." She says she's investigated her favorite Victorian authors like Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. But she says she never looked into the authors of the books she read as a child. Thompson says the more research she did on P.L. Travers, the more fascinated she became. Thompson has just gotten a Golden Globe nomination for her starring role in Saving Mr. Banks. It opens in some cities today.
<<CUT ..006 (12/13/13)>> 00:11 "know, it's odd"
Emma Thompson says she was surprised by how little she knew about the woman who wrote Mary Poppins.
<<CUT ..007 (12/13/13)>> 00:14 "of the time"
Emma Thompson says she found P.L. Travers to be a fascinating individual.
<<CUT ..008 (12/13/13)>> 00:15 "and her dis-ease"
Emma Thompson says she has plenty of sources for research.
LEA MICHELE ON CORY MONTEITH
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- It was five months ago today that Cory Monteith was found dead of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. Lea Michele tells Ellen DeGeneres that she's still "trying to figure out all of this." She says "grief goes with you every day." For that reason, she says she decided to go back to work on "Glee" instead of just sitting at home. She says she wanted to be with the people she loves who were going through the same thing. Michele is out with her first CD, "Louder."
PETA MURGATROYD NOT INVITED TO SEAN LOWE'S WEDDING
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Peta Murgatroyd won't be attending the wedding of Sean Lowe, her partner in "Dancing With the Stars." At one point, she said she was going to choreograph Lowe's first dance with Catherine Giudici and attend the wedding. Now, she tells Life and Style magazine she wasn't invited. She says she's "a bit disappointed."
'SNL' PLANS TO ADD BLACK FEMALE CAST MEMBER
NEW YORK (AP) -- New additions are coming to the SNL cast. "Saturday Night Live" plans to add one and possibly two black female performers as soon as January. The show confirms producers have been holding auditions, as first reported by The New York Times. SNL has come under fire of its lack of black women in the cast. It was even the subject of a bit when Kerry Washington from "Scandal" was the guest host last month.
ABIGAIL BRESLIN'S CLOWN PHOBIA
NEW YORK (AP) -- Add Abigail Breslin to the list of people freaked out by clowns. Breslin tells People magazine that when she went to Knott's Berry Farm the clowns wouldn't leave her alone. She says she has a "huge phobia of clowns." How huge? She says when the clowns approached her she fell to the ground and curled up in a fetal position.
"THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG" - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
BERLIN (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch went straight to the zoo when he landed the role of the dragon in "The Desolation of Smaug."
Asian stocks tentative amid Fed stimulus cut fears
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets showed tentative gains for the most part today as investors prepared for the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision next week on whether to reduce its monetary stimulus.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California
A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases. ...
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA-COLORADO CONFUSION
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado stoners looking to fire up their bongs New Year's Day could be disappointed.
IN THE NEWS: PHONES IN FLIGHT NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC COMMENTS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FCC is about to sign off on the idea of allowing people to make cell phone calls in flight.
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