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‘Amazing Race’ Apologizes for Using Hanoi Memorial Depicting Downed American Plane


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"We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast," read the statement aired ahead of Sunday’s broadcast.

CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have apologized for last week’s episode, which came under fire for using a B-52 memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a key part of the leg.

The episode saw contestants go to the memorial — which depicts the wreckage of an downed American bomber plane during the Vietnam war — to find their next clue. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with several Fox News anchors and viewers, complained about the usage of the memorial.

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“The B-52 scene, as well as the young people singing a propaganda song, was totally unnecessary to the show’s plot, which speaks volumes about naive producers who think they’re in charge when they are not,” VFW national commander John Hamilton said wrote in a nearly 500-word letter to CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves.

Sunday night’s episode kicked off with the apology, read by Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan.

"Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans," the statement read. "We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country."

CBS had declined to comment on the controversy earlier in the week.

Pussy Riot Member Grants ’60 Minutes’ Interview in Disguise: ‘We’re Not Going to Stop’ (Video)


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Katya Samutsevich says the group has no regrets about the protest that landed two members in jail and two others in hiding.

One of the members of Russian punk band protestors Pussy Riot tells that they have no regrets and will continue to fight, despite the fact that two were jailed and two others are in hiding over their protests of Vladimir Putin.

The band’s fifth member, Katya Samutsevich, was put on trial and convicted after the group staged a protest against Putin and his crackdown on democrat freedoms at Moscow’s largest cathedral last year, but she was released after seven months. She recently agreed to sit down with Lesley Stahl for an interview but only if her voice was disguised and she was allowed to wear a balaklava, one of the  group’s trademark masks. Samutsevich, who says few people know her identity, reveals that one reason she granted the interview to let the world know that the band still exists.

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Asked if she has any regrets about the March 2012 protest, Samutsevich replies: "No, of course not. Look what’s happened. Since the election, Putin has brought in a new level of repressive government measures in Russia."

She also claims that last year’s election of Putin was rigged and says the group is advocating for a "peaceful overthrow" of Putin.

"The elections weren’t legitimate," she says. "There was vote rigging. There was false counting. It was clear that the president put himself in power."

Samutsevich adds that the group never thought about asking the judge for leniency because "the whole process was so unfair to us from the beginning. It’s strange when you’re innocent. Are you supposed to ask for forgiveness from the judge who’s ready to put you away for several years? No, this wasn’t even discussed."

Samutsevich — a computer engineer — adds that the group has intentionally "dumbed-down" the language they use in order to get more attention (for example, the song they used during the protest used numerous curse words).

STORY: Freed Pussy Riot Member Determined to Fight

Meanwhile, Putin’s political spokesman tells Stahl that the group members were given a harsher sentence then they deserved out of fear that other protests would follow.

"It’s duty of authorities to stop the violence," Sergei Markov says, adding that the perception that Russia over-reacted has been detrimental to the nation’s image. ( and Madonna, among others, have drawn attention to the jailed group members and called for their release.)

"We doesn’t like such awful image of Russia because it create problems for us. This image doesn’t allow millions of Russians who want to travel to Germany, Italy, France and to have vacations there easily, they don’t allow to do this. It stops investments to Russian economy."

But, he adds, "we have to protect ourselves because if we will be weak, our image will be even worse."

Meanwhile, Samutsevich adds that Pussy Riot isn’t done protesting Putin just yet.

"It’s a fight, it’s an ongoing fight," she says. "Just because there was a court case doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop and shut our mouths. We have a lot of things to say. We’re going to continue to work, continue to do what we do."

Watch a video of Stahl and producers talking about how the interview came together below.

Pussy Riot Member Grants ’60 Minutes’ Interview in Disguise: ‘We’re Not Going to Stop’ (Video)


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Katya Samutsevich says the group has no regrets about the protest that landed two members in jail and two others in hiding.

One of the members of Russian punk band protestors Pussy Riot tells 60 Minutes that they have no regrets and will continue to fight, despite the fact that two were jailed and two others are in hiding over their protests of Vladimir Putin.

The band’s fifth member, Katya Samutsevich, was put on trial and convicted after the group staged a protest against Putin and his crackdown on democrat freedoms at Moscow’s largest cathedral last year, but she was released after seven months. She recently agreed to sit down with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl for an interview but only if her voice was disguised and she was allowed to wear a balaklava, one of the  group’s trademark masks. Samutsevich, who says few people know her identity, reveals that one reason she granted the interview to let the world know that the band still exists.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer’

Asked if she has any regrets about the March 2012 protest, Samutsevich replies: "No, of course not. Look what’s happened. Since the election, Putin has brought in a new level of repressive government measures in Russia."

She also claims that last year’s election of Putin was rigged and says the group is advocating for a "peaceful overthrow" of Putin.

"The elections weren’t legitimate," she says. "There was vote rigging. There was false counting. It was clear that the president put himself in power."

Samutsevich adds that the group never thought about asking the judge for leniency because "the whole process was so unfair to us from the beginning. It’s strange when you’re innocent. Are you supposed to ask for forgiveness from the judge who’s ready to put you away for several years? No, this wasn’t even discussed."

Samutsevich — a computer engineer — adds that the group has intentionally "dumbed-down" the language they use in order to get more attention (for example, the song they used during the protest used numerous curse words).

STORY: Freed Pussy Riot Member Determined to Fight

Meanwhile, Putin’s political spokesman tells Stahl that the group members were given a harsher sentence then they deserved out of fear that other protests would follow.

"It’s duty of authorities to stop the violence," Sergei Markov says, adding that the perception that Russia over-reacted has been detrimental to the nation’s image. (South Park and Madonna, among others, have drawn attention to the jailed group members and called for their release.)

"We doesn’t like such awful image of Russia because it create problems for us. This image doesn’t allow millions of Russians who want to travel to Germany, Italy, France and to have vacations there easily, they don’t allow to do this. It stops investments to Russian economy."

But, he adds, "we have to protect ourselves because if we will be weak, our image will be even worse."

Meanwhile, Samutsevich adds that Pussy Riot isn’t done protesting Putin just yet.

"It’s a fight, it’s an ongoing fight," she says. "Just because there was a court case doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop and shut our mouths. We have a lot of things to say. We’re going to continue to work, continue to do what we do."

Watch a video of Stahl and 60 Minutes producers talking about how the interview came together below.

‘Walking Dead’: Who Went Head to Head With the Governor and Lost?

‘Walking Dead’: Who Went Head to Head With the Governor and Lost?

During Sunday’s penultimate episode of season three, Daryl had to make one of the most difficult decisions in his life, while Glenn and Maggie took a big step forward.


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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday’s "This Sorrowful Life" episode of The Walking Dead.]

With the Governor’s deadline looming, Rick prepared to make a difficult choice about Michonne’s life during Sunday’s penultimate episode of The Walking Dead‘s third season as he did what he thought would bring peace between the residents of the prison and Woodbury. 

Still haunted by visions of a pregnant Lori, the community’s leader struggled with his conscience and ultimately ditched his plan to hand Michonne over the Governor. However, he comes up short after Merle — who he’d enlisted to help with the handover — knocks Michonne out to ready her for their journey to their rendezvous point. 

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Rather than head with Daryl and Rick to meet the Governor, he instead goes solo to transfer Michonne to the Governor in a bid to repair his reputation among the prison community and stay alongside his brother. After a close call with a horde of walkers, Michonne tells Merle that he blew his chance to start over — and that no matter what happens to her, he’ll have to live with his decisions.

After their conversation, Merle frees Michonne and takes off in a bid to kill the Governor himself. When Daryl finds Michonne on her way back to the prison, he takes off after his brother — instructing Michonne not to let anyone come after him.

Armed with a bottle of booze and a car, Merle collects a sizable pack of walkers and leads them into the meeting point where he abandons the car and sneaks in to begin a surprise attack. Merle open fires on the Woodbury gang as they attempt to clear out the walkers. With the Governor in his cross hairs, a walker forces Merle to reveal his location, where Martinez and the Governor find him and proceed to beat the crap out of him — including the Governor biting two of his fingers off.

The Governor ends the fight by shooting Merle, only ending his human life and leaving the elder Dixon for Daryl to find reanimated as a walker upon his arrival. A tearful Daryl is forced to put Merle down, as he repeatedly (and emotionally) stabs him in the head before he breaks down completely.

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Realizing that he was too late and Merle has already taken Michonne to the Governor, Rick comes clean with the rest of the group and, in a sign that he may have moved passed his grief, effectively tells everyone that the he was wrong about what’s been dubbed the Ricktatorship. "What I said last year, that first night after the farm — it can’t be like that," he tells them. "What we do, what we’re willing to do, who we are — it’s not my call. It can’t be. I can’t sacrifice one of us for the greater good because we are the greater good, we’re the reason we’re still here, not me. This is life and death: how you live, how you die, it isn’t up to me. I’m not your Governor. We choose to go, we choose to stay. We stick together. We vote. We can stay and fight or we can go."

Meanwhile, Hershel and company — expecting the worst in the pending conflict — realize their time at the prison may be short. During a heart-to-heart with Glenn, Hershel gives him his blessing to ask Maggie to marry him. After cutting a ring off a walker, Glenn later hands it to Maggie during a sweet and simple proposal that ends with her happily accepting in what may one of the final calm moments before the storm.

The episode comes to a close when Rick spots Michonne — alone — returning to the prison, leaving the group to mull whether to take on the Governor or clear out of the prison, with Merle and Daryl’s fate still unknown.

What did you think of the episode? Did Merle’s death surprise you? Hit the comments below with your thoughts on what you think the group should do. The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Check out the Governor’s confrontation with Merle, below. 

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‘World War Z’ Poster: Pile of Zombies Attack Helicopter in Flight

‘World War Z’ Poster: Pile of Zombies Attack Helicopter in Flight

The thriller starring Brad Pitt hits theaters June 21.


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Now that’s a lot of zombies.

Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for its upcoming zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt, that features a horde of zombies piled high as they attack a helicopter in flight.

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The movie centers on a U.N. employee (Pitt) who travels the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity.

Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox andDavid Morse also star in World War Z, which hits theaters June 21. Marc Forster directed the film from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, who adapted the book by Max Brooks.

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A new trailer debuts at midnight Monday. Meanwhile, check out the new poster and watch the Super Bowl spot that premiered last month below.

 

J.J. Abrams on New ‘Star Wars’ Movie: ‘More Questions Than Answers’

J.J. Abrams on New ‘Star Wars’ Movie: ‘More Questions Than Answers’

The "Star Trek" director also compares the two hit sci-fi franchises he’s working on.


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While he’s directing arguably the most highly anticipated movie of the near future, J.J. Abrams hasn’t quite nailed down the plan for just yet.

"There are infinitely more questions than answers right now," the helmer tells magazine.

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Abrams also was responsible for successfully rebooting the franchise in 2009, with the sequel, set to hit theaters May 17. Asked to compare the two franchises, Abrams says they are "not that dissimilar."

"Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting,’ " he says. "And even though I was never a fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think, ‘That’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.’ … The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share."

Abrams says he initially was hesitant to direct he was approached about the job while working on the sequel.

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"But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting," he says.

is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer: The Lego Version (Video)

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer: The Lego Version (Video)

The movie’s official trailer gets made entirely with the toy bricks and figurines.


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Two months after redoing the trailer using all Legos, Antonio and Andrea Toscano have done it again.

The apparent Lego enthusiasts have remade the trailer for the upcoming using only the toy bricks and figurines — only they’ve tweaked the title to

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Check out their video, along with the official trailer, below.

J.J Abrams’ sci-fi sequel — which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch — hits U.S. theaters May 17.

Beverly Center Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package


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UPDATE: The LAPD bomb squad detonated the suspicious package reported at the mall.

The Beverly Center mall has been evacuated and a bomb squad was called after a suspicious package was reported to police.  

Police were called around 12 p.m. by an owner of a vehicle who stated that there was a briefcase in the back seat of his car that wasn’t there previously, an LAPD spokesperson says to 

When officers arrived, they made the decision to call the bomb squad and evacuate the Beverly Center. 

, which first reported the news, noted that the car was parked in the multilevel garage at the mall.

The bomb squad detonated the package after the Los Angeles Fire Department doused it, a LAPD spokesperson tells , confirming an ABC7 report

The mall is located at 8500 Beverly Boulevard. 

Beverly Center Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package


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UPDATE: The LAPD bomb squad detonated the suspicious package reported at the mall.

The Beverly Center mall has been evacuated and a bomb squad was called after a suspicious package was reported to police.  

Police were called around 12 p.m. by an owner of a vehicle who stated that there was a briefcase in the back seat of his car that wasn’t there previously, an LAPD spokesperson says to 

When officers arrived, they made the decision to call the bomb squad and evacuate the Beverly Center. 

, which first reported the news, noted that the car was parked in the multilevel garage at the mall.

The bomb squad detonated the package after the Los Angeles Fire Department doused it, a LAPD spokesperson tells , confirming an ABC7 report

The mall is located at 8500 Beverly Boulevard. 

BBC America’s ‘Nerdist’ Talk Show Unveils Star-Studded Lineup

BBC America’s ‘Nerdist’ Talk Show Unveils Star-Studded Lineup

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Guillermo Del Toro are among the guests appearing on the Chris Hardwick-led series.


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BBC America has announced the lineup for Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist series.

The cable network will kick off the 10-episode season on March 30 with Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, as part of its "Supernatural Saturday"-themed programming block. The second episode, airing April 6, will feature guests Robert Kirkman, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. 

Who else will be joining Hardwick and regular contributors Matt Mira and Jonah Ray?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Evan Goldberg, Katee Sackhoff, Tatiana Maslany, Guillermo Del Toro, Gillian Jacobs and Bobak Ferdowski are just some of the bold-faced names dropping by the show in the new season.

STORY: Chris Hardwick Touts ‘Nerdist’ Talk Show

Comedians Ron Funches, Rob Huebel, Matt Kirshen, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane and Paul Scheer are also slated to appear.

Nerdist began as a slew of one-hour pop culture specials, and currently films in Los Angeles. In December, BBC America gave a full-season order to Nerdist, ordering 10 episodes to complement its originals on Saturdays, which will include the debut of Orphan Black. Hardwick is no stranger to leading talk shows centered on well-regarded geek properties: He hosts AMC’s The Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead.

The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios. Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serve as executive producers.

The first two episodes below:

EPISODE ONE – SATURDAY MARCH 30, 2013

Guests Include:  Wild Things host Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and comedian, Matt Kirshen.

EPISODE TWO – SATURDAY APRIL 6, 2013 

Guests Include:   From The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman and actor Michael Rooker, celebrity correspondent and Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan and comedian, Kyle Kinane.

The Nerdist premieres at 10 p.m. March 30 on BBC America.

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