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By United Press International   |   March 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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BRYAN CRANSTON: Actor Bryan Cranston told police in New Mexico a shoulder bag containing his iPad and a "Breaking Bad" script were stolen from his car, records show.

The Hollywood Reporter said Monday Cranston filed the complaint March 1, stating the window of his vehicle was broken during the course of the theft.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office arrested Xavier McAfee this past Saturday for suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

It was unclear if the stolen items had been recovered.


BILL O'REILLY: America's National Geographic Channel says it will produce a television adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's upcoming non-fiction book, "Killing Jesus."

The book is to be published Sept. 24. The NatGeo production is to begin filming in the fall and will air in 2014.

The network previously enjoyed a ratings hit with its adaptation of O'Reilly's history book "Killing Lincoln," and is in pre-production on the film adaptation of "Killing Kennedy," which is expected to air this year.

The three historical dramas about the infamous assassinations of public figures are produced in collaboration with Scott Free Productions.

"I am thrilled to once again be partnering with National Geographic Channels and Scott Free Productions on my next book," O'Reilly said in a statement. "Jesus is the most famous person that has ever lived -- and is worshiped today by more than 2.2 billion people. This story is not only rich with detail, controversy and drama, but also personal to so many people that I would not trust it to anyone else to bring to life on the screen."

"O'Reilly has proven with 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kennedy' that the public is fascinated with the tragic tales of these renowned historical figures, and this is one of the most dramatic stories ever told. We are privileged to once again work with National Geographic Channel to bring Bill's vision to the screen," said producer Ridley Scott.

"With the tremendous success of 'Killing Lincoln,' partnering with Bill O'Reilly on his next two blockbuster titles is a real thrill for us, and clearly something our audience craves," NGC President Howard T. Owens said. "Scott Free Productions continue to be ideal partners as we work to increase our commitment to producing quality, smart, factual dramas and delivering authentic entertainment with substance."


JIM CARREY: Canadian-born comic actor Jim Carrey sings a satirical anti-gun song called "Cold Dead Hand" in a new Funny Or Die video posted online Monday.

The clip shows Carrey first doing a mocking impression of the late actor Charleston Heston, who was president of the National Rifle Association, then singing a country western-style song with a band, under the name of the band Lonesome Earl and the Clutterbusters,

warning of the dangers of gun possession.

The video can be seen at http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0433b30576/cold-dead-hand-with-jim-carrey?playlist=featured_videos=

"I find the gun problem frustrating and 'Cold Dead Hand' is my fun little way of expressing that frustration," Carrey said in a statement.


OSCARS: Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday the 86th annual Oscars telecast will air in March next year.

The prize presentation for excellence in cinema is traditionally held in February. By moving it to March 2, 2014, the show's producers will avoid conflicting with coverage of the Winter Olympics.

The 87th annual Oscars event is set for Feb. 22, 2015.

The next two Oscars ceremonies are to be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC, the academy said.

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