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Terminally ill Sam Simon donating 'Simpsons' earnings to charity

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Terminally ill U.S. television writer-producer-philanthropist Sam Simon says he's giving nearly all of his royalties from "The Simpsons" to charity.

'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' TV series in the works

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Twentieth Century Fox Television ordered a pilot based on Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's graphic novel "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," TV Guide said.

British fire may have killed two soldiers

LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The mortar rounds that killed two British soldiers in Afghanistan this week may have been fired by other British troops, defense officials said Friday.

Actress Marcia Mae Jones dead at 83

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Former child actress Marcia Mae Jones has died in California of complications from pneumonia at the age of 83.

New Pirates themed island at Disneyland

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Disneyland's Tom Sawyer Island in California has been overrun by pirates.

Film, TV costumer Donfeld dies

TEMPLE CITY, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Donfeld, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, died at the Temple City, Calif., home of his brother after a brief illness. He was 72.

Literary stars convert to Islam for school

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Classic literary characters such as Pinocchio and Tom Sawyer have been converted to Islam as part of a controversial move for the Turkish school curriculum.

Maine legislators pay dispute turns ugly

BANGOR, Maine, May 24 (UPI) -- A political dispute in Maine has turned ugly, with several legislators bringing suit against legislative leaders over the issue of special session pay.

Celeste Holm to guest star on 'Whoopi'

BURBANK, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm is set to make a rare comedic television appearance on the U.S. comedy, "Whoopi."

David Holt, 76, dies

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- David Holt, a former child actor best known for roles like the bratty Sidney Sawyer in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," has died in California.

Micky Dolenz to star in B'way's 'Aida'

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Micky Dolenz, lead singer of the pop group The Monkees, is set to join the cast of the hit Broadaway musical, "Aida."

'Big River' signed, sung on Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- "Big River" has returned to Broadway as a Deaf West Theater production using sign language as well as the spoken and sung word to give the 1985 Tony Award-winni
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Film review: 'Gentlemen' & 'Pirates'

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- A couple of American adventure movies set in British Empire days are bringing old-fashioned subject matter back to the theaters. Of the two, Johnny Depp's "Pira
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling will hit bookstores in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia June 21.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Former Traficant aide wins House seat

AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- James Traficant's attempt to run for Congress while being incarcerated in a federal correctional center flopped Tuesday, but his old House of Representatives' seat will be filled by one of his former aides.
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The excursion boat Tom Sawyer passes under the Poplar Street Bridge during a trip in St. Louis on July 4, 2006. The Becky Thacher is also another excursion boat that works the Mississippi River in St. Louis. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Tom Sawyer is the protagonist and title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896).

Sawyer also appears in at least three unfinished Twain works, Huck and Tom Among the Indians, Schoolhouse Hill, and Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy. While all three uncompleted works were posthumously published, only Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy boasts a complete plot, as Twain abandoned the other two works after finishing only a few chapters.

The fictional character's name may have derived from a real-life Tom Sawyer with whom Twain was acquainted in San Francisco, California, while Twain was employed as a reporter at the San Francisco Call. The character himself is an amalgam of three boys Twain knew while growing up.

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