NEW YORK (AP) - The producers of the cable TV miniseries on the Bible say Internet chatter that their Satan character resembles President Barack Obama is "utter nonsense." Mark Burnett and Roma Burnett said Monday the Moroccan actor who played Satan in the History channel series has played Satanic characters in other Biblical programs long before Obama was elected president. The connection got widespread attention after talk show host Glenn Beck last week tweeted: "Does Satan look EXACTLY like Obama? Yes!" Beck tweeted on Monday that his observation was intended to be "funny, nothing more."
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is taking bottled water and doing what Coke is famous for - giving it some bubbles and flavor. The Atlanta-based company confirmed Monday that it would introduce a line of fruit-flavored seltzer waters called "Fruitwater" starting April 1. The drink will be part of its Glaceau unit, which makes other pricier bottled waters such as Vitaminwater and Smartwater. Fruitwater comes at a time when Americans are drinking less soda, after per capita sales hit a high in the late 1990s. The decline has been attributed to growing concerns about obesity, as well as the proliferation of options in the beverage aisle, including bottled teas and flavored waters.
NEW YORK (AP) - Katie Holmes doesn't talk about her split from actor Tom Cruise but she does say she hopes this year is better than the last. The actress tells Allure magazine she wants 2013 to be "a peaceful year for a lot of people." She goes on to cite some of 2012's major headlines like Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, adding she hopes "it's a good year for everyone." The 34-year-old, who has a six-year-old daughter named Suri with Cruise, does say she's "open" to the idea of expanding her family in the future. Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise last June after five years of marriage. Allure's April issue goes on sale nationwide March 26.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Artists Against Fracking say the group and supporter-celebrities, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, haven't been told to register as lobbyists in their campaign to stop gas drilling in New York, but will if required to continue their cause. A good-government advocate and two lobbying experts said Monday the state should review whether Artists Against Fracking and the celebrities should be registered as lobbyists. That would require disclosure of how much money they've raised and how it's been spent. The measure is a way for the public to know who is influencing policy. A spokesman for the group said it will register if required to. The group and dozens of celebrities have opposed the hydraulic fracturing method of gas drilling that New York is considering for an economically depressed area upstate.
HONG KONG (AP) - China's biggest grossing movie last year was a low-budget comedy that earned 1.26 billion yuan ($200 million). But when "Lost in Thailand" was released in the U.S. earlier this year, it earned a paltry $57,000. It joins other homegrown hits that flopped internationally. While China has become a box-office superpower, the country faces a harder task fulfilling its leaders' hopes that its studios can be able to rival Hollywood for global influence. Chinese movies' overseas box office receipts fell 48 percent last year. Regulators urged filmmakers to improve their films so they can compete with international mainstream films. But film distributors say selling China's movies to the world is hampered by subject matter that doesn't travel well, different storytelling methods and the sheer size of its own market.
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