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McCartney leaves pick at Graceland

by The Associated Press on May 28, 2013 10:49 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Paul McCartney made his first visit to the one-time home of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and left a gift behind.

According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley’s grave and said it was “so Elvis can play in heaven.”

The lifelong Elvis fan toured Graceland, the Memphis mansion, on Sunday.

He was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his “Out There” tour.

The show at FedExForum marked McCartney’s first visit to the city in two decades.

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LOS ANGELES — There was a time when Jessica Walter couldn’t get “Arrested.”

In 2003, the Emmy-winning actress read the script for “Arrested Development” and wanted the role of Lucille Bluth, the monstrous matriarch of the quirky sitcom’s decidedly dysfunctional family.

“But they weren’t seeing me,” Walter recalled, referring to the show’s producers. “Yeah, tragic, isn’t it?” she continued, with a sly smile.

Walter eventually got the gig, and “Arrested Development” would go on to win a 2004 Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

“It’s exposed me to a demographic of people who thought I was sick or dead,” said Walter, 72, who was probably best known for playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller “Play Misty for Me” until “Arrested Development” debuted in fall 2003.

“Arrested” was never a ratings hit, and Fox canceled it in 2006.

But now the show is back with 15 all-new fourth-season episodes, which just debuted exclusively on Netflix.

The new “Arrested” season is structurally different from the first three, with each episode dedicated to catching viewers up on a single character.

Kristin Wiig plays the young Lucille. An “Arrested Development” movie may be next.

Walter also gets prestigious enterprise billing on another current series, the FX cartoon “Archer,” which is something of a James Bond movie meeting TV’s “The Office.”

Walter voices intelligence-agency chief Mallory Archer.

The plots are so twisted, scripts so pop-culture crammed, “half of the time, I don’t even understand what’s going on,” Walter said.

With “Arrested Development” back and “Archer” just renewed after a season of record-breaking ratings, it appears to be prime time for the veteran actress.

“You know, you’re bringing tears to my eyes, because I know how lucky I am,” Walter responded. “I hope to be Betty White. I want to be working when I’m 92.”

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — An ex-Marine sniper now studying at Michigan State University has produced a video documentary dedicated to 25 members of a unit who were killed in fighting in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan War veteran Logan Stark is a senior in a professional writing program.

The school says he and 2013 graduates Rebecca Zantjer and Lexi Dakin made the 48-minute video “For the 25” in an advanced multimedia class.

The documentary depicts members of the “Dark Horse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. It contains combat footage from Sangin, Afghanistan, and interviews with four Marines.

Stark attends Michigan State under the GI Bill.

The students condensed 10 hours of interviews and 100 hours of b-roll for the documentary.

It had 15,000 views on YouTube as of this morning.

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