Star Wars Episode VII Release Date Announced, Billy Graham Turns 95

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets Release Date
PHOTO: Sci-Fi London Costume Parade, Stratford, London on April 28, 2013.
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Coming (kind of, but not really) soon to a theater near you, "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Walt Disney Studios announced that the next installment of the epic franchise will hit cinemas Dec. 18, 2015.

The film is the first in the series' history not to be released during the summer. "Lost" creator JJ Abrams will write and direct the new film.

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Billy Graham's Birthday Bash
PHOTO: In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, evangelist Billy Graham is interviewed at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The evangelist turns 95 on Nov. 7, 2013 and a big party is planned to celebrate the occasion.
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In what's being hailed as Billy Graham's "last sermon," America's foremost evangelical minister was feted at a 95th birthday party Thursday in North Carolina.

Guests included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and real estate tycoon Donald Trump.

"There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God," Graham said in a 30-minute videotaped sermon shown at the event.

New Hammerhead Shark Species Discovered
PHOTO: A Great hammerhead shark is seen, March 27, 2004 in the Bahamas.
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A team of scientists from the University of South Carolina have discovered a rare new species of hammerhead shark.

The newly discovered Carolina hammerhead is virtually indistinguishable from the more common scalloped hammerhead, but has fewer vertebrae and lives exclusively in salt water, according to lead biologist Joe Quattro.

Sharon Osbourne Apologizes to Hosts of 'The View.'

In what's very likely a clever ratings ploy in the ongoing battle of the shows-with-a-bunch-of-women-sitting-at-a-table, Sharon Osbourne zinged the competition at "The View" only to follow up with a tender apology.

Osbourne, a host of "The Talk," told Arsenio Hall this week that while she believed Barbara Walters was divine, her three other hosts "could go [expletive deleted] themselves."

On Thursday, she apologized to Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy on the set of her own show, saying, "I was inappropriate and I was trying to be funny at somebody else's expense."

Kelly Cuoco Gets Married on 'Ellen'
PHOTO: Newly engaged actress Kaley Cuoco makes an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Nov. 7, 2013.
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A routine talk-show visit became an affair to remember, when Ellen DeGeneres surprised sitcom star Kelly Cuoco with an impromptu wedding ceremony.

DeGeneres surprised Cuoco and fiancé Ryan Sweeting with a veil, flowers and an ordained minister, telling them, "We have this ready. Should you choose, we can do it."

"It will save you so much money," DeGeneres continued. "You can dance afterward."

The couple were "married" by DeGeneres' head writer, who had recently become ordained.

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