The Times Square ball, dropped at midnight on New Year's Eve, gets new pieces of glass each year. This year features a kaleidoscopic pattern and a special panel designed by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.
Fats Domino, the R&B legend, will be honored as the grand marshal of Mardis Gras parade. Fats Domino won't perform but his son Antoine Domino III, is expected to ride on a float equipped with a piano and speakers to perform his father's greatest hits.
Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, talks about her dad dressing up as Santa. Lucie Arnaz also describes her mom's blue Christmas tree. CBS will show a colorized version of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" on Friday at 8 p.m.
Phil Robertson exits: GQ magazine attributed comments disparaging gays to reality TV star Phil Robertson, spurring A&E network to remove him from 'Duck Dynasty.' He may appear in some already taped scenes in January, the network said.
Google's fastest-rising trends list offers a window on the world's mindset. This year's Google list included the deaths of three famous men: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, and Cory Monteith. The Boston Marathon bombing and the 'Harlem Shake' also made the top 10 list.
James Cameron says the three sequels to 'Avatar' will be filmed in New Zealand. While the next 'Avatar' film, due out in 2016, will be "water-centric," James Cameron says it won't be entirely underwater.
A district judge in Utah ruled Friday that key parts of the state's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, a victory for the Brown family, featured on the TLC reality show 'Sister Wives.' There are an estimated 38,000 fundamentalist Mormons who practice or believe in polygamy.
The pair met while appearing in "Rent" off-Broadway and married in 2003 after dating for seven years. They co-starred on Broadway in the show "Wild Party" in 2000 and on the TV show "Private Practice," as well as in the film version of "Rent."
Shirley MacLaine was honored along with four other performers at the Kennedy Center. She won an Oscar for best actress in "Terms of Endearment" in 1983. More recently Shirely MacLaine played Martha Levinson in "Downton Abbey."
Sound of Music: Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony winner, brought one of the emotional high points to the live NBC performance of "Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood. Audra McDonald played a majestic Mother Abbess.