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Hollywood for Havana

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and James Caan arrived in Cuba on Wednesday for an undisclosed “research project,” although a spokesman would not say what that was. It comes as President Obama has eased travel restrictions in the country on relatives, but the actors still had to get permission through the Treasury Department.

Dan Rather has proposed a White House commission on the public media to try to come up with ways to save ailing print and broadcast outlets.

Matt Damon attended TV Press Tour to promote “The People Speak,” based on a book by Howard Zinn. In the process, he got queried about his comments last fall about Sarah Palin, calling his candidacy like a “bad Disney movie.” “I couldn’t believe it,” said Damon. “Certainly, that whole campaign was a next-generation campaign in the sense that YouTube and all these different things existed that weren’t really around in 2004. Campaigning is different now than it was a couple of cycles ago. I think that little interview was a small part of that.”

William Shatner returned to the beat by reading Sarah Palin’s tweets on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”


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