Wyo. museum acquires Lone Ranger's pistol

CODY, Wyo. - A museum in Wyoming has acquired an old pistol made famous by a masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago.

The Lone Ranger's Colt .45 is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody.

The single-action revolver belonged to actor John Hart. He portrayed the Lone Ranger in the original TV series that ran from 1952 to 1954, about a masked Texas Ranger who battled injustice in the Old West. His sidekick Tonto was one of the most well-known American Indian stereotypes of all time.

Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving.

Paramount, MGM to remake 'Ben-Hur'

NEW YORK - Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will produce a new version of the historical epic "Ben-Hur," as the faith-based film revival continues on the big screen.

Paramount Pictures and MGM announced that they will co-produce "Ben-Hur" with Burnett and Downey, who also made the recent miniseries "The Bible." The film is set for release in February 2016.

Lewis Wallace's 1880 novel has been adapted several times, most notably the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. Famous for its chariot race scene, the film won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture.

Burnett and Downey also produced the recently released film "Son of God," which used footage from "The Bible."

Leno to speak at Emerson graduation

BOSTON - Jay Leno is returning to his alma mater, Emerson College, to deliver the commencement address this spring.

The small liberal arts college in Boston announced the 1973 graduate will speak at the 134th commencement ceremony on May 11. NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon will address the graduate students.

Leno hosted NBC's late-night talk show "The Tonight Show" for more than two decades before retiring in February. He was replaced by former "Saturday Night Live" star Jimmy Fallon.

The 63-year-old grew up in Andover and is known for his clean, observational humor and his caricature-like facial features, which he references in his 1996 autobiography, "Leading With My Chin."

Associated Press