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Dench losing her sight

Actress Judi Dench is battling to save her sight.

The star said in an interview published Saturday that she had been diagnosed with macular degeneration, an eye condition that can cause blindness, and that her eyesight was already so bad that she couldn't even read her own scripts.

The 77-year-old told the Daily Mirror that she was relying on friends and family to keep her up to speed with her lines.

"It's usually my daughter or my agent or a friend, and actually I like that, because I sit there and imagine the story in my mind," she told the newspaper during an interview in a London hotel.

"The most distressing thing is, in a restaurant in the evening I can't see the person I'm having dinner with."

Dench made her Shakespearean debut in 1957 at London's Old Vic and has since taken on a vast number of theater, film and television roles.

She won an Academy Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love" and is best known to international audiences as intelligence boss M in the James Bond series.


Colbert coming back

Stephen Colbert will resume production of his political parody show "The Colbert Report" today.

According to the New York Times, a representative from Comedy Central announced Sunday that the late-night show will resume tonight, with novelist Ann Patchett as guest.

Production was abruptly halted Wednesday without explanation, prompting concern among the comedian's fans.

People close to Colbert said that he was caring for his 91-year-old mother, Lorna; although that was not confirmed, he did respond to fans' well wishes on Twitter on Friday night. "My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers," Colbert wrote. "We are grateful and touched by your concern."


Vegas honors Ali

A Las Vegas casino owner paid more than a million dollars for boxing gloves Muhammad Ali used to defend his title. Samuel L. Jackson dedicated a rendition of "Stand By Me" to the boxer. And President Obama told the icon in a 70th birthday tribute that he inspired the world.

By the end of the night Saturday, all Ali needed to do to capture the hearts of 2,000 revelers in Las Vegas was go onstage and smile.

Ali sat next to Stevie Wonder, who played keyboards and sang his version of "Happy Birthday," while stars including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard and boxing promoter Bob Arum followed along.

The celebration of Ali's life and fundraiser generated millions of dollars for brain research, a mission Ali's family says is important to him in part because of his nearly 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

A set of gloves Ali used to defeat Floyd Patterson in 1965 in Las Vegas -- the first heavyweight title fight in Sin City -- sold for $1.1 million. It came with one of the original posters used to promote the fight, which had Muhammad Ali's chosen name as a subscript to Cassius Clay, the name he was born with. When Ali converted to Islam, many people resisted calling him by his new name.