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UU ...... a HOLLYWOOD -- Is anyone bothered by "Arthur Christmas," who Sony Pic- tures claims is the son of Santa Claus? Santa can be traced back to 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore gave the word the poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas." He also was known as Father Christmas and Kris Kringle, and in Greek and Byzantine folklore he is referred to as Basil of Caesarea. In 1996, a TV movie with music by Jerry Herman ("Hello Dolly" and "Mame") and starring An- gela Lansbury gave us a detailed and close-up look at "Mrs. Santa Claus." In 2002, ABC Family gave us "Santa Claus, Jr." with Nick Stabile as Kris Kringle Jr., and now we have "Arthur Christmas," in 3D no less. Not only did they create Arthur out of thin air, but they've also invented a brother named Steve and Santa's father, Grand-Santa. The questions that beg for answers are ... if Santa and Mrs. Claus are almost 200 years old, can they still have children? Does anyone with a pen have the right to make up family members for one of the greatest folklore figures the world has ever known? Judging from the disappointing box-office receipts for "Arthur Christmas," people aren't in a rush to update the family tree for Father Xmas ! The cable station Antenna TV recently revived the old Three Stooges shorts. The Farrelly Brothers homage to "The Three Stooges" is being released in April by Sony Pictures, which just happens to own Antenna TV. Chris Diamantopoulas is Moe, "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes is Larry, and "Mad TV's" Will Sasso is Curly. This film won't be like the 2000 TV film which had Paul Ben-Victor as Moe, "Sex and the City's" Evan Han- dler as Larry and "The Shield's" Michael Chiklis as Curly. That film was about how the Stooges were taken advantage of by Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn, who produced their black-and- white short films. .......................... This new film is about the characters in those shorts, with all the physical humor and slapstick. Added star power is pro- vided by "Glee's" Jane Lynch, "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara, "Dreamgirls" Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Larry David and "Jersey Shore" stars Snookie and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. In true Far- relly Brothers fashion, they've crafted a vehicle that has the Stooges trying to save their childhood orphanage, inadvertently stumbling onto a murder plot and starring in a reality TV show. The trailers online look very funny, but can they sustain it for a full-length film? Even the Stooges would?ve done a double take at having to work with Snookie and The Situation! Hey Snookie, "pick 2 fingers !" Send letters to Tony Rizzo's Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulas, Sean Hayes 1. GEN- ERAL KNOWL- EDGE: by Ffti W h i c h R0drigue z youth group's slogan is "Learn by doing"? 2. TELEVISION: Who was the German commandant of Stalag 13 in TV's"Hogan's Heroes"? 3. U.S. GOVERNMENT: VChich state did Harry Byrd represent in the U.S. Senate for 32 years? 4. INVENTORS: Who was the inventor of the first practical process of photography? 5. MYTHOLOGY: Who was the Greek goddess Persephone? 6. HISTORY: What did Jack Ruby, who killed JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, do for a living? 7. SPORTS: When was the Stanley Cup first awarded? 8. THEATER: Tennessee Williams won a Pulitizer Prize for which one of his plays in 1948? 9. GEOGRAPHY: The c.ity of Cartagena, Spain, lies next to which body of water? 10. EXPLORERS: What was the nationality of polar explorer Roaid Amundsen? ANSWERS 1.4-H 2. Col. Wilhelm Klink 3. Virginia 4. Louis Daguerre 5. Queen of the underworld 6. Ruby was a Dallas nightclub owner 7. 1893 8. "A Streetcar Named Desire" 9. Mediterranean Sea 10. Norweigan ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A hectic period begins to wind down. Take time to draw some deep breaths and relax before getting into your next project. A long-ab- sent family member makes contact. . TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You're eager to move forward with a new chal- lenge that suddenly dropped in your lap. But you'd be wise to take this one step at a time to allow new developments to come through. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You're almost ready to make a commitment. A lingering doubt or two, however, should be resolved before you move ahead. An as- sociate could provide important answers. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Caution is still the watchword as you move closer toward a decision about a new situation. If you act too fast, you might miss some vital warning signs. Go slowly and stay alert. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your new goal looks promising, and your golden touch does much to enhance its prospects for success. In your private life, Cupid does his best to make your new relationship special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) That impatient side of yours is looking to goad you into moving before you're ready to take that big step. Stay calm and cool. Let things fall into place before you act. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A legal matter you hoped could finally be settled could be a pesky problem for a while, until all the parties agree to stop disagreeing with each other. Be patient. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Partnerships -- personal or professional -- which began before the new year take on new importance. They also reveal some previously hidden risks. So be warned. SAGrITARIUS (November 22 to Decem- ber 21) Your associates are firmly on your side, and that persistent problem that has caused you to delay some activities should soon be resolved to your satisfaction. CAPRICORN (December 22 to Janu- ary 19) Favorable changes continue to dominate, and you should be respo.nding positively as they emerge. Someone wants to become more involved in what you:re doing. AQUARIUS (January 20 to Februaryd 8) A friend wants to share a secret that coald answer some questions you've wonderel about for a long time. Meanwhile, travdl aspects continue to be strong. : PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Sta2 on your new course despite so-called well- meaning efforts to discourage you. Rely on your deep sense of self-awareness to guide you to do what's right for you. BORN THIS WEEK: You have the capac- ity to meet challenges that others might find overwhelming, and turn them into success- fill ventures. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.