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Allen’s newest film

Woody Allen’s upcoming film “Magic in the Moonlight” will be a 1920s romantic comedy set on the French Riviera.

Little had been known about Allen’s next film before Thursday, when Sony Pictures Classics announced it will distribute “Magic in the Moonlight.” It stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden.

Sony Pictures Classics said it’s about “an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.” The film is set “against the backdrop of the Cote d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.”

No release date was announced. It’s Allen’s seventh film for Sony Pictures Classics.

N. Dakota buys Welk home

Pop the cork and start the bubble machine: North Dakota has agreed to buy the boyhood home of Lawrence Welk, the maestro of “champagne music” and one of the state’s most famous sons.

The North Dakota State Historical Society voted, 6-5, Friday to buy the Strasburg homestead from Welk’s nieces, Evelyn Schwab, 84, and Edna Schwab, 80. The property in the southern part of the state has been listed for sale for more than a year, with an asking price of $125,000. A final sale price hasn’t been negotiated.

“Twenty years ago, we would never have thought of selling it,” Evelyn Schwab said. “The time has come now.”

The Schwabs have given tours of the farmstead since it was restored with private funds in the early 1990s. Welk donated about $140,000 for the restoration before his death in 1992 at age 89.

The site drew more than 7,000 people in 1992, but attendance has since slipped to only a few hundred per year, the Schwabs said.

Pageant stays in Atlantic City

Miss America is staying in Atlantic City.

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri on Friday announced the next pageant will take place in the New Jersey shore resort Sept. 14.

Preliminary competitions are scheduled over three nights in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from Sept. 9 to 11.

Davuluri, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, was crowned Miss America in September. The pageant originated in Atlantic City in 1921 and spent six years in Las Vegas before returning to New Jersey last year.

Davuluri plans to use her Miss America scholarship to attend medical school.

The program will be televised by ABC.

Palin takes it outdoors

Sarah Palin says she doesn’t expect her new outdoors television show on the Sportsman Channel to be political – at least not overtly so.

Given her background, though, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate said Friday that some may seep through. She said she’s interested in promoting freedom of speech and gun owners’ rights.

Her show, “Amazing America,” premieres on the outdoors-oriented network in April. The show profiles personalities who like hunting and fishing. Palin will serve as the host, introducing the featured personalities, and occasionally traveling to where they live.