31 October 2014

Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.


31 October 2014

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

31 October 2014

Wallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, responds to a question during a news conference Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Chicago. On Sunday, Wallenda will attempt to walk uphill at a 15-degree angle from the Marina City west tower across the Chicago River to the top of the 635-foot Leo Burnett Building. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.


31 October 2014

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


31 October 2014

Instagram bans US comedienne's topless Putin jab

Chelsea Handler walks the red carpet during the 2014 Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19, 2014 in Washington, DCUS comedienne Chelsea Handler is fighting with Instagram after it took down a topless picture she posted looking similar to a famous shirtless picture of Russian President Vladmir Putin on horseback. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin," the 39-year-old actress and talk show host said on her Twitter feed after the spat erupted Thursday night. The picture showed Handler on a horse, next to one of a similar pose to Putin in 2009, which provoked much amused debate at the time over his attempts to present him as an all-action leader. Are we in 1825?" adding: "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me.


31 October 2014

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.


31 October 2014

Son to Usher: Dad, you're not a great singer

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."


31 October 2014

Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, actress Melissa Fumero poses in New York to promote her Fox comedy series "Brooklyn Nine Nine." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg.


31 October 2014

Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.


31 October 2014

Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmaker Nolan on his robots

FILE--In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, actor Matthew McConaughey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Interstellar," in central London. In the sci-fi extravaganza out Nov. 5, 2014, a particularly acerbic robot named TARS (portrayed by Bill Irwin) accompanies a team of astronauts led by McConaughey's pilot Cooper to find humankind a new home after an ecological disaster wrecks earth. "If anything, he's the one Cooper gets along with the most out of anyone up there," said McConaughey. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride — and they're just not on board to sweep the floors.


31 October 2014

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


31 October 2014

Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London. J.K. Rowling the creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700 word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.


31 October 2014

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, people react to a mock execution in the Gates of Hell haunted house in Las Vegas. The haunted house is billed as an "R-rated haunted attraction" and according to JT Mollner, a managing partner of Freakling Bros that runs the attraction, about one in five groups are so terrified they exit the house early. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers — they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush.


30 October 2014

Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

Hello Kitty fans pose for photos in a giant tea cup at the Hello Kitty Con, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.


30 October 2014

Philippine star rides dictator's coattails to West End

Mark Bautista speaks during an interview to AFP, in Quezon City, suburban Manila, August 13, 2014The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines' Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship. Now, he is performing to sold-out crowds at one of the world's most prestigious theatre venues, cast as ex-Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos in "Here Lies Love", a rollicking disco-and-dictators musical. "It was never in my wildest dreams that I could get a lead role in a Manila musical... and now I have this," Bautista, 31, told AFP recently before heading to London to star in the show written by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne and Norman Cook -- a.k.a Fat Boy Slim. "Here Lies Love" tracks the rise and fall of former first lady Imelda Marcos, who partied with Hollywood stars as her husband, Ferdinand, ruled the impoverished Asian nation with an iron fist until toppled in a 1986 revolution.


30 October 2014

Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.


30 October 2014

Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.


30 October 2014

Jorge Garcia makes the most of 'Hawaii Five-0'

This screen grab photo provided by CBS shows Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega in a scene from season 5 of the television series, "Hawaii Five O," Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Garcia is back in Hawaii and liking it with his increased role on "Hawaii Five-O." (AP Photo/CBS)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on "Lost," Jorge Garcia's career has moved along nicely from "Alcatraz" to "Hawaii Five-0" and upcoming big-screen movies.


30 October 2014

Review: 'The Real Thing' is thoroughly excellent

This 2014 photo provided by Roundabout Theatre Company shows, from left, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon, Josh Hamilton and Maggie Gyllenhaal, in a scene from Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Thing," in New York. McGregor and Gyllenhaal are making their Broadway debut as lovers in the play which opens Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the American Airlines Theater in New York. (AP Photo/Roundabout Theatre Company, Joan Marcus)NEW YORK (AP) — The first time "The Real Thing" came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival.


30 October 2014

Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series

The San Francisco Giants celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.