Archive for month: October, 2014

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

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. Mollner is a managing partner at Freakling Bros in Las Vegas. His dad started scaring people in their front yard in 1976, and the family developed the freestanding haunted house in the 1990s. When the family realized that horror movies were getting scarier but haunted houses remained at the same thrill level, they decided to up Read more [...]

Review: ‘Interstellar’ a sublime cosmic knockout

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. As our chief large-canvas illusionist, Nolan's kaleidoscope puzzles have often dazzled more than they have moved, prizing brilliant, hocus-pocus architecture over emotional interiors. But a celestial warmth shines through Read more [...]

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There was a bit of a British invasion of Beverly Hills, 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. But the most of attendees Thursday night were Brits -- no surprise, given the party was thrown by the L.A. branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Downey received Read more [...]

Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon.com's low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 percent of all e-commerce. The company is projected to have over $89 billion in revenue this year. Its massive success has driven other sites to offer similar perks and deals to woo customers and hold on to their piece of the retail pie. Some retailers now even offer to match Amazon's prices to try to win your business. That's good news for Read more [...]

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America. The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to publicly acknowledge Read more [...]

Sony’s quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

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TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a 19.6 billion yen loss for the same July-September period a year earlier. The poor result released Friday was despite a 7 percent increase in quarterly sales to 1.9 trillion yen Read more [...]

John Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball

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DENVER (AP) -- A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. Someone at KBPI-FM's Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night pried the bronze bust off its base at the 1st Bank Center in the Denver suburb of Broomfield. The station is asking whoever took the bust to return it undamaged to its studios, no questions asked. The statue belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. It was donated Read more [...]

Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock `n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards? The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 - the birthday of Burt Reynolds. The Mustache Hall of Fame will be a virtual-only effort initially, but AMI says it is searching for a physical location. Nominations for the inaugural class Read more [...]

Man’s own dog helps police bust him on drug charge

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge. Prattville Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow says the pooch named Bo followed his fleeing master, who was being pursued by officers. When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, she says, officers found and arrested Edwin Henderson. Barlow says the chase began when two drug officers arrived Wednesday with a search warrant and Henderson took off running. After an investigator Read more [...]

Orson Welles’ last film may finally be released

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orson Welles's last film may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations. The New York Times ( http://nyti.ms/1vhvcYa ) reported Wednesday that a Los Angeles-based production company, Royal Road Entertainment, has agreed to buy the rights to Welles' largely unseen "The Other Side of the Wind." Producers are planning to unveil the film in time for the centennial anniversary of Welles' birth on May 6. The semi-autobiographical Read more [...]
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