Archive for month: October, 2016

Perry’s ‘Madea’ stuns Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ in box office upset

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Hanks. Tom Cruise. Ben Affleck. None of them have been a match for Tyler Perry's Madea. In a surprise victory at the weekend box office, Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" toppled another A-lister as Hanks' and Ron Howard's new Dan Brown adaption, "Inferno," went up in flames. Perry's latest movie about his tough-talking grandmother remained No. 1 for the second straight week with an estimated $16.7 million. That was enough to scare away the third installment of Read more [...]

Review: NYC revival of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ crackles

NEW YORK (AP) -- Late in the new Broadway revival of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Janet McTeer encounters a real, flickering candle. She's playing a devious aristocrat who is angry and happy to prove her mettle. So the actress quietly puts her palm over the flame, lets it hang there for a moment - and then snuffs it out with a slap. It's a lovely bit of stagecraft, in keeping with a brilliant production that comes to the Booth Theatre after starting at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Read more [...]

The 13 women who could show Bill Cosby had a pattern

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Did Bill Cosby drug and molest young women as part of a "signature" crime spree spanning five decades? Prosecutors preparing for his sexual-assault trial hope to call 13 of about 60 accusers to show just that. The defense will question their relevance and attack their credibility in high-stakes pretrial hearings that start Tuesday in suburban Philadelphia. The fallen superstar is charged over a single 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand, a former employee at Temple Read more [...]

A look at challenges Uber has faced around the world

31 Oct 2016 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- A British tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers should be considered employees, not independent contractors, and are therefore entitled to paid vacation time and a minimum wage. The decision is subject to appeal, which Uber says it will file. But if upheld, it could increase the operating costs for the ride-hailing service and encourage more legal action. The company has run into resistance in many countries in the past, from both regulators and taxi associations. Some Read more [...]

Payments promised town residents if voters OK wind project

31 Oct 2016 0 Comments
GRAFTON, Vt. (AP) -- Political style yard-signs with the giant word "NO" over the image of a wind turbine pop up on roads leading into the southern Vermont town of Grafton, evidence that yet another community in the state is debating whether to become home to an industrial wind farm. But added to an already emotional debate in Grafton and neighboring Windham is the developer's promise of direct payments to residents of the two towns if voters approve the project Nov. 8. Some are calling Read more [...]

Moon Lake? Mohn Lake? Geographer probes mystery of lake name

31 Oct 2016 0 Comments
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana lake that residents want to name may already have a title. John and Sharon Ramsey's quest to label the lake so that it could be stocked with fish led two people to come forward with options that they each say are the original, reported the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/2eRWp3Q ). About six decades of maps from the U.S. Geological Survey carry no name for the lake, which partially sits on the couple's property. Montana State Library geographer Gerry Daumiller Read more [...]

Amy Schumer essay: ‘Formation’ video is a tribute to Beyonce

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Amy Schumer has more to say about her "Formation" video that shows her singing and dancing to the Beyonce song alongside Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. Schumer says in an essay published late Thursday that the video it is not a parody but a tribute approved by Beyonce and husband Jay Z. "It was NEVER a parody," Schumer writes. "It was just us women celebrating each other. The video Beyonce made was so moving and I wouldn't ever make fun of that." Beyonce's Read more [...]

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie sell their New Orleans home

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans' French Quarter. Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court's Office show the property sold for $4.9 million. Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million. The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward neighborhood. Read more [...]

Powder sprinkled into opera pit may have been human ashes

NEW YORK (AP) -- A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York's Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover's ashes, police say. The freakish incident during a Saturday afternoon performance of Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" forced Met officials to cancel the rest of the show as well as an evening performance of a second opera. John Miller, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner in charge of intelligence and counterterrorism, said several audience Read more [...]

Correction: Twitter-In Need Of Change story

30 Oct 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a story Oct. 27 about changes awaiting Twitter users, The Associated Press misidentified the Twitter user who made comparisons to YouTube. The remarks came from Brant Moeller, CEO of a Brooklyn-based creative agency, rather than New York attorney Danny Mann. A corrected version of the story is below: More changes await Twitter users as service tries to grow Twitter users are bound to see changes as the beleaguered communications service tries to broaden its appeal Read more [...]
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