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Tokyo film festival packs superhero punch

Posters of movies to be shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival are seen on October 22, 2014 The Tokyo International Film Festival opened on Thursday with cult superhero "Ultraman" swooshing down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 27th edition of TIFF, which runs until October 31, focuses heavily on Japanese animated movies and will showcase the works of director Hideaki Anno, widely considered the natural successor to Oscar-winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki. Among the movies to be screened are the world premiere of the animated superhero comedy "Big Hero 6", about the crime-fighting adventures of a Japanese boy and his robot, which Disney hopes will be a Christmas hit. "Tokyo was a huge inspiration for this film," said John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios.


Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

FILE - A Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 file photo showing Wilko Johnson, guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood, performing at one of four farewell concerts in the UK, at the Koko club in north London. Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live. Accepting a trophy Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the Q Awards, 67-year-old Johnson said he had undergone radical surgery to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor. He said: "They cured me." Johnson said he hoped to go back on the road soon, "and the moral of the story is you never know what's going to happen." (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) LONDON (AP) — British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live.


Dancing priests become Internet sensation

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson dance before an interview with the Associated Press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider of Hyde Park, New York and the Rev. John Gibson of Milwaukee first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed during a fund-raiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary just up the hill from the Vatican. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File) ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.


Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

IFLE - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, United States' Abby Wambach celebrates her goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the second half of a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada in June 2015 _ and if the favored U.S. squad advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.


Tony Gonzalez enjoys talking football, too

DENVER (AP) — Tony Gonzalez is having as much fun talking football as he did playing it.

Tokyo film festival packs a superhero punch

Posters of movies to be shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival are seen on October 22, 2014 The Tokyo International Film Festival opens on Thursday with its focus heavily on Japanese animated movies and with cult superhero "Ultraman" set to swoosh down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 27th edition of TIFF, which runs until October 31, will showcase the works of director Hideaki Anno, widely considered the natural successor to Oscar-winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki and celebrated in his own right after his sci-fi series "Evangelion" became a nationwide smash in the 1990s. Among the movies to be screened on Thursday's opening night are the animated superhero comedy "Big Hero 6", about the crime-fighting adventures of a Japanese boy and his robot, which Disney hopes will be a Christmas hit. Guests include gothic filmmaker Tim Burton while "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is among a panel of six judges for the Tokyo Grand Prix, which offers a prize of $50,000 for best film.


Charli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance

Singer Charli XCX performs to high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium.


Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters

FILE - In this May 14, 2010 file photo, Kenny G, smooth jazz saxophonist, performs during a media event announcing his concert, in Taipei, Taiwan. Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about meddling by foreign forces. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File) HONG KONG (AP) — Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces.


Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

Mohammed Assaf, a 24-year-old Palestinian who won last year's TV singing contest Arab Idol, talks during an interview at The Associated Press office in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Assaf said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.


Spanish town hopes for 'Game of Thrones' tourism boost

Extras acting in the TV series of the 'Game of Thrones' leave the bullring as film crews begin shooting part of the fifth season of the popular US fantasy show, in the southern Spanish city of Osuna, on October 22, 2014 Fans of the "Game of Thrones" fantasy TV series are flocking to the historic Spanish town of Osuna, where part of its fifth season is being filmed, fuelling hopes the show will deliver a lasting tourism boost. They want to take photos with the actors, at the locations used in filming," the owner of the 30-room Hotel Esmeralda in Osuna, Alberto Piedra, told AFP. To attract fans of the series after film crews have left, Osuna's business association plans to offer special location tours while one restaurant will redecorate in a "Game of Thrones" theme. The town hall is also thinking of setting up a museum dedicated to the film shoot and will update its tourism web page to highlight the sites featured in the series, Osuna mayor Rosario Andujar said.


Judge nixes Teresa Giudice's halfway house bid

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, center, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, right, of Montville Township, N.J., walk toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse before a court appearance, in Newark, N.J. Teresa Giudice is petitioning to serve most of her federal prison sentence in a halfway house. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. Her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge won't recommend that prison officials allow "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice to serve most of her prison sentence in a halfway house.


Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another.

Cuomo memoir sales off to slow start in 1st week

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) tempered expectations about how well his new memoir is selling, the first results are in.

Mexico banda musician found dead in northern state

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — A member of the popular musical group Banda el Recodo was found dead in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan early Wednesday, and his wife and her alleged lover were detained on suspicion of murder.

Review: Shailene Woodley gets lost in a blizzard

In this image released by Magnolia Pictures, Shiloh Fernandez, left, and Shailene Woodley appear in a scene from "White Bird in a Blizzard." (AP Photo/Magnolia Pictures) By now, there should be no question in anyone's mind that Shailene Woodley is an actress on a rapid-fire journey to stardom. She's enchanted us in enough films — "The Descendants," ''The Spectacular Now," ''The Fault in Our Stars" — that one less-than-stellar film won't alter her upward trajectory.


Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Season Hotel on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life."


How Cooper will stay limber for 'Elephant Man'

FILE - In this march 2, 2014 file photo, Bradley Cooper arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Cooper will star in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man," 14-week run opening on December 7 at the Booth Theater with previews starting on November 7. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Cooper will contort his limbs into uncomfortable positions for eight shows a week when he begins his run in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man." That means he'll need to take extra care of his body to stay limber.


Rockettes to try again to dance this spring

FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Diane Paulus arrives at the 2014 TIME 100 Gala in New York. The Rockettes are taking a second stab at opening a spring show and they’re leaning on some Broadway stars to do it. MSG Entertainment said Warren Carlyle, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner have signed up to put together “New York Spring Spectacular” for Radio City Music Hall this March. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockettes are taking a second stab at opening a spring show, and they're leaning on some Broadway creative stars to do it.


China's Yan Lianke receives Franz Kafka prize

PRAGUE (AP) — Yan Lianke, a Chinese author who has seen some of his novels banned in his homeland, has received the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic.

Q&A: Poitras on capturing history in a hotel room

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Laura Poitras poses for a portrait in New York. Poitras' one-of-a-kind documentary "Citizenfour," intimately captures Edward Snowden during his leak of NSA documents. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine if Bob Woodward's clandestine meetings in a Washington D.C. parking garage with Deep Throat had been documented — or, better yet, filmed by Woodward, himself.


Sax player behind 'Baker Street' solo dies at 60

This is a an undated family handout photo of Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street. Ravenscroft's family said he died Sunday Oct 19, 2014 at a hospital in Exeter, southwest England. Ravenscroft was 60. (AP Photo/Roy Anderson/Family, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE LONDON (AP) — Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos of all time on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," has died. He was 60.


Review: 'John Wick' delivers non-stop action

This photo released by Lionsgate shows Keanu Reeves as John Wick in a scene from the film, "John Wick." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, David Lee) LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves' Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on "John Wick," a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular action debut. After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups.


Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, William Shatner arrives for the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "As You Like It," in Los Angeles. Shatner stars in and produces the home renovation series “The Shatner Project,” which premieres on the DIY Network on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. EDT. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Trek" may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again.


NBC promoting Weir, Lipinski to top skating team

FILE - This March 2, 2014, file photo shows Johnny Weir, left, and Tara Lipinski at the Oscars in Los Angeles. NBC is promoting Weir and Lipinski to its top figure skating broadcasting team. The network said Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, that the two former Olympians and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon will take over the role starting with this week's Skate America. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, after attracting attention for their rapport and fashion sense in an understudy role at the Sochi Olympics, were promoted by NBC on Wednesday to its top figure skating broadcast team.


Annie Lennox embraces jazzy 'Nostalgia'

In this Oct. 9, 2014 photo, musician Annie Lennox poses for a portrait during an interview in Los Angeles to promote her new CD "Nostalgia." (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP) LONDON (AP) — How do you follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles without sinking in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles? The answer, for Annie Lennox at least, is to throw out, to the greatest degree possible, the work of these giants and tackle some of their classics anew: no use of their phrasing, their arrangements, their orchestral sheets allowed.


Cinderella musical on tour stars a new mom

This image released by Allied Live shows Paige Faure as Cinderella in "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella,"on tour. The tour is now in Florida and plans stops in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Iowa and South Carolina. (AP Photo/Allied Live, Carol Rosegg) NEW YORK (AP) — The actress playing Cinderella on tour has something much more precious than a pair of sparkly slippers waiting backstage. She's got a bouncing baby boy.


Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls

Breaking Bad figures NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.


Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland

A security agent stands in front of the new "Oscar de la Renta" fashion showroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The Dominican government declared a day of official mourning after Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez) SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear.


Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies

Alfred Wertheimer Photo Exhibition At 13th European Elvis Festival LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died.


From Kors to DVF, fashion mourns de la Renta

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file) NEW YORK (AP) — Fun, sunny, romantic. Oscar de la Renta approached fashion and life on those terms, but there was more, so much more, those who loved and admired the designer say.


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