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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of "The Audience." Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan's play, which explores the monarch's relationships ...

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)

Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. 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. ...

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)

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

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 ...

Keith Nunez, left, takes pictures of his wife, Carolina, at the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention,  Hello Kitty Con, 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)

Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention. Hello Kitty Con is expected to draw some 25,000 fans over four days. Long lines snaked through the sold-out event Thursday at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum ...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The lawyer for a man who was punched by Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, that a settlement had been reached.  (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP, File)

Md. man punched by Chris Brown settles lawsuit

The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1nU8ebT ) that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed on Thursday that a settlement had been reached. He did ...

Professor's 'Game of Thrones' punishment rescinded

A New Jersey professor suspended after he posted an online photo containing a quote from "Game of Thrones" has had his punishment rescinded by the college. Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen County Community College, said he was suspended for 11 days after posting a photo in ...

Allman dropped from Georgia lawsuit in train crash

Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a biographical movie about the Allman Brothers Band singer, attorneys said Thursday. Lawyers for the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones said they decided to dismiss all claims against ...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, TV personality Takema "Tiny" Harris arrives at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes. Harris, once a member of the '90s R&B group Xscape, told ABC News on Thursday that she traveled to Africa a little more than two weeks ago for cosmetic eye implants that changed her eye color from brown to ice gray.  (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP, File)

Tiny Harris defends implants to change eye color

Reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes. Harris, once a member of the '90s R&B group Xscape, told ABC News on Thursday ...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke in New York. A federal judge ruled Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, that a trial will be needed to determine whether the 2012 hit song "Blurred Lines" by Pharrell and Thicke improperly copied elements of Marvin Gaye's music. The singers and Gaye's children have pursued dueling lawsuits over "Blurred Lines" since August 2013.  (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Judge: Trial needed to solve 'Blurred Lines' case

A jury should decide a claim by the children of Marvin Gaye that the 2012 hit song "Blurred Lines" improperly copied elements of their father's music, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt made the ruling after reviewing conflicting analyses by experts hired by Robin Thicke ...

Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador

Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. Swift's new gig as New York City's global welcome ambassador is getting a Bronx cheer (not that she knows what that is) from locals who questioned her street cred and mocked the videos she made for the ...

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece. Officials first noticed the whitening patina in 2010 and immediately launched an investigation. The ...

In this May 2011 handout photo, made available on Oct. 30, 2014 by the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a bust of the late Colorado musician John Denver sits on the induction wall at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame Museum at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo. Police say the bust was stolen from the 1st Bank Center during KBPI-FM’s Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball on the night of Tuesday, Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Rich Clarkson and Associates)

John Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball

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 ...

In this Oct. 29, 2014 image released by ABC, co-hosts from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Rosie O'Donnell appear on the set of the daytime talk show "The View," in New York. ABC says "The View" is being claimed by the network's news division after 18 seasons under ABC’s entertainment side. This move is the latest in a drastic makeover for the daytime chat show, whose ratings have slipped in recent years. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)

'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping

ABC's daytime chat show "The View," which has failed to catch fire following an overhaul this fall, is switching to the network's news side after being part of ABC's entertainment operation for 18 years. ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday assigned Tom Cibrowski, the producer responsible for the "Good ...

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16:  Roman Polanski (C) is pictured with actors  after 'Le Bal Des Vampires' : Premiere at Theatre Mogador on October 16, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/French Select/Getty Images)

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Krakow, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further interrogations. Polanski was ...

Rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight appears in court on a traffic warrant Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Las Vegas following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case. Thursday's court appearance for the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records stems from a suspended license charge in Las Vegas. Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera on Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend

Rap music figure Marion "Suge" Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned ...

Rare Jefferson letters go on display at NYC museum

Twenty-one rarely seen letters by Thomas Jefferson have gone on display at the Museum of the City of New York. The correspondence with Robert Livingston was written from 1800 to 1803. Livingston was chancellor of New York state. He administered President George Washington's oath of office 12 years before Jefferson ...

This 2014 photo provided by CBS shows, from left, Tyler Ritter as Ronny, Jack McGee as Arthur and Laurie Metcalf as Marjorie, in a scene from the pilot for the CBS comedy, "The McCarthys," premiering Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television network.  (AP Photo/CBS, Robert Voets)

'McCarthys' inspired by creator's modern family

After the sitcom "Happy Endings" was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired "The McCarthys," a new CBS comedy about sports-obsessed brood with one gay son. Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact. For one, the son, Ronny, played ...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2003 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, center, speaks out during a poetry reading at the First Congrational Church in Manchester, Vt. Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, died of leukemia,Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87. (AP Photo/Alden Pellett, File)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He ...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2003 file photo, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight walks out of the Los Angeles County jail, in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles prosecutors say Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with one count of robbery on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, after a paparazzo reported the men stole her camera in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Suge Knight, Katt Williams charged with robbery

Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Prosecutors say Williams and Knight, who founded Death Row Records, were arrested Wednesday. Knight has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and ...

FILE - This Feb. 22, 1982 file photo shows actor and movie director Orson Welles during a press conference in Paris. Welles’s last film may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema’s most storied unfinished creations. The New York Times  reported Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 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.”  (AP Photo/Jacques Langevin, File)

Orson Welles' last film may finally be released

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 ...

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