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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:03

iTunes to allow donations for typhoon relief

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is giving iTunes users a chance to donate to relief efforts for the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines. Users can go to the iTunes store to donate to the American Red Cross; funds raised will go to help the Asian nation, which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The official death toll is over 1,700, but as many as 10,000 are feared dead and more than 9 million people have been affected. iTunes has done the same to raise funds for those affected by other tragedies, most recently for Superstorm Sandy. Apple says it was able to donate $2.5 million for Sandy relief based on donations from iTunes users and its own employees. Apple said Tuesday it didn't have a specific end-date for the campaign.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:53

"Yellow Submarine" art will be auctioned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 50 pieces of production art from the Beatles movie "Yellow Submarine" will be auctioned off. One of the most notable pieces is a hand-painted color model cel featuring the animated versions of all four Beatles, with color instructions and information on where Ringo Starr's rings should go. It's expected to sell for about $12,000. Other artwork shows The Beatles in different situations, the Pepperland band, the Blue Meanies, and a cel with dozens of versions of the Yellow Submarine itself. The auction also includes cels from a proposed 1970 TV cartoon involving The Beach Boys and four animated cels from "Pink Floyd: The Wall." The auction will be November 20 in Beverly Hills, California.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:53

Movie Box Office

UNDATED(AP) - "Thor: The Dark World" takes first place as the weekend box office hero. Disney's superhero sequel, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, earned $85.7 million when it opened domestically. It knocked last weekend's winner, Lionsgate's "Ender's Game," down to fifth. Box office numbers show "Bad Grandpa" in the number-two spot for the second weekend in a row with $11.3 million. "Free Birds" and "Last Vegas" are in third- and fourth-place.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:52

Rob Lowe stars as President Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Rob Lowe has a hit playing J.F.K on National Geographic Channel. The "Killing Kennedy" film, with Rob Lowe portraying the President John F. Kennedy, was watched by 3.4 million people Sunday night. According to the Nielsen company, "Killing Kennedy" is the most-watched show ever on the network, by a mere 3,000 viewers. The film edged last winter's telecast of "Killing Lincoln" about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Both assassination efforts are based on books by Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. Production is to start early next year on "Killing Jesus."

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:52

ABC Family Fashions

 WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Now you can dress like some of your favorite characters on shows on ABC Family channel. There's a new clothing line inspired by the characters on "The Fosters," "Twisted," "Switched at Birth," and "Baby Daddy." It's called Crush by Wet Seal. Actress Chelsea Kane says she thinks the style of her serious but girly "Baby Daddy" character, Riley, "definitely translates." Maia Mitchell, who stars on "The Fosters," says the fact that her character Callie has her own fashion line is definitely something she didn't foresee. But, "it's really cool." Kylie Bunbury plays Lacey on "Twisted." She says she thinks the fashions will appeal to the entire demographic of what ABC Family is. She says it's great that viewers can get affordable clothing like items worn by characters they really love. ABC Family says the idea for the line resulted from fans asking how to get the looks worn by their favorite characters.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:52

"The Voice"

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Last night, the Top 12 performed on "The Voice." Tonight, two of them will be sent home. Kat Robichaud did a Voice first during her performance -- crowd surfing. She fell into the arms of the crowd as she performed "Sail." The coaches were amazed that the Team CeeLo member was able to sing as members of the crowd passed her over their heads. Will Champlin impresses his coach Adam Levine with his voice and his attitude. Champlin says he loves music way too much. Levine says he'll always remember that. Levine adds having that mindset is the only way to succeed in the tough music business.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:51

"Dancing with the Stars"

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Perfect isn't good enough on "Dancing With the Stars." Moments after Elizabeth Berkley Lauren got another round of perfect 10s from the judges, she was sent home. There was loud booing from the crowd as Tom Bergeron announced this week's results. Bill Engvall looked shocked. The comedian has been among this season's lowest scorers and was at the bottom of the heap again last night. But the viewers keep him in the competition. Corbin Bleu also got a round of perfect 10s last night and he'll be back again next week. There are just two weeks left in this season.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's casino will mark the 30th anniversary of the movie "A Christmas Story," parts of which were filmed in the department store that now houses the casino. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened last year in the old Higbee building downtown. It says the movie will be highlighted throughout the casino during the season. The Higbee building and its holiday-decorated windows had a starring role in the 1983 film. This year, the casino will re-create the nostalgic animatronic holiday scenes that adorned the store's street-level windows back in the day. Cleveland also is home to "A Christmas Story" House and Museum. That's the house where hero Ralphie Parker lived in movie. The museum also is planning 30th anniversary events.

Monday, 11 November 2013 10:07

American Idol preview

UNDATED (AP) - Fox is showing how different the atmosphere will be at the judges' table on "American Idol" this season. The first peek at the new season shows Harry Connick Junior cracking up Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban and all judges seemingly getting along, unlike last season when Mariah Carey was feuding with Nikki Minaj. The preview showed two singers from Detroit being praised by the judges. Keith Urban says one of them looked like a lost Osmond brother, Ronny Osmond. The other is an R-and-B singer who Connick says will be "a nightmare" to the other contestants because she's so good. Of course, they had to show some clunkers, too, including a mumbler and a guy who twerked to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Season 13 starts January 15.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Justin Bieber's manager says food poisoning made him quit the stage in Buenos Aires, drawing boos from a huge crowd in River Plate stadium. The star also blamed a sick stomach, and posted a "selfie" photo on Twitter showing himself receiving intravenous fluids. Bieber's team made no announcements Monday on whether he'll make it up to fans who paid up to $320 to see him up close. His manager Scooter Braun says Bieber managed to perform for nearly an hour against doctor's advice. Bieber said "I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm out of energy," and apologized as he blew the audience a kiss and walked offstage with his head hung low.

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