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Hello Kitty (centre), a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, poses with clerks during a morning meeting before the opening on November 1, 2014Hello Kitty, Japan's global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park. The moon-faced creation, who has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry, began her birthday by trying her hand as manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district. Kitty, who adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over, also celebrated her birthday with fans at her creators' theme park Sanrio Puroland in western Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel chain, meanwhile, opened Hello Kitty hotel rooms in Tokyo on Saturday, decorated floor to ceiling with pictures of the cuddly character.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.


Daredevil Nik Wallenda, responds to a question during a news conference Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Chicago. On Sunday, Wallenda will attempt to walk uphill at a 15-degree angle from the Marina City west tower across the Chicago River to the top of the 635-foot Leo Burnett Building. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.


FILE - In this June 30, 2012 file photo, people ride on a sightseeing bus painted with a Hello Kitty character in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.


FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


Chelsea Handler walks the red carpet during the 2014 Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19, 2014 in Washington, DCUS comedienne Chelsea Handler is fighting with Instagram after it took down a topless picture she posted looking similar to a famous shirtless picture of Russian President Vladmir Putin on horseback. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin," the 39-year-old actress and talk show host said on her Twitter feed after the spat erupted Thursday night. The picture showed Handler on a horse, next to one of a similar pose to Putin in 2009, which provoked much amused debate at the time over his attempts to present him as an all-action leader. Are we in 1825?" adding: "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me.


Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, 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.


FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."


In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, actress Melissa Fumero poses in New York to promote her Fox comedy series "Brooklyn Nine Nine." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg.


This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)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.


FILE--In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, actor Matthew McConaughey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Interstellar," in central London. In the sci-fi extravaganza out Nov. 5, 2014, a particularly acerbic robot named TARS (portrayed by Bill Irwin) accompanies a team of astronauts led by McConaughey's pilot Cooper to find humankind a new home after an ecological disaster wrecks earth. "If anything, he's the one Cooper gets along with the most out of anyone up there," said McConaughey. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride — and they're just not on board to sweep the floors.


FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


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


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)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.


Hello Kitty fans pose for photos in a giant tea cup at the Hello Kitty Con, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, 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)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.


Mark Bautista speaks during an interview to AFP, in Quezon City, suburban Manila, August 13, 2014The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines' Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship. Now, he is performing to sold-out crowds at one of the world's most prestigious theatre venues, cast as ex-Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos in "Here Lies Love", a rollicking disco-and-dictators musical. "It was never in my wildest dreams that I could get a lead role in a Manila musical... and now I have this," Bautista, 31, told AFP recently before heading to London to star in the show written by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne and Norman Cook -- a.k.a Fat Boy Slim. "Here Lies Love" tracks the rise and fall of former first lady Imelda Marcos, who partied with Hollywood stars as her husband, Ferdinand, ruled the impoverished Asian nation with an iron fist until toppled in a 1986 revolution.


This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)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.


This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)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.


This screen grab photo provided by CBS shows Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega in a scene from season 5 of the television series, "Hawaii Five O," Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Garcia is back in Hawaii and liking it with his increased role on "Hawaii Five-O." (AP Photo/CBS)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on "Lost," Jorge Garcia's career has moved along nicely from "Alcatraz" to "Hawaii Five-0" and upcoming big-screen movies.


This 2014 photo provided by Roundabout Theatre Company shows, from left, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon, Josh Hamilton and Maggie Gyllenhaal, in a scene from Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Thing," in New York. McGregor and Gyllenhaal are making their Broadway debut as lovers in the play which opens Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the American Airlines Theater in New York. (AP Photo/Roundabout Theatre Company, Joan Marcus)NEW YORK (AP) — The first time "The Real Thing" came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival.


The San Francisco Giants celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.


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)WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer.


Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bidKEARNS, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake City officials don't know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance.


San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, right, and catcher Buster Posey celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.


This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)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.


PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — 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.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — 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.

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)NEW YORK (AP) — 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.


Carla Hall had two conditions for opening her first restaurant: The menu had to be Nashville hot chicken and the money had to be crowdsourced.

This undated image provided by Penguin Random House shows Gabrielle Hamilton's new book, “Prune,” named after her famous Manhattan eatery. The recipe book for the home cook was written as if directed to her own line cooks. (AP Photo/Penguin Random House)NEW YORK (AP) — "I can't believe I have to say this," Gabrielle Hamilton admonishes us in an asparagus recipe, "but please arrange with all the tips facing the same direction. Not in a chaotic jumble."


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)LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.


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)NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already.


VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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.

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)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.


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)NEW YORK (AP) — 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.


FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo Polish-French film director Roman Polanski holds his best director award during the 39th French Cesar Awards Ceremony in Paris, Friday Feb. 28, 2014. Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, Boguslawa Marcinkowska, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — 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.


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)LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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.


FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014 file photo actor David Tennant attends the Film Independent Screening of Fox's "Gracepoint"in Los Angeles. Tennant plays Det. Emmett Carver in "Gracepoint," Fox’s remake of the BBC crime drama "Broadchurch" that airs on Thursdays. (AP Photo/Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)Expect the BBC crime drama "Broadchurch" to go in a "very unexpected direction" in season two, says actor David Tennant.


Copyright 5/8/2014 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 10/26/2014, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2014 The Nielsen Company.

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