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Last Update on September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of the surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest has moved on. A spokesman for Yorkville Endoscopy says Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer the head of the facility -- and will no longer do procedures there. The clinic isn't elaborating on the circumstances of Cohen's departure. Rivers died September 4 at a New York hospital -- a week after she went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at the Yorkville facility. The state health department is investigating the case, as is the city's medical examiner.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports on a departure at the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Something new at one and two at the movies this weekend. The thriller "No Good Deed" opens at number-one. Idris Elba stars as an escaped convict, while Taraji P. Henson is the woman he terrorizes. The film takes in 24 and a-half million dollars this weekend. The feel-good family film "Dolphin Tale 2" opens in second place. Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd return in the sequel. "Guardians of the Galaxy" drops from first to third. But Guardians is still the year's top money-maker -- taking more than 300 million dollars so for.

There's a new number-one at the nation's theaters. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office figures.

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Sound of excerpt from "No Good Deed" scene

Sound of an excerpt from a scene in "No Good Deed," the top film at the weekend box office.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taraji P. Henson says all her Hollywood friends told her she wouldn't be able to land Idris Elba in her movie -- after the actor had landed the key role in "Mandela." But Henson says she was able to pull it off. She's the executive producer for "No Good Deed" -- and says she took the personal route to get Elba on board. She says she called him, congratulated him on getting the Mandela gig -- then reminded him that he had promised to do "No Good Deed." Henson says she threw in the fact that she was counting on the money from the film to help put her son through college. She jokes that she also begged and cried -- and that Elba "fell for it."

The movie finished number-one in this past weekend's box office race, taking in $24.5 million.

Idris Elba describes the dynamics of the movie "No Good Deed."

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson says doing all-night shoots and fight scenes for "No Good Deed" was no walk in the park.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are used to doing comedy -- having been veterans of "Saturday Night Live." So they say when they were offered roles in "Skeleton Twins," they were hoping that the movie wouldn't be something dramatic. They needn't have worried. With Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell in the cast, there was little chance of it being Shakespeare -- so they were safe. Kristen Wiig suggests that directors and producers tend to think inside the box, so it's unlikely that they'd end up with a lot of dramatic roles coming their way.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig say with all the funny people in the cast, they couldn't see "Skeleton Twins" as being anything but a comedy.

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Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig says it doesn't seem to take long to get pigeonholed as an actor.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Vincent Piazza says he copped a little something from the set of "Boardwalk Empire" when it finished recording its fifth and final season. He says he kept his cigarette lighter -- because he and it have history. He says it's one of those old-school lighters -- and he had been using it since the pilot. He says it took him about a year to keep from burning himself while trying to light up. He says the lighter was always in his pocket or in a scene -- so he considers it his "little buddy."

Vincent Piazza says the old-school cigarette lighter he kept from "Boardwalk Empire" was more than just a prop.

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Vincent Piazza

Vincent Piazza says there was one incident when he got the chance while on set to realize what an unique show he was a part of.

Entertainment History

September 15, 2014 15:03 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Monday, Sept. 22)


On September 22nd, 1957, "Maverick" starring James Garner, premiered on ABC.

In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway.

Also in 1964, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." made its debut on NBC. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

In 1965, singer Roger Daltry of The Who nearly got thrown out of the band for punching out drummer Keith Moon on the opening date of their Scandinavian tour in Copenhagen.

In 1982, the sitcom "Family Ties" premiered on NBC.

In 1983, the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years.

In 1985, the first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Illinois, featuring John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101. During his lengthy career, he wrote many classics, including "God Bless America" and "White Christmas."

In 1996, actress Dorothy Lamour died at her home outside Los Angeles. She was 81. The cause of death wasn't revealed.

In 1999, actor George C. Scott died of an aortic aneurysm at his home outside Los Angeles. He was 71.

Also in 1999, singer Diana Ross was arrested and subjected to a full body search while trying to board a plane in London's Heathrow Airport. A security guard had accused her of assault, but no charges were filed.

In 2012, singer Andy Williams died after a fight with bladder cancer at his home in Branson, Missouri. He was 84.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Paul Le Mat ("American Graffiti") is 68. Singer David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) is 63. Actress Shari Belafonte is 60. Singer Debby Boone is 58. Country singer June Forester of The Forester Sisters is 58. Singer Nick Cave is 57. Singer Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde is 57. Singer Joan Jett is 56. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli (ahn-DRAY'-uh boh-CHEL'-ee) is 56. Actor Scott Baio is 54. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 53. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 53. Actor Rob Stone ("Mr. Belvedere") is 52. Bassist-guitarist Dave Hernandez (The Shins) is 44. Singer Big Rube of Society of Soul is 43. Actress Daniella Alonso ("Revolution") is 36. Actress Katie Lowes ("Scandal") is 32. Actor Tom Felton ("Harry Potter" films) is 27.

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