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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.

Rewind Time

September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT

Today is Monday, September 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On September 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State. Author James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey.

On this date:

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1857, William Howard Taft -- who served as President of the United States and as U.S. chief justice -- was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1887, the city of Philadelphia launched a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.

In 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC-TV with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul (sohl).

In 1954, as raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for "The Seven Year Itch" over a Lexington Ave. subway grate in Manhattan (however, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set).

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

In 1964, the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

In 1989, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States, died in Stratton, Vermont, at age 84.

In 1994, a tape recording of John Lennon singing with his teen-age band, The Quarrymen, in a Liverpool club on July 6, 1957, was sold at Sotheby's for $122,500 (it was at this gig that Lennon first met Paul McCartney).

Ten years ago: Three Americans were found guilty in Kabul, Afghanistan, of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. (Edward Caraballo, a freelance cameraman, was released in May 2006; Brent Bennett was freed in September 2006; Jack Idema, a former Green Beret, was pardoned in June 2007.) National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out the players. Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died in Los Angeles at age 55.

Five years ago: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the worst recession since the 1930s was "very likely over," although he cautioned that pain -- especially for nearly 15 million unemployed Americans -- would persist. An unrepentant Muntadhar al-Zeidi (MOON'-tuh-dahr ahl-zay-EE'-dee), the Iraqi reporter who'd thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush in December 2008, was freed from prison.

One year ago: Hundreds of people, black and white, many holding hands, filled the Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years earlier to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four little girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle. Norway's Suzann Pettersen beat teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship and clinch the second major title of her career. Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jackie Lomax, 69, a singer-songwriter who'd worked with the Beatles and had a long solo career, died in Wirral, England.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Forrest Compton is 89. Comedian Norm Crosby is 87. Actor Henry Darrow is 81. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 76. Actress Carmen Maura is 69. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 69. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 69. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 68. Movie director Oliver Stone is 68. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (KAY'-gee) (Night Ranger) is 62. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 54. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 53. Actor Danny Nucci is 46. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 45. Actor Josh Charles is 43. Singer Ivette (EE'-veht) Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 38. Actor Tom Hardy is 37. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 36. Actor Dave Annable is 35. Actress Amy Davidson is 35. Britain's Prince Harry is 30. TV personality Heidi Montag is 28. Actress Kate Mansi (TV: "Days of Our Lives") is 27.

Thought for Today: "The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world." -- Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989).