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Sen. John McCain to visit daughter on 'The View'

NEW YORK (AP) — "The View" is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It's a visit from her dad.

The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan McCain, who joined "The View" last week, turns 33 on Monday. The visit is especially poignant since the 81-year-old Arizona senator and 1988 Republican presidential nominee has brain cancer and said doctors have given him a poor prognosis.

He's a newsworthy guest, too, since Sen. McCain has been among the most outspoken Washington Republicans critical of President Donald Trump.

Meghan McCain has been an immediate hit on "The View," with her debut episode ranking as the show's second most-watched episode in seven months.

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' leads Gotham Award nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's thriller "Get Out" has gotten an awards season boost with a leading four Gotham Awards nominations, including best feature.

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Thursday.

"Get Out" is also up for breakthrough director, best screenplay and actor. Other top nominees include the coming-of-age film "Call Me By Your Name," Greta Gerwig's directorial debut "Lady Bird" and Sean Baker's childhood odyssey "The Florida Project," with three each.

"Call Me By Your Name" and "The Florida Project" are also among the best feature nominees with the heist pic "Good Time," and the Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya."

Dee Rees' period drama "Mudbound" has also received a special jury award for ensemble cast.

Awards will be handed out in New York on Nov. 27.

'Breaking Bad' actors will host fundraiser for Puerto Rico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two actors from the hit series "Breaking Bad" will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Bob Odenkirk, who played sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, is sponsoring a benefit event in Albuquerque where the show was filmed, the actor announced on social media.

"Albuquerque! A benefit event for Puerto Rico — October 23 with my friend Steven Quezada of Breaking Bad. Join in if you can!" Odenkirk said on Twitter, with a picture of the invitation.

Steven Michael Quezada played federal drug enforcement agent Steven Gomez in "Breaking Bad" and is now an elected member of the New Mexico's Bernalillo County Commission, the regional governing body for the area that includes Albuquerque.

The $50 per person event will be held at an Albuquerque brewery and is part of a broader effort by actress Anne Heche to raise money for the island. It will feature a raffle, a silent auction and entertainment.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico are still without running water.

Some of the island's 51 sewage treatment plants remain out of service after Hurricane Maria struck last month.

"Breaking Bad" tracks the life of Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, as a high school chemistry teacher who gets cancer and turns to making and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.

The show ended in 2013, but tourism companies in Albuquerque still offer Breaking Bad tours showcasing spots made popular by the show.

Odenkirk is currently starring in the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," which is also set in Albuquerque.

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2-story 'Star Wars' replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state.

Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter friend Anthony Paroda, and it's been such a success that spectators are donating money for them to build another display next year.

At 19 feet, the replica is nearly as tall as Meyer's home in Parma, a Cleveland suburb. The cockpit of the AT-AT walker is outfitted with lights that glow red at night, and a mannequin fashioned to resemble a "Star Wars" Stormtrooper soldier stands guard in front.

Meyer said he built it with plywood, hard foam and plastic barrels and based the design off a toy he bought online.

"We're both pretty crafty, but it's not rocket science," Meyer said. "You just gotta be willing to do it."

Local media attention catapulted the display into fame, drawing droves of visitors from dawn to dusk. At least three dozen spectators drove by to gawk and take selfies one Wednesday afternoon. Among them was Nicole Drake, 26, who was on her way home from work when the replica caught her eye.

"I just had to stop by," Drake said. "I was amazed. It's actually the size of their house."

Meyer said he has built attention-grabbing Halloween displays for six years running, from an Addams Family mausoleum to the stern of a pirate ship jutting out from his front porch. He tears them down in November and drinks beers with a friend when dreaming up the next year's display.

Meyer and his wife, Becky, say Halloween is their favorite holiday.

"The creepiness, the decorating, being able to dress up and pretend to be a kid still — it keeps me young," Nick Meyer said.

"We like to do it up big if we can," his wife said. "I just so happened to find a husband that loves it too."

The Meyers bonded over a mutual love of horror movies, and their Halloween bash is their biggest family gathering of the year. Even during Christmas, they have an all-black tree decorated with bats and jack-o'-lanterns instead of a traditional tinsel-topped tree.

The Meyers say they're bigger fans of Halloween than "Star Wars." Still, they'll be dressing the part this year: Nick Meyer will dress as Princess Leia, while Becky Meyer will don a Darth Vader costume. It's inspired their next-door neighbor Brianna Johnson, 8, to start swinging her toy lightsaber near the AT-AT walker replica after school.

"I wish I could build this," Brianna said. "'Star Wars' is pretty cool."

Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge in Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf was sentenced to probation Thursday after the "Transformers" star pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction stemming from his attempt to elude police following a vulgar public outburst in Georgia.

LaBeouf, 31, received a year on probation from a Recorder's Court judge in Savannah, where he was arrested July 8 while in coastal Georgia to film the movie "The Peanut Butter Falcon."

He was also ordered to pay $2,680 in fines and fees, perform 100 hours of community service, enroll in anger management counseling and complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

LaBeouf was spending a late night out in a popular Savannah nightlife district last summer when he became aggressive and began shouting vulgarities after a bystander refused to give him a cigarette, according to a Savannah-Chatham County police report.

Police said LaBeouf refused to leave when an officer told him to do so. He then fled to a nearby hotel in an attempt to avoid arrest, authorities said.

Booking video from the Chatham County jail showed LaBeouf accuse police of being racist and tell a black officer he was going to hell. He later released a statement apologizing for "my outright disrespect for authority," blaming struggles with addiction for pushing his behavior to "a new low."

Police charged LaBeouf with two additional misdemeanors following the outburst in Savannah. He pleaded no contest Thursday to disorderly conduct, while prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of public drunkenness.

Mayim Bialik 'truly sorry' for opinion piece on Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Mayim Bialik says she's "truly sorry for causing so much pain" with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Bialik wrote in the piece published Friday that she makes choices to be "self-protecting and wise," like dressing modestly and not acting flirtatiously. She later added that nothing "excuses men for assaulting or abusing women" and women should be able to wear whatever they want and act however they want.

Bialik addressed the backlash in a Facebook Live interview with the Times on Monday, saying she regrets it "became what it became."

She said Wednesday on Twitter that "what you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault."

Tourist killed by falling masonry in famous Florence church

MILAN (AP) — A 52-year-old tourist from Spain was killed Thursday by falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches, the Basilica of Santa Croce.

The church, a top tourist attraction, is where Italian luminaries Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. The fatal accident raised questions about the state of Italy's considerable cultural heritage, which includes numerous aging and fragile monuments.

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, speaking from New York, said prosecutors would conduct an investigation to determine the cause and if faulty maintenance was to blame.

The victim was struck by a decorative stone fragment that fell from a height of 20 meters (66 feet) as he visited the church with his wife. According to Italian media reports, the fragment was about 15 centimeters by 15 centimeters (six inches by six inches) and supported a beam.

The 15th-century basilica, which has a famed neo-Gothic facade, has been undergoing a multi-year maintenance program in collaboration with Italy's civil protection agency, the head of the organization that manages the church, Irene Sanesi, told the Italian news agency ANSA.

"For that reason, all of the work has been done in a constant manner over the years. We are really astonished at what has happened, and we ask ourselves how it could happen," she said.

Authorities were checking the stability of the church, which is expected to remain closed to visitors indefinitely.

Other deadly incidents involving Italian monuments included the 1989 collapse of a 14th-century bell tower in the northern city of Pavia into a pile of brick, marble and dust that killed four people. The cause of the accident has never been determined.

A toddler and a disabled 30-year-old were gravely injured in July when plaster fell from the ceiling of the Acireale Cathedral in Sicily during a wedding.

In October 2012, a cornice fell from the wall of the Royal Palace of Caserta, near Naples, causing part of the roof to cave in just a few feet from tourists. No one was injured.

British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honor

LONDON (AP) — The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.

Weinstein was awarded a BFI Fellowship in 2002 for his contribution to British cinema.

In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. He has been fired by the film company he founded with his brother Bob and expelled from Hollywood's movie academy.

Weinstein denies having any non-consensual sexual activity.

The film institute said in a statement that "the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values."

It said "sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances."

"We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out," the institute said. "The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen.

Several British lawmakers have also appealed for Weinstein to lose an honor he was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The politicians have asked the Honors Forfeiture Committee to rescind the award, which is one notch below a knighthood.

Weinstein has backed many British movies, including "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech."

London police are investigating allegations of sexual assault against him made by two women.

In the U.S., the Directors Guild of America said Thursday its leaders will address the "very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry" at its Saturday board meeting.

Weinstein has had his membership revoked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, and the Producers Guild of America has voted unanimously to institute termination proceedings against him.

New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened its doors to the public Thursday in Marrakech, the sunny, bustling, gritty Moroccan city beloved by the late French designer.

The highly-anticipated opening comes less than three weeks since the inauguration of a museum dedicated to the fashion pioneer in his home city of Paris.

The Marrakech museum, designed by the French architectural firm Studio KO, sprawls across 4,000 square meters (43,000 sq. feet) near the Majorelle Garden, which Yves Saint Laurent and his late partner Pierre Berge bought in 1980.

It features a permanent exhibit on the work of the prolific French couturier who died in 2008, and includes an exhibit hall, an auditorium, a library, a bookshop and a restaurant.

The museum was inaugurated Oct. 14 by the wife of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma, alongside actresses Catherine Deneuve and Marisa Berenson.

"This project finds its genesis in the temporary exhibition organized in the Majorelle Garden, which was called 'Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco,'" explained Museum Director Bjorn Dahlstrom. "(That) exhibition was so enthusiastically welcomed that Bergé decided to create here, in Marrakech, a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent."

At the entrance to the museum, visitors bought tickets Thursday next to a red facade of Tetuan brick and granite, which Dahlstrom said "fits perfectly in the urban environment of Marrakech."

Berge, who died earlier this year and was also Saint Laurent's business partner, "often came to the construction site to see its progress," said Sanaa El Younsi, a member of the museum team. "What a pity he's not here to attend the opening."

The Majorelle Garden, next to the museum, has a special significance for Saint Laurent, who would often design his collections in the shade of the city's dappled terracotta buildings with the scent of flowers in the air. Today, the Majorelle Garden is one of the most visited tourist sites in the city.

Saint Laurent would come here "as soon as "he finished a collection, to rest and prepare a new collection" said Majorelle Garden Foundation head Quito Fierro.

"The garden was closed to the public between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to allow Yves Saint Laurent to walk without meeting people," he remembered. "Almost all the collections were drawn on a white sheet in Marrakech."

Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes to perform at MTV Europe Awards

LONDON (AP) — Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's EMAs in London.

MTV's European music awards will also feature performances from Kesha and Camila Cabello. Rita Ora is due to host the Nov. 12 ceremony at London's SSE Arena, Wembley.

MTV said Thursday that awards presenters will include "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer, teen star Madison Beer and actress Sabrina Carpenter.

Taylor Swift leads the race with nominations in six categories, including best video for "Look What You Made Me Do." Other multiple nominees include Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.

Winners are selected by fans across the continent.

The EMAs, held in a different European city each year, were last held in London in 1996.

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