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Last Update on October 05, 2015 07:25 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Just days after NASA announced findings suggesting there's water on Mars, a movie about an astronaut stranded on the planet made a splash at the box office. "The Martian" took in $55 million over the weekend, based on studio estimates. The movie stars Matt Damon as the unfortunate space traveler -- and it came close to grabbing the mark for the top October debut ever. Last week's box-office champ is now second. "Hotel Transylvania 2" took in $33 million, followed by the drug war thriller "Sicario," starring Emily Blunt.

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004-a-10-(Sound of Matt Damon, in a scene from "The Martian")-"from this century"-Sound of Matt Damon in a scene from "The Martian," the top movie this weekend at the box office. (5 Oct 2015)

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton did more than a quickie intro for "Saturday Night Live." The Democratic presidential hopeful ended up playing a character in a scene where played a bartender named "Val" -- pouring out drinks for "Hillary Clinton," played by "SNL" cast member Kate McKinnon. At the start, Clinton asks McKinnon: "what brings you here tonight?" McKinnon's reply: "Well, I needed to blow off some steam, I've had a hard couple of 22 years." From there, the skit poked fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, her late support for of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. There was no mention about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

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006-a-20-(SNL regular Kate McKinnon and Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Saturday NIght Live skit)-"destroy our environment"-SNL regular Kate McKinnon plays the part of Hillary Rodham Clinton, while the real Clinton plays the part of a bartender chatting with her while pouring a drink. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Oct 2015)

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007-a-13-(SNL regular Kate McKinnon and Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Saturday NIght Live skit)-"sooner fair point"-Hillary Rodham Clinton, who's playing the part of a bartender, criticizes a Hillary Rodham Clinton impersonator for not backing gay marriage sooner. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Oct 2015)

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009-a-05-(SNL regular Kate McKinnon and Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Saturday NIght Live skit)-"oh me too"-SNL regular Kate McKinnon plays the part of Hillary Rodham Clinton who is talking about her presidential bid with a bartender played by the real Clinton. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Oct 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lady Gaga says being in "American Horror Story: Hotel" was something that was "so fun," it made her feel alive. She says she felt comfortable with the cast and that she was really happy to be a part of the show. The admiration was mutual. Matt Bomer says some of the actors in the cast even called the singer by her first name: Stefani. He says Gaga was "so approachable" that by time the cameras were rolling, they forgot they were doing a scene with Lady Gaga.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Robin Williams' widow and his three children from previous marriages reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor's estate. Terms of the out-of-court settlement weren't disclosed. But the deal ends public dispute following the beloved comedian's suicide last August. An attorney representing Susan Williams says his client will stay in the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Williams and receive living expenses to maintain the home for the rest of her life. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the settlement, which remains subject to court approval.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Former teen idol David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month. The Sun Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale quotes police as saying that Cassidy sideswiped a truck and then tried to cover his license plate before driving away with a flat tire. Authorities said witnesses identified Cassidy as the driver in a photo lineup. Cassidy is 65 -- and starred in "The Partridge Family" TV show.

Entertainment History

October 05, 2015 15:20 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Friday, October 16)

On October 16th, 1957, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke was released. It was his first million-seller.

In 1967, Joan Baez and about 120 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to a military center in Oakland, California. They were jailed for ten days.

In 1968, the New Yardbirds played their first concert at a club in London. They later changed their name to Led Zeppelin.

In 1969, Leonard Chess died of a heart attack. He founded Chess Records with his brother Phil in the early 1950s.

In 1972, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival announced they were breaking up.

In 1976, Stevie Wonder's album "Songs In The Key Of Life" was released.

In 1992, singer Sinead (shuh-NAYD') O'Connor was booed off the stage at a Madison Square Garden show honoring Bob Dylan's 30 years of music. The crowd was still reacting to O'Connor's appearance on Saturday Night Live" two weeks earlier, when she had torn up a picture of the pope.

In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for their first concert tour in two decades, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

In 2007, Ellen DeGeneres opened her talk show in tears because she had adopted a dog and then given it to her hairdresser's daughters. The dog had been taken away by the adoption agency and DeGeneres felt bad for the girls.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 90. Actor Barry Corbin ("One Tree Hill," "Northern Exposure") is 75. Bassist C.F. Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 72. Actress Suzanne Somers is 69. Guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 68. Producer-director David Zucker is 68. Actress Martha Smith ("Animal House," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King") is 63. Actor Andy Kindler ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is 59. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 57. Guitarist Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 56. Singer Bob Mould (MOLD) (Husker Du) is 55. Actor Randy Vasquez ("JAG") is 54. Bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 53. Actor Christian Stolte ("Chicago Fire") is 53. Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove is 46. Actress Terri J. Vaughn ("All of Us," "The Steve Harvey Show") is 46. Singer Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips is 46. Rapper B-Rock of B-Rock and the Bizz is 44. Singer Chad Gray of Mudvayne is 44. Actor Paul Sparks ("Boardwalk Empire") is 44. Actress Kellie Martin ("Christy," "Life Goes On") is 40. Singer-songwriter John Mayer (MAY'-er) is 38. Actor Jeremy Jackson ("Baywatch") is 35. Actress Caterina Scorsone ("Grey's Anatomy") is 35. Actress Brea Grant ("Heroes") is 34.

(Above for release Friday, October 16)

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