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Last Update on October 22, 2014 07:13 GMT

BREAKING BAD-DOLLS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbie dolls, Disney princesses -- "Breaking Bad" action figures? A Florida mom had trouble with them all being sold under the same roof -- and now, Toys R Us agrees. The nationwide retailer is pulling its set of four collectible dolls based on characters of AMC's hit series -- which centers on a high school chemistry teacher who mixes and sells crystal meth. The toys have a detachable bag of cash -- and even a bag of make-believe meth. The mom launched an online petition to end the sales -- and a Toys R Us rep says the dolls are on "indefinite sabbatical." Toys R Us notes the Breaking Bad characters are sold in limited quantities and are placed in a part of the store featuring adult action figures.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports action figures based on the TV series "Breaking Bad" are coming off the shelves at a major retailer.

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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the star of "Breaking Bad" has had a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the whole action figure controversy.

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DANIELE WATTS-CHARGED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actress who was in "Django Unchained" had said she was racially profiled -- but Los Angeles authorities say she was showing a lot more than her profile when she and her boyfriend were canoodling in their car. Daniele Watts, who is black, and her white boyfriend, are both charged with lewd conduct. The charge carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Both are free pending arraignment. Authorities say they had received calls that the couple was having sex in the car. Watts says she and her boyfriend were just kissing -- and were profiled because they are of mixed race.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports on the incident that led to an actress in "Django Unchained" being charged in Los Angeles with lewd conduct.

SNL-DIVERSITY

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" is taking another shot at making its cast more diverse. It has added another black woman to the mix. Leslie Jones had been a writer on the show last season. The NBC show has been criticized in recent years for not having a black woman among its regular or featured players -- and for lacking diversity among other minority groups. Jones joins black comedian Sasheer Zamata, who joined the SNL cast in January.

N.J. HOUSEWIVES-SENTENCE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- She has been sentenced to prison. But a star of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" says she'd like to do her time at a halfway house, instead. Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) has filed a letter through her lawyer, making the request. She's sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. The government opposes her request that all but three months of her sentence to be spent at a halfway house. Her husband, Joe, was sentenced to 41 months.

MISTY UPHAM-INVESTIGATION

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) -- Police near Seattle say they had been in touch on and off with actress Misty Upham -- before she disappeared and was found dead in a ravine last week. Police in Auburn, Washington say they reached out to Upham four times since July, 2013 -- and each time she agreed to be taken to a hospital for evaluation. Once she told authorities she hurt herself jumping out of a second-story window. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused Upham's death. Medical examiners say she died Oct. 6, the same day her family reported she was missing -- and was suicidal. Upham was in the movies "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."

BARBARA WALTERS-FASCINATING

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's something fans of Barbara Walters will find "fascinating" -- how someone who supposedly retired from TV is still on it so much. Walters said last year that the 2013 edition of the "10 Most Fascinating People" telecast would be her last. But ABC now says she will have another this year. Among those being featured this time: Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson. The special airs Dec. 14.

OBAMA-GIRLFRIEND

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people would agree it takes a lot of you-know-what to mess with the President of the United States. Yet, that's just what one guy did to the chief executive when he showed up to cast an early ballot in Chicago on Monday. A young woman was voting next to Barack Obama when her boyfriend piped up: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." Obama played it off, saying: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason." He took it a step further, planting a kiss on the woman and telling her: "Give him something to talk about."


Entertainment History

October 22, 2014 07:07 GMT

On Oct. 22, 1965, Ernest Tubb was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 1966, the Beach Boys' song "Good Vibrations" was released. At that time, it was the most expensive single ever recorded, costing $40,000 dollars to make.

Also in 1966, "Georgy Girl" opened. It was the first movie in the U.S. to carry a Mature Audiences Only rating.

Also in 1966, "Weird Al" Yankovic took his first accordion lesson.

In 1976, drummer Keith Moon of The Who played in what ended up being his final concert, in Toronto. Moon died less than two years later.

In 1977, singer Kenny Rogers and actress Marianne Gordon from the TV show "Hee Haw" were married.

In 1996, Death Row Records founder Suge (SHUG) Knight was jailed after violating his probation for a 1992 assault.

In 2003, entertainer Liza Minelli filed for divorce from producer David Gest. The previous day, Gest had filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Minelli beat him during alcoholic rages.

In 2007, Marie Osmond fainted on live television during ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

Today's Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lloyd is 76. Actor Derek Jacobi is 76. Actor Tony Roberts is 75. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 71. Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 69. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 62. Bassist Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 54. Actor Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad," "Mr. Show") is 52. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 49. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 47. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 46. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 46. Director Spike Jonze is 45. Rapper Tracey Lee is 44. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") is 39. Actor Michael Fishman ("Roseanne") is 33. Guitarist Rickard (correct) Goransson of Carolina Liar is 31. Drummer Zac Hanson of Hanson is 29. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki ("Stuart Little," "Jerry Maguire") is 24. Actress Sofia Vassilieva is 22.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press.

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