Bullock calls ‘Gravity’ her ‘best life decision’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie “Gravity” with director Alfonso Cuaron was “the best life decision I think I ever made.” Cuaron coaxed Bullock into playing an astronaut coping with disaster at the…

Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix’s success story as it sets out to create the world’s largest subscription service for digital books. The opening chapter in Scribd’s quest begins Tuesday…

Jordan: In his prime, he could beat LeBron, others

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14…

‘Welcome to the Family’ creates blended family

NBC’s new comedy “Welcome to the Family” starts with an unfortunate image problem. The series, which debuts Thursday (8:30 p.m. EDT), is about an aimless California girl from a middle class white family who is impregnated by the…

Justices to hear appeal over ‘Raging Bull’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull” is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of…

Memoir by ’60s Dylan tour manager out in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by Bob Dylan’s tour manager during the 1960s is due out next September. St. Martin’s Press announced Tuesday that it had acquired “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” by Victor Maymudes (may-’MOO-dess),…

NYC Opera to file for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Opera says the company will file for bankruptcy protection and wind down operations after failing to raise enough money to stage the rest of its season. The company announced Sept. 12…

Film puts Muhammad Ali, US high court in the ring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christopher Plummer may be frozen in some filmgoers’ memories as the noble-browed patriarch who made stern parenting and anti-Nazism sexy in “The Sound of Music.” But Plummer and his career aren’t mired in the…

Actor Danny Aiello’s memoir due out in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Aiello (‘EYE-yellow), the Oscar-nominated character actor, is eager to take on his latest role: author. The burly, husky-voiced Aiello, who turned 80 in June, has a deal with Gallery Books for a memoir…

Minnesota Orchestra conductor resigns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska has resigned as a labor impasse between management and musicians drags on. Vanska gave notice Tuesday in a prepared statement. He said his resignation was effective immediately. Musicians have been…

Trudie Styler on her new play and being Mrs. Sting

NEW YORK (AP) — Trudie Styler would love it if you came to her new play. Just don’t tell her when. “I never like to know who’s in the house when I’m performing,” she says, laughing. “I’m so…

Ford Presidential Museum affected by shutdown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is among the institutions in Michigan affected by the partial government shutdown. The museum and the presidential library in Ann Arbor are part of…

Malin Akerman brings comedic chops to network TV

NEW YORK (AP) — After roles in films including “27 Dresses,” ”Couples Retreat” and “Wanderlust,” Malin Akerman is bringing her comedic chops to network TV with the sitcom “Trophy Wife.” The show, airing Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern…

NYC Opera online fundraising campaign fails

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Opera’s goal to raise $1 million from online contributions on Kickstarter.com has failed, and the company is expected to file for bankruptcy this week. The company announced Sept. 12 that it…

Lady Gaga to perform at 1st YouTube Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event. The Google Inc.-owned company announced Tuesday that Eminem and Arcade Fire also will perform at the YouTube Music…

From rapper to Raptor, Drake takes on new role

From rapper to Raptor, Drake already has one sweet perk with his new job. Go ahead, security. Just try and turn him away now from an NBA locker room. Drake no longer has to crash the party. Instead,…

NPR commentator Dan Zevin wins Thurber humor prize

NEW YORK (AP) — The judges have made it official: Essayist and NPR commentator Dan Zevin is funny. Zevin has been declared the winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He received the $5,000 award on Monday…

Tuesday, October 8

Today is Tuesday, October 8, the 281st day of 2013. There are 84 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1858 – The “Arrow Incident,” in which a ship flying the British flag is…

Grieving Anderson says re-joining Pelicans helps

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — With watery eyes and long pauses to compose himself, Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson didn’t even try to mask how rough the past month-and-a-half has been for him since his girlfriend, reality television actress Gia…