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Cat expert Galaxy releases new book

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackson Galaxy of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell” is out with a new book full of ways to make sure you’re not one of the unlucky cat owners to land on his show.

Galaxy, a cat behaviorist, calls the book “Total Cat Mojo,” everything he knows about the cat-human relationship. He offers tips on communication and care, urging humans to be patient as they strive to meet their cats halfway.

Galaxy also includes a rant on why people set on adopting kittens should consider taking two at once, noting they can learn a lot from each other. He urged prospective cat adopters to consider black cats first. He said they often linger at shelters because of long-standing stigma and the fact that they tend to blend in when caged.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree chosen

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It will soon look a lot like Christmas in New York City thanks to a tree from Pennsylvania.

Workers on Thursday will cut down a 75-foot (23-meter) Norway Spruce at the State College home of Jason Perrin that was chosen as the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The tree, which weighs between 12 and 13 tons, will be hoisted onto a trailer and arrive Saturday in New York City. There it will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star.

It is the 86th tree to adorn the plaza and the third from Pennsylvania.

The tree will be illuminated on Nov. 29 and remain on display until Jan. 7. It will then be recycled and donated to Habitat for Humanity to be transformed into lumber for building homes.

Plummer to replace Spacey in Getty film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. All of Spacey’s scenes will be reshot, the people told The Associated Press. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.

Scott, who is known to be an efficient director, is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

The director’s publicist Simon Halls confirmed the switch late Wednesday.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey, who has also been fired from “House of Cards” and dropped by his talent agency and publicist.

The 87-year-old Plummer was reportedly Scott’s first choice for the role of J. Paul Getty, but the director was pressured into casting a bigger name. Plummer is probably best known for “The Sound of Music.” He won his first Oscar in 2012 for the film “Beginners.”

Designer Gaultier to make racy theater show

PARIS (AP) — All the corsets, sparkle and provocation of French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier are coming to a theater near you.

The 65-year-old announced Wednesday that he has a racy, music-filled “show” in the works for fall 2018 — in which he will retell his colorful life from his roots as a nascent-designer to achieving world-wide fame.

“This show is the story of my life,” the designer said inside his Paris atelier during an interview with The Associated Press.

Gaultier will draw from the people who have inspired his fashions — from filmmakers to pop stars — for the revue style production that will combine singing, dancing and acting and fulfill his childhood dream of making theater.

He plans to take the production — called “Fashion Freak Show” — on an international tour after it debuts in Paris in Oct. 2018. Although the show is not yet fully written, around half of the cast and production staff has been chosen since he started working on the project two years ago.

“It starts in 1976 — not my birth date, my first collection,” said the humor-prone designer in a playful French accent.

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