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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with reporters before boarding a plane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Biden is en route to Kissimmee, Fla., for a campaign event. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Pre-debate, Biden studying Trump's past comments

Sep. 15, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Joe Biden says he’s begun preparing for presidential debates that begin later this month by studying President Donald Trump’s past comments. “I haven’t been doing mock debates very much...

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Review: Ayad Akhtar’s `fever dream’ of a fallen America

Sep. 14, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

“Homeland Elegies,” by Ayad Akhtar (Little, Brown and Company) An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half century since it welcomed his...

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Q&A: David Byrne on his festival hit 'American Utopia'

Sep. 11, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a film festival season that’s been turned largely virtual, Spike Lee’s “American Utopia,” a documentary of David Byrne’s concert musical and the opening-night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, has nevertheless supplied the giddy rush of...

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Blue staters make their case in satirical 'Coastal Elites'

Sep. 10, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Paul Rudnick has never been comfortable with the term “coastal elites,” that sneering nod to educated professionals who live in California cities or along the Eastern seaboard. “What’s always bothered me is a sense that the coastal elites are not...

FILE — In this Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 file photo George Bizos, left, anti-apartheid activist, and life-long friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, right, arrives for his 80th birthday party in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bizos has died Wednesday Sept. Sept. 9, 2020, aged 92. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Mandela's lawyer, anti-apartheid activist George Bizos dies

Sep. 9, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela's personal lawyer George Bizos has died at 92, his family said Wednesday. He died peacefully at his home of natural causes, the family said. Bizos, who came to South Africa as a 13-year-old fleeing the Nazi occupation of Greece, played a key...

FILE - In this file photo dated Jan 25, 2011, Maggie O’Farrell who has won the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction for her eighth novel Hamnet, it is announced Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020.   O'Farrell said she wrote the book because she has long been fascinated by Hamnet Shakespeare, who died aged 11 in 1596, who's name is echoed in Shakespeare's great tragedy “Hamlet,”  beating other finalists to the 30,000 pound (dollars 39,000) award.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA FILE via AP)

Maggie O'Farrell's Shakespearean 'Hamnet' wins Women's Prize

Sep. 9, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for “Hamnet,” a novel that explores the lives of William Shakespeare’s often-maligned wife and lost son. O’Farrell’s novel beat finalists including Hilary Mantel’s Tudor...

Ayad Akhtar named new PEN American president

Sep. 8, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright-novelist Ayad Akhtar has been named the new president of PEN America, the human rights and literary organization. Akhtar, who assumes the presidency Dec. 2, succeeds novelist Jennifer Egan. “PEN America has its work cut out for it in an era when the quest for truth is...

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New this week: 'Cuties,' 'Unpregnant' and fresh 'Jeopardy!'

Sep. 8, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — If you’ve heard about Netflix’s “Cuties” at all, it’s probably because of the poster,...

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Watertown, Mass., after conceding defeat to incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era

Sep. 2, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy famously compared his 1,000-day presidency to “Camelot,” a popular Broadway musical about the legend of King Arthur — crafting a wistful shorthand for the Kennedy tenure, and by extension the...

FILE - In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer

Aug. 29, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First Chadwick Boseman slipped on the cleats of Jackie Robinson, then the Godfather of Soul’s dancing shoes, portraying both Black American icons with a searing intensity that commanded respect. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool intellectual...