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DC's plan for 'Watchmen' sequel 'Rorschach' met with unease

Jul. 15, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DC is releasing a new “Watchmen” spin off based on the Rorschach character, but the unveiling of the limited comic series has been met with mixed reactions. Some critics online questioned whether the masked vigilante should be the primary focus after DC announced the sequel...

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Review: 'Painted Bird' brings a disputed novel to grim life

Jul. 15, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” begins with utter bleakness but over the course of its 169-minute running time, keeps finding lower depths of misery. When it premiered last fall at the Venice Film Festival, a scene in which a jealous husband (Udo Kier) gouges the eyes out of a man...

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Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf

Jul. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books. “I...

Audible best-sellers for week ending July 10th

Jul. 14, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. The Space Race: An Audible Original by Colin Brake, Patrick Chapman, Richard Hollingham, Richard Kurti, Sue Nelson, Helen Quigley and Andrew Mark Sewell, narrated by Kate Mulgrew (Audible Originals) 2. The Real Sherlock: An Audible Original by Lucinda Hawksley, narrated by the author (Audible...

US-Apple-Books-Top-10

Jul. 14, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

Apple Books US Bestseller List - 07/12/20 - Paid Books Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand - 9780316420051 - (Little, Brown and Company) 2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley - 9780062868954 - (William Morrow) 3. Desolation Road by Christine Feehan - 9780593099742 -...

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Back to the '80s: Andrew McCarthy writing 'Brat Pack' book

Jul. 14, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor-writer-director Andrew McCarthy, a 57-year-old father of three, keeps getting asked about his “Brat Pack” years in the 1980s. He is now ready to answer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that McCarthy's “Brat: An '80s Story” will come out next...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

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Naya Rivera, who rose to fame on TV show 'Glee,' dies at 33

Jul. 13, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naya Rivera, a singer and actor who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy “Glee,” was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. She was 33. Rivera's body was discovered five days after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8...

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Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation

Jul. 13, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann's “Where Law Ends: Inside...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to journalists questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, July 13, 2020. Hong Kong on Monday introduced more stringent social-distancing measures, banning public gatherings of more than four and making it compulsory to wear a mask on public transport as the city battles a fresh outbreak of locally-transmitted coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again

Jul. 13, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as its coronavirus cases surge. The number of confirmed infections neared 900,000 on Monday with a record 28,701 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The total of 878,254 is behind only the United States and...