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The Grateful Dead and Francis Ford Coppola are among the newest Kennedy Center Honors recipients

Jul. 18, 2024 07:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An iconoclastic filmmaking legend and one of the world's most enduring musical acts headline this year's crop of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Director Francis Ford Coppola and the Grateful Dead will be honored for lifetime achievement in the arts, along with...

Book Review: Call the script doctor! 'Feh' explores the toxic storyline of a religious education

Jul. 22, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

A few years ago, the writer Shalom Auslander was hospitalized with a potentially fatal case of pancreatitis after taking a banned performance-enhancing drug to lose weight. His psychiatrist said he was trying to kill himself. Auslander, then unemployed, in his 40s, with a wife and two children,...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3

Jul. 22, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3: July 28: Cartoonist Jim Davis (“Garfield”) is 79. Actor Linda Kelsey (“Lou Grant”) is 78. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 78. Actor Sally Struthers is 77. Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 75. Guitarist Steve Morse of Deep...

Hikers and cyclists can now cross Vermont on New England's longest rail trail, a year after floods

Jul. 17, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) — A year after epic summer flooding delayed the official opening of New England’s longest rail trail, the 93-mile route across northern Vermont is finally delivering on the promise made years ago of a cross-state recreation trail. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail...

Adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ to open New York Film Festival this fall

Jul. 22, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

“Nickel Boys,” an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will open the 62nd New York Film Festival in September, organizers said Monday. Filmmaker RaMell Ross directed the drama based on the 2019 novel about two Black teenagers in an abusive reform...

Educators wonder how to teach the writings of Alice Munro in wake of daughter's revelations

Jul. 16, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Robert Lecker has read, taught and written about Alice Munro, the Nobel laureate from Canada renowned for her short stories. A professor of English at McGill University in Montreal, and author of numerous critical studies of Canadian fiction, he has thought of Munro...

Music Review: Glass Animals weave heartstring-tugging vignettes on new album

Jul. 15, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

Love songs have existed for millennia but leave it to Glass Animals to give them a refreshing spin, where love isn't always a honeymoon phase or heartbreak — it's much, much more. The British indie-pop band, known for hits like 2014's “Gooey” or 2020's viral “Heat Waves," has...

Book Review: The Knights of Camelot search for a new king in Lev Grossman’s 'The Bright Sword'

Jul. 15, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

A rudderless nation, lost in uncertainty, searches for its next commander in chief. There’s an uneasy sense that the country’s glory days have passed, and that a monumental turn in history is coming — for good or for ill. How do you find a leader to unite such a fractured, polarized land? ...

Book Review: East Texas P.I. turns vigilante in funny and savage 'Sugar on the Bones'

Jul. 15, 2024 10:50 AM EDT

Minnie Polson was in some sort of trouble, so a friend recommended the private eye firm of Hap Collins, his wife Brett, and their pal Leonard Pine. But when they meet, Minnie doesn’t like their attitude, and they don’t like hers. Hours after they agree to part company, Minnie’s...

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

Jul. 13, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died. She was 96. Westheimer died on Friday at her home in New York City, surrounded by her...

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Book Review: Call the script doctor! 'Feh' explores the toxic storyline of a religious education

Jul. 22, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

A few years ago, the writer Shalom Auslander was hospitalized with a potentially fatal case of pancreatitis after taking a banned performance-enhancing drug to lose weight. His psychiatrist said he was trying to kill himself. Auslander, then unemployed, in his 40s, with a wife and two children,...

Hunter Biden drops lawsuit against Fox News over explicit images featured in streaming series

Jul. 22, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hunter Biden has dropped a lawsuit accusing Fox News of illegally publishing explicit images of him as part of a streaming series. An attorney for the president's son filed a voluntary dismissal notice on Sunday in federal court in New York City, three weeks after...

In Kyiv, a music festival returns as fans, artists and soldiers are united by the inescapable war

Jul. 22, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — This year, Ukraine’s largest music festival struck a different chord. Gone were the international headliners, the massive performance halls and the hundreds of thousands of visitors. Instead, the country’s most beloved local artists graced the stage this...

Hollywood reacts to Joe Biden exiting the presidential race

Jul. 22, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

Hollywood was quick to react to the news that President Joe Biden was ending his bid for reelection and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris. Barbra Streisand, a Democratic supporter, wrote Sunday on X that “we should be grateful for his upholding of our democracy.” While many...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3

Jul. 22, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3: July 28: Cartoonist Jim Davis (“Garfield”) is 79. Actor Linda Kelsey (“Lou Grant”) is 78. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 78. Actor Sally Struthers is 77. Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 75. Guitarist Steve Morse of Deep...

Adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ to open New York Film Festival this fall

Jul. 22, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

“Nickel Boys,” an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will open the 62nd New York Film Festival in September, organizers said Monday. Filmmaker RaMell Ross directed the drama based on the 2019 novel about two Black teenagers in an abusive reform...

Olympic marketing deal hopes to meet young fans where they are - on Roblox

Jul. 22, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

The Olympic world's ever-expanding quest to draw in young fans is meeting them where they are — on Roblox. The U.S. Olympic team and NBC are collaborating with the kid- and teen-friendly gaming platform to produce a new “Obby” — that's Roblox for obstacle course — and other...

What to stream this week: Ice Spice, Ghostbusters, Bob Marley, Wayne Brady and new 'Futurama'

Jul. 22, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

The long-awaited debut album from Ice Spice and the movie “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” with new and old franchise stars are some of the new television, films, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as selected by The...

The biggest of stories came to the small city of Butler. Here's how its newspaper met the moment

Jul. 21, 2024 23:25 PM EDT

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — When gunshots echoed at the Trump rally where she was working, Butler Eagle reporter Irina Bucur dropped to the ground just like everyone else. She was terrified. She hardly froze, though. Bucur tried to text her assignment editor, through spotty...

On a summer Sunday, Biden withdrew with a text statement. News outlets struggled for visuals

Jul. 21, 2024 20:25 PM EDT

In an intensely visual news world, a seismic week of politics was transformed again in an instant on Sunday by something almost old-fashioned: a printed statement. President Joe Biden's announcement that he would not run for a second term was dropped into his social media feed at...