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In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

'Joker' tops box office again, beats 'Addams Family'

Oct. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated "The Addams Family" and the Will Smith action pic "Gemini Man." Warner Bros....

Book by Fusion GPS founders coming out next month

Oct. 14, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founders of a political research firm behind allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia have a book coming out next month. Random House announced Monday that "Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump" will be...

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

Oct. 13, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the...

Trump calls for Spicer votes on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to influence votes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Trump on Monday tweeted that viewers should vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The president called Spicer a "good guy" and wrote "he has always been there for us!" Spicer tweeted...

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Trump calls for Spicer votes on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to influence votes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Trump on Monday tweeted that viewers should vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The president called Spicer a "good guy" and wrote "he has always been there for us!" Spicer tweeted...

The Latest: Ireland: Brexit talks could go into next week

Oct. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Both Ireland and Spain are starting to say the Brexit negotiations could well spill beyond this week and go right down to the wire at the end of the month. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said late Monday it was "too early to say if it is...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

Plan to build music venue at Cincinnati waterfront approved

Oct. 14, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Will The Banks soon be alive with the sound of music? County commissioners have reached an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals and a business to allow a music venue to be built on the riverfront. Three Hamilton County commissioners unanimously approved a deal with concrete company...

Review: 'Curious Toys' has deliciously creepy setting

Oct. 14, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

"Curious Toys," Little, Brown and Co., by Elizabeth Hand An amusement park with its odd corners, dark mysterious rides, nefarious-looking characters and garish lighting makes for a deliciously creepy setting for "Curious Toys," Elizabeth Hand's atmospheric historical novel set in 1915 Chicago. Despite all that,...

Cha's story is about race, redemption and forgiveness

Oct. 14, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

"Your House Will Pay: a Novel," Ecco, by Steph Cha The "house" in Steph Cha's riveting first stand-alone novel references many types of houses. There is the home in which you live, but house also refers to where you work, your friends and prisons, both physical and emotional, those things that bind people and...

'Good Man Gone Bad' is dark, brooding tale

Oct. 14, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

"Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery," Prospect Park Books, by Gar Anthony Haywood Twenty years ago, novelist Gar Anthony Haywood abandoned private eye Aaron Gunner to focus on other characters, but now the South Central Los Angeles sleuth is back in a wrenching tale of violence, betrayal and family...

New stories of an aging Olive in 'Olive, Again'

Oct. 14, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

"Olive, Again," Random House, by Elizabeth Strout It should come as no surprise that Olive Kitteridge does not mellow with age. The large, gruff woman who was the propelling force in Elizabeth Strout's book of short stories that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction — the simply titled "Olive Kitteridge"...

Book by Fusion GPS founders coming out next month

Oct. 14, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founders of a political research firm behind allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia have a book coming out next month. Random House announced Monday that "Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump" will be...