Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89.
It's a tie: Atwood and Evaristo share fiction's Booker Prize
LONDON (AP) — Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo split the Booker Prize on Monday, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.
Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication.
Kevin Smith crafts his 'real big cinematic gravestone'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years after "Clerks," Kevin Smith says he's crafted his "real big cinematic gravestone." The 49-year-old writer-director-actor said a major heart attack in February 2018 prompted him to rewrite his script for "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" to make a more personal statement about fatherhood and aging — and leaving a legacy.
Richard Jackson, publisher of Judy Blume, dead at 84
NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of acclaimed children's books by Judy Blume, Paula Fox and others has died. Richard Jackson was 84.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 20-26
Oct. 20: Actress Melanie Mayron ("thirtysomething") is 67. Director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," ''Trainspotting") is 63. Actor Viggo Mortensen ("Lord of the Rings") is 61.
Trump calls for Spicer votes on 'Dancing with the Stars'
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.
In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act
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.
Cha's story is about race, redemption and forgiveness
"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.
'Good Man Gone Bad' is dark, brooding tale
"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 dysfunction.
New stories of an aging Olive in 'Olive, Again'
"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" — returns in Strout's new collection of stories, "Olive, Again."
Book by Fusion GPS founders coming out next month
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.
NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort
WASHINGTON (AP) — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday.
For Huda Kattan, beauty has become a billion-dollar business
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From a humble start of leaving the world of finance to write a beauty blog, Huda Kattan now has become one of the most recognizable names in makeup around the world.
Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award
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.
'Joker' tops box office again, beats 'Addams Family'
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."
Scorsese says he's open-minded about Netflix film revolution
LONDON (AP) — Martin Scorsese said Sunday he's keeping an open mind about the cinema "revolution" sparked by the rise of video streaming services, as his Netflix-backed mafia epic "The Irishman" closed the London Film Festival .
AP PHOTOS: Romania's autumn fairs delight all ages, incomes
TITU, Romania (AP) — Romania's autumn fairs are a loud, colorful reminder that summer has come to an end. And for many families in poorer areas of the country, they are one of the few affordable events of the year.
Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral
Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold.
5 rappers removed from NYC festival at request of police
NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of a hip-hop festival taking place in New York this weekend said Saturday they have dropped five rappers from the lineup at the request of police.
'No human is limited': Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday.
First female head of Nobel's literature award body has died
HELSINKI (AP) — Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Swedish institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at age 57.
For opera legend Placido Domingo, the show goes on in Europe
MILAN (AP) — Even as his U.S. career seemingly winds down amid accusations of sexual harassment, opera legend Placido Domingo remains on the bill of a host of European opera houses.
Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in "Jackie Brown," died Friday.
Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey honored at women's event
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday in Beverly Hills.