Wetmore’s debut “Valentine” is a gripping women's saga
“Valentine” (Harper), by Elizabeth Wetmore Don’t be misled by the title of Elizabeth Wetmore ’s excellent debut novel, “Valentine.” It is not a gentle narrative that begets sweet memories of romance.
Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen have raised $35 million to fight the coronavirus and will launch a TV special featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish to combat the growing virus.
Review: A look at offerings on new mobile platform Quibi
NEW YORK (AP) — Quibi may specialize in small, bite-sized videos, but its volume of shows is large. The media platform launches Monday with 175 new original shows — everything from scripted series, comedic diversions, deep dramas and celebrity fluff.
Review: Novelist Don Winslow goes small and succeeds wildly
“Broken” by Don Winslow (William Morrow) Don Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in “Broken,” a collection of six remarkable novellas.
Anne Tyler talks Baltimore, her new book and social distance
NEW YORK (AP) — After more than 20 books, Anne Tyler still finds ways to challenge herself. Her new novel, “Redhead By the Side of the Road,” is, of course, set in her longtime home of Baltimore and features the family and romantic entanglements and other narrative touches Tyler fans know well.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18 April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76.
At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music’s biggest stars should have been on the carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, but like most of America, they were homebound because of the coronavirus.
Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86
TORONTO (AP) — Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of Canada medicare founder Tommy Douglas, died Sunday.
Marianne Faithfull in hospital with coronavirus and 'stable'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The English singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull is being treated for coronavirus in a London hospital. Her manager Francois Ravard said Sunday that Faithfull is stable, however, and responding to treatment.
Queen delivers message of hope to UK amid virus outbreak
Britain needed a message of hope Sunday. The queen delivered it. Queen Elizabeth II offered support to a country locked down in the coronavirus pandemic, promising the nation that it would rise to the challenge and overcome the outbreak.
'The Flash' actor Logan Williams dies at the age of 16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Logan Williams, who appeared in CW’s “The Flash” as the young Barry Allen, has died. He was 16. Williams’ agent, Michelle Gauvin, says he died Thursday.
Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died due to the coronavirus.
Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said Friday, also announcing that she is donating $500,000 each to two emergency funds.
Selena Gomez reveals bipolar diagnosis to Miley Cyrus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Selena Gomez opened up about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder during a social media chat with Miley Cyrus.
New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more.
HBO documentary sheds new light on 'Atlanta Child Murders'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked Atlanta four decades ago.
Marvel remakes release calendar; 'Mulan' moves to late July
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule by moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live-action adaption of “Mulan” and pushing one movie, “Artemis Fowl,” to Disney Plus, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Elton John-led concert to re-air; film academy aids workers
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Brooke Baldwin becomes 2nd CNN on-air person diagnosed
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for the coronavirus, the second on-air personality at the news network to come down with the disease.
David Driskell, prominent authority on black art, dies at 88
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — David Driskell, one of the nation's most influential African American artists and a leading authority on black art, has died.
‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.
'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.” “All these things are familiar enough, but different enough that we have a shot with this one,” Lloyd recalled thinking as he and Levitan tackled the first “Modern Family” script.
With parks closed, Disney starts furloughs in 2 weeks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying they don't know when they'll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co.
Tribeca Film Festival to proceed, in part, online
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival, postponed by the pandemic, is moving some elements of its annual New York event online.
Review: M. Ward drizzles starlight on 'Migration Stories'
M. Ward, “Migration Stories” (Anti- Records) The borders delineating M. Ward's “Migration Stories” come in terrestrial and celestial forms, with songs inspired by his grandfather's journey from Mexico and California earthquakes, as well as family reunions taking place in other dimensions.