George Takei, Ocean Vuong win American book awards

NEW YORK — Fiction by Ocean Vuong and Yoko Ogawa, a prison memoir by Alfred Woodfox and a graphic memoir based on actor George Takei’s childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans are the among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards. The awards were announced Monday by the Before Columbus […]

Perfume brand says cutting black actor from ad was misstep

By The Associated PressSun Sep 13 2020 16:06 NEW YORK — British perfume brand Jo Malone has apologized to Black actor John Boyega of “Star Wars” fame after cutting him out of the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he helped create. Jo Malone London said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the […]

Justices reject bid by Kanye West to get on Ohio ballot

By The Associated PressFri Sep 11 2020 10:14 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rapper Kanye West will remain off Ohio’s fall presidential ballot after a decision Thursday by the state’s high court. In a unanimous ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court found that Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose acted lawfully when he rejected the nearly 15,000 signatures […]

NY Fashion Week 2020: pared down, and virtually all virtual

By Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated PressFri Sep 11 2020 13:58 NEW YORK — No celebs packing the front rows. No paparazzi chasing models down the streets. No stiletto−heeled crowds. No crowds at all, actually. Is there even a point to doing New York Fashion Week in 2020? Well, yes, say organizers: It’s about economic survival. […]

Academy Museum details plan for inaugural Miyazaki exhibit

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated PressFri Sep 11 2020 10:10 The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally opening its doors in Los Angeles in April with an exhibit celebrating the works of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Envisioned as a journey through his six−decade career, it’s the first of its kind in North […]

Hollywood’s inclusion problems still run deep, study finds

By Jake Coyle, The Associated PressThu Sep 10 2020 13:57   NEW YORK — As Hollywood searches for a response to the reckoning brought on by the death of George Floyd and the Academy Awards move to make Oscar nominees more inclusive, a new study captures how the film industry has improved in diversity and […]

Oscars diversity criteria ‘not about exclusion’ say leaders

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated PressThu Sep 10 2020 11:08 Any change to the Oscars is going get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were […]

21-year-old young adult author gets 7-figure book deal

By The Associated PressThu Sep 03 2020 08:38 NEW YORK — A 21-year-old author has agreed to a seven-figure deal for a pair of young adult novels. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announced on Sept. 3 that it would publish Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s highly anticipated debut, the thriller Ace of Spades, […]

Affected by virus, visual artists take refuge in their work

By Sigal Ratner−Arias, The Associated PressFri Sep 04 2020 10:30: NEW YORK — An apple reflected on a lamp. A clock where time seemed to have frozen. Nurses dressed more like astronauts on Mars. Irene Pressner keeps “flashes” of her experience after contracting the coronavirus. The conceptual artist and photographer from Venezuela was close to […]

‘Jeopardy!’ returns with new setup and new role for Jennings

By The Associated PressThu Sep 03 2020 16:05 LOS ANGELES — “Jeopardy!” is returning for its 37th season, with greater social distance between Alex Trebek and the contestants, and a new role for all−time great contestant Ken Jennings. A redesigned set for the coronavirus era will allow for the contestants to be further apart and […]