Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France’s equivalent of the Oscars even though his latest film is up for several top prizes February 27, 2020, 12:57 PM 2 min read PARIS — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France’s equivalent of the Oscars – where his latest movie leads this year’s nominations – because …

Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough book review

For readers living in colder climates, basking in the balm of Savannah’s thick, summer air is a much-appreciated escape, but so too, is getting lost in the lives of Savannah’s poor little rich girls, Keisha Radford and Marcie Maddox. The ravishing Keisha, 22, has just married the wealthy William Radford, a man 40 years her senior. She loathes him and …

Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony

Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press February 26, 2020, 5:32 AM 3 min read JERUSALEM — Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony. The …

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Timon of Athens’: Tricky Shakespeare, but Simon Godwin gets it right

We can, however, deduce what Godwin, a devoted Bardolator, is up to. With this smartly conceived “Timon” — featuring sparrowlike but mighty British American actress Kathryn Hunter in the title role — he’s letting Shakespeare Theatre Company audiences know the entire canon can run, and cannot hide. We’re embarking with Godwin on an elite level of classical investigation, with forthcoming …

After tragedies, New Orleans celebrates end of Carnival

Revelers dressed in costumes and reaching for beads thrown from floats take to the streets Tuesday in the New Orleans area when Carnival season reaches its peak By REBECCA SANTANA and JANET MCCONNAUGHEY Associated Press February 25, 2020, 6:26 AM 3 min read NEW ORLEANS — Revelers dressed in costumes and reaching for beads thrown from floats will take to …

Jussie Smollett to make 1st court appearance on new charges

Actor Jussie Smollett is due to make his first court appearance on a new set of charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year By DON BABWIN Associated Press February 24, 2020, 6:06 AM 3 min read CHICAGO — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is due to make …

The Netflix ‘Love is Blind’ couples, rated

Throughout the first five episodes, six couples get engaged and are whisked off to a resort in Mexico. As their relationships become more “real,” some of them wistfully remember the pods, the power they hold and the comfort they provide. (“Pods,” in this sense, are the emotional equivalent of a blanket fort.) Five pairs endured the trip before reentering the …

Correction: Books-Yovanovitch story – ABC News

In a story February 21, 2020, about a book deal for Marie Yovanovitch, a former U_S_ ambassador to Ukraine, The Associated Press erroneously referred to her in the story’s headline as “Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch.” February 22, 2020, 8:04 PM 1 min read NEW YORK — In a story February 21, 2020, about a book deal for Marie Yovanovitch, …