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Coroner rules Anne Heche’s death an accident
Andrew Limbong | August 18, 2022
Heche suffered burns and an inhalation injury after she crashed her car earlier this month. Mike Coppola | Getty Images The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Anne Heche's death an accident, caused by inhalation and thermal injuries. The actor crashed her car into a home on Aug. 5. She ...
Meet this year’s child Mullet Championship finalists
Vanessa Romo | August 18, 2022
Emmett, from Carthage, N.C., made it into the finals of the kids' division sporting this blunt, baby-fringe haircut. USA Mullet Championships Call it a Kentucky Waterfall, a Tennessee Top Hat or a Missouri Compromise, at the end of the day it's the same iconic haircut: the mullet. And now fans ...
Talking about monkeypox? Then you should be talking about sex
Andrew Limbong | August 18, 2022
People line up to receive the monkeypox vaccine. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Men who have sex with men are still, overwhelmingly, the people most affected by monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization. And that's caused some hurdles when it comes to public health messaging about how people can ...
Untangling the contradictions of crime novelist Patricia Highsmith
Allyson McCabe | August 18, 2022
Patricia Highsmith in 1942, age 21. Rolf Tietgens, courtesy of Keith De Lellis In Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 movie Strangers on a Train, a man strikes up a conversation with a seatmate, leading to an indecent proposal. In Anthony Minghella's 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, a grifter befriends a spoiled ...
A new student filmmaking grant will focus on reproductive rights
Chloe Veltman | August 17, 2022
Student filmmakers can apply for funding for works about reproductive rights. bjones27 | Getty Images A new grant program announced Wednesday by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a think tank based at the University of Southern California that studies diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, aims to support undergraduate filmmakers ...
It took 20 years for this author to reunite with the teacher who changed his life
Vanessa Romo | August 17, 2022
Author Jamil Jan Kochai and his former second-grade teacher, Susan Lung, were reunited after more than 20 years at a reading for the writer's second book, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, in Davis, California. Jamil Jan Kochai Talk about a storybook ending. Author Jamil Jan Kochai searched ...
‘The Butler’ author Wil Haygood wins prestigious book award
The Associated Press | August 17, 2022
DAYTON, Ohio — Writer Wil Haygood, author of multiple nonfiction books chronicling the lives of 20th-century Black Americans including The Butler, has won a prestigious book award. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced Wednesday that Haygood — himself originally from Columbus, Ohio — will receive the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke ...
‘Better Call Saul’ finale soars as a meditation on consequences and regret
Eric Deggans | August 16, 2022
Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Greg Lewis | AMC/Sony Pictures Television (Fair warning: This story has LOTS of spoilers about the Better Call Saul finale episode, "Saul Gone.") In the end, the question that loomed largest in the poignant, masterful series finale of AMC's magnificent drama Better Call Saul wasn't ...
In ‘Elizabeth Finch,’ Julian Barnes addresses collective vs. personal memory
Heller McAlpin | August 16, 2022
Knopf "History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation," Julian Barnes wrote memorably in his 2011 Booker Prize-winner, The Sense of an Ending. His latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is a dual-pronged exploration of both personal and ancient history which asks, ...
Nipsey Hussle gets Hollywood star on what would have been his 37th birthday
Jonathan Franklin | August 16, 2022
A star for late rapper Nipsey Hussle was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. The ceremony included speeches and remarks from members of the late rapper's family, including his sister, Samantha Smith (third from right), and his grandmother Margaret Boutte (fourth from right), ...