Kim Kardashian took Milan by storm with a a new collection she curated for Dolce & Gabbana that took inspiration from 20 years of archival looks. The designers had refused to open their archives until Kardashian proved she had the right stuff. They were convinced after she and her sisters all wore vintage Dolce & Gabbana when Kourtney Kardashian got married in Italy. Saturday was a day of debuts at Milan Fashion Week. Maximilian Davis, a 27-year-old British designer with Afro-Caribbean roots, was at the creative helm of Salvatore Ferragamo. Filipino American designer Rhuigi Villasenor led Bally as the brand returns to the runway for the first time in 20 years.
Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died at age 88. Fletcher's agent tells The Associated Press Friday that she died at her home in France. She was 88. Fletcher set a new standard for screen villains with the role of Nurse Ratched opposite Jack Nicholson in 1975's “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." Director Milos Fletcher chose the late-blooming star after many more prominent stars turned down the role. Fletcher won the Academy Award for best actress for the role. She would work steadily for the rest of her life, including guest spots on TV shows that saw her nominated for two Emmys.
Elton John says he has played in some beautiful venues, but the stage in front of the White House on Friday, beneath a massive tent on a perfect autumn night, was “probably the icing on the cake.” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the 75-year-old singer, talking about his activism, the power of his music and his all-around goodness. John kicked off his concert with “Your Song,” his first big international hit. At the end of the show Biden surprised John with the National Humanities Medal, for his songbook and his long legacy of advocacy.
A bargain hunter at an estate sale in Maine came away with a purchase that's downright medieval. Will Sideri said he was looking for a KitchenAid mixer, bookshelf or vintage clothes but what caught his eye was a framed document. The 24-year-old soon learned the page contained Latin script and musical notations from about 700 years ago. Academics say it came from a Roman Catholic liturgy used in the Beauvais Cathedral in France, and dates to the late 13th century. It was a bargain for Sideri at $75. An expert on manuscripts says the document could be worth as much as $10,000.
The Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed “Wolf Hall” trilogy has died. Hilary Mantel was 70. Publisher HarperCollins said Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” on Thursday while surrounded by close family and friends. Mantel turned Tudor power politics into page-turning historical novels with her trilogy about the 16th-century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, the right-hand man to King Henry VIII. Mantel won the Booker Prize twice, for “Wolf Hall” in 2009 and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies” in 2012. Both were adapted for the stage and television. The publisher on Friday called Mantel “one of the greatest English novelists of this century.”
A model from Myanmar denounced her country’s military rulers last year from the stage of a beauty pageant in Thailand. Now she fears she may be forced back home. Thaw Nandar Aung says she is stuck at Bangkok’s airport. When she arrived Wednesday night by air from a short trip to Vietnam, she was denied reentry into Thailand. A Thai Foreign Ministry spokesperson says the model was denied entry into Thailand due to an issue with her travel document. He said she was not arrested and there are currently no plans to deport her anywhere. Since Myanmar's military seized power last year it has violently cracked down on opposition and jailed critics.
There’s a new nature documentary series that promises to show viewers incredible animal behavior in vibrant clarity. Heard that all before? Well, this one is on steroids. “Super/Natural,” a six-part series from National Geographic on Disney+, has tapped “Avatar” creator James Cameron as executive producer, and he’s added special effects on top of leading-edge filmmaking technology. The effects sometimes morph the animals into something like stars in a Marvel movie, with their bellows distorting the air, lumbering attacks that cause shock waves in sand or pheromones from an insect rendered as bursting noxious clouds. Even trees light up when sugars move through their roots.
Amazon Prime Video’s first regular-season game as the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football” averaged 15.3 million viewers across all platforms according to Nielsen and Amazon’s first party measurement. Kansas City’s 27-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last Thursday averaged 13.0 million using only Nielsen’s ratings. That is a 47% increase from last year’s Week 2 game between Washington and the New York Giants, which averaged 8.84 million on NFL Network. It was also the most-watched program across broadcast or cable, with CBS’ “Young Sheldon” coming in second at 3.5 million.
Joan Didion, a master of rhythm and of the meaning of the unsaid, was remembered Wednesday as an inspiring and fearless writer and valued, exacting and sometimes eccentric friend. She was described as a woman who didn’t like to speak on the phone unless asked to or who might serve chocolate soufflés at a child’s birthday party because she didn’t know how to bake a cake. Carl Bernstein, Donna Tartt and Fran Liebowitz were among those attending, along with relatives, friends and editors and other colleagues from The New Yorker and her last publishing house, Penguin Random House.
Sidney Poitier’s rise from humble origins to become an Oscar-winning box office draw and civil rights figure who remade Hollywood seems almost scripted, almost too good to be true, but such was Poitier, a life well lived. Associated Press reviewer Mark Kennedy says the new Apple TV+ documentary “Sidney” respectfully traces that life, delivering a portrait of a striver hoping to improve everything he did every day. Written by Jesse James Miller and directed by Reginald Hudlin, “Sidney” is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and members of his family. It glows with respect for a man who earned it.
Milan Fashion Week opened Wednesday with a sense of renewal. The calendar returned to near pre-COVID levels with 68 runway shows, 104 presentations and 30 events. A crop of new designers fill the five-day calendar, including many of color for perhaps the most diverse week of Milan shows ever. Among the highlights for the week: Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean returns after a two-year hiatus, Bally makes its Milan runway debut with Filipino American designer Rhuigi Villasenor. Maximilian Davis debuts as Salvatore Ferragamo’s new creative director.
Paris Olympic organizers have appointed prize-winning French stage director Thomas Jolly to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Games and the Paralympics. The 40-year-old Jolly will be tasked with bringing to life Paris’ ambitious plan to hold the opening ceremony in the French capital’s city center. Organizers hope to have 600,000 spectators at the ceremony along the Seine River. Organizers also say the central Paris square where King Louis XVI and others were executed during the French Revolution is being considered for the Paralympic opening ceremony. Jolly will also direct that and closing ceremonies at the Stade de France.
A campaign that could bring legalized sports betting to California has become the most expensive ballot-initiative fight in U.S. history. Two rival proposals on the November ballot are pitting wealthy Native American tribes against FanDuel, DraftKings and other online gambling companies. At stake is what's expected to be a multibillion-dollar marketplace. Together, both sides have raised over $400 million. A torrent of advertising has crossed TV and cable screens, much of it from the gambling companies. They're making promises about using revenues to fix homelessness, which Gov. Gavin Newsom and other critics say is a false promise.
Big-name celebrities are coming back to the White House after boycotting America's most famous address under Donald Trump. Rocker Elton John is bringing his farewell tour to the South Lawn on Friday at the invitation of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Singer James Taylor strummed his guitar and sang at the White House last week to open an event celebrating a new health care and climate change law. Younger pop stars like singer Olivia Rodrigo and South Korean boy band BTS have visited. And Biden has resumed the tradition of hosting a White House reception for the artists receiving honors from the Kennedy Center.
As often happens, NBC's ‘Sunday Night Football’ game won the week's rating competition, but the Chicago-Green Bay game had a tough battle with the revamped “Monday Night Football” game. That game, between Denver and Seattle, was seen by nearly 10.3 million on ABC and another 8 million people when it was simulcast on ESPN. CBS' “60 Minutes” was the most popular non-football game on TV, with its season debut featuring an interview with President Joe Biden reaching 10.2 million people. During a week when broadcast networks mostly had one last week of reruns in preparation for starting the fall TV season, NBC's summer hit “America's Got Talent” had its swan song.
Jimmy Kimmel is celebrating his 20th anniversary as ABC’s late-night host early, signing a three-year contract extension for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” His show debuted in January 2003, and the new deal means he will remain with it into the 2025-26 season. Kimmel’s decision contrasts with changes in late-night programming. James Corden announced that he’s leaving “The Late Late Show” on CBS next year for other opportunities, and TBS said that “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” was ending after seven seasons. In a statement, Kimmel quipped that he was looking forward to three years of “quiet quitting.” He's taking his late-night ABC show to Brooklyn for a week later this month.
The silence was palpable when the imperial state crown was removed from the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II and placed on the altar of St. George’s Chapel. But what did those fleeting seconds mean to Britain, from the upper echelons of British nobility down to newly arrived migrants hoping to carve out a better life? AP reporter Samya Kullab stood in line for hours with strangers devoted to the queen and desperate to say a final goodbye. Witnessed countless tears shed by young and old. In the spaces between the devoted and the apathetic, she encountered Britons who are ambivalent or undecided about the significance of the monarchy in their lives. And some she met were completely indifferent to it.
The creator of a true-crime podcast that helped free a Maryland man imprisoned for murder said that she feels a mix of emotions over how long it took authorities to act on evidence that’s long been available. Podcast host Sarah Koenig released a new episode of “Serial” on Tuesday, a day after a judge vacated Adnan Syed's 2000 conviction and allowed him to walk out of court. Koenig noted that all of the evidence cited in prosecutors’ motion to overturn the conviction was available since 1999. She argued that the case against Syed involved “just about every chronic problem” in the system.
The cannons have sounded; the bells have rung; the mourners have paid their respects. Now King Charles III faces the task of preserving a 1,000-year-old monarchy that his mother nurtured for seven decades but that faces an uncertain future. The challenge is immense. Personal affection for the queen meant that the monarchy’s role in British society was rarely debated in recent years. But now that she’s gone, the royal family faces questions about whether it is still relevant in a modern, multi-cultural nation that looks very different than it did when Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952.
Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave have debuted as artists in an exhibition in Finland, showing off for the first time sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and the singer-songwriter. The Sara Hilden Art Museum in the southern Finnish city of Tampere was initially scheduled to exhibit just the wide variety of works by British artist Thomas Houseago, who is known for his sculptures. But Houseago reportedly persuaded the museum to include artwork by his friends Pitt and Cave. Pitt told the Finnish public broadcaster YLE that his art is all about reflection. He says it's about “where have I gone wrong in my relationships? Where have I missed up?”
Movie director Adam McKay is donating $4 million to fund activists engaged in the climate fight. The donation McKay plans to announce Tuesday isn't his first foray into urging action on climate change. His 2021 film “Don't Look Up" is a political satire about political leaders' failure to take seriously a planet-destroying comet hurtling toward Earth. His donation marks the largest ever to the Climate Emergency Fund. The group started in 2019 to provide money for activist campaigns engaged in disruptive, nonviolent protest urging swifter action on climate change.
Britain and the world is laying Queen Elizabeth II to rest at a state funeral that will draw presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers as well as up to a million people lining the streets of London to say a final goodbye to a monarch whose 70-year reign defined an age. A day packed with funeral events in London and Windsor began early Monday when the doors of 900-year-old Westminster Hall were closed to mourners. Hundreds of thousands had waited for hours, many of them through cold nights to file past the queen’s flag-draped coffin in a moving outpouring of national grief.
A Baltimore judge has ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning Syed’s conviction for a1999 murder that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn ordered that Syed’s conviction be vacated and she approved the release of the now-41-year-old who has spent more than two decades behind bars. Syed has always maintained that he never killed his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The case received widespread attention in 2014 when “Serial” focused on Lee’s killing and raised doubts about some of the evidence prosecutors had used. Last week, prosecutors filed a motion saying that a lengthy investigation had uncovered new evidence that could undermine the 2000 conviction of Syed.
Thirteen years after James Cameron plunged moviegoers into the cosmic world of “Avatar,” the lush, distant moon of Pandora is finally orbiting back into view. Cameron’s “Avatar” industrial complex has been whirling in high gear for some time; production on the upcoming sequel began back in 2017. But after shuffling through half a decade’s worth of release dates, Cameron’s science-fiction epic is poised to again blanket movie screens and transport willing travelers back, in 3D, to the land of the Na’vi. To whet moviegoers’ appetites ahead of the Dec. 16 debut of “Avatar: The Way of Water," Cameron on Friday will rerelease “Avatar” in a remastered, 4K, HDR version that he says is “better than it’s ever looked.”
I couldn’t see the lone piper. But it didn’t matter. As the sounds of the Scottish lament, “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep,” faded into the silence of Westminster Abbey, it finally struck me that Queen Elizabeth II was really gone. The queen loved bagpipes so much that she had a piper play under her window for 15 minutes every morning, so those notes disappearing into the ether had a sense of finality, in a grand, show-stopping way. Monday’s state funeral was filled with those kinds of moments as Britain said good-bye to its longest-serving monarch with all the pageantry the nation is known for.
The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman at his Louisiana home and of possessing several drugs. Attorney Joel Pearce says the 51-year-old performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all charges. Tyler entered the pleas on Monday in Ascension Parish court in Gonzales. Pearce says he has not been able to get copies of the two indictments, but they were read in court. Pearce says the next hearing is on Oct. 17, and prosecutors said they plan to bring up Tyler's 2003 guilty plea to sexual battery as evidence of prior crimes.
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Kelsea Ballerini and 5 Seconds of Summer, a Oprah Winfrey-produced documentary about acting icon Sidney Poitier and a starry celebration of Norman Lear that includes George Clooney, Rita Moreno, Anthony Anderson and Jennifer Aniston. “Quantum Leap” is jumping back to TV with a sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series about a scientist trapped in the past by an experiment gone awry. And the film “On the Come Up” is about a 16-year-old girl with rap ambitions that is based on the best-selling 2019 young-adult novel by Angie Thomas.
A new story from the annals of World War II is titled “The Mosquito Bowl.” The author, Buzz Bissinger, is known for his bestseller about high school football, “Friday Night Lights.” In “The Mosquito Bowl,” Bissinger writes about five top college football players who find themselves in a pickup game on the insect-infested island of Guadalcanal in 1944. They are among the U.S. Marines training for the bloody invasion of Okinawa. In a review for The Associated Press, Douglass K. Daniel says “The Mosquito Bowl” explores the hearts and souls of those who risked everything for their country, men defining some of the qualities that have made America great.
When poet Amanda Gorman was invited to read a newly developed poem at the U.N. General Assembly, the young sensation took a deep look at how societal issues like hunger and poverty have impacted Earth’s preservation. Gorman wanted to express the impact of unity through her poetic words on the opening day of the 77th session Monday in New York. The 23-year-old created the poem titled “An Ode We Owe” in hopes of bringing all nations together to tackle various issues of disparity along with preserving the planet. In an interview with The Associated Press, she says the world's problems may seem monumental, but they're “too large to be stepped away from.”
The man behind “Saturday Night Live” who’s not named Lorne Michaels, and the man who made NBC “the Olympic Network” is out with a memoir about his 40 years in television. Dick Ebersol recounts the achievements of his career, sharing stories about how some of TV’s most memorable moments came to pass. Associated Press reviewer Rob Merrill writes that there isn’t a lot in “From Saturday Night to Sunday Night” not already reported, but Ebersol does treat readers honestly and he offers insight into how the moments that made readers laugh, cry and cheer at their televisions came to be.
Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday cap 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packed onto the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just a few of the staggering array of numbers generated by the death of the 96-year-old monarch after a 70-year-reign.
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people have slowly filed past Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall since her lying-in-state …
London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Monday’s state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II is an “unprecedented” security challenge. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pack central London for an service attend by 500 emperors, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other leaders from around the world. London's Metropolitan Police says the “hugely complex” policing operation is the biggest in the force’s history, surpassing the London 2012 Olympics. More than 10,000 police officers will be on duty Monday, with London bobbies supplemented by reinforcements from all of Britain’s 43 police forces. The operation will also involve police spotters on rooftops, sniffer dogs on the streets, marine officers on the River Thames and mounted police on horseback.
LONDON (AP) — From a hoard of people huddled on a chilly London sidewalk waiting to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth on her way to marry …
Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday cap 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packed onto the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just a few of the staggering array of numbers generated by the death of the 96-year-old monarch after a 70-year-reign.
Thousands of police, hundreds of troops and an army of officials are making final preparations for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The funeral Monday will be a spectacular display of national mourning, and the biggest gathering of world leaders for years. U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders are arriving in London for the funeral. Thousands of people continued to line up Sunday to file past the queen’s coffin as it lies in state at Parliament’s Westminster Hall. The queen’s eight grandchildren led by Prince William circled the coffin in a silent vigil on Saturday evening.
In retrospect, it seems Queen Elizabeth II was preparing us all along for her death. Whether it was due to age, ill health or a sense that the end was near, she spent much of the last two years tying up loose ends, making sure the family firm would keep ticking along. The transition began slowly, with the queen turning over more public duties to her son, now King Charles III. But it moved into overdrive in 2022 as Elizabeth celebrated 70 years on the throne. First she expressed her wish that Charles’ wife, Camilla, be known as queen consort after her death. Then Charles took center stage during Platinum Jubilee festivities.
When Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather King George V died in 1936 life in Britain is unrecognizable to people today. But despite almost a century of change the images from the queen’s lying in state this week are almost exact copies of those from George V’s time. Historians say maintaining such traditions consistently through time plays into an enduring craving for ritual. It is also crucial to preserving reverence for the monarchy. Five British kings and queens have lain in state at Westminster Hall before the queen. The hall is a 900-year-old building at the center of British politics and power. Edward VII was the monarch who set the modern tradition of lying in state in Westminster Hall in 1910.
Henry Silva, a prolific character actor best known for playing villains and tough guys in “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and other films, has died. He was 95. Silva was a New York City native who dropped out of school as a teenager in the 1940s. He was accepted the following decade into the Actors Studio, where fellow students included Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzarra. He went on to have a long and busy career in film and television, with hundreds of credits before retiring from acting in 2001.
Thousands of people spent London’s coldest night in months huddled in line to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. Authorities warned Saturday that arriving mourners face a 24-hour wait. Police arrested a man after what the force described as a “disturbance” Friday night in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin is lying in state. Parliamentary authorities said the queue was briefly halted after someone tried to approach the coffin on its platform. The Metropolitan Police force said a man was detained for a suspected public-order offense. The tide of people wanting to see the queen has grown steadily since the public was first admitted on Wednesday.
Plans by news organizations that have been in place for years — even decades — to cover the death of Queen Elizabeth II were triggered and tested when the event took place. London has been inundated with journalists, with more headed to the city for the funeral services on Monday. A giant audience is expected for the culmination of all the ceremonies, which one expert called “catnip” for television networks. For many journalists, plans have gone smoothly. There were some issues on Thursday with restrictions placed by the palace on use of video from inside Westminster Hall, where the queen's body was lying in state.
The beer is flowing at Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest for the first time since 2019. With three knocks of a hammer and the traditional cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped” — the city's mayor inserted the tap in the first keg at noon on Saturday to open the festivities. Oktoberfest has typically drawn about 6 million visitors every year to packed festival grounds in Bavaria’s capital. But the event didn't take place in 2020 and 2021 as authorities grappled with the unpredictable development of COVID-19 infections and restrictions. The mayor says he thinks the city made the right decision to allow the festival to take place this year. It runs through Oct. 3.
Hotels, restaurants and shops are packed as royal fans pour into the heart of London to experience the flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and brave a mileslong line for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid adieu to Queen Elizabeth II. Visitors crowding into central London from as far away as the U.S. and India for the historic moment are giving a boost to businesses at a time when the British economy is facing a cost-of-living crisis fueled by the highest inflation in four decades and predictions of a looming recession. The overall economic boost might be limited because Monday has been declared a public holiday for the queen's funeral. But experts said renewed interest in the royal family could sustain tourism demand.
China announced that Vice President Wang Qishan would attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as the special representative of President Xi Jinping. A group of British legislators sanctioned by China have expressed concern that the Chinese government has been invited to the funeral. One told the BBC the invitation should be rescinded because of human rights abuses in the treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang. Wang was named to the largely ceremonial post of vice president in 2018 and often attends events on Xi’s behalf. Meanwhile, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left for Britain on Saturday to attend the queen's funeral and pay respects.
“The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — is scheduled to close in February 2023, a victim of post-pandemic softening in theater attendance in New York. The musical — a fixture on Broadway since 1988, weathering recessions, war and cultural shifts — will play its final performance on Broadway in February. The first production opened in London in 1986 and since then the show has been seen by more than 145 million people in 183 cities. The closure was first reported by the New York Post. A spokesperson says the closing will come less than a month after its 35th anniversary.
A former star of a reality TV show based in St. Louis has been convicted of arranging the killing of his nephew. A federal jury on Friday found James “Tim” Norman guilty in the March 2016 death of 21-year-old Andre Montgomery. The jury deliberated for about 17 hours before reaching the verdict. Norman and his nephew starred in “Welcome to Sweetie Pie's,” a reality show on the OWN Network, based in a soul-food business founded by Norman’s mother who was also Andre’s grandmother. Prosecutors said Norman arranged Montgomery's murder to collect on a $450,000 life insurance policy. Norman's attorneys argued the murder-for-hire plot was a “made up theory.”
The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year’s totals, which were the highest levels in decades. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Friday’s announcement is timed to Banned Books Week, which highlights some of the most contested releases. It begins Sunday and will be promoted around the country through table displays, posters, bookmarks and stickers and through readings, essay contests and other events.
Oktoberfest is on tap again in Germany after a two-year pandemic interruption. The beer will be just as cold and the roast pork knuckle just as crispy. Mayor Dieter Reiter says the return of the city’s hallmark tourist event on Saturday is “beautiful.” But brewers and visitors are under pressure from inflation in ways they could hardly imagine in 2019. Energy, barley, hops, even paper and glue for labels, cardboard for cases and steel barrels have all gone up in price as record inflation has taken hold across Europe. The price of one of the hefty mugs that revelers will hoist has gone up by 15%, with the brewing industry under pressure from rising costs.
A moody, brooding and floating installation by Malagasy artist Joel Andrianomearisoa is transforming the towering atrium of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town. “The Five Continents of All Our Desires” features sculptures in black silk paper suspended in the museum’s multi-story central atrium. They form a massive, slowly moving mobile that suggest geographical archipelagos and play off the building’s massive concrete curving walls. Originally grain silos at Cape Town’s port, the museum building was created by scooping out several of the interior walls. Andrianomearisoa’s work will be on show until June 25, 2023.
A delegation of Chinese officials reportedly has been barred from visiting the historic hall where the queen is lying in state, as geopolitics cast a shadow over the solemn pageantry surrounding the monarch’s death. The Chinese ambassador to the U.K. has been banned from Parliament for a year after Beijing sanctioned seven British legislators last year for speaking out against China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority in the far-west Xinjiang region. The office of House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle declined to comment Friday on the report in Politico. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said she had not seen the report, but said that as host of the queen’s funeral, the U.K. should “follow the diplomatic protocols and proper manners to receive guests.”
Thousands of mourners are standing in line for at least 14 hours to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin while she lies in state in London. Authorities said Friday the designated line was about 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, snaking along the banks of the River Thames. There are more than 500 portable toilets available and some 1,000 stewards and marshals working at any given time. King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, were due to visit Wales on Friday. They previously visited to Scotland and Northern Ireland, the other nations making up the United Kingdom.
A Palestinian farmer in the Gaza Strip has discovered a rare mosaic on his property. The man says he stumbled upon it while planting an olive tree last spring and quietly excavated it over several months with his son. Experts say the discovery of the mosaic — which includes 17 well-preserved images of animals and birds — is one of Gaza's greatest archaeological treasures. They say it's drawing attention to the need to protect Gaza's antiquities, which are threatened by a lack of resources and the constant threat of fighting with Israel. The mosaic was discovered just one kilometer, or about half a mile, from the Israeli border.
Andrew Dominik's “Blonde,” a fictional meditation on the life of Marilyn Monroe, is brutal, bruising — and often beautiful, writes Associated Press National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. It features a raw, committed and heartbreaking lead performance by Ana de Armas. Based on a novel, “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates, the film melds fact and fiction in search of a deeper emotional truth. Some of its greatest strengths lie in the expertly rendered scenes of Hollywood glitz and glamour. As Marilyn's husbands, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio and Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller are both superbly cast, and Julianne Nicholson is memorable as Marilyn's abusive mother. In theaters on Friday and streaming on Netflix Sept. 28.
Federal prosecutors this week scored multiple convictions against R. Kelly at the singer’s trial in Chicago. But they lost on the headline charge, that Kelly obstructed justice by rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted him. Kelly's longtime business manager Derrel McDavid was also acquitted on that count. At least one legal expert said obstruction of justice charges aren’t generally hard to prove. But former federal prosecutor Phil Turners says that in this case, the facts just weren't there. U.S. Attorney John Lausch expressed disappointment in not winning convictions across the board. But he said Kelly is still looking at a prison sentence of 10 to 90 years. Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.
In “The Woman King,” Viola Davis a mass of muscle, battle wounds and world weariness as General Nanisca, the head of the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors who protected the West African Kingdom of Dohemy in the 19th century. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood the film is a throwback of sorts to the big, exciting, emotional warrior epics that used to be all too common at the multiplex, with the twist that it’s women not men driving the action, writes Associated Press Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in her review. Rated PG-13, “The Woman King” is currently playing in theaters nationwide.
The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has been scheduled for arraignment on charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman, and illegally possessing drugs at his Louisiana home. Attorney Joel Pearce says the performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent. And he says he hopes he will be allowed to present evidence on Monday supporting bond for Tyler. The performer has been held without bond since he was arrested July 31 on charges accusing him of choking and raping the woman at his home in Prairieville, near Baton Rouge. Pearce says Tyler is the victim, and had a court order to protect him from the woman.
Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has resolved a yearslong criminal case stemming from a pair of brawls at New York City strip clubs, pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that requires her to perform 15 days of community service. The 29-year-old “WAP” singer agreed to a conditional discharge just as her case was about to go to trial, saying in a statement: “Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions.” Cardi B, a New York City native whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the fights in August 2018. Ten other counts, including two felonies, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.
New York City’s latest celebrity visitor is stopping traffic even in this jaded, larger-than-life town. Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, is on a 17-day blitz through every corner of the Big Apple as part of a theater project hoping to raise awareness about immigration. She will visit tourists meccas — Times Square and Grand Central Station, among them — and also communities far from the glitz of Manhattan, like Bedford–Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. At each of the 55 stops planned stops, organizers have reached out to community artists and leaders to create a special event anchored by the place visited.
Lebanon is celebrating the victory of a female dance troupe from this crisis-hit Mideast country in the America's Got Talent competition show. Lebanese politicians and officials on Thursday rushed to congratulate the all-female dance troupe online. Many Lebanese struggling with years of political and economic turmoil saw the Mayyas' success as a “rare glimmer of hope” in a country with a short but troubled history. Lebanon has been struggling with a crippling economic crisis over the past three years that has pushed three-quarters of its population into poverty. The result has been a massive brain drain of young professionals who are leaving the country for better job opportunities abroad.
A Berlin museum opens fully to the public this week with a very modern take on the display of cultural items from around the world and the debate over demands for some of them to be returned to their homelands. The east wing of the Humboldt Forum contains items from the city’s Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art. It will display some 20,000 objects, among them dozens of Benin Bronzes that were stolen in Africa during colonial times — as well as an exhibit explaining to visitors how most of them are soon to return to Nigeria.
Thousands of people have stood in line through the night in London, waiting their turn to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it lies in state. Authorities said the line on Thursday stretched about 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers) along the south bank of the River Thames. The queen’s flag-draped oak coffin is lying in state at 900-year-old Westminster Hall for four days before her funeral on Monday. People, hushed and somber, streamed past each side of the coffin. Military detachments guarding the coffin are rotated every 20 minutes. The queen died in Scotland last Thursday at age 96, ending a 70-year reign.
Thousands of mourners have lined up through the night to file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Parliament’s Westminster Hall. The queue to see the queen lying in state stretched for 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers) Thursday morning along the south bank of the River Thames and then over a bridge to Parliament. King Charles III is spending the day in “private reflection” at his Highgrove residence in western England. Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will visit the royal family’s Sandringham estate in eastern England to see some of the tributes left by well-wishers. The queen's coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall until the morning of her funeral on Monday.
The NFL is set to make its debut with a streaming service on Thursday night. Amazon Prime Video will show the Los Angeles Chargers' game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It's the highest-profile of a series of deals between sports leagues and streaming services. NHL games will be shown on both ESPN+ and Hulu. Major League Baseball has deals with Apple TV+ and Peacock. Industry experts say viewers are becoming more comfortable with streaming games and advances in technology have made it seamless.
“Abbott Elementary” creator-star Quinta Brunson says she would rather focus on the show than Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy night comedy bit. But Brunson's co-star, Sheryl Lee Ralph, didn’t duck the matter during a Q&A panel discussion Wednesday. Ralph says she recalled thinking, ‘"Oh, the disrespect, Jimmy," during Monday night's awards show. Kimmel had been dragged onstage by co-presenter Will Arnett, who claimed Kimmel had too much to drink. When Brunson won the best comedy writing Emmy, Kimmel didn't stand up. He was blasted online as being rude at the minimum for overshadowing Brunson's Emmy moment. “Abbott Elementary” returns for its second season Sept. 21 on ABC.
Ti West and Mia Goth expand the world of “X” in the new film “Pearl.” They look back at the youth of the murderous old woman who terrorized an adult film shoot in the 1970s in “X.” The film's world premiere was held at the Venice International Film Festival. In “Pearl,” Goth's title character is a young farmgirl in 1918 who dreams of Hollywood stardom. The film is a candy-colored ode to technicolor classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Singin’ in the Rain” but with carnage and blood. “Pearl" opens in theaters nationwide Friday.
Reports that up to 100 staff at King Charles III’s former residence could lose their jobs have drawn criticism of the British monarchy, within days of his accession to the throne. The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday that dozens of staff at Clarence House, Charles’ former official residence, were given notice that their jobs were on the line. Clarence House said some job losses are “unavoidable” during the transition. But a union called the royals’ decision to cut jobs during a period of mourning “nothing short of heartless.” The criticism added to negative press for Charles after two videos showing him visibly irritated by a leaky pen and a pen holder went viral on social media in recent days.
Voting is open on which toys should go into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year. The class of 2022 finalists were announced Wednesday. They are: bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Lite-Brite, Nerf Toys, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, Spirograph, and the top. The public can vote online through Sept. 21. The three toys that receive the most public votes will make up a single “Player's Choice” ballot. That ballot will be counted alongside those turned in by a national selection committee. The inductees will be announced in November. The National Toy Hall of Fame is located at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York.
Jurors are set to begin deliberating for a second day at R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago. As they continue Wednesday, they must sort through a month of evidence and arguments on charges accusing the singer of producing child pornography, enticing minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child porn trial. They began deliberating Tuesday and headed home after several hours. Jurors must mull 13 separate counts, some involving complex law and assessments of which witnesses were more believable. They began deliberating after the judge gave them jury instructions, including explicit descriptions of what constitutes sexual abuse. The 55-year-old Kelly was sentenced in June to 30 years in prison during a separate federal trial in New York.
Crowds are gathering in London as the city prepares for a somber procession taking Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament. There, the late monarch will lie in state for four days before her funeral next Monday. Huge crowds are expected for Wednesday’s afternoon procession, and long lines are also predicted to view the coffin at Parliament’s Westminster Hall. People are standing behind metal barriers or sitting on folding chairs. Under gray skies hours before the coffin was scheduled to leave the monarch’s official London residence, they have umbrellas at the ready.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is set to leave Buckingham Palace for the last time as it is taken, amid somber pageantry, on a horse-drawn gun carriage past crowds of mourners to the Houses of Parliament, where the late monarch will lie in state for four days. Crowds began massing early Wednesday along the flag-lined Mall outside the palace for the procession from the monarch’s official London residence to the historic Westminster Hall at Parliament. People are standing behind metal barriers or sitting on folding chairs, umbrellas at the ready, takeout coffees in hand under gray skies hours before the coffin is scheduled to leave the landmark palace at 2:22 p.m. (1322 GMT).
It may not be fall on the calendar yet, but it is in the television ratings: NBC's “Sunday Night Football” is on top. The season's first Sunday night game, matching Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Bucs against the Dallas Cowboys, reached 23.3 million people. That was about three million more than the season kickoff game between Buffalo and the L.A. Rams on Thursday. Football otherwise dominated the ratings. Getting a jump on the fall season, Fox's new drama “Monarch” was seen by just over 4 million for its premiere episode. Otherwise, the Nielsens prepared to say goodbye to “America’s Got Talent” until next summer.
Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery at a South Los Angeles restaurant where police believe a social media post may have tipped the assailant to his location. The Philadelphia artist, whose real name is Rakim Allen, was gunned down Monday at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant while eating with his girlfriend. Los Angeles police say the shooter approached their table and demanded items. A verbal exchange ended when the robber opened fire, striking the rapper multiple times. Police Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that police are investigating whether a social media post by the rapper's girlfriend prompted the attack.
“The Waltons,” one of TV's most popular and enduring programs, turns 50 on Wednesday. Set in 1932 and running through World War II, the show debuted on CBS on Sept. 14, 1972. The drama followed a Depression-era family in rural Virginia who were depicted wearing overalls and dresses, praying at meals and overcoming adversity through hard work and grace. Observers say that at a time when the networks generally avoided risky content, “The Waltons” was notable for tackling difficult topics — religion, in particular. A half-century later it still stirs nostalgia among fans who take in cable TV reruns, binge episodes online and follow former stars on social media.
Just days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, unofficial souvenirs have rolled out at royal-themed gift shops in London and online marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy. One shop near Buckingham Palace says it pushed its suppliers to work overnight to get mementos ready by Saturday, just two days after the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch. Now, people have the option to buy fridge magnets, flags, mugs and T-shirts with the queen's likeness and the dates of her 70-year reign. Some shops say items depicting the new monarch, King Charles III, are on their way. Official merchandise will take longer to arrive to approved vendors, who have suspended sales of royal souvenirs out of respect for the mourning period.
R. Kelly’s lead attorney is getting her chance to deliver her closing argument to federal jurors in Chicago. That comes a day after a prosecutor told jurors that weeks of evidence proved the R&B superstar parlayed his fame to sexually abuse minors and record the abuse on video. Kelly faces charges of production of child pornography, enticing minor girls for sex and obstruction of justice by successfully rigging his 2008 child pornography trial in state court in 2008, at which he was acquitted. Jurors are expected to began deliberating later Tuesday. In her Monday closing, prosecutor Elizabeth Pozolo described Kelly as a secret sexual predator who “has committed horrible crimes against children."
French media say director Jean-Luc Godard, an icon of French New Wave film who revolutionized popular 1960s cinema, has died. He was 91. Multiple French media outlets confirmed that they had learned the news of his passing from his relatives on Tuesday. Born into a wealthy French-Swiss family on Dec. 3, 1930, in Paris, the ingenious “enfant terrible” stood for years as one of the world’s most vital and provocative directors in Europe and beyond — beginning in 1960 with his debut feature “Breathless.” His films propelled Jean-Paul Belmondo to stardom and his controversial modern nativity play “Hail Mary” grabbed headlines when Pope John Paul II denounced it in 1985.
King Charles is due to fly to Northern Ireland on the latest leg of the new monarch's tour of the nations that make up the United Kingdom. Thousands of people lined up through the night in Edinburgh to pay their last respects at his mother’s coffin at St. Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital. Some people even walked past Queen Elizabeth II's coffin and then rejoined the line to get a second look. On Monday night, Charles and his siblings, Anne, Andrew and Edward, their heads bowed, briefly stood vigil around their mother’s flag-draped coffin.
King Charles is flying to Northern Ireland on the latest leg of his tour of the nations that make up the United Kingdom as thousands of people have lined up through the night to pay their last respects to his mother’s coffin in Edinburgh. On Monday night, Charles and his siblings, Anne, Andrew and Edward, their heads bowed, briefly stood vigil around their mother’s flag-draped coffin as members of the public filed past. The British monarchy draws mixed emotions in Northern Ireland, where there are two main communities: mostly Protestant unionists who consider themselves British and largely Roman Catholic nationalists who see themselves as Irish.
Sheryl Lee Ralph was already in tears on the pre-show red carpet, when presented with a video of support from a beloved aunt. But then came her victory as best supporting actress in a comedy. In the feel-good moment of the night, the 66-year-old first time winner sang the opening of an empowering song, “Endangered Species.” It was an Emmy show that rewarded previous winners in several major categories: “Succession” and “Ted Lasso,” the big winners in drama and comedy, were repeat winners, as were a number of actors. Still, there were new and groundbreaking wins like that of actor Lee Jung-jae of “Squid Game,” the first Asian to win the award.
The Emmys red carpet kicked off in sticky Los Angeles with a strong show of red on the fashion carpet. Natasha Rothwell of “The White Lotus” chose red for a gown with balloon short sleeves and a hot commodity on fashion carpets — pockets! Megan Stalter also went for red in a sheer dress that celebrated her curves. Jen Tullock of “Severance” was in the red zone, a thigh high slit and structured sleeve number by Thierry Mugler, worn with drop pearl earrings. Mark Indelicato was in the red club, sort of. Indelicato’s hair was bright red and his black tux sported long split tails like a train.
What’s more intimidating than being a young actor cast in a Steven Spielberg movie? How about playing Steven Spielberg in a Steven Spielberg movie? Nineteen-year-old Gabriel LaBelle is the lead of Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” playing a fictionalized younger version of the legendary director. The film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. As Spielberg’s fictionalized stand-in, Sammy Fabelman, LaBelle plays the 75-year-old filmmaker through some of his most formative teenage years as an aspiring filmmaker. The opportunity had LaBelle wondering to himself: “Did I bite off more than I could chew?”
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Little Big Town and Marcus Mumford, “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns with high stakes for the future of Gilead, and twin brothers go to their mother’s house for a stay but find something is off about her in the film “Goodnight Mommy.” A year after “Official Competition” premiered to raves at the Venice Film Festival, it’s finally coming to streaming service AMC+ starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. And looking for a break in your day? “The Jennifer Hudson Show” and “Sherri,” with comedian-actor Sherri Shepherd, are here to oblige, with both shows debuting Monday.
Against the backdrop of Picasso´s iconic anti-war painting, “Guernica,” the culture ministers of France and Spain have gathered in Madrid to kick off a year of commemorative acts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Spanish artist who revolutionized the world of art. In “Picasso Celebration,” France and Spain will organize more than 40 exhibitions, conferences and other events in museums in Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Malaga and others in Europe and North America over the next 12 months. Picasso was born October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain and died in Mougins, France, on April 8, 1973.
The first members of the public will have the chance to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II when the monarch’s coffin lies at rest at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. King Charles III will begin Monday by speaking to lawmakers at Parliament in London before flying to Scotland. He will accompany the oak coffin on a solemn procession through the cobbled streets of the Scottish capital from the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse to the cathedral. On Sunday, thousands of people lined streets and roadsides as the coffin was borne from the late queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat, where she died on Thursday, to Edinburgh.
New Zealand has announced it will mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a public holiday on Sept. 26. The nation will also hold a state memorial service in the capital, Wellington, on the same day. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Elizabeth was an extraordinary person and many people would appreciate the opportunity to mark her death and celebrate her life. She said that “as New Zealand’s queen and much-loved sovereign for over 70 years, it is appropriate that we mark her life of dedicated public service with a state memorial service and a one-off public holiday.” She also said she would be leaving this week for Britain to attend Elizabeth’s funeral.
Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson and the ceremony’s producers are promising a feel-good event. That description doesn't apply to several of the top nominated shows. Among the best drama contenders at Monday night's ceremony are the violently dystopian “Squid Game” and “Succession,” about a powerful and cutthroat family. Even comedy nominee “Ted Lasso,” the defending champ, took a dark turn last season. But after several pandemic-affected awards seasons, Emmy producers say the night will be big and festive. Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” fame says he wants a celebratory and stress-free night. The Emmys air at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC and stream on Peacock.
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