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Star Trek’s ‘Strange New Worlds’: In defense of episodic TV

High-end TV today is all about intricate story arcs, deep serialization, a requirement for sequential viewing and a serious attention span
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This image released by Paramount+ shows, from left, Rebecca Romijn as Una, Ethan Peck as Spock, background, Melissa Navia as Ortegas and Anson Mount as Pike in a scene from the series "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." (Marni Grossman/Paramount+ via AP)
July 05

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending July 1st
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July 05

A celebrity volcanologist couple spotlighted in new doc

The names might not be especially well-known today, but in the 1970s and 80s, French scientists Katia Krafft and Maurice Krafft were to volcanoes what Jacques Cousteau was to oceans
July 05
This image released by National Geographic shows Maurice Krafft, left, and Katia Krafft in a scene from the documentary "Fire of Love." (National Geographic via AP)
July 05

Review: In 'Fire of Love,' the mysterious alchemy of romance

Rarely have the conditions for love been less hospitable than in Sara Dosa’s documentary “Fire of Love.”
July 05
This image released by National Geographic shows Katia Krafft wearing an aluminized suit as she stands near lava burst at Krafla Volcano, Iceland, in a scene from the documentary "Fire of Love." (National Geographic via AP)
July 05

Review: An Irish hitman juggles murder with parenthood

In “The Lemon Man,” Dublin, Ireland, hitman Patrick Callen discovers a baby after killing its drug-dealing father
July 05
This cover image released by Brash Books shows "The Lemon Man" by Keith Bruton. (Brash Books via AP)
July 05

HarperCollins workers approve potential strike

The union representing more than 250 HarperCollins workers says those employees have overwhelmingly voted to strike if the publisher doesn’t meet their demands for a fair contract
July 05
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The top 10 books on the Apple Store for week ending 7/3/2022
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Apple-Movies-Top-10 for week ending 7/3/2022
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Review: 'Bull Durham' fans, rejoice at 'Church of Baseball'

Just in time for summer baseball is a new book about the making of the hit 1988 comedy “Bull Durham.”
July 05
This cover image released by Knopf shows "The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham; Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit" by Ron Shelton. (Knopf via AP)
July 05

UK climate protesters glue themselves to Constable frame

Climate change protesters have targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” at London’s Royal Academy of Arts
July 05
Protesters glue their hands to the frame of John Constable's The Hay Wain after first having covered the painting with their own picture, inside the National Gallery, London, Monday July 4, 2022. Police say two climate change protesters have been arrested after they glued themselves to the frame of a famous John Constable painting hanging in Britain’s National Gallery. The two, from the protest group “Just Stop Oil,” stepped over a rope barrier and covered “The Hay Wain” on Monday with large sheets of paper depicting “an apocalyptic vision of the future” of the landscape. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
July 05

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 10-16

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of July 10-16 include Irish dancer Michael Flatley, actor Will Ferrell and singer Linda Ronstadt
July 05
Lil' Kim performs a tribute to lifetime achievement award winner Sean "Diddy" Combs at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
July 05

Review: 'Hatchet Island' a mystery with contrived solution

In “Hatchet Island,” Paul Doiron’s the 13th novel featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, two workers at an island bird sanctuary are brutally murdered
July 05
This cover image released by Minotaur shows "Hatchet Island" by Paul Doiron. (Minotaur via AP)
July 04

Judge in Italy ends detention for Haggis in sex abuse case

A judge in southern Italy has ruled that film director Paul Haggis should be released from detention at his hotel while prosecutors continue to investigate sex abuse allegations
July 04
FILE - Director Paul Haggis attends the world premiere of "Spielberg", during the 55th New York Film Festival in New York, Oct. 5, 2017. Film director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday June 19, 2022, for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media said, quoting local prosecutors. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
July 04

Heard seeks to throw out verdict in Depp defamation trial

Amber Heard’s lawyers have asked a judge to throw out the $10.35 million verdict against her in the defamation case filed by ex-husband Johnny Depp
July 04
This combination of photos shows actor Johnny Depp testifying at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., on April 21, 2022, left, and actor Amber Heard testifying in the same courtroom on May 26, 2022. The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury's award official Friday with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim in an op-ed piece she wrote. (AP Photo)
July 04

Ricky Martin denies restraining order allegations

The Puerto Rican superstar has not been charged with any crime.
July 04
FILE - Ricky Martin poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Elvis' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022. A judge has issued a restraining order against Martin, police said Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP File)
July 03

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate
July 03
July 03

Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch 'for his own safety'

Federal authorities are pushing back on claims that R. Kelly was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame to sexually abuse young girls
July 03
July 03

‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5 million debut

Families went bananas for Minions this weekend at the movie theater.
July 03
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Stuart the Minion in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)
July 03

China state museum opens in Hong Kong amid patriotism drive

China’s famed Palace Museum has displayed artifacts at a museum in Hong Kong amid a drive to build loyalty to Beijing in the former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule 25 years ago
July 03
Visitors tour the Hong Kong Palace Museum during the first day open to public in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 3, 2022. It showcases more than 900 Chinese artefacts, loaned from the long-established Palace Museum in Beijing, home to works of art representing thousands of years of Chinese history and culture. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 03

British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97

British theater and film director Peter Brook has died at age 97
July 03
FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook, is photographed, during a reception after being awarded the Great Vermeil medal of Paris, at the city hall Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97. The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of “Lord of the Flies”. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File )
July 02

Ricky Martin faces restraining order in Puerto Rico

A Puerto Rican judge issued a restraining order against superstar Ricky Martin.
July 02
FILE - Ricky Martin poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Elvis' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022. A judge has issued a restraining order against Martin, police said Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP File)
July 02

Man found at Taylor Swift properties faces stalking charges

Authorities said he entered two NYC residences linked to the singer-songwriter.
July 02
FILE - Taylor Swift appears at a premiere for her short film "All Too Well: The Short Film” in New York on Nov. 12, 2021. Swift discussed her short film at the Tribeca Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2022, detailing her transition into the director's chair, the nuances of visual storytelling and the possibility of future film projects. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
July 02

Actress Lindsay Lohan celebrates birthday as married woman

The “Freaky Friday” star said she was the “luckiest woman in the world.”
July 02
FILE - Lindsay Lohan attends MTV's "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club" series premiere party at Magic Hour Rooftop at The Moxy Times Square on Jan. 7, 2019, in New York. Lohan is celebrating her 36th birthday on Saturday as a married woman. The “Freaky Friday” star said she was the “luckiest woman in the world” in an Instagram post Friday, July 1, 2022, that pictured her with financier Bader Shammas, who had been her fiance. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
July 01

Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search has ended after he was reunited in Tokyo with a cherished guitar 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel
July 01
Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman, right, receives his stolen Gretsch guitar during the Lost and Found Guitar Exchange Ceremony Friday, July 1, 2022, at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Bachman’s long-held dream came true Friday when he was reunited in Tokyo with a beloved guitar nearly a half-century after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who, received the guitar from a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 01

Song by song, country star Luke Combs grows into stadiums

With a string of 14 No. 1 hits, country star Luke Combs made the professional leap into stadiums this year on his ascent to the genre's peak
July 01
FILE - Luke Combs performs during CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tenn., on June 11, 2022. Comb's latest album, "Growin' Up," releases Friday, July 1. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 01

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
July 01
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Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate
July 01
July 01

Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

Germany and Nigeria have signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago
July 01
Abba Tijani, director general of the National Museums and Monuments Authority of Nigeria, looks at Benin Bronzes at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday June 29, 2022 . The ethnological museum houses 78 objects, including 64 bronzes,from the former royal house of Benin, whose core area is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria. Germany is set to sign an agreement in Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)
July 01

Essence Festival allowing negative COVID tests for admission

In a major reversal of policy, the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture said Friday that it will allow attendees to show a negative COVID test result for admission to its ticketed concerts in the Superdome and other events
July 01
July 01

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar week of 7/4/2022
July 01
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US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

A new report says a downward trend continues.
July 01
Various local newspapers appear outside a convenience store in the Brooklyn borough of New York on June 30, 2022. The United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued Wednesday on the state of local news. The country had 6,377 newspapers at the end of May, down from 8,891 in 2005, the report said. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)
July 01

Ukraine protests Russian film screening at Czech film fest

An international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary has kicked off amid controversy following a protest by Ukraine against the screening of a Russian movie
July 01
FILE - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush poses with his 'Berlinale Camera Award' wich he received prior to the screening of the film 'Final Portrait ' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The international film festival in the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary kicks off Friday, July 1, 2022 following a protest by Ukraine against screening a Russian movie. This year’s festival will honor Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush for his outstanding contribution to world cinema at the festival’s closing ceremony. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
July 01

EXPLAINER: How will R. Kelly sentence impact other trials?

R. Kelly could be in his 80s before the singer is free again, based on a 30-year prison term imposed this week by a New York federal judge for sexually abusing young fans
July 01
In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly briefly addresses Judge Ann Donnelly during his sentencing in federal court, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
June 30

Lawyer: Hussle lifted up neighborhood he was gunned down in

The prosecutor said the rapper sought to raise up his neighborhood with him.
June 30
Defense attorney Aaron Jenson speaks during opening statement during Eric Holder murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles prosecutor says the killing of Nipsey Hussle was premeditated by a man charged with fatally shooting the Grammy Award-winning rapper outside his clothing store three years ago. (Frederick M. Brown/Daily Mail.com via AP, Pool)
June 30

Four Atlantic City casinos reach contract agreement with union, averting a strike on Fourth of July weekend

Four Atlantic City casinos reach contract agreement with union, averting a strike on Fourth of July weekend
June 30
June 30

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

Essence’s chief executive officer said she’s been asked many times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans
June 30
Vanessa Dawson, back left, producer of Maui Moisture, stands in her hair care truck near the Essence Festival in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked a multitude of times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
June 30

Sonny Barger, figurehead of Hells Angels, dies at 83

The leather-clad founding member of the notorious motorcycle club has died.
June 30
FILE - Hells Angels founder Ralph "Sonny" Barger and his wife Sharon are shown after his release on $100,000 bond in San Francisco, Aug. 1, 1980. Barger, the leather-clad figurehead of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club, has died at age 83. Barger's death was announced late Wednesday, June 29, 2022, on his Facebook page. Barger composed the post placed on the Facebook page managed by his current wife, Zorana. (AP Photo/Robert Houston, File)
June 30

Review: Austen-era schemes, dreams fill 'Mr. Malcolm's List'

“Mr. Malcolm’s List” is not, technically, by Jane Austen, but it is Austenesque through and through
June 30
This image released by Bleecker Street shows Freida Pinto in a scene from "Mr. Malcolm's List." (Ross Ferguson/Bleecker Street via AP)
June 30

Frank Daniels, ex-AP chair and newspaper publisher, dies

Former Associated Press board chair Frank Daniels Jr. has died at 90
June 30
FILE - This undated image shows former chairman of The Associated Press Frank A. Daniels. Daniels Jr. has died at 90. His son says he died Thursday, June 30, 2022. In addition to his service on the board of directors of the not-for-profit news cooperative, Daniels shepherded The News & Observer of Raleigh through an era of political and economic transformation in the New South. (AP Photo/File)
June 30

Like ‘Bridgerton’? Wait till you catch ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’

Years before “Bridgerton” and the Regency-era fashion moment it helped inspire, director Emma Holly Jones was dreaming of an early 19th century romantic comedy with a diverse cast
June 30
Sope Dirisu, from left, Freida Pinto and Zawe Ashton pose for a portrait to promote "Mr. Malcolm's List" on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
June 30

Review: Imagine Dragons offer light at the end of the tunnel

If you were hiding under your bed after listening to the last album by Imagine Dragons, it’s time to come out
June 30
This cover image released by Interscope shows "Mercury — Act 2," by Imagine Dragons. (Interscope via AP)
June 30

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Sonequa Martin-Green, Kate Mulgrew share 'Star Trek' stories

After light years in space, actors Sonequa Martin-Green and Kate Mulgrew are meeting up on Earth to compare “Star Trek” stories
June 30
Kate Mulgrew, left, and Sonequa Martin-Green pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK launch of the streaming site Paramount +, in London, Monday, June 20, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
June 30

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USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending 6/26/2022
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Mary J. Blige arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
June 30

NFL and Ice Cube team up for economic equity initiative

The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube
June 30
FILE - Rapper Ice Cube, right, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas. The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube. The league announced Thursday, June 30, 2022, a partnership with Contract with Black America Institute, an economic inclusion-focused initiative led by artist and entrepreneur O'Shea Jackson, who is known as Ice Cube.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 30

Author Jesmyn Ward wins Library of Congress fiction prize

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award and is being honored for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice
June 30
FILE - Author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
June 30

US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

Despite a growing recognition of the newspaper industry's problems among politicians and philanthropists, a new report says a downward trend continues
June 30
FILE - A man reads a newspaper during his lunch break in Cincinnati on July 6, 2005. A report from Northwestern University says local newspapers in the United States are dying at the rate of two per week. There has been growth in digital alternatives, but not nearly enough to compensate for what has been lost. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
June 30

UK royals' spending up 17%, mostly for palace overhaul costs

Royal accounts show the British monarchy’s publicly-funded spending rose by 17% to 102.4 million pounds ($124 million) in the past year, with the renovation of Buckingham Palace taking up a large part of the expenses
June 30
FILE - A dog walker passes a quiet Buckingham Palace, in London, March 23, 2021. Royal accounts show the British monarchy’s publicly-funded spending rose to 102.4 million pounds ($124 million) in the past year, with the renovation of Buckingham Palace taking up a large part of the expenses. The palace’s annual Sovereign Grant report showed that royal spending went up by 14.9 million pounds, or 17%, compared to the previous year, a report published Thursday, June 30, 2022 showed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
June 30
FILE - This Jan. 24, 2011, photo shows "Sesame Street" muppet Elmo posing for a portrait with the assistance of puppeteer Kevin Clash in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to promote the documentary "Being Elmo" in Park City, Utah. Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street." (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)