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Loewe’s ever-creative director became the toast of Paris Fashion Week with his subtly provocative, concept-driven runway show. The display had critics and VIP guests, including Karlie Kloss and Alexa Chung, bowled over.  Jonathan Anderson's triumph was the highlight of the season so far A giant bright red tropical flower, identified as an anthurium, was the centerpiece of this minimalist runway. The Japanese techno-fabric-loving house of Issey Miyake marked the end of an era, presenting its first collection since the death of the house’s eponymous founder last month. Meanwhile, U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour announced on Friday that next year’s Met Gala in New York will be a homage to the late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Charlie Puth and The Cult, Mila Kunis starring in the Netflix thriller “Luckiest Girl Alive,” and “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer leading the second season of “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show.” Lena Dunham adapts and directs Karen Cushman’s young-adult novel in “Catherine Called Birdy,” a spirited medieval coming-of-age tale about a 14-year-old girl named Birdy in medieval England. And what do you get when two of the three rappers from Migos release an LP? We’ll find out when Quavo and Takeoff give the world “Only Built for Infinity Links” without third member Offset.

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When Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi recorded the bulk of his new album, the melodic rapper wanted to visually highlight the songs without depending on short music videos. The Grammy winner initially thought about turning his concept album into an anthology series, until he linked up with “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris who suggested that Cudi go the animation route. The musician took heed and has brought his songs into colorful light through a Netflix adult-animated romantic comedy, “Entergalactic.” The TV show is inspired by his eighth studio album of the same name. Both were released Friday.

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Abigail E. Disney has been critical of the company that bears her name before. But for the first time, Disney, the granddaughter of co-founder Roy O. Disney, has put her views into the medium the Mouse House was built on: a movie. In the new documentary “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales,” Disney argues that the Walt Disney Co. has lost its moral compass. Disney lays out a harsh portrait of the company, particularly in regard to pay inequity and the struggles of some theme park employees to sustain their families on their pay. The company, she says, “has lost the plot.” A spokesperson for the company says its employees are “the heart and soul of Disney.”

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Kelsea Ballerini's new album, “Subject to Change,” is a record traversing through love, heartbreak, infatuation, confusion and accountability. Despite recently announcing her five-year marriage to fellow country singer Morgan Evans was ending, the new project is far from a heartbreak album. "It’s the most upbeat record I’ve ever put out. But there’s so much more meat on the bones,” explained the pop-country songstress. Ballerini has writing credits on all 15 tracks of the album — her first since 2020’s pandemic-marred “Kelsea” — and only boasts one guest appearance, “You’re Drunk, Go Home," a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce.

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A man and his 17-year-old son have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock at a South Los Angeles restaurant. Authorities say 40-year-old Freddie Lee Trone and his son were each charged Thursday with murder, second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Trone was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas. His 38-year-old wife Shauntel Trone pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to the killing. She and the teen, her stepson, were arrested Tuesday. PnB Rock, the 30-year-old Philadelphia hip-hop artist whose legal name is Rakim Allen, was gunned down Sept. 13 while eating with his girlfriend.

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Like a pair of moviegoers huddled in debate outside a movie theater, the past and future of film converge in conversation at the New York Film Festival, which on Friday launches its 60th edition with the premiere of Noah Baumbach’s Don DeLillo adaptation, “White Noise.” In those six decades, the Lincoln Center festival has been arguably the premier American nexus of cinema, bringing together a teeming portrait of a movie year with films from around the globe, anticipated fall titles and restored classics. The festival runs through Oct. 16 and has been trying to reconnect with New York, expanding its footprint around the city.

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What’s fall got to do with the fall TV season? “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and “House of the Dragon” are among the major series that arrived early. The broadcast tradition of a strict September-to-May season has been undermined by streaming and cable efforts to keep audiences glued to TV year-round. But there's still an expectation that people watch more TV when days grow shorter and colder, so long-awaited and promising new shows are rolling out. Among them: Season five of “The Crown,” the journalism drama “Alaska Daily” starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, and the quirky comedy “Sherman's Showcase."

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Marilyn Monroe’s on-screen costumes are almost as iconic as her. Suffice it to say, “Blonde” costume designer Jennifer Johnson felt an enormous amount of pressure to get those dresses right for the Netflix film, streaming Wednesday. “Blonde” may be a fictionalized version of her story, but the costumes are ripped from reality. The vast majority of the frocks Ana de Armas wears in the film, from the white pleated “Seven Year Itch” number to the pink “Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend” gown, are recreations that Johnson and her team had to make without the actual reference garment on hand.

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Dixson embraces modernity and forges a sweet new R&B sound on his third album, “004Daisy.” The Atlanta native is a seasoned producer and songwriter with a decorated catalog working with artists like Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Pharrell and Yebba. Associated Press reviewer Nardos Haile writes that Dixson's work with Beyoncé shows the sound he is cultivating for himself in “OO4Daisy” — an inventive new form of alternative R&B. It is meant to be genre-bending, purposefully challenging people to rethink that they’ve heard everything from the well-established and now expansive genre.

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Bruce Springsteen is taking on the work of the Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes and other soul legends for a covers album that's coming out in November. The 15-song disc features two duets with singer Sam Moore. Springsteen explained that he “wanted to make an album where I just sang.” Those who've seen his live shows know that he'll frequently pull out a soul cover or two, particularly on the encores. Also on the disc, he'll cover the work of Tyrone Davis, The Walker Brothers, Dobie Gray and Frankie Wilson. The singer and his E Street Band are heading out on tour in February.

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Almost 30 years after the Sanderson sisters found their way into the hearts of millennial kids looking for some PG-rated Halloween content, they're back in “Hocus Pocus 2," which reunites Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The film, streaming on Disney+ Friday, pits them against three teenager girls in modern day Salem. In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr writes the film is exactly what it needs to be for an entertaining night in with the family and actually improves on the original, which was pretty mediocre, thanks to a strong supporting cast.

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A fashion model from Myanmar who feared being arrested by the country’s military government if she was forced back home from exile has flown to Canada, which she says has granted her asylum. Thaw Nandar Aung was stuck at Bangkok’s airport after Thai authorities denied her entry when she arrived Sept. 21 from a short trip to Vietnam. She has been living in Thailand but needed to leave and enter again in order to extend her stay. While at the airport she met U.N. representatives in an effort to avoid being sent back to Myanmar. She had denounced her country’s military rulers last year from the stage of Miss Grand International beauty pageant held in Bangkok and faces arrest if she returns home.

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Paris Fashion Week roared into full gear with atmospherics and palpable anticipation of Balmain’s evening fashion festival spectacular. The French luxury fashion house is hosting a star-studded charity concert featuring the latest fashions, members of the public and secret celebrity performances on Wednesday. During the day, Courreges showed its latest designs on a circular runway featured a falling column of sand at its center that evoked the sands of time. Belgian fashion master Dries Van Noten was back on form for spring with a typically unpindownable collection held together only by the aesthetic of its looseness. Meanwhile, Jun Takahashi’s Japanese brand Undercover went slashing mad this season.

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The live album “Bordeaux Concert” is the third show from jazz pianist Keith Jarrett’s 2016 solo tour released by the record label ECM. In a review, The Associated Press’ Steven Wine says the set captures Jarrett still in peak form, filling a summer night in southwest France with an improvised 13-part, 78-minute suite that’s an astounding mix of intensity, invention and introspection. There are nods to Jarrett’s Hungarian roots and Bartók, to Debussy and Gershwin, and for long stretches Jarrett is at his most romantic and cinematic. “Bordeaux Concert” will be released Friday.

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A federal judge in New York says she plans to order disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly to pay more than $300,000 to one his victims in a decades-long scheme to use his fame to sexually abuse young fans. A restitution order by U.S. District Judge Ann Connelly that is still being finalized is meant to cover the cost of treatment for herpes and psychotherapy. The victim has accused the jailed Kelly of giving her the sexually transmitted disease. The jailed Kelly has been convicted of sex crimes at trials in New York City and Chicago. He appeared at the hearing Wednesday in a Brooklyn federal court via video from a lockup.

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For more than half a century, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired evening newscasts each weeknight on television. This fall, the competition has spread to another medium. With the launch of “CBS News Prime Time” with John Dickerson a few weeks ago, all three networks are now also streaming competing evening newscasts. NBC's streamcast with Tom Llamas is celebrating its first anniversary, while Linsey Davis has been streaming a show on ABC for four years. Each network is taking different approaches to their programs, which last at least an hour and are streamed live starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. One mystery: it's impossible to tell how many people are watching.

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“Bros,” the first gay rom-com produced and distributed by a major American studio, hews very closely to the classic rom-com formula, Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy writes that’s the genius of “Bros” — telling LGBTQ stories and wrapping it in a familiar storyline that everyone can relate to. Billy Eichner stars and co-wrote a story of a slightly nerdy man looking for love from an attractive opposite. It’s not a perfect film but it has what the best have: heart, good faith and good old fashioned love. The R-rated “Bros” opens in theaters Friday.

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Katie Couric says she was diagnosed with breast cancer on the first day of summer, and since has undergone surgery and radiation treatment. The 65-year-old media personality memorably underwent screening for colon cancer on the "Today" show in 2000, two years after her first husband died of the disease at age 41. Her sister also died of pancreatic cancer at age 54 but her circle's long history with the disease did not include breast cancer. Like she did as a “Today” show host, Couric said she hoped that talking about her experience would encourage women to make an appointment for a mammogram.

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Grab your toilet paper. Bring a flashlight. Don’t forget a newspaper — or your fishnets. A touring, interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is hitting the road to celebrate the cult film’s birthday with screenings, live shadow casts, the invitation to be inappropriate and one of its original stars— Barry Bostwick. Released in 1975, the sci-fi, cross-dressing rock musical became a cult favorite and entered the pop culture lexicon for its many iconic and memorable scenes, including the song “The Time Warp” which has been covered by handfuls of artists and the often quoted phrase, “Dammit, Janet.” Other things yelled are less PG-13.

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Jill Biden has hosted a White House reading by this year's group of National Student Poets. The first lady is an English and writing teacher who says she has turned to poetry at times in her own life to find the joy in other people's words. The five student poets recognized Tuesday attend high school in Washington state, New Mexico, South Carolina, Wisconsin and New York City. Each student read their winning poem. The 24th poet laureate of the United States, Ada Limón, participated. Biden also celebrated the program's 10th anniversary this year.

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In the whistle-stop lead-up to the release of “Bros,” Eichner has worked tirelessly to whip audiences into a frenzy for a film unlike any Hollywood has before produced. A lot is riding on the movie, and not just because Eichner, the 44-year-old “Billy on the Street” comedian, has been working five years on what is his big-screen breakthrough. “Bros” is the first major-studio gay rom-com and the first studio movie starring and co-written by an openly gay man. In drumming up excitement, Eichner has promoted these distinctions, lamented that they’ve lasted this long, and parodied his role in trying to pitch his movie to America. “Bros” opens Friday in theaters.

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Paris is the center of the global luxury industry, with Tuesday the first major day of ready-to-wear shows at Paris Fashion Week. A total 107 houses are showcasing spring-summer 2023 collections. Dior's guests gazed in curiosity at a decaying palace recreated inside an annex of the Tuileries Gardens. It made for a thoughtful show of 84 looks, heavy on black and white. Writhing dancers performed alongside ribbed corsets, high Renaissance waists and lashings of lace encircling the dusty palatial runway. Sartorial met the aquatic on Tuesday at Botter’s co-ed show of crisp lapels, boxy jackets and poetical cutaways gracing brightly colored suits.

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Abigail Cowen, the star of Netflix's popular teen series “Fate: The Winx Saga,” wants people to know that a life in showbiz may look glamorous and exciting, but it's also filled with self-doubt and rejection. The 24-year-old is open about sleeping on a mattress on a floor in a small apartment and staying on friend's couches until she landed a recurring role on “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” in 2018. Though she's now the lead of “Winx,” Cowen says she still hears “no” a lot and believes that doesn't stop until you're a top box office name.

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The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in either Glasgow or Liverpool. The two cities were named Tuesday as finalists to hold the event on behalf of the designated host country, Ukraine. Ukraine won the right to hold the glitzy pan-continental music competition when it won this year’s contest in May. But organizers decided it was too risky to hold it in a country at war. Instead it will be held in the runner-up nation, Britain. Organizers say the event will be a celebration of Ukrainian culture and creativity. The BBC which will broadcast the contest, said a final decision on the host city will be made within weeks.

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The top 10 books on the Apple Store for week ending 9/25/2022

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King Charles III’s new monogram has been unveiled, as the official period of mourning for his mother Queen Elizabeth II came to a close. The emblem, known as the king’s cypher, will appear on government buildings, state documents and some post boxes in the coming months and years. The cypher unveiled Tuesday features the initial C intertwined with the letter R for Rex, the Latin word for king. The Roman numeral III sits in the center of the R and a crown hovers above the letters.

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This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Björk and Broadway's "Into the Woods,” the reunion of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in “Hocus Pocus 2” and a Showtime documentary about Sinéad O’Connor. Kerry Washington is behind the camera as an executive producer for Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt,” with Emayatzy Corinealdi starring as a L.A. defense attorney who chooses results over protocol and has a complicated personal life. And “Blonde,” Andrew Dominik’s long-delayed, NC-17 rated epic and experimental film about Marilyn Monroe is finally here, available on Netflix starting Wednesday.

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A new show is expanding the story of the popular “Peaky Blinders” television series. The contemporary dance company Rambert has teamed up with show creator Steven Knight on the production, which restarts the story a few years before the gangster drama series, set in 1920s Birmingham, England. Knight was blown away watching Rambert dancers perform a scene inspired by the show and the immediacy of the connection between the performers and the audience. The theater dance production focuses on the love and loss of crime boss Tommy, who’s a central character of the show. “Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby” has its world premiere at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday, before touring around the U.K.

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In “Treasure State,” C.J. Box’s sixth crime novel featuring Montana private detective Cassie Dewell, the hero confronts two bizarre mysteries. A wealthy matron hires her to track down a detective who disappeared while hot on the trail of a conman. And a man who launched a treasure hunt by hiding a chest full of gold and gems in the mountains hires her to see if she can identify him. He wants to be sure he has sufficiently covered his tracks. Associated Press reviewer Bruce DeSilva says the novel’s characters are well-drawn but the yarn lacks the author’s customary suspenseful twists.

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In “Fall Guy,” Archer Mayor’s 33rd novel featuring law man Joe Gunther, a Mercedes stolen a few days earlier in New Hampshire is found abandoned in Vermont. The car is crammed with stolen goods, and in the trunk, police find the thief’s body. Among the loot, they locate six cell phones, two of them containing clues to heinous sex crimes. The discoveries trigger a complex, multi-faceted investigation of murder, an interstate robbery spree, child pornography and a decade-old, unsolved child abduction. Associated Press reviewer Bruce DeSilva says the author’s well-deserved reputation for accurately portraying police procedures is again on full display.

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British authorities say TikTok could face a 27 million-pound ($29 million) fine over a possible breach of U.K. data protection law by failing to protect children’s privacy when they are using the video-sharing platform. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it has issued the social media company a legal document that precedes a potential fine. It said TikTok may have processed the data of children under 13 without appropriate parental consent, and processed “special category data” including ethnic and racial origin without legal grounds to do so. It also said TikTok may have failed to provide transparent, easily understood information to its users. The body said its findings are not final. TikTok said it will respond to the allegations soon.

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Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s to recede into a rarity. Opera Philadelphia excavated at the Academy of Music for its O22 festival in a showcase for tenor Lawrence Brownlee, the company’s artistic adviser. It is difficult to cast, with three tenor roles. Brownlee was Rodrigo, Khanyiso Gwenxane was Otello in his U.S. debut and Alek Shrader was Iago. The last major U.S. production of the Rossini version had been at the San Francisco Opera in 1994.

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A park in western Kentucky is being renamed after musician John Prine. News outlets reports a dedication ceremony for the John Prine Memorial Park at Rochester Dam in Muhlenberg County is scheduled for Oct. 1. Karen Harper Lain is a committee member for the John Prine Memorial Park. She said the project is part of updating an existing county park and includes a new boat ramp, new playground equipment and other improvements. Prine wrote “Paradise” for his father about the small town of Paradise on the banks of the Green River. After the musician died in 2020, fans began to visit Rochester Dam to leave memorials.

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After off-screen drama threatened to consume Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” the Warner Bros. release opened No. 1 at the box office. The film debuted with $19.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an original film that cost $35 million to make, a $19.2 million launch was solid — and slightly more than the studio had forecast. A large number of moviegoers turned up to see what all the fuss was about. Last week’s top film, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s African epic “The Woman King,” starring Viola Davis, slid to second place with $11.1 million. The rerelease of James Cameron’s “Avatar” grossed $10 million domestically, 13 years after its initial run in theaters.

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RESCA, Romania (AP) — The clatter of shields and battle cries filled the misty air as warriors lifted their swords. Nearby, gladiators fought each other for their lives.

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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.

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Pharoah Sanders, the revered tenor saxophonist known to the jazz world for the spirituality of his work, has died. He was 81. His record label says Sanders died early Saturday in Los Angeles. Sanders was known for his work performing alongside John Coltrane in the 1960s. The saxophonist’s best-known work was his two-part “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” from the “Karma” album released in 1969. The combined track is nearly 33 minutes long. After more than a decade of performing but not recording albums, Sanders released the much-admired “Promises” in 2021,  with producer Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Polish media are reporting that Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has canceled concerts planned in Poland amid outrage over his stance on Russia’s war against Ukraine. An official with the concert arena in Krakow where Waters had been scheduled to perform in April said the musician's manager had withdrawn the April performances without giving a reason. City councilors in Krakow were expected to vote next week on a proposal to name Waters as a persona non grata. Waters wrote an open letter to Ukraine's first lady this month in which he blamed “extreme nationalists” in Ukraine for having “set your country on the path to this disastrous war.” He also criticized the West.

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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.

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The Milan runway was all about transformation on Friday, the third day of Milan Fashion Week mostly womenswear previews for next spring and summer. Sometimes it was about inner transformation, like at Gucci, sometimes about upgrading your style game, like at Sunnei, and sometimes it was about brand transformation, like at Missoni. For Missoni’s transformation under a new designer, Paris Jackson graced the front row. Versace projected female power in a dark gothic collection brought to life by Gigi Hadid, her sister Bella and Paris Hilton.

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Elton John transformed the White House South Lawn into a musical lovefest Friday night as he played a farewell gig to honor everyday “heroes” like teachers, nurses and AIDS activists. But as it turns out, the event was also to honor the 75-year-old British songwriter — President Joe Biden surprised him with the National Humanities Medal for being a “tidal wave” who helped people rise up for justice. John said he’d played some beautiful venues before, but the stage in front of the White House, beneath a massive open-air tent on a perfect autumn night, was “probably the icing on the cake.”

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A new book shows the personal side of the late “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee. Wayne Flynt's new book “Afternoons with Harper Lee” is based on stories that Lee told during multiple visits with Flynt, a longtime Southern historian. Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 2016. Flynt says the public perception of Lee as a hermit shut off from the world is wrong. She didn’t do media interviews, and she guarded her privacy zealously. But Flynt says she was warm, kind and “deeply religious” in a way many people aren't.

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Marilyn Monroe has been dead for 60 years, but there is still a kind of madness around her that remains. Just look at the discourse around “Blonde,” an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional portrait of the Hollywood star that has yet to be seen by the general public. That will change on Sept. 28, when audiences get to revel in the divisive, almost three-hour film which some have loved and others have called exploitative. To Andrew Dominik, however, the impassioned responses  — whether positive or negative — just mean that the film works. Ana de Armas stars as the late icon.