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Yahoo! ArtsSep 26, 2020
Taiwan's armed forces strain in undeclared war of attrition with China
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island's armed forces strain in the face of repeated Chinese air force incursions. This month alone, China's drills have included its jets crossing the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait and exercising near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing regards Taiwan as a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control.


Yahoo! BooksSep 26, 2020
Kremlin's World War III Propaganda Meltdown Shows Putin Is Cornered
MOSCOW—Russia these days may look frightening to Americans, who hear often of election meddling and poisoning among other ill deeds. But consider for a moment the view from the other side of the divide, or at least the view presented to Russians by their television sets.The looming potential for World War III has become a regular topic on Russian state propaganda shows. Night after night, Vladimir Soloviev, who is often described as the Kremlin's top propagandist, and his guests condemn the West's "economically suffocating" strategy of imposing sanctions and suggest war is the logical outcome.The conclusion reached by Soloviev and his guests is that the country's politicians and titans of business should break all ties with the West, including communicating with their relatives. A long history of grievances spills out; Soloviev says the conflict between Russia and the West started in the 13th century: "They believe we are barbarians and they are civilized, so they have a right to point out to us how we should live and behave."Trump Followed Russian Media's Lead on SCOTUS PredictionThe show, which is broadcast nightly on state channel 1, heats up quickly. This week, Sergei Kurginyan, a pro-Kremlin political expert close to the secret services, accused the West of tearing Russia apart by creating a fifth column in the Far East, where thousands of Russians have been marching in anti-Putin rallies for two months. Putin's nemesis Alexei Navalny was out East bolstering the opposition rallies when he was po

NYTimes ArtsSep 26, 2020
Michael Lonsdale, a Bond Villain and Much More, Dies at 89
He was best known to many as Hugo Drax in "Moonraker." But he also worked with a Who's Who of directors including Truffaut, Spielberg and Marguerite Duras.

Yahoo! ArtsSep 26, 2020
A white supremacist gang member was killed during a shootout with police in California
Christopher Michael Straub hid and then ambushed deputies after fleeing from a traffic stop, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.


Yahoo! ArtsSep 26, 2020
An angry woman wrecked the wine display at a supermarket after being asked to follow COVID-19 one-way system
"Corona-rage" has surged across the world as people push back against social distancing measures and regulations instructing them to wear masks.


USA Today: BooksSep 26, 2020
5 books not to miss: Mariah Carey opens up in memoir, Nick Hornby charms with new romance
Mariah Carey opens up in her intimate new memoir, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," and Nick Hornby charms with romance "Just Like You."        

Playbill NewsSep 26, 2020
Can You Guess These Musicals From Only Their Character Names?
Test your knowledge of musical theatre characters both old and new with this challenging quiz.

Billboard Music NewsSep 25, 2020
First Country: New Music From Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Scotty McCreery, Trisha Yearwood & More
New music from Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and more.

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Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
Cadets among 22 people killed in Ukraine military plane crash
At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured on Friday when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry said. Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the death toll to AFP, describing the incident as a "shock", and saying that the cause of the crash was being investigated. Footage of the crash released by officials on social media showed the smouldering remains of the Antonov-26 transport plane. Most of the dead were students of the Kharkiv National Air Force University, the air force said in a statement. There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew. Twenty-two have been confirmed dead, two are injured and "the search for three more people continues", the emergency services said. The injured are in a "critical" condition, regional governor Oleksiy Kucher said on Facebook. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a "terrible tragedy" and said he would travel to the Kharkiv region on Saturday.


VultureSep 25, 2020
The Great British Baking Show Recap: Keep Calm and Bake a Cake
Yes of course everything is terrible, but on the other hand, Battenberg cake!

NYTimes ArtsSep 25, 2020
New in Paperback: ‘The Topeka School' and ‘Brown White Black'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Billboard Music NewsSep 25, 2020
Vin Diesel Debuts First Single ‘Feel Like I Do' on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,' Thanks to Kygo
As Vin Diesel navigates 2020 away from the Fast and Furious set, he video chatted Kelly Clarkson on her show Thursday (Sept. 24) from a recording studio to premiere his debut single "Feel Like I Do" in collaboration with Kygo.

AV Club FilmsSep 25, 2020
Shazam director David F. Sandberg gives you the middle finger for four hours straight
We all have different quarantine projects. Soon, everyone will be baking bread again like we never left March 2020 behind; soon we'll once again run out of jigsaw puzzles and we'll buy all the yoga mats Target has to offer. David F. Sandberg, the director of Shazam and Lights Out, among other films, has spent his time…

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Billboard Music NewsSep 25, 2020
First Stream Latin: New Music From Carla Morrison, Camilo, Pablo Alborán & More
This week's First Stream Latin includes Carla Morrison's "Ansiedad," Pablo Alborán's "Si Hubieras Querido," and Wisin, Myke Towers and Los Legendarios' "Mi Niña," among other new releases.

Yahoo! TVSep 25, 2020
David Letterman sets Lizzo, Kim Kardashian for 'My Next Guest' Season 3
All four episodes of season 3 will premiere on Netflix this Oct. 21.


Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
US-China feud escalates as American diplomat accuses Communist Party of turning ‘local epidemic into global pandemic'
Trump has repeatedly blamed America's geo-strategic rival over spread of coronavirus


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia
Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany's deputy U.N. ambassador, Günter Sautter, said he brought the issue to the Security Council after the two countries blocked the report's release by the committee monitoring sanctions on Libya, which Germany heads.


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
Eric Trump: President would concede election 'if he got blown out of the water' by Biden
Top Republican lawmakers have dismissed the president's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power and Democrats have described the comments as chilling.


Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
Breonna Taylor: Louisville police shooting suspect held on $1m bail
Larynzo Johnson, 26, is accused of shooting two policemen during protests for Breonna Taylor.


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
Temp worker tossed Pennsylvania ballots Trump complained about, official says
The Justice Department announced an inquiry into the discarded ballots on Thursday, which was promoted by the White House and the president's re-election campaign.


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
Kenneth Walker, police both claim Kentucky law protects conduct on night of deadly Breonna Taylor raid
Analysis: None of the officers involved in the March 13 raid were charged with Taylor's death.


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump doesn't expect to have a transfer of power because he's going to win the election
The former White House press secretary also said many Americans would be "questioning the final result" because of an increase in voting by mail.


Yahoo! BooksSep 25, 2020
'You are good people:' Navalny thanks Russian pilots, medics
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in Germany recovering from what authorities there determined to be nerve agent poisoning, thanked Russian pilots and paramedics for acting quickly after he fell into a coma on a flight from Siberia. Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on Aug. 20 and spent nearly three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots "quickly landed the plane in Omsk" and medical workers at the airport "jammed a dose of atropine" into him, immediately recognizing "a toxic poisoning." After 48 hours in a hospital in Omsk, where Russian doctors said they found no trace of any poisoning, Navalny was transferred to the Charite hospital in Berlin.


USA Today: BooksSep 25, 2020
'I work on my emotional recovery daily': Mariah Carey reveals true vulnerability in new memoir
Where does one begin when talking about Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping icon Mariah Carey? Her new memoir is a key place to start.        

VultureSep 25, 2020
Queen of Quarantine Nancy Meyers Is Back with Father of the Bride Part 3 (Ish)
The Netflix YouTube event benefits World Central Kitchen

Time EntertainmentSep 25, 2020
If Kajillionaire Is Weighed Down by Stylistic Quirks, Gina Rodriguez Brings It Back Into the Realm of the Human
Like all of Miranda July's movies, it's a heavily stylized ode to human connection, and Rodriguez is key to bringing that humanity

Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
Audit finds more incidents after police dog bites Black man
Salt Lake City's police dog apprehension program will remain suspended indefinitely after an internal audit done after a Black man was bitten found 27 dog bite incidents since 2018, the police chief said Friday. The audit results were announced weeks after body camera footage was released of an officer directing a dog to attack Jeffery Ryans, who had his hands in the air. Chief Mike Brown said 18 of the 27 incidents will be referred to the district attorney's office for further investigation as the department continues the audit to review any dog bite incidents within the past four years.


Yahoo! TVSep 25, 2020
Buddy Valastro Faces 'Uphill Battle' After His Hand Was Impaled During 'Terrible' Bowling Accident
The Cake Boss star "will need prolonged recovery and therapy" after the incident, which affected his dominant hand.


AV Club FilmsSep 25, 2020
It's National Comic Book Day! Here are the Best Comic Books by Black Creators Right Now
It's National Comic Book Day and what better way to celebrate than to get into these groundbreaking comics by Black creators. Not sure where to start? How about a Black-owned comic book store?


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NYTimes ArtsSep 25, 2020
Sam McBratney Dies at 77; Wrote ‘Guess How Much I Love You'
His bedtime story of a hare and his son one-upping each other in declaring their love became a children's classic, translated into 57 languages.

VultureSep 25, 2020
Aaron Sorkin's Annoying Tics Are Actually Good in The Trial of the Chicago 7
The speeches, the grandstanding, the quips — they totally work in the context of this Netflix courtroom drama.

NYTimes ArtsSep 25, 2020
‘Utopia' Review: Gillian Flynn's Dystopian Thriller on Amazon Prime Video
Gillian Flynn's dystopian comic-book thriller for Amazon Prime Video takes a band of nerds down a fortuitously timely rabbit hole.

AV Club FilmsSep 25, 2020
Netflix is reuniting the Father Of The Bride cast for a sorta-sequel
2020's given us reunion after reunion, not to mention new spins on old stories, but Netflix is doing something special for its upcoming Father Of The Bride event. Though filmed remotely, Father Of The Bride: Part 3 (ish) appears to be more of a sequel to Nancy Meyers' 1991 and 1995 films than it is a casual reunion.…

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Playbill NewsSep 25, 2020
Glenn Close, Jeremy O. Harris, Patti LuPone, More to Perform Scenes From Angels in America
Proceeds from the starry benefit will go to amfAR.

Billboard Music NewsSep 25, 2020
Miranda July & Emile Mosseri Break Down the Lush, Romantic ‘Kajillionaire' Score
"[There were] months of me not being able to crack the music for this movie, which is weird," July tells Billboard.

Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
George Floyd: How far have African Americans come since the 1960s?
How much progress have black people in the US made towards equality since the 1960s?


NYTimes ArtsSep 25, 2020
FX Documentary ‘A Wilderness of Error' Points the Lens Back at Errol Morris
In a 2012 book, the influential documentarian reinvestigated the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted of the 1970 murder of his wife and children. A new docu-series gives Morris the Morris treatment.

Yahoo! ArtsSep 25, 2020
Qantas sold 1,000 wine-stuffed bar carts from its retired 747 fleet in just 2 hours
Qantas packed the bar carts full of wine, snacks, and candy, and sold them for more than $1,000 each.


Rolling Stone Movie NewsSep 25, 2020
Steve Martin, Kimberly Williams-Paisley Talk ‘Father of the Bride' Mini-Sequel
Long-awaited reunion arrives on Friday

Playbill NewsSep 25, 2020
Read the Reviews for Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix
The film, inspired by true events, features Tony winners Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, and Frank Langella.

Rolling Stone Movie ReviewsSep 25, 2020
‘Kajillionaire': Miranda July's Con-Artist-Family Drama Is Superior Quirk
Independent writer-director's first film in nine years turns a tale of three grifters into a mediation on blood ties, love and failure

Time EntertainmentSep 25, 2020
In FX's A Wilderness of Error, Errol Morris Investigates a Notoriously Tough Murder Case
The iconic documentarian steps in front of the camera for this FX docuseries about the 50-year-old MacDonald murders

BBC Entertainment & ArtsSep 25, 2020
Taio Cruz quits TikTok after 'suicidal thoughts'
The pop star says he deleted his account after "hateful videos" affected his mental health.

Metacritic Movie ReviewsSep 25, 2020
The Last Shift
The Last Shift is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, while worlds apart. Stanley (Richard Jenkins), an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar's Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who's too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.Rated: RRelease Date: Sep 25, 2020

Billboard Music NewsSep 24, 2020
Mariah Carey Reveals the Origins of One of Her Favorite Songs in Clip From Her Memoir: Exclusive Listen
Mariah Carey reads an excerpt from her memoir, 'The Meaning of Mariah Carey,' in an exclusive clip shared with Billboard about her song 'Close My Eyes.'

NYTimes ArtsSep 24, 2020
‘The Trial of the Chicago 7' Review: They Fought the Law
Aaron Sorkin and an all-star cast re-enact a real-life ‘'60s courtroom drama with present-day implications.

Time EntertainmentSep 24, 2020
Amazon's Pandemic Conspiracy Thriller Utopia Is the Wrong Show at the Wrong Time
Gillian Flynn's latest project is an ultra-violent show set in a pandemic-stricken U.S. where conspiracy theories come true. Yikes

BBC Entertainment & ArtsSep 21, 2020
Sam McBratney: Guess How Much I Love You author dies
The Belfast-born author is best known for the children's classic book about two nutbrown hares.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsSep 21, 2020
Michael Lonsdale, who played James Bond villain in Moonraker, dies aged 89
The British-French star played Hugo Drax opposite Roger Moore's 007 in the 1979 film Moonraker.
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