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Olivia Newton-John memoir coming out in US in 2019

Olivia Newton-John's autobiography, released last fall in her longtime home Australia, comes out in the U.S. in 2019.

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Tuesday that "Don't Stop Believin'" would be published March 12. The book will include a new afterword by the award-winning singer and actress, known for such hits as "Physical" and "I Honestly Love You" and for her starring role in the movie version of "Grease."

The 70-year-old said in September that she was again being treated for breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992.

Author Alice Walker criticized for support of writer's book

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised an author who critics say expresses anti-Semitism and is a conspiracy theorist.

In an interview in Sunday's "By The Book" column, the 74-year-old author of "The Color Purple" said David Icke's 1995 book, "And The Truth Shall Set You Free," is on her nightstand. She said "in Icke's books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about."

New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades says the column is not a list of recommendations from its editors, and "the subject's answers are a reflection on that person's personal tastes, opinions and judgments."

Icke is a British author.

Milan to showcase da Vinci to mark 500 years since his death

The Ambrosian Library in Milan is planning a series of exhibitions to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, including the display of the most important pages of the Renaissance genius' Atlantic Codex.

The library, which has preserved the Codex since 1637, announced Tuesday that it will exhibit 46 of its most famous drawings, which encompass the artist's career from his Florentine youth to his later years in France.

The 1,119-page Atlantic Codex is an encyclopedia of technical knowledge from the Renaissance, representing Leonardo's own inventions but his representations of technology as it existed.

The commemoration will run from Dec. 18-Sept. 15, and will be broken up into three sections, the first focused on Milan, the second on civil engineering studies and the last on Leonardo's French period.

Alfonso Ribeiro sues ‘Fortnite,’ ‘NBA 2K’ makers for taking his ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ moves

It’s not unusual for pop culture to bleed into video games, but it’s a different ballgame when video game programmers fully copy iconic moves without the creator’s permission. 

That’s the line that Alfonso Ribeiro said the makers of “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K” crossed when they used his dance known as “The Carlton Dance” in the video games, The Associated Press reported.

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Ribeiro has filed two separate lawsuits against “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and 2K Sports creator Take-Two Interactive for using the dance he made famous on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the AP reported.

He is asking the courts to order both companies to stop using the dance. 

Ribeiro is trying to to copyright his dance.

Both companies did not respond to the AP’s requests for comment.

Shirley MacLaine to receive AARP Movies for Grownups honor

Actor Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine's lifetime achievement honor at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year.

The magazine announced Tuesday that MacLaine will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. The 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards will premiere on PBS on Feb. 15.

MacLaine won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1983 film "Terms of Endearment." She's an Emmy winner and received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards.

MacLaine says in a statement that the award "means a lot to me personally."

The actor joins previous Career Achievement honorees including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.

Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers

James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees.

The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web site of the American Booksellers Association. Patterson has given more than $1 million to individual book sellers over the past five years and has donated millions to libraries and literacy programs.

In a statement Tuesday, Patterson said book sellers have used the money for everything from fixing a car to paying a dental bill. He said he was happy to make "a small difference" in the lives of people who had helped so many in their communities.


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Romanian-Canadian singer dies after car plunges into Danube

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Anca Pop, a Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter, has died after her car plunged into the Danube River. She was 34.

Emergency authorities identified her body after divers found her car late Monday in southwestern Romania. Her sister alerted police after she failed to arrive at the family home Sunday evening. Police said Tuesday they were investigating the death of Pop.

Pop's style was a fusion of Balkan and mainstream pop. She had a big following in Japan.

She also collaborated with Bosnian musician Goran Bregovic on his "Champagne for Gypsies" album.

In 1987, Pop fled communist Romania with her family, crossing the Danube into then-Yugoslavia where they became political refugees. Months later, they emigrated to Canada.

After communism ended, she returned to Romania. This year she caused a stir by revealing she was in a same-sex relationship, in a society which can be intolerant of homosexuality.

She is survived by her parents and sister.

Warrant issued for arrest of 'Schwimmer lookalike' suspect

A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Abdulah Husseni failed to appear in court in Blackpool, northwest England, on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud.

Husseni's image became world famous after police published surveillance-camera footage of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool. Social-media users noted a strong similarity to Ross Geller, the character played by Schwimmer on "Friends."

The actor responded with a Twitter video that showed him scuttling furtively through a convenience store clutching a carton of beer. Schwimmer wrote: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York."

Kentucky radio station plays 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' for 2 hours straight

A Kentucky radio station did not turn a cold shoulder to a classic Christmas song that has been receiving heated criticism.

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WAKY held a two-hour marathon, playing the 1944 hit “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and four other versions of the song, defiantly bucking the trend of radio stations that have been pulling the tune from their playlists because of claims the song normalizes date rapeWLKY reported.

"I'm not sure why it's controversial," Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY, told the television station. "We've played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is."

Last month, a Cleveland radio station removed the song from its playlist, saying that its lyrics may not be appropriate, particularly since the #MeToo movement began, WOIO reported.

>> ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ removed from Ohio station’s playlist

"We really need to think about the impact that songs have, not just 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' but numerous songs that we decide to play on the radio," Amy Turner, the director of sexual assault services at The Center for Women and Families, told WLKY.

The song, written by Frank Loesser, includes lyrics normally sung by a woman, including “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go,” followed by the woman singing “The answer is no.”

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While Fredele said he supports the #MeToo movement, he is puzzled why “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been the target of criticism.

"This song is not about that. All it is, is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they're agreeing basically," Fredele told WLKY. "It's just a fun way of saying, 'Hey this our vote for that song. It's a fun song. It's a romantic song, don't pick on it.’”

Arizona couple, Mattel to discuss Barbie same-sex wedding toy set

An Arizona couple hopes a meeting with Mattel can convince the toy giant to consider adding same-sex couples to their wedding sets, KABC reported.

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Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio will be getting married in May after having been together for 11 years, KPNX reported. They moved to Scottsdale three years ago from Los Angeles and will become the first same-sex couple to be married at The Scottsdale Resort, the television station reported.

While shopping with Jacobi’s niece, the men wanted to get the 8-year-old something wedding-related since she will be a flower girl at their ceremony, KPNX reported.

"We went online and we also went through Target and Walmart and were just searching and we found this awesome wedding set from Mattel and it was almost perfect," Jacobi told the television station.

Almost, because all they could find was Barbie and Ken. So the couple bought the set and an extra Ken doll.

"So we bought another Ken, who was in a tux, and took out Barbie and added another Ken in, tied it together and gave Natalie the gift and her reaction was priceless," Jacobi told KPNX.

Jacobi and Caprio reached out to Mattel, posting a photo of the set they made and writing, “I hope this inspires you."

Mattel contacted them days later and will meet with the couple this week, KABC reported.

"For them to reach out and take to social media shows the power of your voice on social media," Caprio told the television station. "It was great to be able to contact them and we’re really excited to see where this goes and work with them.

"It's going to come up in your family, no matter what. As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too, so it's not this huge shock anymore."

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