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at 20:10 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Jane Smiley, Marilynne Robinson among 10 nominees on fiction longlist for National Book Awards

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Novels by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Powers were among the 10 nominees announced Wednesday for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.


at 19:55 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

'This Is Where I Leave You' hit home for Montreal director Shawn Levy

TORONTO - Director Shawn Levy saw glimmers of his own big Montreal family in the Altmans — the raucous, outrageous brood at the heart of his new dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You."


at 19:06 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Ben McKenzie is ready to lead Fox's Batman prequel series 'Gotham'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday.


at 17:37 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Correction: Art-Bill Cosby story

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about Bill Cosby loaning African-American art to the Smithsonian Institution, The Associated Press, relying on information from the National Museum of African Art, reported erroneously that Cosby and his wife would lend their entire collection to the museum. They will lend 62 works, not the entire collection of more than 300, according to new information from the museum.


at 17:21 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Samuel D. Hunter wins 'genius grant' and vows to continue his 'small, contained, quiet plays'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" is a playwright who promises to keep doing what he he's been doing.


at 17:11 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Kip Thorne, science adviser to 'Interstellar' movie, writing companion guide

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A companion guide to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" promises not only some background on one of the year's most anticipated movies but also some basic science.


at 16:45 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Bachelor Canada Tim Warmels had never seen show; was ready to try something new

TORONTO - Tim Warmels had never seen an episode of "The Bachelor Canada" before he signed on to be its resident romance-seeker.


at 13:43 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Liza Minnelli recovering after back surgery in California and sending love to her fans

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she's thanking fans for their well wishes.


at 15:24 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Tim McGraw sings in new song that he doesn't know where Portland, Maine, is; mayor offers tour

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either.


at 15:14 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

'NBA 2K15' video game drafts 3-D face-mapping technology for latest installment

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.


at 15:04 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Griffin Poetry Prize 2015 jury includes Tim Bowling of Edmonton

TORONTO - Writers Tim Bowling of Edmonton, Fanny Howe of Massachusetts and Piotr Sommer of Poland have signed on to the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize jury.


at 14:56 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Venezuela moves to strip citizenship from actress Maria Conchita Alonso

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's leftist government says its moving to revoke the citizenship of actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a bitter critic of the government.


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