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VENICE, Italy (AP) — Brad Pitt made the first move with James Gray. In 1995, he saw Gray's debut "Little Odessa" and decided to call up the young filmmaker behind the grim Brooklyn crime drama.

NEW YORK (AP) — Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85.

Joel Paterson, "Let it Be Guitar!" (Bloodshot Records) Close your eyes, picture Chet Atkins pulling up a bar stool on the beach at Waikiki and coolly plucking out a surfy rendition of Paul McCartney's iconic "Michelle."

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reach has extended into the world of literary prizes. A communications strategist for the Democratic presidential contender's campaign is on the poetry longlist of the National Book Awards.

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Afton Williamson's claims of misconduct against her on the set of "The Rookie" weren't substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series' producer.

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first.

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified on Tuesday against two alleged members of a Brooklyn street gang, describing how he discovered a formula for success with the crew before betraying it by becoming a prosecution witness.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 9-15. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn't begun yet, but the football season has, and it's carrying the networks in the interim.

NEW YORK (AP) — "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.

"She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement" (Penguin Press), by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey "She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement" by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the behind-the-scenes book about how these reporters investigated Harvey Weinstein, is jarring, riveting and, for journalism, necessary.

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer.

MILAN (AP) — Benetton has long made waves off the runway with its provocative advertising campaigns. But the storied family-owned knitwear brand is seeking to make waves inside the world of Italian fashion under the artistic guidance of French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

"Elevator Pitch: a Novel" (William Morrow), by Linwood Barclay It first seems like an accident when a Manhattan office tower elevator smashes to the basement below, killing four people.

In the Way Too Much TV Era, it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Imagine that you're working on a television series, one of the many actors, writers and others who give daily thanks for the rise of cable and streaming that has led to gazillions — at least — of shows and growing employment opportunities.

"A Single Thread: a Novel," Viking, by Tracy Chevalier Violet Speedwell seems an unlikely heroine at the opening of Tracy Chevalier's "A Single Thread."

NEW YORK (AP) — Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year.

Robbie Robertson, "Sinematic" (UMe) Robbie Robertson, the former lead songwriter and guitar player for The Band, taps into his love of films for "Sinematic," his first new studio album in eight years.

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo.

NEW YORK (AP) — One morning last week in Boston, Victor Furtado woke up to a mailman's knock. He was handed a little unmarked package.