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What’s New at PWPL: Oddballs and misfits The field of library science is all about organizing and disseminating information. Stuff comes into the library, and in my department, we prepare that stuff so you can find it. Most of the time, this process is straightforward because we have a ...

Nintendo profits boom as people stuck at home play games

TOKYO — Nintendo Co.’s profit for the fiscal year that ended in March jumped 86% on healthy sales of its Switch handheld machine as people stayed home due to the pandemic, turning to video games for entertainment. Annual profit for the Japanese maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games ...

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The calendar says Spring, the grass is starting to green up and the spring flowers are trying their hardest to bloom. Today is the first Saturday in May and that means “Kentucky Derby Day.” Below are some books about horses that I hope you find interesting and worthwhile. “Horse ...

For Dave Grohl, what drives musicians is more than van

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK — Dave Grohl thought he was making a nostalgic film about the formative days of famous musicians. But then the pandemic happened. Partly by design and partly by circumstance, “What Drives Us” became a surprisingly emotional documentary ...

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Cooking to survive and escape the pandemic This past year, I have only eaten out once, and it was at an outside restaurant last summer when case numbers in Michigan were very, very low. My family and I have regularly been buying takeout a lot to support local restaurants, but we have also ...

Netflix’s subscriber growth, stock zapped as pandemic eases

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Netflix’s pandemic-fueled subscriber growth is slowing far faster than anticipated as people who have been cooped at home are able to get out and do other things again. The video-streaming service added 4 million more worldwide subscribers from January through March, ...

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Last year, during the quarantine, I read that Dolly Parton donated $1 million for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. It was just one more reason to love this extraordinary woman. Epic songwriter, beloved singer and performer, philanthropist, and a voice for poor, working-class women ...

The gonzo art of writing for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

NEW YORK — Screenplay writing, usually a fairly solitary, uneventful process, is more of a full-contact sport for a movie like “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Work for the nine Oscar-nominated writers of the “Borat” sequel began conventionally enough. Brainstorming, a draft, a table ...

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What’s New at PWPL: National Poetry Month Two-time U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey once said this about poetry: “I think there is a poem out there for everyone, to be an entrance into the poetry and a relationship with it.” Poetry is a way for human beings to connect and put a ...

In ‘Moffie,’ brutal intolerance in ‘80s South Africa

The main character of Oliver Hermanus’ shattering “Moffie,” set in 1981 South Africa, is a handsome, white 18-year-old. In the country’s system of apartheid, he is a member of the ruling class, but he’s no insider. Shy, timid and closeted, Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) ...

New this week: ‘Tina,’ ‘Runaway Bunny’ & ‘City on a Hill’

By The Associated Press Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES ≤ Most of last week’s Oscar nominees are already streaming or available on-demand. Florian ...

‘Borat,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ win

NEW YORK (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" was partly improvised and scripted by nine writers, but it still walked away Sunday night with one of the Writers Guild Awards' top honors, best adapted screenplay. At the guild's virtual, pre-recorded 73rd annual awards, the ...

Review: Vibrant new portrait of artist Helen Frankenthaler

By ANN LEVIN Associated Press "Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York," by Alexander Nemerov (Penguin Press) There are doorstop biographies, and then there are appreciations. Alexander Nemerov has taken the latter approach in "Fierce Poise," his vibrant, sympathetic ...

Marvel’s ‘Falcon’ promises action, explores race, patriotism

NEW YORK — When Steve Rogers handed Sam Wilson his Captain America shield at the end of Marvel’s massive 2019 event “Avengers: Endgame,” Wilson tried it on for a beat. “How does it feel?” the wrinkled Rogers asked. “Like it’s someone else’s,” Wilson responded. That ...

Prepare the popcorn

It’s showtime! AMC Theatres says it will have 98% of its U.S. movie theaters open as of Friday as a bunch of theaters reopen in California. Even more theaters are expected to open by March 26. AMC said that more than 40 of its locations in California were set to reopen beginning on Friday. ...

New at Peter White Public Library

The new shelf in Youth Services at the Peter White Public Library is teeming with great reads about strong female characters this Spring, including tales of dragons, coming of age sagas, historical fiction from the 1800s, stories about finding one’s voice, nonfiction tales of positive change, ...

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Historical fiction titles at the Peter White Public Library Historical fiction is known for bringing a past setting to life through the eyes of people who may have lived during a specific place and time. Authors engage readers in the people and historical events of that time and place. I have ...

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The Great Lakes Great Books Award is presented annually by the Michigan Reading Association. Here are the eight nominations for grades 9-12, 2021-2022 awards. The complete list of books nominated will be available in March, following the Michigan Reading Associations Annual Conference. Voting ...

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK — Paramount+ debuted Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from ViacomCBS. It’s betting that consumers are willing to add yet another paid streaming service in an increasingly crowded field. Its backers hope a smorgasbord ...

33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda

NEW YORK — When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. Murphy was at the very height of his fame, coming off “Beverly Hills Cop II” and the stand-up special “Raw.” They were heady times. Arsenio Hall, ...