This week’s new entertainment releases include Taylor Swift's “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” a glossy look at opioid addiction with the movie “Pain Hustlers” starring Emily Blunt, Chris Evans and Andy Garcia, and the streaming horror flick “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” There's also Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey co-starring in "Fellow Travelers" as two men whose love story stretches across the cultural and political milestones in U.S. history. And there's a documentary on the duo Milli Vanilli that examines one of music’s biggest lip-syncing scandals and Apple TV+ has a new family friendly animated series from Dreamworks called “CURSES!” in time for Halloween.
Waiting is never easy, but it’s worth it for car shoppers who want the most car for their money. The automotive experts at Edmunds have picked five vehicles coming soon that have attention-grabbing exterior designs, increased off-road capability, and high-tech cabins with tons of passenger space. The five choices include full-electrics such as the all-new Kia EV9 and Honda Prologue SUVs, redesigned versions of the three-row Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe midsize SUVs, and the Toyota Tacoma, which receives a long-awaited redesign.
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, rare originals are being displayed and publishers are offering collectors editions, including one that sells for $1,500. Scholars believe that between 200-300 copies still survive from the late 1623 release of “Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies.” Presided over by two friends and former colleagues of Shakespeare, who had died in 1616, the Folio ensured that lasting texts existed for “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and other cornerstones of Western literature. First folios have been on exhibit everywhere from the British Museum to the New York Public Library and at least two major book projects will mark the anniversary.
Cruel joke for trick-or-treaters or coveted seasonal delight? The great Halloween debate over candy corn is on. In the pantheon of high-emotion candy, the shiny tricolor kernels in white, orange and yellow are way up there. Fans and foes alike point to the same attributes: a texture that's plastic or candle-like, depending on who you ask. And the mega-sugar hit it packs. Some say it conjures childhood memories. Love it or loathe it, market leader Brach’s churns out about 30 million pounds of candy corn for the fall season each year. Last year, that amounted to $75 million of $88.5 million in candy corn sales.
Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick highlights an author she has long admired, Jesmyn Ward. On Tuesday, Winfrey has selected Ward’s “Let Us Descend,” which comes out this week. “Let Us Descend” is a slave narrative set in the 19th century and follows a teenage girl’s journey across the American South. Ward, 46, is among the most acclaimed writers of her generation. Her previous works include the novels “Salvage the Bones” and “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” both winners of the National Book Award.
Systemic hurdles, lessons and messages from family, and the lived experience of your upbringing can shape your thoughts on money, especially if you spent a long time living without financial security. Once you’ve begun to earn enough to make ends meet, it can be hard to know how to change your mindset and start planning for a different financial future. Financial therapists and coaches advise people in this situation to set goals, track their spending and reach out to experts to help them get started with their newfound financial means.
As schools across the country debate banning AI chatbots, some math and computer science teachers are embracing them as just another tool. Artificial intelligence can serve as a tutor, giving a student who is struggling with a problem immediate feedback. It can help a teacher plan math lessons, or write math problems geared toward different levels of instruction. It can show new computer programmers sample code, allowing them to skip over the chore of learning to write basic code.
Financial shocks, which can include unexpected events like a job loss, big medical bill or house repair, can be extremely challenging. To recover from a financial shock and be better prepared for a future one, experts recommend turning to or building up emergency savings accounts, cutting back other spending when possible and knowing where to find support. Lenders and service providers sometimes offer hardship options to give you more payment flexibility. Trusted friends and family members may be able to offer support as well. Staying positive and focusing on mental recovery is also important.
Key West’s Fantasy Fest has begun. The 10-day schedule includes masquerades, elaborate parties and costume competitions. It kicked off Friday. The masking and costuming festival is themed “Uniforms & Unicorns: 200 Years Of Sailing Into Fantasy.” It salutes the Florida Keys’ 2023 bicentennial and that of the U.S. Navy’s presence in Key West. The Fantasy Fest schedule features nearly 100 events including Sunday’s Zombie Bike Ride, the Pet Masquerade, the flamboyant Headdress Ball and the Masquerade March. Events will culminate next Saturday night. Some 60,000 spectators are expected to line Key West’s downtown streets for the Fantasy Fest Parade.
Spain's royal family have presided over the presentation of this year's Princess of Asturias awards that are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. Among the winners honored were U.S. actor Meryl Streep, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge. In a speech, Streep said the empathy for others and the art of listening to others that actors must learn are two things that could be useful in today's hostile world. The prizes, for which winners receive 50,000 euros ($53,000), were presented by Crown Princess Leonor after whom the prize foundation is named.
Appointees of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the board of Walt Disney World's governing district are asking a state judge to dismiss Disney's counterclaims in a lawsuit. The governing district made the request in court papers Wednesday. The counterclaims seek a court declaration that agreements Disney made with supporters on the district's board before it was taken over by the DeSantis allies are valid. The agreements shifted control over design and construction at Disney World from the district to the company. Disney also wants a ruling that the DeSantis allies violated the company’s contracts, free speech and due process rights.
This week’s new entertainment releases include a Rolling Stones album, a revealing documentary about spy novelist John le Carré and “Living for the Dead,” a new Hulu series that's like “Queer Eye” meets “Ghost Hunters.” Comedian Heather McMahan debuts her first network comedy special called “The Son I Never Had,” and the sweet and smart comedy “Upload” is back on Prime Video for a third season. Stay with Prime for Nida Manzoor’s rollicking action-comedy “Polite Society" and watch Peter Parker and Miles Morales team up as Spider-Man battles notorious villains like Venom, Kraven the Hunter and The Lizard in the video game Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
There isn’t much Cher hasn’t done in her career. She’s achieved EGOT status. She’s the only artist to have a No. 1 song in each of the past six decades. She's even got her own gelato business, Cherlato. But a Christmas album? That’s new territory. Her new first album in five years, the appropriately titled “Christmas,” releases Friday. On “Christmas,” Cher enlists an all-star list of collaborators. There’s Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Michael Bublé, and even the rapper Tyga. She also discussed 25 years of “Believe,” artificial intelligence technology, and whether she's ready to act again.
French police have arrested a man climbing on the Eiffel Tower, temporarily stranding a crowd at the top. Among those trapped were a Washington, D.C., couple who decided during the wait to get married — and an Associated Press reporter who got their story. Amir Khan had been planning to propose to Kat Warren later Thursday in a Paris garden away from the crowds, with a romantic dinner on the River Seine also on the menu. But when the lifts were shut down because of the climber, leaving the couple and others stuck at the top, Khan decided to spring his surprise. Pat Eaton-Robb, an AP journalist from Connecticut, was also stuck up there.