Writer John Nichols, author of ‘The Milagro Beanfield War’ with a social justice streak, dies at 83

Writer John Nichols, author “The Milagro Beanfield War,” has died. He was 83. The novel he’s best known for features a traditional Latino community defending its lifeblood water supply and culture in good humor against corrupt outside interests.

Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ pulled until next week as host recovers from surgery

First this fall, a new round with COVID-19 shuttered Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show.” Now the show is again sidelined as the host recovers from a burst appendix.

Book Review: ‘Outrageous: A History of Showbiz and the Culture Wars’ argues history repeats itself

“There is nothing new under the sun.” So goes the adage which conveys the tendency for history to repeat itself.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 3-9

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Dec. 3-9 include rock singer Ozzy Osbourne, actor Tiffany Haddish and businesswoman and TV personality Lori Greiner from “Shark Tank.”

The founding editor of The Washington Monthly magazine, Charles Peters, has died at 96

The founding editor of The Washington Monthly magazine and its editor-in-chief for three decades, Charles Peters, has died. He was 96.

Susan Sarandon and Melissa Barrera dropped from Hollywood companies after comments on Israel-Hamas war

Oscar-winning actor Susan Sarandon and “Scream” star Melissa Barrera were each dropped by Hollywood companies after making comments on the Israel-Hamas war that some deemed antisemitic.

Movie Review: Emerald Fennell chronicles a promising young man in audacious, shock-filled ‘Saltburn’

Anticipation has been hot for Emerald Fennell’s second feature ever since her bracingly original “Promising Young Woman” won a screenplay Oscar.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2 include singer Britney Spears, actor Kaley Cuoco and musician apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas.

Daisaku Ikeda, head of global Japanese Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai, dies at 95

Daisaku Ikeda, who headed Soka Gakkai, a Japanese Buddhist organization, that includes Herbie Hancock and other celebrities in its fold, has died.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and singer Cassie settle lawsuit alleging abuse 1 day after it was filed

Sean “Diddy” Combs and singer Cassie say they have settled a lawsuit containing allegations of beatings and abuse by the powerful music producer.

K-pop star Rosé joins first lady Jill Biden to talk mental health

K-pop superstar Rosé has joined U.S. first lady Jill Biden at a mental health event to talk about how even famous people grapple with emotional struggles.

Author A.S. Byatt, who wrote best-seller ‘Possession’ and had a beetle named after her, dies at 87

The British author of the Booker Prize-winning novel “Possession” has died at the age of 87. A.S. Byatt’s publisher, Chatto & Windus, said Friday that the author, whose full name was Antonia Byatt, died “peacefully at home surrounded by close family.”

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 19-25

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Nov. 19-25 include “Dancing With the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli, football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan and actor Katherine Heigl.

Here’s a partial list of nominees for the 66th Grammy Awards

The nominees for next year’s Grammy Awards have been announced. SZA is the leading nominee with nine, including in the album and record of the year categories.

South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke, who shared how everyone is connected to nature, dies at 78

South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke, who shared his vast love for the outdoors with public television viewers and radio listeners for decades has died.

Gavin Rossdale celebrates 3 decades of Bush songs with a greatest hits album, ‘Loaded’

Putting together a collection of Bush’s greatest hits was relatively easy. Convincing frontman Gavin Rossdale to do it was harder. He thought it sounded like a farewell.

Patrick Dempsey named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine

People magazine has named Patrick Dempsey as its Sexiest Man Alive. The actor and race car driver takes the mantle from “Captain America” star Chris Evans, who was 2022’s selection.

R.E.M. celebrates ‘a very radical departure’ 25 years ago with their album ‘Up’

Twenty-five years ago, an R.E.M. album arrived that didn’t sound like a typical R.E.M. album. “Up,” the band’s 11th album which dropped in the fall of 1998, was a curious and challenging collection that split fans and critics alike but reveals more interesting things with each listen.

‘Priscilla’ stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi on trust, Sofia and souvenirs

Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi play Priscilla and Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s new film, now playing in theaters nationwide.

‘The Family Chantel’ star Pedro Jimeno breaks his silence on divorce and the show’s ending

“The Family Chantel” star Pedro Jimeno, who is recently divorced from Chantel Everett, says the “damage is done” and “it’s not going to be any reconciliation in the future.”

‘80s icon Boy George is returning to Broadway in ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

Boy George is returning to Broadway in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” The singer-songwriter whose hits include “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” will play Moulin Rouge club owner Harold Zidler in the jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 12-18

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Nov. 12-18 include actor-TV host Whoopi Goldberg, guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica and singer TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne.

This holiday season, the mean ol’ Grinch gets a comedy podcast series hosted by James Austin Johnson

What would the mean ol’ Grinch be doing in 2023? Would that Christmas sad sack be hosting a cooking show on TikTok? Writing long essays for Substack?

Kendrick Lamar plans to bring major concerts to Africa through new Global Citizen initiative

Rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline Move Afrika: A Global Citizen Experience, a new initiative to establish an international touring circuit on the continent of Africa launching with a concert in Kigali, Rwanda on Dec. 6.

Do you believe? Cher set to star in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year

Cher is obviously a superstar but even a superstar is happy to be the opening act when it comes to Santa.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 5-11

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Nov. 5-11 include singer Art Garfunkel, actor Ethan Hawke and rapper Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa.

The last new Beatles song, ‘Now And Then,’ will be released next week

This is it — the last “new” Beatles song. Sixty years after the onset of Beatlemania, the surviving members of the quartet are releasing the song “Now And Then.”

‘Shaft’ star Richard Roundtree, considered the first Black action movie hero, has died at 81

Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing actor for Black filmmakers who starred as the ultra-smooth private detective in the 1971 action movie “Shaft” and several sequels, has died.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 include actor Winona Ryder, actor Tracee Ellis Ross and reality show personality and model Kendall Jenner.

Spain’s royals honor Asturias prize winners, including Meryl Streep and Haruki Murakami

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.