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Novelist Murakami hosts Japanese ghost story reading ahead of Nobel Prize announcements

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami hosted a ghost story reading event in Tokyo amid growing attention before the announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature, an award he is a perennial favorite to win. Murakami said at Thursday’s reading that he enjoys scary stories and wanted to write more of them. The …

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Ringo Starr on ‘Rewind Forward,’ writing country music, the AI-assisted final Beatles track and more

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are rock stars, and then there is Ringo Starr — drummer for the Beatles, award-winning soloist, photographer, narrator, actor, activist. To call him prolific would almost shortchange his accomplishments. But it also feels right. “Rewind Forward,” out October 13, is his fourth extended play release in three years. “I’ve loved …

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Michael Gambon, veteran actor who played Dumbledore in ‘Harry Potter’ films, dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — Michael Gambon, the Irish-born actor knighted for his illustrious career on the stage and screen and who went on to gain admiration from a new generation of moviegoers with his portrayal of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 82. The actor died …

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Review: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Autumn Variations’ is a beautifully honest exploration of adult despondency

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “I’ve been up all night, thinking about dying,” Ed Sheeran opens “When Will I Be Alright”, one of his new album’s final tracks. “I’ve just been wasting time,” he continues. “God is not on my side.” Somehow, that’s not even the most devastating moment. That arrives later in the track, when …

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