New York, Oct 20 (AP/UNB) — Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, "Outrages."
Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately Friday that they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" and that Houghton would not be releasing "Outrages." Neither Wolf nor Houghton immediately provided additional comment beyond the publisher confirming that rights for "Outrages" had reverted to Wolf, who can now pursue a deal with a new publisher.
Houghton had delayed a planned June release of "Outrages" after questions emerged over the scholarship of the book, which centers on the treatment of gays in Victorian England. Houghton initially planned to publish "Outrages" as scheduled, but soon changed its mind, announcing that "new questions have arisen."
"Outrages" had already come out in the United Kingdom when Wolf was challenged in May by a BBC interviewer over whether she had wrongly interpreted that some gays had received the death penalty. Wolf has acknowledged some errors, but contended they were fixable and openly objected to the postponement. She even promoted "Outrages" on her own in the U.S., with attendees offered the chance to buy the UK edition.
Publishers rarely fact-check books, citing time and expense. Wolf, known for such best-sellers as "The Beauty Myth" and "Misconceptions," has had her scholarship challenged before. In "The Beauty Myth," she wrote that anorexia caused the deaths of 150,000 women a year, a number widely regarded as inflated.
Albuquerque, Oct 20 (AP/UNB) — "The Casagrandes," Nickelodeon's new original animated series that centers around an 11-year-old girl trying to survive a big city, is one of the first cartoons in the U.S. to feature a multigenerational Mexican American family.
The long-awaited spin-off from the network's popular animation series, "The Loud House," premiered Monday and comes as more networks are taking chances on Latino-themed shows.
In this series, Ronnie Anne and her family — an older brother and single mother — leave the suburbs to move in with their large family in the fictional Great Lake City. The apartment is located above The Casagrandes bodega, owned by Ronnie Anne's grandpa, and in front of a subway track.
The skateboarding Ronnie Anne works to adjust to her new surroundings while shunning a female cousin's attempt to dress up with urban style and making new friends in a multicultural city.
Unlike previous cartoons with Latinos like Fox's 2016 "Bordertown" series, "The Casagrandes" seeks to tackle family-oriented themes like love, friendship, and jealousy. Family members, including Ronnie Anne's nurse mom, work to navigate limited space in a crowded apartment amid uncertainty and humor.
Miguel Puga, the show's supervising director, said the idea for the series came after Ronnie Anne's character was introduced on "The Loud House" and writers started thinking about a spin-off with a new family.
"I said, "let's make them Mexican American'," Puga said. "They started to listen, and we went from there."
Puga, a first-generation Mexican American, lived among a large family in a house as a child. To make the cartoon feel authentic, he shared his experience growing up in East Los Angeles and how his home was always crowded with family and parties. Nickelodeon executives bought in.
"I just pitched them on how it was going on and they loved it," Puga said.
Yet, Puga wanted to get more Latino artists involved. So, he reached out to syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, who was a consulting producer on the Oscar-winning 2017 animated Disney/Pixar feature "Coco."
Alcaraz agreed to join the series as a consulting producer and a writer. He wrote an episode focusing on the "Day of the Dead" and how different cultures tackle the death of loved ones.
Still, not all episodes deal with serious topics. Sometimes the family's talking parrot gets into trouble and runs up bills. Other times, an uncle disappears into the night and relives his previous life as a skateboarder.
But most of the time, Ronnie Anne is working to solve a problem and learn a lesson.
"We make sure this is a lot of love in these episodes," Puga said.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Critically acclaimed musical chorus troupe Ghaashphoring Choir has launched its maiden album ‘Kichu Kotha Kichu Gaan’.
The launching ceremony took place at the National Theatre Hall auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Founded and conducted by singer-songwriter and Berklee University graduate Armeen Musa, the choir has launched its debut album after starting their journey four years and nine months ago.
The launching ceremony was attended by popular singers and musicians, including Bappa Mazumdar, Elita Karim, Sovvota, Meghdol band, Leemon and Anik from ‘Leemonade’, and fans and followers of Ghaasphoring Choir.
The choir performed several tribute songs with the guest artistes and several new songs from their debut album.
Later, Dr Nashid Kamal, country’s renowned Nazrul exponent, singer and mother of Ghaasphoring Choir’s leader Armeen Musa launched the album and reminisced about Armeen and her team’s passionate journey.
“Since her childhood, Armeen has always been very passionate about music. I was lucky to connect her to the root which follows our family lineage that has remarkable contributions to the music of Bangladesh. Now, Armeen is moving forward with her very passionate team by creating something new, fresh and different- which makes me proud,” Nashid Kamal said at the event.
Renowned singer Bappa Mazumdar appreciated the choir, saying “I have always been a fan ever since they started this new and vibrant journey of fusion in Bengali music. This unique troupe earned the love from us and the audience and surely this album is a new beginning.”
Describing the experience and journey behind the album, Armeen said, “We’re such a team that is ensembles of voices and sounds filled with love and laughter- and luckily we got lots of love and support from our friends and families as well from our fans. Alongside with our choir, a total of 135 people worked in this album. So, this album is precious for a lot of reasons and we thank everyone from the core of our hearts.”
The title of the album is taken from the song ‘Kichu Kotha Kichu Gaan’ written by Dr Nashid Kamal.
New York, Oct 19 (AP/UNB) — Lady Gaga is recovering after falling off the stage while dancing with a fan at a concert.
During her Las Vegas show Thursday night, the pop star invited a fan onstage who picked her up and lost balance. Both plunged to the floor as a result.
Moments after the fall, Gaga was back onstage with the fan and told him: "You promise me you're not gonna be sad about that, right?"
He responded: "I promise."
Several fans posted video of the fall and Gaga's return to the stage on social media.
After the show Gaga posted Instagram photos of herself in a bath, writing: "Post show routine: ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20."
A representative for Gaga didn't reply to an email seeking comment. The singer has suffered from fibromyalgia, a condition marked by chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain, and she has canceled several concerts as a result.
New York, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — Damon Lindelof didn't take lightly the challenge of adapting the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time.
The "Lost" and "The Leftovers" co-creator was a fan of the revered "Watchmen" book ever since his father handed him the first few issues in the mid-1980s when he was 13 years old.
So agreeing to spearhead HBO's new adaptation didn't come without a bout or two of nerves.
Lindelof will see how he's done when the first of his nine-episode "Watchman" follow-up debuts Sunday and the fanboys and fangirls weigh in. They will find many things that its creators have respectfully left in their honor.
The creators have managed to lure an eclectic list of actors, including Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Louis Gossett Jr., Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson and Don Johnson.