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Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague

Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize.

An international jury selected Atwood in May as the winner of the annual literary award, which is handed out by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society.

Atwood was in Prague on Tuesday to receive the award, a small statue of Kafka by Czech artist Jaroslav Rona and a cash prize of $10,000.

The prize is awarded to "authors whose works of exceptional artistic qualities are found to appeal to readers regardless of their origin, nationality and culture."

Atwood has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays.

She's the 17th recipient of the award. Past winners include American Philip Roth, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet Elfriede Jelinek, British playwright Harold Pinter and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Minecraft, Mojang

2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations

4. NBA 2K18, 2K

5. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi

6. iSchedule, HotSchedules

7. kirakira+, Kentaro Yama

8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

9. LIMBO, Playdead

10. Tabs & Chords - learn and play, Ultimate Guitar

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.

2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc

3. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

4. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.

5. tbh7/8Midnight Labs LLC

6. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.

7. Bitmoji, Bitstrips

8. The CW, The CW Network

9. Google Maps - GPS Navigation, Google, Inc.

10. Gmail - Email by Google, Google, Inc.

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minds On Physics the App - Part 1, Physics Classroom, LLC

2. Minecraft, Mojang

3. Toca Life: Office, Toca Boca AB

4. XtraMath, XtraMath

5. Goat Simulator, Coffee Stain Studios AB

6. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

7. The Escapists, Team17 Software Ltd

8. Notability,Ginger Labs

9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

10.Bloons TD 5 HD, Ninja Kiwi.

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc.

2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

3. Bowmasters - Multiplayer Game, Playgendary

4. Homescapes, Playrix Games

5. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

6. Snake VS Block, Voodoo

7. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.

8. Google Chrome, Google, Inc.

9. The CW, The CW Network

10. Gmail - Email by Google, Google, Inc.


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Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early life

A Polish film company said Tuesday that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has traveled to Poland to appear in a documentary about his early life during the Holocaust and after the war in Poland.

The KRK Film company said that Polanski was in Krakow to see the site of the former ghetto where he was held as a child by the German Nazis. His mother was taken from there to her death at Auschwitz, and later his father made him flee the ghetto.

The 84-year-old director also visited the village of Wysoka, where he was in hiding after fleeing the Krakow ghetto. New York photographer Ryszard Horowitz, a friend of Polanski's since they met as boys in the ghetto, accompanied him. It wasn't clear when the documentary would be released.

It was Polanski's first visit to Poland since the country's Supreme Court refused last year to have him extradited to the U.S. to be sentenced in a 1977 unlawful sex case involving a 13-year-old victim.

Since he fled the U.S., Polanski mostly has lived in Paris, where he was born.

The director fled in 1978 on the eve of sentencing when the now-deceased judge in the case suggested in private remarks that he would renege on a plea bargain and sentencing agreement.

His travels have since been restricted to France as well as to Poland and Switzerland, where authorities have rejected U.S. requests for his extradition.

Polanski won an Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist" and was nominated for 1974's "Chinatown" and 1979's "Tess."

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

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Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday.

“I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,” Butler told ET.

“I smacked the car, went flying through the air and did a somersault and landed and it hurt a bit.”

The Scottish heart-throb said was taken to an area hospital after the accident, and described his injuries as “painful.”

“I have five fractures in my right foot alone [and] a bunch of stupid stuff, a torn meniscus, but I’ll be fine,” he said on ET.

>> Related: Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

>> Related: Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

His upcoming film “Geostorm” premieres next week and despite the minor injuries, Butler said he’ll be able to promote the film as planned.

Butler is no stranger to risky stunts. 

In 2011 he was rescued after he was pulled underwater while surfing in his film “Of Men and Mavericks.” According to People, he was taken to a hospital, but not seriously injured.

He recently told Seth Meyers on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that he actually enjoys the risky behavior and once had the “worst” allergic reaction from injecting himself with bee venom.

>> Related: Before taking a plea deal, “Glee” alum Mark Salling reportedly tried to take his own life

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said. After feeling fine following the initial injection, he got another one. “Basically 23 bee stings,” he said.

Butler also noted that he could have died from the allergic reaction. 

Court extends house arrest for Russian theater director

A court in Russia's capital ruled Tuesday to extend the house arrest of a widely revered theater and film director.

Kirill Serebrennikov was detained and put under house arrest in August in a criminal case that sent shockwaves across Russia's art community and raised fears of return to Soviet-style censorship.

Moscow's Basmanny District Court decided to keep Serebrennikov under house arrest until Jan. 19 per investigators' request.

Investigators have accused him of scheming to embezzle about $1.1 million in government funds allocated for one of his productions and the projects he directed between 2011 and 2014.

Serebrennikov has dismissed the accusations as absurd.

He pleaded with the court to allow him to continue work on his projects, insisting that he has no intention to flee.

"I'm not guilty and I feel that my cause is right," he said, according to Russian news reports. "I believe that if a person has done nothing wrong, he doesn't need to flee. I have no intention to go into hiding."

Serebrennikov has been allowed to have two-hour walks each day.

The court on Tuesday also extended the house arrests of two of Serebrennikov's colleagues and ruled to keep another suspect in custody for the same three-month period.

Serebrennikov's productions ranging from drama to opera and movies have been criticized by conservative circles.

In July, the Bolshoi Theater canceled a much-anticipated ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev directed by Serebrennikov just three days before the opening night.

The Bolshoi denied reports that the Nureyev ballet had been scrapped because of its frank description of his gay relationships, a taboo under a strict Russian law banning gay propaganda, but many in Moscow's art scene attributed the move to pressure from conservative circles.

The Bolshoi has rescheduled the opening of the Nureyev ballet to December, and Serebrennikov asked the court Tuesday to let him continue to work on the project. He also pleaded with the court to allow him to complete the production of his movie about a Soviet rock star.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Baby Driver

2. War for the Planet of the Apes 3. The House (2017)

4.Wonder Woman (2017)

5. The Emoji Movie

6. Colossal

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming

9. The Big Sick

10. Hocus Pocus

iTunes Movies US Charts — Independent:

1. Colossal

2. The Beguiled (2017)

3. Brawl in Cell Block 99

4. Walking Out

5. Wish Upon

6. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

7. Overdrive

8. Beatriz At Dinner

9. It Comes At Night

10. 28 Days Later


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Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film finally has a title

The young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film finally has a title: "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Director Ron Howard announced the title Tuesday in a Twitter video celebrating production wrap on the anthology film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the grumpy space smuggler originated by Harrison Ford.

The film also stars Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newtown and focuses on Han and Chewbacca before they joined the rebellion.

The film has had some well-known production turmoil. Deep into the shoot directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller abruptly left the project and were replaced by Howard.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for a May 25, 2018, release.

Untitled Han Solo project now has a name

The untitled Han Solo project is untitled no more.

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard has announced that the “Star Wars” movie he’s been making has been officially named “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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Howard also announced that principal photography has finished and that the movie will hit theaters next year.

Howard has taken to social media to share behind-the-scenes images taken as he had been making the film, which is set before the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

For all of Howard’s updates, click here. He was named director back in June after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the production, Deadline reported.

Han Solo is being played by Alden Ehrenreich. Donald Glover was cast as a young Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson round out the cast.

Solo: A Star Wars Story” will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

The top 10 audiobooks on


1. Origin by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael (Random House Audio)

2. It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber (Simon & Schuster Audio)

3. The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye, narrated by Simon Vance (HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books)

4. Hell House by Richard Matheson, narrated by Ray Porter (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd (Listening Library)

6. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber (Random House Audio)

7. The Secrets She Keeps: A Novel by Michael Robotham, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis (Simon & Schuster Audio)

8. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, narrated by Marin Ireland (Simon & Schuster Audio)

9. Starship Grifters: Rex Nihilo by Robert Kroese, narrated by Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio)

10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)


1. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power by Brené Brown, narrated by Lauren Fortgang (Audible Studios)

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(asterisk)ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne (HarperAudio)

3. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown (Random House Audio)

4. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, narrated by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

5. Grant by Ron Chernow, narrated by Mark Bramhall (Penguin Audio)

6. Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, narrated by the authors (Audible Studios)

7. The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell, narrated by Dan Woren (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

8. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio, narrated by the author and Jeremy Bobb (Simon & Schuster Audio)

9. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Mel Robbins Productions Inc.)

10. Upstanders: Season 1 by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, narrated by Michael B. Jordan (Audible Studios)


Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

>> Related: Actress Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

>> Related: Alyssa Milano inspires others to share sexual harassment and assault stories with #MeToo

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