A glance at Nobel literature winner Alice Munro

WHO WON? Canadian author Alice Munro, 82. FOR WHAT? The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners, called Munro a “master of the contemporary short story.” NOTABLE WORKS “Lives of Girls and Women”; “Who Do You Think You Are?”;…

Teen pianist Tao to perform with Detroit Symphony

DETROIT (AP) — Piano prodigy Conrad Tao is set to perform three shows with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The 19-year-old Tao and the DSO are to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major. The Leonard Slatkin-conducted…

CBS cancels freshman sitcom ‘We Are Men’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS is yanking the freshman sitcom “We Are Men” from its schedule. The Monday night comedy about four bachelors starred Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith. It failed to gain traction…

Pope Francis biography expected next year

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading Roman Catholic commentator and founder of a pro-Catholic media organization has landed a deal to write a “full-scale” biography of Pope Francis. Publisher Henry Holt announced Wednesday that it has acquired a…

Not guilty plea entered for Odom in DUI case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA player Lamar Odom has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in connection with his arrest in August. Odom didn’t appear in court for the arraignment Wednesday and…

The Jonas Brothers cancel tour

NEW YORK (AP) — The Jonas Brothers have canceled their upcoming tour over creative differences. Brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick were scheduled to begin their 19-date tour Friday in Upper Darby, Pa. Spokesman Jesse Derris confirmed the cancellation…

‘Hybrid’ King-Mellencamp musical kicks off tour

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A musical production that’s a result of a collaboration between rocker John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King is launching a 20-city theatrical tour in Indiana. “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” was 13 years…

In ‘The Circle,’ Eggers conjures creepy tech giant

“The Circle” (Alfred A. Knopf/McSweeney’s), by Dave Eggers A tech giant with tentacles deep into the lives of its users is no longer an unusual thing to imagine, but Dave Eggers takes the growing inescapabilty of social media…

Jim Lehrer’s JFK novel ‘Top Down’ lacks impact

“Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination” (Random House), by Jim Lehrer “What if?” is a tried-and-true starting point for a novelist. In the case of “Top Down,” PBS newsman and veteran fiction writer Jim Lehrer asks…

Actress jumps into ABC’s ‘Wonderland’ rabbit hole

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Sophie Lowe’s latest visit to Hollywood failed to yield work, the young actress flew back home to Australia — and quickly fell down a rabbit hole. Within a day of returning to Sydney,…

Alicia Keys: Happy as producer of ‘Mister & Pete’

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys says she considered a role in “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” but decided she was comfortable as an executive producer. “It definitely came up once or twice,” Keys said with…

OK to stare: Murad’s focus is on couture details

NEW YORK (AP) — Zuhair Murad has the clients — hello, Jennifer Lopez — and the clout to put him on the path to becoming a force in fashion. It’s OK, though, if it doesn’t happen overnight. That…

SFX Entertainment shares fall in debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of SFX Entertainment Inc. fell in their trading debut Wednesday after the dance music promoter raised $260 million in its initial public offering. The New York-based company produces dance music events around the…

Emily Bett Rickards now an ‘Arrow’ series regular

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about making a good impression. Actress Emily Bett Rickards was happy when she scored a one-off role on the CW’s “Arrow” last year. Bett Rickards played IT girl Felicity Smoak on the action-adventure…

Raffle offers chance to own a Picasso for $135

NEW YORK (AP) — An online raffle is offering Picasso lovers a chance to own one of his original works for $135. The work is titled “Man with Opera Hat.” The 12-inch by 9-inch cubist drawing from 1914…

Film critic Stanley Kauffmann dead at 97

NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Kauffmann, the erudite critic, author and editor who reviewed movies for The New Republic for more than 50 years, wrote his own plays and fiction, and helped discover the classic novels “Fahrenheit 451″…

Review: Pusha T’s raps superb. Album? Not so much

Pusha T proves he is one of hip-hop’s most skillful lyricists on his debut album, “My Name Is My Name.” The rapper is hardly new. He rose to prominence as half of the grimy rap sibling duo the…

Cage, Kidman receive Chinese entertainment awards

MACAU (AP) — Nicolas Cage, accepting a film award in China, says he’s enjoying the warmth and enthusiasm he feels while working there on a new film. Cage was named Best Global Actor in Motion Pictures at China’s…

In ‘Afterlife,’ Archie Comics veers into horror

The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover. In “Afterlife With Archie,” a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying…

‘Betrayal’ with Daniel Craig already a hit

NEW YORK (AP) — The real-life husband-and-wife team Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz helped propel “Betrayal” to a Broadway record — and the show hasn’t even officially opened yet. Data released Monday from The Broadway League shows that…