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A New ‘She’s Gotta Have It’: Spike Lee’s Feminist Breakthrough

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“As a sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual,” Nola Darling, the 27-year-old heroine of Spike Lee’s new television series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” boldly declares in the fourth episode, “words like monogamy have never even seemed like a remote possibility.” If Nola’s admissions sound strangely familiar, it’s because her character is both vintage and millennial. She originally appeared in Mr. Lee’s feature film debut of the same name over 30 years ago and now updated as a Netflix dramedy, whose 10-episode first season arrives on Thanksgiving Day. Billed as a “seriously sexy comedy” in 1986, the movie revolved around Nola’s romantic relationships with three men — the poetic and overly possessive Jamie Overstreet, the narcissistic Greer Childs and the unemployed hip-hop aficionado Mars Blackmon (played by Mr. Lee). A budding artist living in Brooklyn, Nola was, Mr. Lee noted at the time, “a young black woman who’s really leading her life like a man, in control, with three men dangling at her fingertips.” He continued, “That paradox is funny, it’s really crazy.” In a television landscape in which African-American female characters on shows like BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” HBO’s “Insecure” and ABC’s “Scandal” unabashedly establish their sexual freedom by having multiple male partners — or, in the case of Netflix’s “Master of None” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” also have several female ones — N…

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Malcolm Young, AC/DC co-founder, dead at 64

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Malcolm Young, a co-founding member and the longtime rhythm guitarist for Australian rock band AC/DC, passed away Saturday at the age of 64, his family said in a statement. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside,” the statement said. “Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From t…

The Latest: Celebrities mourn death of fashion icon Alaia

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PARIS (AP) - The Latest on the death of fashion icon Azzedine Alaia (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Fashion and entertainment celebrities from around the world are mourning the death of Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia (AZ’-uh-deen uh-LY’-uh). Fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said on Twitter that it was a sad day and called Alaia “a true master” and one of her biggest inspirations. Singer Rihanna posted an online photo of her and the famed designer, saying “you will live on forever.” Indian actress Sonam Kapoor said she was “d…

Alejandro Sanz celebrated as Latin Grammy Person of the Year

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NEW YORK (AP) - If he could travel back in time, Alejandro Sanz says he would stop and enjoy the moment when his career started taking off two decades ago. “Maybe I would ask life for a little more consciousness during those years so I could have realized all the things that I was living without thinking about what was going to happen the next day, to live more in the moment,” Sanz said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press. “There is no way to stop time, but there’s a way for time to travel by your side and not always ahead of you.” Sanz has a ch…

Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' painting sells for record $450M

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Holy moly! Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," considered by many to be the Holy Grail of the old masters, sold for a record $450,312,500 after 19 minutes of fierce bidding between two determined buyers on Wednesday night at Christie’s Auction House in New York City. The identity of the bidder was not provided by the auction house. As cheers filled the room, bidding at times jumped in clips of 10 and 20 million dollars. The price includes a buyer's premium in addition to the gavel price of 400 million dollars. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. "I can ha…

Daniela Vega is a woman on the verge in the captivating transgender drama 'A Fantastic Woman'

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You may lose track of the number of scenes in “A Fantastic Woman” in which the heroine of the title meets someone who has already prejudged her an enemy. A young transgender woman who works as a singer and waitress in Santiago, Chile, Marina Vidal (fiercely and sympathetically embodied by Daniela Vega) has just watched her lover succumb to an aneurysm. The sad, dreary business of tidying up affairs necessitates an encounter with the deceased’s embittered ex-wife, Sonia (Aline Küppenheim), who greets her with unambiguous disgust. “When I look at you,” she snarls, “I don’t know what I’m s…

Judi Dench reveals the best way to compliment her: Call her 'subversive'

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Judi Dench loves a good surprise. She’s cooking one up on this late autumn morning, her last day in Los Angeles promoting her new movie, “Victoria & Abdul,” before returning home to London. Dench’s daughter, Finty Williams, an accomplished actress in her own right, thinks her mom is returning to England several days from now. But that would mean Dench would be missing Williams’ 45th birthday. So Dench has concocted an elaborate ruse, having friends send her daughter pictures of her out and about in Los Angeles — restaurant meals, “Victoria & Abdul” promotional events, Mom sitting in …

Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige make ‘Mudbound’ a must-see

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“I wanted this to be the kind of movie they don’t make anymore,” director Dee Rees said at a recent screening of “Mudbound.” And she’s done it. Her Mississippi-set, post-World War II drama is a sweeping epic that could have come out of a bygone Hollywood era, with a couple of notable updates: Its director is a black woman, and it’s unsparing in its portrayal of black life in the Jim Crow South. In adapting Hillary Jordan’s novel, Rees and co-writer Virgil Williams alternate among six points of view, which is a heavy lift, even at a running time beyond two hours. You come away feeling as if …

Rockets owner Fertitta interested in NHL team in Houston

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New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is interested in bringing an NHL team to Houston, a possibility that didn’t exist under the NBA team’s previous regime. Fertitta released a statement Thursday confirming interest in a hockey team in Houston. He recently met with league officials. “I’m very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston, but it will have to be a deal that makes sense for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region, and the NHL Board of Governors,” Fertitta said. “We are in the very early stage of evaluating …

Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Says Abuse Problem Is Bigger Than Roy Moore

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Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What else are you interested in? Let us know: thearts@nytimes.com. ‘It’s Not Enough’ On this week’s edition of “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee used the Roy Moore controversy as a jumping-off point to talk about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in industries across America. “Each community has to kick out their own creeps,” Ms. Bee said. She added that in Hollywood, outing Harvey Weinstein should be seen as only the beginning of a larger effort. Video by Full Front…

Harry Styles, Miguel set for Victoria's Secret China show

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NEW YORK (AP) - Singer Harry Styles and R&B; star Miguel will perform at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai on Monday. People magazine reports that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang will also perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will air Nov. 28 on CBS. Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the 55 models participating. Gigi Hadid said she will not be walking in the show, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior. It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. It is not uncommon for entertainers…

Denzel Washington's remarkable performance in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' isn't helped by plot

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In his four-decade-long career, Denzel Washington has played heroes and villains, ministers and miscreants and everything in between. "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is not like any of them, not even close. To call the title character idiosyncratic and eccentric is not the half of it. Overweight, ungainly, awkward with people and immune to compromise, an idealist and a zealot who lives in the past to make a better future, Israel is a self-described activist attorney who has sacrificed everything for his ideals and never regretted it. Until now. What happens when this man, brought to comple…

The Latest: Rose McGowan waives appearance on drug charge

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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - The Latest on actress Rose McGowan’s arraignment on felony cocaine charges (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Actress Rose McGowan has waived her appearance in court on a felony charge of cocaine possession. McGowan had been expected to appear in a courtroom for her arraignment Thursday, but a judge agreed to waive her appearance at the request of her lawyer. The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 23, when McGowan is expected to enter a plea. Prosecutors say cocaine was found among McGowan’s belongings that were left on a Jan. 20 flight to Washington Du…

As sex harassment scandal grows, minorities seldom involved

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the weeks since dozens of women have alleged movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped or sexual harassed them, there have been few women or men of color among the accusers and accused . Most of the women who have made public accusations have been white, as have most of their accusers. Some say their absence is due, in part, to cultural differences that raise the stakes for minority women. Observers say women of color are even less likely to be believed and can face criticism from within their communities for coming forward. LOAD COMMENTS () HIDE COMMENTS Copyright ©…

Official: Manson is alive, can't comment on health

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says mass killer Charles Manson is alive Thursday. Department press secretary Vicky Waters says in an email to The Associated Press that she is precluded by federal and state medical privacy laws from commenting on reports that the 83-year-old Manson has been hospitalized. Manson is housed at Corcoran State Prison in the San Joaquin Valley. Celebrity news website TMZ.com says that three days ago Manson was rushed to a hospital in Bakersfield. The report cites sources who are not identified. …

Museums mark 100 years since death of French artist Rodin

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Museums around the world are marking 100 years since the death of French artist Auguste Rodin, including the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. A ceremony marking the day of the artist’s death was held Friday at the museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Those taking part tossed red roses in a reflecting pool at the museum. Other events are planned throughout the year to mark the centenary. Rodin’s famous statue “The Thinker” stands outside the Philadelphia museum, which opened in 1929. The collection features other well-known works, including a cast of…

Homeland official resigns after report of racial remarks

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The director of the Homeland Security Department’s office of faith-based partnerships has resigned following a CNN report on racially inflammatory remarks he made before joining the federal government. Rev. Jamie Johnson was appointed in April to lead DHS’ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, which works with churches and community organizations on disaster response. CNN reported that before his appointment, Johnson was a fixture in Iowa Republican politics and often appeared on conservative talk radio. In one clip posted by CNN, Johnson said, R…

Imelda Staunton dazzles as 'Follies' hits cinema screens

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LONDON (AP) - Imelda Staunton plays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in “Follies,” Stephen Sondheim’s dizzying musical about a traumatic reunion of former Broadway showgirls. Staunton goes from perky to shattered as Sally Durant Plummer, a former showgirl who meets up with a former friend and an old flame in Sondheim’s show about the pull of nostalgia and the perils of aging. The smash-hit National Theatre production is broadcast live to international movie theaters Thursday, with repeat screenings over the coming weeks. So it’s strange to hear that Sta…