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    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.
  • A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed 'The Boy Next Door Killer' after he was found guilty of two murders and an attempted murder. The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, included 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had plans with actor Ashton Kutcher. He testified during the trial that he arrived late for his date with Ellerin, looked into her house when there was no answer at the door, and saw what he thought were wine stains before leaving. Gargiulo showed no reaction as the court clerk read the death sentence at the brief hearing. Jurors also could have recommended life in prison with no possibility of parole. His attorney Daniel Nardoni said outside court that he was angered and disappointed by the decision. 'You don't kill people that are mentally ill,' Nardoni said. 'It's just a matter of humanity. There's a different kind of punishment for the mentally ill. It's called life without parole.' Defense attorneys and a psychologist said in court that Gargiulo has dissociative personality disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Prosecutors, who did not talk to reporters after the hearing, called Gargiulo 'The Boy Next Door Killer' because he lived near all the victims. He also was convicted of the 2005 murder of 32-year-old Maria Bruno and the 2008 attempted murder of Michelle Murphy, who testified during the trial's penalty phase that she lived in fear for years after the attack. Murphy fought when she was attacked in bed in her Santa Monica apartment. Authorities said Gargiulo cut himself and left a trail of blood that allowed prosecutors to tie him to the other cases, including a 1997 killing in Illinois for which he is still awaiting trial. Murphy was also a key witness during the first phase of the trial. 'In the days, weeks and months after it happened, I barely even slept,' Murphy testified. 'I feared the nighttime and going to bed. I still slept with the lights on for a long time.' Gargiulo's attorneys contended that other men committed the murders of Bruno and Ellerin. They conceded their client had attacked Murphy but said he was in a 'fugue state' because of his personality disorder and did not know where he was at the time. All three women were attacked in their Southern California homes when Gargiulo lived nearby and watched his victims. Ellerin become an acquaintance before the attacks. Ellerin's mother and other victims' family members also testified during the penalty phase. When she learned about the death of her daughter, Cynthia Ellerin said, 'I fell to my knees on the floor and started crawling around the bedroom on my hands and knees like an animal, screaming.' 'I ache for her,' Cynthia Ellerin said. 'I ache to hold her. I ache to hear her voice, to hug her. But that's not going to happen.' Gargiulo's 16-year-old son also took the stand, asking jurors for mercy and telling them he needs a father who is alive. After the jury's decision was read, Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler ordered Gargiulo to return for formal sentencing on Feb. 28, when he will also consider motions for a new trial or a reduced sentence. California has not executed anyone since 2006, and Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this year halted executions for as long as he is in office. Courts have been proceeding on the assumption that executions may one day resume. The case received extra attention because of the connection of Kutcher, who was a 23-year-old rising star on 'That '70s Show' when Ellerin was killed. He testified in May that he feared he might become a suspect after going to Ellerin's home. 'I remember the next day after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, 'My fingerprints are on the door,'' Kutcher testified. 'I was freaking out.' The defense asserted that Ellerin was killed by another man who was romantically linked to her and was jealous that she was about to go on a date with the actor. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton.
  • 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.
  • Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda says she's returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest. Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters arrested Friday at the U.S. Capitol on charges of unlawful demonstration by what she called 'extremely nice and professional' police. Fellow actor Sam Waterston was also in the group, which included many older demonstrators. Now 81, Fonda said she plans to get arrested every Friday to advocate for urgent reduction in the use of fossil fuels. She hopes to encourage other older people to protest as well. Getting arrested in 2019, poses some entirely new challenges, Fonda told The Associated Press in an interview. These days, 'they use white plastic things on your wrists instead of metal handcuffs, and that hurts more,' she said. 'The only problem for me is I'm old,' Fonda said. After her first arrest last week, she had trouble getting into the police vehicle because she was handcuffed behind her back and 'had nothing to hang on to.' On Friday, Fonda emerged from a cluster of officers and stepped smartly into the police wagon, her hands cuffed in front of her. 'Thanks, Jane!' some of the protesters called out. 'What would you tell President Trump?' someone in the crowd yelled to her earlier, as she and other protesters stood on their platform in front of the Capitol. 'I wouldn't waste my breath,' she shouted back, drawing laughter. The rally drew at least a couple of hundred people, young and old. While Fonda has taken part in many climate demonstrations, she said Greta Thunberg's mobilization of international student strikes and other activism, along with the climate writing of author Naomi Klein, prompted her to return to courting arrests for a cause. Fonda cannot remember precisely which cause led to her last arrest in the 1970s. She said her target audience now is people like her who try to cut their plastic use and drive fuel-efficient cars, for instance, but otherwise 'don't know what to do and they feel helpless,' she said. 'We're trying to encourage people to become more active, across the age spectrum.' Especially in the U.S., young people appear to be driving many of the protests and rallies demanding government action on climate change, University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher said. Nearly half of the people who turned out for a September climate protest in Washington were college age or younger, and a quarter were 17 or younger, for instance, Fisher said. Most were female. On the other hand, it was older, white females who turned out for earlier protests during the Trump administration, like the women's marches, Fisher noted. 'There's a whole group of very activated, middle-age white women. They woke up after the election, and they haven't gone back to bed,' Fisher said. So far, those people have not been involved in the youth climate movement. Fonda's efforts could 'get them out there,' Fisher said. If her efforts misfire, Fisher added, the older people risk making the movement look uncool. Asked how she would answer any young climate activist who complained of being co-opted, Fonda said, 'I would hug them.' And she did just that with some of the teenagers and other young activists she invited up to the stage to speak. 'It's a good thing that Jane is doing, to try to shift the paradigm so it's not just falling on young people' to rally the public on fossil fuel emissions, said Joe Markus, a 19-year-old Washington-area student attending Friday's protest. Leslie Wharton, 63, from Bethesda, Maryland, sat out the Vietnam War protests that drew out Fonda. She came out Friday as part of a group calling itself Elders Climate Action. Lots of people of all ages are worried about climate change and want to do something, Wharton said, but 'us elders are retired or part-time. We can take the time.
  • Bill Macy, the character actor whose hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur's unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom 'Maude,' has died. He was 97. Macy died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his friend Matt Beckoff said Friday. Further details weren't immediately available from Beckoff or Macy's wife, Samantha Harper Macy. The stint as Walter Findlay on the CBS sitcom that aired from 1972-78 was Macy's highest-profile in a long stage, film and TV career. He made dozens of guest appearances in series including 'Seinfeld,' ''How I Met Your Mother' and 'ER.' 'Maude' was a spinoff to the landmark sitcom 'All in the Family' from producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. Staunch liberal Maude's sharp exchanges with conservative Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) were so entertaining that Lear fashioned a series around her. 'He was a rare and great comic actor,' Lear said in a statement Friday to The Associated Press. 'There was only one Bill Macy.' In a 1998 interview for the TV academy foundation's archive, Lear recalled casting Macy as Maude Findlay's husband based on his work in an off-Broadway play. In it, his character had a prolonged scene of choking to death on a chicken bone. It was an unforgettable 'tour de force' performance, Lear said. Macy was born Wolf Garber on May 18, 1922, to Michael and Mollie Garber in Revere, Massachusetts. He had a long career in the theater and film before 'Maude,' including as an original cast member of the 1969-72 New York stage sensation 'Oh! Calcutta!' that featured fully nude actors. He was in the 1972 movie version of the musical about sexual mores. Among Macy's other movie credits are 2006's 'The Holiday'; 1999's 'Analyze This'; the 1979 Steve Martin comedy 'The Jerk,' and 1982's 'My Favorite Year' starring Peter O'Toole, an affectionate behind-the-scenes look at a 1950s TV variety series. Macy, as head comedy writer for temperamental star King Kaiser (Joseph Bologna), used his gifts to great effect. Among them: his distinctively puffy-eyed, beset-upon expression of suffering, and an ability to slide deftly into explosive frustration. 'Maude' also gave Macy the chance to turn serious. In one story line he descended into alcoholism and struck Maude; in another he offered tender support in a provocative episode when she decided to end an unexpected, late-in-life pregnancy. In real life, strangers would call him 'Mr. Maude' and, presuming that he and Walter really were the same people, console him for having such a difficult wife. 'I used to tell them that people like that really existed,' Macy once explained. ___ Lynn Elber is at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.
  • Adam Lambert, who rose on the music scene as the runner-up on 'America Idol' in 2009, says he's happy to see more mainstream LGBTQ artists find major success. 'I think it's less taboo to be queer in the music industry now because there's so many cases you can point to like, 'Oh, it worked for him. It worked for her.' I think 10 years ago, it was a lot different,' Lambert said in a recent interview. 'Ten years ago, it was kind of like no one really knew. And I met a lot of amazing people in the industry — executives, people, publicists, marketing people — who on a personal level were cool with me and totally open, but didn't understand how this was going to work in mainstream America, or the world for that matter.' 'Now, I think there's been some research and they know better. Now, people aren't as scared. They're not as fearful. There's answers. There's examples,' he continued. One person Lambert points to is 'Old Town Road' rapper Lil Nas X, who announced he was gay while his song was on top of the Billboard charts this year. 'I think I can relate to someone like Lil Nas X who waited until a song went to No. 1 to be like, 'By the way, I'm gay,'' Lambert said. 'It proves a point that you can have success, big success. It is possible. Anybody is welcome to have that kind of success. And maybe it's not about what your sexuality is at the end of the day. Maybe it's about, 'Do you like the (expletive) song or not?'' Lambert, who has been busy over the years touring with legendary rock band Queen, is hoping to move the needle again with his own music. The EP 'Velvet: Side A,' his first new project in four years, was released last month. 'I took a while because I really had to dial into sort of the sound that I wanted it to be, and I needed to get back to sort of why I love making music,' he said. The Grammy-nominated performer calls his new project his 'baby' and said while he has previously released different genres of music, he's brought his latest project to back to his beginning. With the exception of a ballad, most of the EP consists of groove and funk-based tracks. 'I didn't want to just be following some trend of the moment,' he said. 'As an artist, I don't like repeating myself. I like exploring new sounds, new vibes and that was part of it, too. I just needed to find a new inspiration.' Lambert will release the rest of the project at a later date, and while each half will have a different sound, he said the entire project will be cohesive. His main goal is to make listeners dance, have fun, and take their minds away from the madness of the world. 'There's a lyric in 'Superpower,'' he said referring to his current single, ''You kick us down in the dirt, but we ain't going away.' People are pissed off and people are being marginalized all over the place. And I hope that if you're somebody that's feeling that way, you can listen to the song and it gives you like a little boost,' he said. 'It's not super dark, it's not super heavy, but hopefully it gives people a feeling of power.' _____ Follow Associated Press entertainment journalist Gary Gerard Hamilton at twitter.com/GaryGHamilton
  • Netflix has released a movie based on the so-called Panama Papers despite an attempt by two lawyers to stop the streaming premiere. 'The Laundromat,' starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, debuted Friday on Netflix after a limited release in theaters. Two Panamanian lawyers, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, sued Netflix in federal court in Connecticut this week, saying the movie defamed them and could prejudice criminal cases against them. Netflix called the suit a 'frivolous legal stunt' aimed at censoring free speech. The Panama Papers were more than 11 million documents leaked from the two lawyers' firm that shed light on how the rich hide their money. A judge ruled Thursday that the case shouldn't have been filed in Connecticut and transferred it to the Los Angeles-area federal court district.
  • Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has donated a year's rent in a new home to an Atlanta woman whose 12-year-old son was paralyzed in a shooting at a football game. O'Neal tells WXIA-TV that Isaiah Payton's family had been living in a one-bedroom apartment that wasn't accessible for people with disabilities. Now they have a home in a good neighborhood. He says he's helping furnish the home and will pay its rent for the next year. Isaiah was shot through the spine in August after a football scrimmage between two high schools. Sixteen-year-old Damean Spear also was wounded and treated for minor injuries. Isaiah's mother, Allison Woods, has said relearning how to care for Isaiah meant she had to leave her job, adding financial stress to her emotional turmoil.
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate wrapped up their five-day visit to Pakistan on Friday, in which they dined with the prime minister and made an emotional tour of a cancer hospital previously visited by William's mother, the late Princess Diana. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading home to Britain. The only wrinkle in their trip came Thursday evening, when severe weather caused the Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft had to abort two landing attempts in the capital, Islamabad. They were forced to return to the eastern city of Lahore, calling off their scheduled visit to the Khyber Pass region bordering Afghanistan. Britain's Press Association termed it a 'pretty bad storm.' William and Kate had toured the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre on Thursday. It was started in the early 1990s by the cricket-hero-turned-politician Imran Khan, now Pakistan's prime minister, whose first wife Jemima Goldsmith was a friend of Princess Diana. Earlier that day, the royal couple played cricket with children and members of Pakistan's cricket team at the National Cricket Academy. According to the Press Association, William told reporters that 'the whole week we've been hearing about security in Pakistan and it's really brought home to Catherine and I the importance of the relationship between the UK and Pakistan.' Britain ended its colonial rule over the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and divided it into two nations, India and Pakistan. The royal couple also toured Pakistan's northern mountains and glaciers Wednesday, getting a look at how the South Asian country is addressing problems related to the climate change crisis. They met with members of the non-Muslim Kalash community, who presented them with traditional coats, hats and scarves before enjoying performances of traditional dances and music by local residents. William and Kate are strong advocates of girls' education, and their first engagement was a visit to a school for girls in the capital, followed by a tour of the nearby national park at Margalla Hills.
  • I'd like to thank the academy' is a phrase many only ever get to say in front of their bathroom mirrors. But 16 student filmmakers actually got to utter those words on stage Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills. Not only that: They're all also eligible to compete in the 2020 Academy Awards. That's the power of the Student Academy Awards, an event that is now in its 46th year. It was an emotional night for many, like Kalee McCollaum of Brigham Young University. 'I never thought those words would come out of my mouth,' she said on the stage flanked by two giant Oscar statuettes in the Samuel L. Goldwyn theater. McCollaum won the gold medal for animation for her short, 'Grendel.' Winners are now eligible for the animated short, live action short and documentary short categories at the Oscars. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who co-directed 'The Lego Movie,' presented the animation awards, deadpanning that 'no one ever thanks the presenter.' 'I opened three envelopes, I got two paper cuts,' Miller said. Winners join an esteemed list of past Student Academy Award winners like Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis. 'Queen & Slim' director Melina Matsoukas, who presented the narrative awards, said she had joked earlier about how she was never invited to the awards when she was a film student. 'Now I understand why, that was incredible,' Matsoukas said, following a highlight reel of the projects. Zoel Aeschbacher, of Switzerland, took the gold prize in the international narrative category for his drama, 'Bonobo,' about how a broken elevator affects the residents of a public housing unit. 'I wasn't expecting the gold one,' he said, nervously telling the audience that he bought a special suit for the event. Princess Garrett, of Villanova University, who won for her documentary short, 'Sankofa,' about the loss of African identity in black males, gave a spirited speech alongside her large crew. 'Being complacent is not the answer,' Garrett said. 'If you are not fighting to end the problem, you are the problem.' Some were a little less enthusiastic about the spotlight, however. 'After all those speeches I think I might be too shy for this kind of situation,' said Yifan Sun, of Poland, who won the gold medal in the international documentary category for 'Family,' about a girl adopted by a Belgian family who finds her birth family in China. Presenter Rory Kennedy assured her that she did 'a fantastic job.' And Asher Jelinsky, who is gender nonbinary, won the domestic narrative category for 'Miller & Son,' about a trans woman who works at an auto shop during the day and can be herself at night. Authenticity in casting was of utmost importance to Jelinsky. 'This film would have not been nearly as impactful without your talent,' Jelinsky said to the film's star, Jesse James Keitel. There were 1,615 entries from 360 colleges and universities around the world. Categories recognized include narrative, documentary, animated and alternative/experimental productions by American and international college students. Winners are voted on by members of the film academy. This year a record 752 members participated. The Student Academy Awards is a tradition dating back to 1973 that helps spotlight emerging talent. Tickets to the ceremony are free to the public, who stand in line outside hoping to get a spot in the room. 'You are the future of film: a future that is diverse, international and very bright,' said film academy president David Rubin. 'On behalf of all the members of the academy, we can't wait to see the stories you next tell.' The 2019 Student Academy Award winners: — 'Patron Saint,' Georden West, Emerson College — 'Game Changer,' Aviv Mano, Ringling College of Art and Design — 'Grendel,' Kalee McCollaum, Brigham Young University — 'Two,' Emre Okten, University of Southern California — 'Daughter,' Daria Kashcheeva, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague — 'All That Remains,' Eva Rendle, University of California, Berkeley — 'Sankofa,' Princess Garrett, Villanova University — 'Something to Say,' Abby Lieberman and Joshua Lucas, Columbia University — 'Family,' Yifan Sun, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz — 'Miller & Son,' Asher Jelinsky, American Film Institute — 'The Chef,' Hao Zheng, American Film Institute — 'Tree #3,' Omer Ben-Shachar, American Film Institute — 'Bonobo,' Zoel Aeschbacher, Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL) — 'Dog Eat Dog,' Rikke Gregersen, Westerdals Kristiania University College — 'November 1st,' Charlie Manton, National Film and Television School