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Directors Guild finds TV diversity hiring stalled
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, according to a Hollywood guild study released Wednesday....

Washington and Fuqua ride again in 'The Equalizer'
TORONTO (AP) -- It's been a dozen years since Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua rode the corrupt Det. Alonzo Harris and their Los Angeles crime odyssey "Training Day" to Oscar glory (for Washington) and a Hollywood breakthrough (for Fuqua)....

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter wins 'genius grant'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" is a playwright who promises to keep doing what he he's been doing....

Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires....

Top TV doc Dempsey makes name in sports-car racing
Patrick Dempsey's character in "Can't Buy Me Love" spent all summer mowing lawns to save up for a telescope....

Review: 'Maze Runner' doesn't find its own path
If you see one film about walled-in males this fall, it should be the savage and powerful British prison drama "Starred Up," a superlatively acted father-son story played out behind bars and starring up-and-coming Jack O'Connell....

Review: 'Tracks' leaves a mark
The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran's excellent new film "Tracks," into the deepest reaches of the Australian desert....

Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy....

Jane Smiley on longlist for National Book Awards
NEW YORK (AP) -- Novels by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Powers were among the 10 nominees announced Wednesday for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards....

Mayor offers to help McGraw find Portland, Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either....

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