June 27 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

3 magazines receive combined $120,000 in prize money

NEW YORK (AP) — Three literary publications have been awarded a combined $120,000 in prize money. A Public Space, Fence and Words Without Borders are the inaugural winners of the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, presented by the Whiting Foundation. The magazines were cited for the quality of their work and for their contributions to the literary community. Whiting announced Wednesday that A Public Space with receive $20,000 this year and again in 2019 and 2020. A Public Space helped launch the career of Jesmyn Ward, among others. Fence, an early booster of Ottessa Moshfegh, and Words Without Borders, which years ago published work by Elena Ferrante, each will receive $10,000 a year over the same time period. The Whiting Foundation is also known for its annual $50,000 grants to emerging writers.

Exhibition explores Michael Jackson as artists’ inspiration

LONDON (AP) — A new art exhibition in London depicts Michael Jackson as a savior, a saint, an entertainer, an icon, a monarch, a mask and a mystery. The National Portrait Gallery show explores the way contemporary artists have been drawn to the late King of Pop, as an artistic inspiration, a tragic figure and a fascinating enigma. Gathering work by 48 artists, the exhibit includes Jacksoninspired paintings, photographs, videos, textiles and ceramics. It ranges from 1980s pop-art portraits by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to David LaChapelle’s depictions of a Christ-like Jackson and Kehinde Wiley’s vast portrait of the entertainer as a king on horseback. Curator Nicholas Cullinan said Wednesday that the show, coming nine years after Jackson’s death, explores “how he could mean so many different things to so many people.”

Robert De Niro to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway are among the newest group of celebrities who will be honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame selection committee on Monday announced the class of 2019. “Murphy Brown” star Candice Bergen, chef Guy Fieri and Alvin and The Chipmunks were among those selected for their work in television. Pink, Michael Buble and Faith Hill were some of the music honorees. Idina Menzel, Cedric “The Entertainer”, Judith Light and Paul Sorvino were picked for their work in live theater and performance. No dates have been scheduled for the star ceremonies, which require a sponsor to pay $40,000 to the chamber of commerce’s charitable trust.