Friday, October 9, 2015
New face of Asian cinema shows Indian film outside Bollywood

A film from outside Bollywood reflecting generational gaps in India and an image-driven Iranian movie about a grieving old man were among the works showing new trends of Asian cinema at this year's Busan International Film Festival.

The New Currents section at one of the most influential film fairs in the world has introduced first- or second-time feature movie directors who could become the next global name. It is Busan's only competition section and in the past has premiered early works by award-winning Chinese director Jia Zhangke.

California agency votes to ban SeaWorld orca breeding

The California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego — but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.

Animal rights activists praised Thursday's decision as a death blow to the use of killer whales at the California ocean park.

AP NewsBreak: John le Carre memoir coming in September 2016

For his next book, John le Carre is sticking to the facts.

The master spy novelist has a memoir planned for September 2016, Viking Penguin told The Associated Press on Friday. The book is called "The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life," and is being billed by the publisher as "an exhilarating journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' — the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels." Le Carre, the pen name for David Cornwell, has written nonfiction before. But "The Pigeon Tunnel" is the British author's first memoir.

Baker culinary student wins top state award

Calie Nelson likes food.

She likes it a lot.

Winners of annual ArtPrize competition being revealed

The winners of Michigan's annual ArtPrize competition are being revealed, including two $200,000 grand prizes.

An event takes place Friday night in Grand Rapids to reveal the winners.

Film portrays costs of South Korean craze for top schools

A documentary film about the social and personal costs of South Koreans' craze for being admitted to the nation's top three universities depicts a system that is a far cry from President Barack Obama's praise of the Asian country as a model for U.S. educational reforms.

"Reach for the SKY" follows three students and a teacher working for a test-prep company before and after South Korea's college entrance exam.

Chef Paul Prudhomme, who popularized Cajun fare, dies at 75

At his New Orleans restaurant, legendary chef Paul Prudhomme proudly showed off dishes and ingredients from his upbringing in Louisiana's rural Cajun country: blackened redfish, jambalaya and sweet potato pecan pie drew diners by the droves to his K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen.

Such fare, in turn, helped helped launch Prudhomme as a culinary superstar who brought Cajun cuisine into the mainstream. At a time when the country's top restaurants served virtually nothing but European food, Prudhomme's message to diners and other chefs was simple.

Thursday's Sports In Brief


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series.

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