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By a twist of fate, there are two infernos you can submerge yourself in this weekend. You can either take the Dan Brown audio tour of Florence and Dante's Divine Comedy in Ron Howard's adaptation of the author's "Inferno." Or you can tiptoe around the edges of volcanoes with Werner Herzog, contemplating their mythic power in "Into the Inferno."
LONDON (AP) — Olivier Award-winning British theater director Howard Davies, who had hits in London and Broadway directing Kathleen Turner in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Lindsay Duncan in "Private Lives," and Kevin Spacey in both "A Moon for the Misbegotten" and "The Iceman Cometh," has died. He was 71.
NEW YORK (AP) — For Doug Stephens, the free event seemed like a good way to learn how to flip homes. An online ad for the December gathering sported pictures of Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the stars of HGTV's "Flip or Flop" who buy rundown homes, renovate them and try to sell them for a profit. Stephens watched "Flip or Flop" regularly, along with 2.8 million other Americans, so he went.
Why doesn't World War I get more attention in popular media? It's complicated. Sure, we all know it started when some archduke got assassinated, but most non-history majors would be hard put to explain why it took over a whole continent. There are no black-and-white good guys and villains, just a lot of mayhem that led to some 17 million deaths.
Paul Beatty has became the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "The Sellout", which the novelist said should not be read as a "mono-directional" take on race. The jury behind the world's most prestigious English-language literary award said the novel was a "shocking and unexpectedly funny" portrayal of Beatty's native Los Angeles, using satire to explore racial equality in a fictional neighbourhood. Beatty said readers should think of the novel as a work of fiction rather than solely focusing on race.