The British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday, in recognition of a body of work that has spanned multiple genres. The breadth of his work is illustrated in the difference of two of his best known novels, 1989’s “The Remains of the Day” and 2005’s “Never Let Me Go,” which were both adapted into movies. Ishiguro also wrote the screenplay to 2005’s “The White Countess.”
Directed by James Ivory from a screenplay credited to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the 1993 adaptation of “Remains of the Day” was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. Both lead actors, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, were nominated as well.
It was perhaps fitting that Ishiguro’s story of a butler coming to question his years of dedicated service be adapted into a film, for as Ishiguro stated in a 2014 article in the Guardian, the main character of Stevens the butler had some inspiration from Gene Hackman’s character in Francis Ford Coppola's “The Conversation.”
Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, the awarding Swedish Academy said Thursday. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro is best known for the novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”
He is one of a handful of authors who write bestselling books while winning prestigious literary awards.
In its citation, the Nobel committee praised Ishiguro, who "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
In the days since Tom Petty's death, fans have turned to the rock star’s music — and, in turn, sales from his back catalog have spiked dramatically.
Petty’s discography has seen 6,781% growth in song sales following his death, according to data analysis company BuzzAngle Music.
On average, the four days prior to his passing saw the musician log 950 tracks sold. That number surged to 60,000 on Monday and Tuesday. The news that Petty had been hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest broke around noon on Monday, setting off a flurry of premature reports of his demise. He died that evening.
The song fans have turned to the most is 1989’s “Free Fallin,’” followed by “I Won’t Back Down” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which became a trending topic Monday as people posted lyrics on social media.
“You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Learning to Fly,” “American Girl” and “Wildflowers” also saw massive surges in consumption.
Petty’s top-selling albums in the days after his death were 1993’s “Greatest Hits” collection, “Wildflowers,” “Anthology: Through the Years,” “Damn the Torpedoes” and “Full Moon Fever,” according to Nielsen Music.
New Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi, singer-activist Nina Simone, new wave outfit Eurythmics and pioneering rapper LL Cool J are among this year’s nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Historically, the ballot has been capped at about a dozen acts, but last year, that figure rose to 19, which repeats itself this year.
Ten of these, including Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, Link Wray, the Zombies and Depeche Mode, have been nominated before, but there were notable first-timers, including Simone and the Eurythmics.
In case anyone was wondering, Miley Cyrus and the women writers on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" love love love Hillary Clinton, and they got a chance to tell her to her face on the show Wednesday night.
During a special edition of "Thank You Notes" — the segment where Fallon sits at his desks and pens amusing missives of gratitude on various oddball topics — a handful of writers plus the pop star took the chair to gush over the former presidential candidate, who was Wednesday night's guest.
Amid handshakes and sincere messages, a few jokes were had:
Because of the person I am I won’t be knocked down — ever. They can do what they like. They can say I’m fat, I’m thin, I’m whatever, and I’ll never stop. I just won’t. I’ve got too much to do. I’ve too much to be happy about.
Gabrielle Union is sharing harrowing life details with candor in her new book "We're Going to Need More Wine," particularly the emotional toll of suffering through a slew of miscarriages as well as being raped in college.
"I never wanted kids," the "Being Mary Jane" actress told People, which excerpted passages from her memoir. "Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I'd rather be than with them."
Upon marrying NBA star Dwyane Wade in September 2014, Union began raising three boys: His nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, and his two sons from a previous marriage, Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10.
Céline Dion’s Las Vegas show went on as scheduled at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday night, but not until after the singer acknowledged the victims of Sunday's deadly shooting at the nearby Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
The 49-year-old entertainer also said she and her show partners AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment would donate all proceeds from the concert to the victims of the mass shooting, which was the worst in modern U.S. history.