In Milan, Gucci, Sunnei and Missoni focus on transformation

MILAN — Milan Fashion Week’s third day, mostly womenswear previews for next spring and summer, was all about transformation. Sometimes inner transformation, like at Gucci, or brand transformation, like at Missoni. And sometimes it was about upgrading the style game, like at Sunnei. Here are some highlights from Friday’s shows. GUCCI’S ‘TWINSBURG’ Gucci’s creative director … Read more

Book shows personal side of ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — To the world, Harper Lee was aloof to the point of being unknowable, an obsessively private person who spent most of her life avoiding the public gaze writing despite one of the best-selling books ever, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” To Wayne Flynt, the Alabama-born author was his friend, Nelle. Flynt, a longtime … Read more

Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

WATERBURY, Conn. — Conspiracy theorist Alex took the stand Thursday at his defamation trial in Connecticut as he tries to limit the damages he must pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax. More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six educators … Read more

Review: Sidney Poitier documentary shows a constant striving

Sidney Poitier was not expected to live. He was born two months premature to uneducated tomato farmers in the Caribbean. His father planned to use a shoe box as a makeshift coffin. Poitier’s rise from that humble origin to become an Oscar-winning box office draw and civil rights figure who remade Hollywood seems almost scripted, … Read more

Infowars lawyer: ‘There were false statements’ on Sandy Hook

WATERBURY, Conn. — A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars empire acknowledged on the witness stand Wednesday that the show and website spread falsehoods about the Sandy Hook school shooting. “I don’t think that we disagree that there were false statements made,” Brittany Paz testedified at a civil trial involving Jones’ claims that the … Read more

Sandy Hook witnesses testify about Alex Jones’ hoax claims

WATERBURY, Conn. — A sister of a teacher killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and an FBI agent who responded to the school shooting became overwhelmed with emotion Tuesday as they described what it has been like to be accused of being crisis actors by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others. Carlee Soto Parisi … Read more

For Oprah Winfrey, ‘Sidney’ is an act of love for Poitier

TORONTO — Oprah Winfrey was discussing her profound affection for trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier — a longtime friend and mentor to her — when she was overcome by emotion during an interview on the upcoming documentary “Sidney,” a life-spanning portrait. She plunged her head into her hands and cried, “I just love him so much.” … Read more

Q&A: Tyler Perry on directing his 1st script, 27 years later

TORONTO — Tyler Perry has directed his first screenplay, 27 years after writing it. “A Jazzman’s Blues,” which is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, was Perry’s first stab at screenwriting long before Madea made him a media mogul, back when he was pouring what little money he had into less successful Atlanta stage … Read more

Live updates: Queen Elizabeth II dies, Charles becomes king

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, whose 50-year reign is now Europe’s longest, called Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II “a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all.” “We shall miss her terribly,” Margrethe said in a statement released by the Danish royal household. Elizabeth died Thursday at 96 … Read more

Black woman who integrated Southern school writes kid’s book

Ruby Bridges was a 6-year-old first-grader when she walked past jeering crowds of white people to become one of the first black students at racially segregated schools in New Orleans more than six decades ago. Now, with teaching about race in America more complicated than it’s ever been, she’s authored a picture book about her … Read more