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Published: Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Actress Kate Mulgrew to publish memoir

NEW YORK

Kate Mulgrew has figured out a way to introduce her two great passions, acting and writing, to each other: She’s working on a memoir.

Little, Brown and Company announced a deal Thursday with Mulgrew, the actress known for her roles in “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Ryan’s Hope.” The 58-year-old Mulgrew will tell the story of being an unmarried mother who gave up her daughter for adoption during the start of her career, her reunion with her daughter in 2001 and “the costs and rewards of a passionate life.”

The book is untitled and scheduled to come out in May 2015.

Mulgrew also stars in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” and has been in such stage productions as “Tea at Five” and “Equus.”

She is married to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Timothy Hagan, a Youngstown native and brother of Ohio Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ gets December 2015 release

NEW YORK

For the first time in the franchise’s history, a “Star Wars” film won’t be released in the summer.

Walt Disney Studios announced Thursday that “Star Wars: Episode VII” will open in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. The original 1977 film helped set the precedent of the summer blockbuster. But this latest installation in George Lucas’ space opera will be a holiday-season affair.

The project recently shuffled screenwriters, worrying much of the “Star Wars” fan universe. Screenwriter Michael Arndt exited, with director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over the script.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said the December date will “ensure our extraordinary team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.”

“Star Wars VII” is set to begin shooting in the spring at Pinewood Studios.

Warhol to be on exhibit in Florida at Dali Museum

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol: one was a surrealist from Spain, the other, a pop artist from Pittsburgh.

They were among the most famous artists of the 20th century, and in 2014, their works will be on exhibit in adjoining galleries at a museum in Florida.

The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg announced Thursday that a show called “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” will open at the museum Jan. 18.

The exhibit will include about 35 of Warhol’s paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of films. The works are on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where Warhol was born and raised before moving to New York City.

Warhol’s silkscreened self-portrait in red and a vibrant blue silkscreen of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will be among the works on display.

“Warhol had a similar sensibility to Dali,” said the museum’s executive director, Hank Hine. “Both referenced fame and mass culture.”

Despite their different backgrounds, Dali and Warhol had a lot in common and hung out together in the 1960s, Hine said.

Both had signature looks — Warhol with his shock of white hair, Dali with his flamboyant moustache — and both artists wanted to shock the public and explore the meaning and limits of fame. Dali was a generation older — born in 1904 — than Warhol, who was born in 1928, but both captivated the public with their attention-getting and sometimes controversial works of art.

Warhol often visited Dali when Dali stayed in a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York (one story goes that Dali tied Warhol to a spinning board and splattered paint over him). Warhol also made one of his famous “screen tests” of Dali — these short films were of a single person who wasn’t allowed to move, against a plain background.

Dali ignored Warhol’s instruction to sit still and left the frame.

Associated Press


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