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‘Downton Abbey’ preview to air Dec. 1

NEW YORK

PBS is setting the table for the “Downton Abbey” feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December.

PBS’ “Masterpiece” says “Return to Downton Abbey” will air Dec. 1 with what’s billed as “a tantalizing taste” of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5.

It also will look at the series’ past three seasons.

Susan Sarandon serves as host for the special, a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, clips of favorite moments and interviews with cast members.

“Downton Abbey,” the wildly popular drama about British class and culture a century ago, will move into the Roaring Twenties in the new season.

Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize

STOCKHOLM

If there were a literary award bigger than the Nobel Prize, Alice Munro would probably win that, too.

“Among writers, her name is spoken in hushed tones,” fellow Canadian author Margaret Atwood once wrote. “She’s the kind of writer about whom it is often said — no matter how well known she becomes — that she ought to be better known.”

Munro, 82, was awarded literature’s highest honor Thursday, saluted by the Nobel committee as a thorough but forgiving chronicler of the human spirit, and her selection marks a number of breakthroughs.

She is the first winner of the $1.2 million prize to be fully identified with Canada. Saul Bellow won in 1976, but though he was born in Canada, he moved to the U.S. as a boy and is more closely associated with Chicago.

Munro also is the rare author to win for short stories.

Miss Universe in trouble for photo shoot

LUCKNOW, India

Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India’s white-marble monument to love, a police officer said Thursday.

Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo and others in her group are accused of violating India’s Heritage Act. Culpo, from Cranston, Rhode Island, was on a 10-day visit to India.

He said they shot a commercial for footwear at the Taj Mahal on Sunday without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India.

If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to two years and fined 100,000 rupees ($1,600), Guar said.

As Batman turns 75, weekly comic book set

NEW YORK

The Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary won’t be hiding in the shadows of Gotham.

DC Entertainment will mark the milestone for Batman next spring with a weekly comic book, “Batman Eternal,” written by Scott Snyder, along with Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley and James Tynion IV, with illustrations done by artist Jason Fabok.

Snyder said the book would “set the stage for a new Gotham and new characters and a new set of stories that will take Batman into 2015.”

The publisher also said Thursday, ahead of the start of the annual New York Comic Con, that it will release a 75th-anniversary edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27 in honor of Bruce Wayne’s first appearance in May 1939, as part of its current series.

Associated Press

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