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Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award

Bill Pullman is a bit of a klutz when it comes to holding onto a film award.

The "Independence Day" actor was the recipient of the Excellence in Acting Award at the Woodstock Film Festival last Saturday night in Kingston, in New York's Hudson Valley.

The Daily Freeman reports that after being handed the award, Pullman placed it on a shelf attached to the lectern on the stage. As Pullman began to speak, he jostled the lectern, causing the award to topple to the floor and break in two pieces.

After being handed the broken award, Pullman held a piece in each hand and said, "I've got two awards tonight!"

The local artisan who made the award later repaired it.

Jennifer Lawrence reflects on harassment in early career

Jennifer Lawrence says she was asked early in her career to lose 15 pounds in two weeks for a role and was forced to pose nude alongside thinner women for photos that she says a female producer told her would serve as inspiration for her diet.

The comments came during the Oscar winner's acceptance speech for an Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night. Video taken by an attendee at the Beverly Hills, California, ceremony shows Lawrence detailing what she calls a "degrading and humiliating" experience. She says she tried to stick up for herself but "was trapped." She says she let herself be treated that way because she felt she had to do so for her career.

Lawrence says she's treated differently now only because of her celebrity.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting child in April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say their third child will be due in April.

The royal couple had already revealed that they were having a child, but didn't previously say which month the child is due. The brief statement released Tuesday by their Kensington Palace office offered no further details.

The former Kate Middleton had announced she was pregnant after missing a royal engagement in September. As with her other two pregnancies, she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.

She has since appeared in other events, including one Monday in which she danced with a person dressed as the beloved British children's book character, Paddington Bear.

William and Kate, both 35, already have two children: Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

'Trailer Park Boys' star John Dunsworth dies at 71

A Canadian actor best known for his role as an alcoholic trailer park supervisor in the Netflix comedy series "Trailer Park Boys" has died. John Dunsworth was 71.

His daughter, Sarah Dunsworth, announced his death on Twitter on Monday, saying in a statement that her father died "peacefully after a short and unexpected illness." She didn't say where or when Dunsworth died. Ryan Cameron, a spokesman for the actor, tells The Associated Press that he's "heartbroken and will miss him dearly."

Dunsworth played Mr. Lahey on "Trailer Park Boys," which developed a cult following during its initial run on Canada's Showcase from 2001 to 2007 before being revived by Netflix in 2014.

Dunsworth also had a recurring role as Dave Teagues for several seasons on the SyFy and Showcase series "Haven."

Bill Murray helps couple make big announcement

Bill Murray can, and will, do almost anything.

He’s crashed bachelor partiesappeared in engagement photos and sets his own schedule when it comes to interviews and projects.

But recently he helped a couple make one of the biggest announcements of their lives.

And it happened during a Chicago Cubs playoff game.

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Murray helped Robbie and Kristen Schloss tell their parents that they’re going to be grandparents. It all happened in the seats behind home plate during the Oct. 9 game between the Cubs and Nationals, the “Today” show reported.

The Schloss’s were sitting next to Murray and were talking throughout the game. 

Murray is known to be a huge fan of the Cubs and even sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, SB Nation reported.

The Cubs beat the Nationals in that game 2-1. They went on to take the series 3 games to 2 and advance to the National League Championship Series to face off against the Dodgers.

A new spectator sport for the TV superfan: 'binge racing'

For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn't streaming. This is a gusher.

Behold the spectator sport known as "binge racing," defined as plowing through a streaming-network series' full season in less than 24 hours after the release of those episodes.

Sure, any viewer may speak of bingeing on a chosen show, by which they may mean watching several episodes in two or three sittings. That's not this! Binge racing is an extreme sport, a test of eyeball stamina and derriere endurance, and a testament to ultimate devotion. It also confers bragging rights for those who manage to complete this marathon.

Netflix, which from its start defied TV's age-old practice of parsing out episodes week after week by, instead, making all of them available at once, has taken special notice of the binge-racing trend among its subscribers.

"We've seen it increasing year after year," says Brian Wright, Netflix's vice president of Original Series. "I equate it to wanting to be the first to see a new 'Star Wars' film or lining up to get the latest Harry Potter book."

Where did the term come from?

"We wanted language for that superfan who watched it all in one sitting," he says, "and 'binge racing' was bubbling up on social media. It was an organic thing."

During the same period when the total number of memberships doubled, the number of same-day binge racers went from 200,000 in 2013 to more than 5 million so far this year.

While most binge racers only take the challenge occasionally — when a certain special series demands a single big gulp — one U.S. viewer has binge-raced 36 times so far this year, Netflix says.

According to Netflix numbers-crunchers, West Virginia can boast the nation's highest number of binge racers, as computed by the percentage of binge racers among the state's total Netflix subscribers. Right behind are Michigan, Maryland, Delaware and Indiana. (Sorry, Alaska and Hawaii — you come in last.)

Globally, the United States is the binge-racing runner-up to world champ Canada, with Denmark, Finland and Norway rounding out the International Top Five. (Similarly, these figures are computed by the percentage of binge racers among each country's number of customers.)

Wright hastens to say no judgments are tied to Netflix's data.

The numbers "speak to a certain level of excitement around certain titles, and they also speak to consumer control — people can design their own viewing experience," he says. "Binge racing reflects a certain kind of fervor and love. But someone who takes his time to watch the episodes isn't any less of a fan."

So what are the Netflix program rankings for binge racing nationally? "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" holds the top spot, followed by "Fuller House," ''The Ranch," ''Marvel's The Defenders," ''The Seven Deadly Sins," ''Trailer Park Boys," ''Santa Clarita Diet," ''F is for Family," ''Orange is the New Black" and "Stranger Things." (Netflix notes that this ranking has no relation to overall viewership, which it doesn't divulge.)

Brian Williams, a financial consultant in Burbank, California, says he powered through the 10 episodes of "Ozark" when that drama was released last July.

"I started after dinner," he says, and although he concedes he began to flag late in this endurance contest, "I had a whole pot of coffee to support my habit."

"There's pleasure in being one of the first to be able to talk knowledgeably about a show," he explains. "And I like sharing my recommendations among friends. I have a bit of a reputation for knowing what's coming up."

Chris Trejo describes himself as "an impatient guy. I don't like to wait."

An enrollment officer at Azusa Pacific University, the Fullerton, California, binge racer says he shares the sport with his fiancee — up to a point.

"We watched 'Master of None' together," he says. "But with 'GLOW,' she started watching, then she left. I finished it by myself."

Trejo acknowledges that it's "bittersweet" when the marathon is over and he knows another run, if there is one for that show, will be months down the road.

"But I want to watch as soon as it's available," he sums up.

Asked what he's looking forward to now, he quickly answers "Stranger Things," whose second season of nine episodes Netflix will release on Oct. 27.

"I need to put that in my calendar," Trejo says, "and move some things around — you know?"

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org.

Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS.

What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more.

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Last season, “Sesame Street” introduced Julia, a muppet with autism.

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But also new this season, Cookie Monster is getting his own food truck.

He’s teaming up with a new friend named Gonger. The two will go on a road trip to find the main ingredient, Fox News reported.

For example, in the opening episode, he needs apples, so he heads to an apple orchard. Throughout the season he’ll investigate where cranberries, avocados, tortillas, pineapples, maple syrup, pasta and milk come from.

The idea behind the few feature is to have kids learn how food’s made and then eat healthier because of it.

They will also have some big-named chefs helping them create meals like Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi who will visit for the “international street food fair,” Fox News reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Solange, Bruno Mars lead Soul Train Awards nominations

Solange is the most nominated artist for this year's edition of BET's Soul Train Awards.

The younger sister of Beyonce has seven nominations, including best R&B/soul female artist and video and song of the year for her single "Cranes in the Sky."

Bruno Mars has six nods, including song of the year for "That's What I Like" and album/mixtape of the year for "24K Magic."

A pair of career achievement awards will be handed out at the Nov. 5 ceremony in Las Vegas. Toni Braxton will receive the Don Cornelius Legend Award and female R&B trio SWV will honored with the Lady of Soul Award. BET said Tuesday the artists are being honored for their longstanding careers and influence.

The ceremony will air on BET on Nov. 26.

George Saunders is bookies' favorite for Man Booker prize

American author George Saunders is the bookmakers' favorite to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday with his novel of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo."

Six novels are contending for the 50,000 pound ($66,000) prize, including Saunders' book set in a Washington graveyard, where President Abraham Lincoln visits the body of his 11-year-old son in 1862.

Two other American authors are in the running: Paul Auster for his quadruple coming-of-age story "4321," and Emily Fridlund for her story of a Midwest teenager, "History of Wolves."

The other Booker finalists are Scottish novelist Ali Smith's Brexit-themed "Autumn;" British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid's migration saga "Exit West;" and "Elmet," debut British novelist Fiona Mozley's story of a fiercely independent family under threat.

The prize, subject to intense speculation and a flurry of betting, usually brings the victor a huge boost in sales and profile.

The winner will receive the prize from Prince Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a ceremony at London's medieval Guildhall.

The panel of judges eliminated several high-profile books that had been widely expected to feature among the finalists, including Zadie Smith's "Swing Time," Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" and "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by previous Booker winner Arundhati Roy.

Founded in 1969 and originally open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, the Booker expanded in 2014 to include all English-language authors.

The first American winner was Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" last year.

The change spurred fears among some British writers and publishers that Americans would come to dominate a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.

Prize organizers said 30 percent of the 144 books submitted by publishers for consideration were American, a figure slightly down from last year.

Michelle Yeoh: Weinstein a 'bully,' 'not always honorable'

Actress Michelle Yeoh said Tuesday that she was aware of Harvey Weinstein's reputation and would have unleashed "years of martial arts training" on the fallen Hollywood mogul had he ever tried to sexually harass her.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the Malaysian star added to the chorus of female voices speaking out about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Weinstein, who produced or distributed many of Yeoh's films and TV shows.

"Any man who treats women with such disrespect and contempt should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Yeoh, who stars in the new TV series "Star Trek: Discovery."

"I knew he was a bully and not always honorable. I wasn't exposed to this side of him, otherwise he would have experienced the full effect of years of martial arts training," she said, without elaborating.

Their paths often crossed because Weinstein was passionate about Asian action movies, particularly kung fu flicks.

The Weinstein Co. was one of the producers of last year's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny," a sequel in which Yeoh reprised her role from the original blockbuster martial arts film. The company also produced the Netflix series "Marco Polo," a period epic in which Yeoh had a role.

Weinstein's previous company, Miramax, distributed Yeoh's earlier films. He was also a big donor to amfAR, an AIDS charity for which Yeoh, 55, is an ambassador.

Since allegations of Weinstein sexually harassing women over decades emerged in reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker, more than three dozen women have publicly accused him of abuse. Weinstein has also been fired by his movie company and been expelled from prestigious Hollywood groups, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the home of the Oscars.

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