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The announcement potentially suggests the new path forward for “Star Wars” theatrical films following considerable upheaval in Lucasfilm's development plans. Last October, “Game of Thrones” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss departed their planned trilogy. Rian Johnson, director of “The Last Jedi,” was developing a separate trilogy but its status is unclear. Johnson has instead been focused on a sequel to his 2019 film, “Knives Out.”

Josh Gad had a notion about what might soothe the kid in him during a scary time and maybe do the same for others. The actor got to work organizing an online reunion of the cast and creators of the 1985 movie “The Goonies,” which quickly tallied a million-plus views.

"Thief River Falls" by Brian Freeman; Thomas & Mercer (348 pages, $24.95) ___ How much tragedy can one woman take? Lisa Power is a writer whose latest book (also called "Thief River Falls") has been sold to a top film production company. She should be on Cloud Nine. But a series of personal losses has plunged her into despair. A celebrity in her hometown (again, Thief River Falls), she shies ...

Nearly 80 years after the first casino blinked to life along the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard now known as the Strip, the re-illumination of Las Vegas is nearly complete. Call it the end of the neon era or the beginning of the LED epoch. Either way, in the next two years, numerous hotels, casinos and other attractions, eager to boost tourism after several relatively flat years, are unveiling ...

LAS VEGAS - Resorts rise, resorts fall (or get strategically imploded). Brands are born, go dim, then sometimes are reborn. So goes business as usual in Las Vegas, which draws more than 40 million tourists annually and will be unveiling new hotels, a new football stadium and an expanded convention center in the coming months. Here's a roundup of this and more. Before plunging ahead, a note ...

NEW YORK - The 9/11 Museum is taking visitors deep into the hunt for Osama bin Laden with a new exhibit that includes recently declassified information. Set to debut on Nov. 15, the vast exhibit will include 60 artifacts and multiple, personal accounts from those involved in finding, and ultimately killing, the infamous al-Qaida terror leader who planned the deadly Sept.11 attacks. "Our ...

Columbus, on the far western side of Georgia, isn't near an ocean, a sea or even the Gulf of Mexico. So, then, you might think it odd to see a tanned surfer dude - or maybe a surfer chick - strolling around downtown with a surfboard under one arm and a wetsuit under the other.

"Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration" by Sigrid Lien, translated by Barbara Sjoholm; University of Minnesota Press (304 pages, $29.95) ___ Descendants of Norwegian immigrants know of the albums stowed somewhere holding old family photos from those earliest days of settlement. The solemn and still faces reveal family resemblances. Their settings fill in a few ...

"In Miniature" by Simon Garfield; Atria Books (323 pages, $25) ___ My tiny little complaint about "In Miniature?" It's too tiny. Simon Garfield, whose book is subtitled "How Small Things Illuminate the World," casts a broad net in "In Miniature," which tells just a little about the models created by late architect Zaha Hadid, those tiny replicas of Eames chairs you can buy in art museum gift ...

Michael B. Jordan's Outlier Society and Warner Bros. have acquired the film rights to the epic fantasy novel "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James. The first novel of the Dark Star trilogy, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" is based on African mythology. Set in a world of competing kingdoms and violent political upheaval, the book follows a character known as Tracker, who has a keen sense of smell ...

"The Blurry Years" by Eleanor Kriseman; Two Dollar Radio (162 pages, $15.99) ___ With the first lines of "The Blurry Years," Eleanor Kriseman pulls us right into its young narrator's world: "We could hear them in the walls before we saw them. My mom said it might be mice. We were eating dinner in bed. We would have eaten dinner in the kitchen but the bedroom was sort of the kitchen too, and ...

NEW YORK — Greta Gerwig has been an actress in 25 films, a co-writer on five and co-director of one. She's assembled wardrobes, done makeup an…

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