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Rihanna’s lingerie show slated to stream

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna believes women of all shapes, colors and sizes should be celebrated, and that spirit of inclusion has made her lingerie and beauty lines massive successes.

Her mission will be showcased Friday as Amazon Prime streams her New York Fashion Week show for Savage X Fenty in more than 200 countries and territories. The show’s army of models included women of all sizes in a range of ethnicities and skin tones.

The show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was an all-star extravaganza featuring Halsey, Migos, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Fat Joe, DJ Khaled and more.

Pitt and Gray take a giant leap with film

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Brad Pitt says he wants to be creative until someone pulls the plug on him. The 55-year-old produced and stars in the space epic “Ad Astra,” which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.

Pitt is garnering raves and awards buzz for his performance as a loner astronaut in the near future who travels to the outer reaches of space to investigate a disturbance that may be related to his long-missing father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

It’s Pitt’s second standout role this year. This summer he also made waves with his portrayal of a Hollywood stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Pitt has never won an Oscar for acting, despite two nominations, although he does have one for producing 2013’s “12 Years a Slave.”

Author Graeme Gibson dead at 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85.

Gibson’s death was announced Wednesday by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He had been suffering from dementia.

“We are devastated by the loss of Graeme, our beloved father, grandfather, and spouse, but we are happy that he achieved the kind of swift exit he wanted and avoided the decline into further dementia that he feared,” Atwood said. “He had a lovely last few weeks, and he went out on a high, surrounded by love, friendship and appreciation. We are grateful for his wise, ethical, and committed life.”

His death comes a week after the release of Atwood’s “The Testaments,” her highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” He died in London, where Atwood had been promoting her new novel.

Gibson began seeing Atwood in the 1970s and for decades lived with her in Toronto. Their mutual devotion and his support of her career led one journalist to state “Every woman writer should be married to Graeme Gibson,” an expression Atwood used for a T-shirt.

“He thought it was funny,” Atwood told The Telegraph in 2013. “He’s pretty good — he mostly just keeps out of the way. And I don’t show him my books before they’re in print. I recommend it. Supposing your spouse doesn’t like your work — then you’re in trouble.”

By Josh Bovee

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