New documentary series

focuses on Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is giving fans an all-access pass into her musical life through a new documentary series on YouTube.

The streaming service says Grande will be featured in "Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries." The four-part series is set to launch Thursday on the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer's YouTube channel.

The series will show highlights from the making of Grande's latest album, "Sweetener," and will also show new footage from her Dangerous Woman Tour, which was suspended after a terrorist bombing killed 22 at Manchester Arena in England in May 2017.


Author writing sequel

to 'Handmaid's Tale'

Thanks to public demand, and a certain American president, Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her million-selling "The Handmaid's Tale."

"The Testaments" will be published next September by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, the publisher announced Wednesday. Atwood's novel about a dystopian society in the imagined land of Gilead was a best-seller when first published in 1985 and was back on the charts after Donald Trump's election in 2016. The novel is also the basis for an acclaimed miniseries on Hulu.


Film critic David Edelstein

loses job with NPR show 

NPR's "Fresh Air" has parted ways with contributor David Edelstein after the film critic made a joke about the rape scene in "Last Tango in Paris" on his Facebook page following Monday's death of director Bernardo Bertolucci.

In a statement Tuesday, "Fresh Air" said the post was "offensive and unacceptable" because of what actress Maria Schneider experienced filming the scene. Schneider said in a 2007 interview that the simulated sex scene was unscripted and that she felt bullied by Bertolucci and unsupported by her co-star Marlon Brando.

Edelstein had captioned a photo of the scene with the line: "Even grief is better with butter." Edelstein said he was unaware of Schneider's comments and apologized.