Alice Walker criticized

for praising author  

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised an author who critics say expresses anti-Semitism and is a conspiracy theorist.

In an interview in Sunday's "By The Book" column, the 74-year-old author of "The Color Purple" said David Icke's 1995 book, "And The Truth Shall Set You Free," is on her nightstand. She said "in Icke's books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about."

New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades says the column is not a list of recommendations from its editors, and "the subject's answers are a reflection on that person's personal tastes, opinions and judgments."


Shirley MacLaine 

to receive AARP honor

Actor Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine's lifetime achievement honor at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year.

The magazine announced Tuesday that MacLaine will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 4 in Beverly Hills, California. The 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards will premiere on PBS on Feb. 15.

MacLaine won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1983 film "Terms of Endearment." She's an Emmy winner and received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards.

 

Schwimmer look-alike

skips court hearing 

A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Abdulah Husseni failed to appear in court in Blackpool, northwest England, on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud.

Husseni's image became world famous after police published surveillance-camera footage of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool. Social-media users noted a strong similarity to Ross Geller, the character played by Schwimmer on "Friends."