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September Entertainment Guide

September is officially upon us. Time for our “Top of the Month” Entertainment Guide.

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  • President Obama to appear on ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

    WASHINGTON — Things can get a little crazy on NBC adventure show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” The survivalist known to take sports and Hollywood celebrities through worldwide remote locations will have a presidential addition when…

  • Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice. The prolific writer-director, who died Sunday at age 76, ushered…

  • Community gathering to remember slain television cameraman

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Salem High School will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumnus — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was…

  • Rare photos of 19th-century blacks speak to modern Americans

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Some faces are pensive; others are proud. Some are known; others are obscure. All are black. Rare, striking and never-before-seen portraits of black citizens in Victorian-era England are going on display…

  • Franzen masterfully connects the gritty dots in ‘Purity’

    “Purity” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Jonathan Franzen Pip Tyler resides in a dilapidated Oakland house with a handful of other squatters, owes $130,000 for an education she isn’t using, and has a curiously loving,…

  • John Legend, David Bowie to write for ‘SpongeBob Musical’

    NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a “SpongeBob” musical in the works but the music is no kiddie stuff. Nickelodeon said Monday it will produce the world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical” in Chicago next summer…

  • Review: Redford and Nolte in Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’

    The lure of the wild has recently attracted an interesting batch of solitude seekers: Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Mia Wasikowska (“Tracks”) and Robert Redford, twice. Two years after “All Is Lost,” Redford has swapped the sea…

  • Best of Wes Craven Horror

    WTOP ranks the best horror flicks by the late Wes Craven.

  • Another MTV VMAs, another controversial Miley Cyrus

    Justin Bieber cried, Taylor Swift won most of the awards and Kanye West ranted onstage, but Miley Cyrus still owned the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The 22-year-old wild child flashed one of her breasts,…

  • Epix reaches multiyear Hulu deal, ends Netflix agreement

    The cable network Epix jumped from Netflix to Hulu, landing a multiyear, digital subscription video on demand deal with the streaming service. Beginning Oct. 1, Hulu subscribers will get films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount,…

  • ‘Jade Dragon Mountain’ is engrossing debut by Elsa Hart

    “Jade Dragon Mountain” (Minotaur), by Elsa Hart Elsa Hart’s fiction debut perfectly melds history with the mystery genre for a lush look at China on the cusp of change. Set in the early 1700s, “Jade…

  • Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu dies at 85

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, who sang at Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, has died at 85, the Bucharest Opera said Monday. The opera’s…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok blasts after raid finds bomb components BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of…

  • Documentary on talented, troubled singer delayed by widow

    WASHINGTON – Few things in Vic Chesnutt’s life occurred without struggle. Chesnutt’s insightful, often autobiographical songs about vulnerability and mortality never attained huge commercial success, but earned praise and respect from fans, fellow musicians, and…

  • Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

    TOKYO (AP) — The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a…

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