- Paul Prudhomme: Cajun spices and a love of local ingredients
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with supplies reflecting his native Cajun cuisine.Way before farm-to-table was hip in the foodie crowd, his restaurant was making its own andouille sausage.
- Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75.Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told The Associated Press that he died early Thursday after a brief illness.
- Al Franken working on book about his years in Washington
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Al Franken is not done with his career as an author.The second-term Minnesota Democrat, former "Saturday Night Live" writer-performer, and best-selling author is working on a memoir about his years in Washington. He is describing it as a "psychological thriller," in which he will recount the frustrations and the hopes of life in the Senate, with a few jokes likely added.
- 'Twilight' author says new book is 'not a real book.'
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephenie Meyer acknowledges her new book isn't exactly "new."Appearing Thursday at New York Comic Con, the author spoke of the 10th anniversary edition of the first book of her blockbuster "Twilight" series. The release includes the original "Twilight" along with "Life and Death," essentially the same story, except she switched the names and genders of the main characters, with Bella and Edward now Beau and Edythe.
- With drones in tow, Anderson debuts 'Junun' documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Thomas Anderson premiered his first documentary, "Junun," on Thursday at the New York Film Festival, unveiling a sonically rich portrait of Indian musicians recording an album with Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood.The film, just under an hour long, plunges into their recording sessions, along with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, during a three-week trip to Rajasthan in northwestern India. With scant interviews, and hardly any words from Greenwood, "Junun" instead captures the musicians in full thrall while recording in a 15th century hilltop fort in between occasional power outages.
- 'Straight Outta Compton' director set for 'Fast & Furious'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — F. Gary Gray, who made waves this summer with his profitable and critically acclaimed N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton," has been set to direct the eighth film in the "Fast & Furious" franchise.Gray announced the news on his Facebook page on Thursday and Universal Pictures confirmed.
- 'Ant-Man' sequel set for 2018, 'The Incredibles 2' for 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel and Disney are going microscopic again."Ant-Man and the Wasp," a sequel to this summer's "Ant-Man," will be released on July 6, 2018, the studio announced Thursday.
- Keegan-Michael Key set to lead Penn State homecoming parade
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University is bringing alumnus Keegan-Michael Key to serve as the school's homecoming grand marshal this week.The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1jeDIc5 ) the 44-year-old actor says he hopes to give back to the university where he received his master of fine arts degree in 1996.
- US actor Randy Quaid ordered released; facing deportation
MONTREAL (AP) — American actor Randy Quaid was ordered released Thursday by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board but still faces being sent back to the United States next week.Quaid appeared before the board for a detention review. A Canada Border Services Agency official told the board member hearing the case that Quaid was arrested because it was felt he wouldn't comply with an order to leave the country next Wednesday. But that fear was rejected by the board member and Quaid was ordered released.