LOS ANGELES — Emma Watson has hit back at critics who claimed her recent photoshoot for Vanity Fair betrayed her feminist ideals.
In one image from the shoot, photographed by Tim Walker, Watson poses in a crochet white top that reveals part of her cleavage.
The 26-year-old Watson told The Associated Press on Saturday that the controversy represented “a fundamental and complete misunderstanding of what feminism is.” She says, “Feminism is about equality and it’s about choice.” She adds: “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.”
The British actress stars as Belle in Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” which hits theaters next week.
Osborne, genial face of TCM, dead at 84
NEW YORK — Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, has died. He was 84.
Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, announced Osborne’s death Monday. A publicist for the network said he passed away Monday in New York.
“His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host,” said Dorian. “Robert’s contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.”
A cause of death was not announced, though Osborne’s waning health had forced him to miss the previous two TCM Film Festivals, which he hosted annually in Los Angeles.
Osborne was there from the inception of Ted Turner’s commercial-free classic movie network. To open its first broadcast on April 14, 1994, he introduced “Gone With the Wind.” In the decades after, he remained Turner Classic’s primary — and often sole — host.
Damon narrating Boston Marathon documentary
BOSTON — Matt Damon’s ties to the Boston Marathon are so personal they’re stained with sweat: He’s never run it himself, but his father and brother have four times.
That makes the Academy Award winner and Boston native the perfect choice to narrate the first full-length documentary about the marathon, the filmmakers said Monday.
Frank Marshall, the executive producer of “Boston” — which premieres in its namesake city on April 15, two days before the 121st running of America’s most venerable marathon — called Damon “the ideal narrator.”
The film , directed by Jon Dunham, chronicles the rich history of the marathon first run in 1897.
It will touch on the 2013 finish line bombings that killed three spectators and wounded 260 others but will focus on the euphoric race the year after the attacks. The production will be screened in more than 500 theaters nationwide on April 19.
In 2013, Damon wrote the introduction to “The B.A.A. at 125,” a history of the Boston Athletic Association, which stages the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race.
The actor said some of his most vivid childhood sports memories include cheering from the fire station in Newton, Massachusetts, which the runners pass just before they face Heartbreak Hill — a series of hills near the 20-mile mark, just when marathoners typically run out of gas and really start to struggle.
“I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked first for Bill Rodgers, and then, in the very same race as some of the most talented runners on earth, our smiling (and grimacing) 40-year-old dad,” Damon wrote.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota is writing a novel
NEW YORK — Jake Tapper isn’t the only CNN anchor writing novels these days.
Viking told The Associated Press on Monday that it has acquired Alisyn Camerota’s debut work of fiction, “Amanda Wakes Up.” The book is scheduled for July 25 and has a plot Camerota may well relate to: A “bootstrapping” young reporter becomes an anchor at a major cable news station and tries to balance work with her romantic life. Last month, Little, Brown and Co. announced that Tapper’s political thriller, “The Hellfire Club,” was scheduled for the summer of 2018.
Camerota is the co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day.” Before joining CNN, in 2014, she worked 16 years for Fox News.