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Beavis, Butt-Head are coming back

Beavis and Butt-Head are coming back to TV in a reimagined version of the animated series about a pair of Gen X slackers.

"It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again," Mike Judge, the creator and voice of both characters, said in a statement.

"Beavis and Butt-Head," which debuted in 1993 on MTV, is moving in its new iteration to ViacomCBS corporate sibling Comedy Central, it was announced Wednesday.

The channel said it has ordered two seasons of the new series that will feature themes "relatable to both new and old fans," including Gen Z kids and their Gen X parents.

Judge will write and produce the series and again will voice the characters in a deal that includes other spin-offs and specials.

'Godfather' of Chicano literature, dies at 82

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Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel "Bless Me, Ultima," a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82.

Anaya's niece, Belinda Henry, said the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home after suffering from a long illness.

Literary critics say Anaya's World War II-era novel about a young Mexican-American boy's relationship with an older curandera, or healer, influenced a generation of Latino writers because of its imagery and cultural references that were rare at the time of its 1972 publication.

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The book's release coincided with the growing and militant Chicano movement that stressed cultural pride over assimilation. It also came as Mexican-American college students were demanding more literature by Latino authors.

Anaya would go on to write a number of novels, including a mystery series featuring Mexican-American detective Sonny Baca.

Austin City Limits music festival canceled

Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals to be canceled because of the coronavirus.

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Festival organizers said in a statement Wednesday that scrapping the three-day October event was "the only responsible solution." The announcement comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas, with the state reporting another daily high Tuesday of 7,000 new confirmed cases and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urging people to stay home.

The festival is one of the largest in the country each year. A lineup had not been announced, but last year's headliners included Guns N' Roses, Cardi B, Billie Eilish and The Cure.

The Coachella music festival in California and Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee will also not take place this year.

The cancellation is another big loss for Austin's tourism economy. The city's South By Southwest festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, was canceled in March as the virus first began to spread in Texas.

Today's birthdays: Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 93. Actress Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu in "It's A Wonderful Life") is 80. V talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 77. Singer John Waite is 68. Actor Tracy Letts ("Homeland") is 55. Actor John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") is 45. Reality star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino ("Jersey Shore") is 38.

— The Associated Press


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