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Jackson film to launch 'Masterpiece' anniversary

Acclaimed actor Glenda Jackson will launch the 50th season of PBS' "Masterpiece" drama showcase next year.

The film "Elizabeth is Missing," with Jackson as a woman in search of a vanished friend even as she copes with dementia, will air Jan. 3. It's based on the Emma Healey novel of the same name.

Jackson, 84, is a two-time Oscar winner, for "Women in Love" and "A Touch of Class."

"Masterpiece," from WGBH Boston and among TV's longest-running weekly prime-time series, has been home to award-winning shows including "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock."

The anniversary season also will include "All Creatures Great and Small," a new seven-part series based on James Herriot's books about his adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s England.

The series is set for a January debut. A 1970s adaptation of Herriot's work was a public TV hit.

Randy Rainbow memoir out in late 2021

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Randy Rainbow's first book is very much about Randy Rainbow.

St. Martin's Press announced Wednesday that Rainbow's memoir "Playing With Myself" is scheduled for release late in 2021. The Emmy-nominated satirist, entertainer and host of the YouTube series "The Randy Rainbow Show" plans to "set the record straight" and let us see the world through his pink-rimmed glasses.

"There's so much fake news out there about me — lies and propaganda!" the 39-year-old Rainbow said in a statement.

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According to his publisher, Rainbow will take readers "through his life: from his childhood as the over- imaginative, often misunderstood son of a Donald Trump clone and the only boy in second grade carrying a purse, to his first job on Broadway ... at Hooters (don't ask), to the creation of his trademark comedy style which skewers the politicos of the day."

Writer Milan Kundera donating archive

Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood.

The Moravian Library in the city of Brno said Thursday that the entire collection would be transported from Kundera's apartment in Paris in the fall.

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The donated items include editions of Kundera's books in Czech and some 40 other languages, articles written by and about him, published reviews and criticism of his work, newspapers clippings, authorized photographs and drawings by the author.

Everything will be made available to the public, mostly in digital versions, the library said.

Kundera fled communist Czechoslovakia and has lived in France since 1975. France is where he published his most famous books, including "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" (1979), "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1984), "The Art of the Novel" (1986) and "Immortality" (1990).

His later works, written in French, have not yet been translated into Czech.

The author lives in virtual seclusion, only travels to his homeland incognito and never speaks to reporters.

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— The Associated Press


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