PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS: The Los Angeles Times newspaper, the book "A Visit from the Goon Squad" and the play "Clybourne Park" are among 2011's Pulitzer Prize winners.
The honorees were announced Monday.
The Times won the Pulitzer for public service, while the newspaper's Barbara Davidson picked up the award for feature photography.
Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune earned the honor for investigative reporting; Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting; Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times won for local reporting; Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica scooped up the prize for national reporting; and Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times won for international reporting; and Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., garnered the award for feature writing.
David Leonhardt of The New York Times won the Pulitzer for commentary; Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe picked up the prize for criticism; Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal won for his editorial writing; Mike Keefe of The Denver Post earned the honor for editorial cartooning; and Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post won in the breaking news photography category.
"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan won the award for fiction; "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris earned the award for drama; "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner garnered the award for history; "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow scored the Pulitzer for biography; "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan took the prize for poetry; "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee topped the general non-fiction category; and "Madame White Snake" by Zhou Long won the award for music.
NICK CASSAVETES: Scheduling conflicts are preventing Nick Cassavetes from directing "Gotti: Three Generations" as planned, the U.S. film's producers said.
The movie is to star John Travolta as late Gambino crime boss John Gotti. Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Gotti's daughter, Victoria.
Variety said Cassavetes cannot direct the picture this fall as planned because of his commitment to helm the drama "Yellow."
The producers of Gotti are now looking for a replacement, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.
Cassavetes has directed "Alpha Dog" and "The Notebook." He is the son of late filmmaker John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands.
HALLE BERRY: Halle Berry will not star in the Broadway production
of Katori Hall's play, "The Mountaintop," as planned this fall, the show's producers said.
The stage drama, directed by Kenny Leon, is to star Samuel L. Jackson as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a fictionalized account of the night before the civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968.
Berry was to play Camae, a maid at Memphis' Lorraine Motel where King was killed, but producers told The New York Times, "Ms. Berry would not be appearing in the role due to child custody issues."
Berry has been working out arrangements with her ex-boyfriend, French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, regarding the custody of their 3-year-old daughter Nahla.
Berry's replacement is expected to be announced shortly, the Times said.
EVAN RACHEL WOOD: U.S. actress Evan Rachel Wood reveals in an interview with Esquire she is bisexual.
Wood, 23, is known for her relationships with male rocker Marilyn Manson and actor Jamie Bell.
"I was always into very androgynous things. Guys, girls ... . I'm into androgyny in general," Wood told Esquire.
UsMagazine.com quoted Wood as also saying she's "more like the guy when it comes to girls."
"I'm the dominant one," she said. "I'm opening the doors, I'm buying dinner. Yeah, I'm romantic."
She said she's now "up for anything" and wants to "meet a nice guy, [or] a nice girl."
Her film credits include "13," "The Missing," "Running with Scissors," "Across the Universe" and "The Wrestler." She was recently in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," as well as the TV drama "True Blood."
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