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In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Lily Tomlin appears in a scene from "Grandma." (Glen Wilson/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

‘Grandma’ director based Tomlin’s character on his own family matron

- The Washington Times

Paul Weitz, the director of the 1999 teen sex romp “American Pie,” is these days often referred to as a feminist filmmaker — a designation Mr. Weitz, 49, appears to politely demure. “It wasn’t conscious on my part that almost all of the characters would be female; it just happened,” Mr. Weitz told The Washington Times of his new film, “Grandma.”

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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2007 file picture polar bear Knut  walks in the enclosure during  the celebration of his first birthday in the Zoo Berlin.  Scientists in Germany say they have finally figured out what killed Knut the polar bear four years ago. Knut drowned after swelling of his brain caused him to collapse and fall into his enclosure's pool at Berlin Zoo. In an article published Thursday Aug. 27, 2015  by the journal Nature Scientific Reports, researchers say Knut suffered from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved

- Associated Press

The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to keep other animals from suffering the same fate.

Film about town versus white supremacist showing in state

- Associated Press

An award-winning documentary about a small North Dakota town's struggle to block a white supremacist from establishing an Aryan enclave on their doorsteps will be shown in theaters in the state next month.

Pistorius parole board review set for Sept. 18

- Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius' parole board review will take place on September 18, meaning the Olympic athlete will have to spend at least another three weeks in jail.