IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ex-‘Nightly Show’ star Wilmore to host National Book Awards
NEW YORK >> Comedian and former television show host Larry Wilmore’s next gig will have a literary theme: hosting the National Book Awards.
The National Book Foundation announced Monday the former Comedy Central star will preside over the Nov. 16 dinner ceremony and benefit in New York.
The foundation presents the awards and has reached out to the entertainment world before, with previous hosts including Steve Martin and Andy Borowitz.
Other hosts have ranged from Garrison Keillor to “Lemony Snicket” author Daniel Handler.
Wilmore used to host “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
He’s working on a comedy series for HBO called “Insecure,” starring Issa Rae.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell pregnant with 2nd child
LONDON >> Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has announced she is expecting her second child. The 44-year-old Halliwell announced the news on Instagram Monday with a sketch of a pregnant woman and the words, “God bless Mother Nature.”
Her spokesman confirmed that she and husband Christian Horner are expecting a child.
She married the Red Bull Formula One racing team boss last year.
Halliwell already has a 10-year-old daughter named Bluebell.
She was known as Ginger Spice in the Spice Girls’ heyday when they enjoyed a string of “girl power” pop hits in the 1990s.
‘Divergent’ star Woodley arrested during protest
BISMARCK, N.D. >> Actress Shailene Woodley has been arrested during a protest of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in southern North Dakota.
Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Keller says the “Divergent” star was arrested Monday for criminal trespass and engaging in a riot during a protest at a construction site that involved about 300 people.
Both charges are misdemeanors that carry a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. Woodley’s publicist did not immediately comment.
Keller says 27 people were arrested during protests at two construction sites that prompted the shutdown of a state highway for several hours. No injuries were reported. The $3.8 billion pipeline is being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and will cross through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
In this Sept. 13 photo, actress Shailene Woodley attends the premiere of “Snowden” in New York.