Richmond Times-Dispatch

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For a guy who has made a career out of playing villains, Stephen Lang certainly has a knack for turning a dark time into a children’s book with amessage.

Whether playing Col. Miles Quaritch in “Avatar” or a ruthless warlord in the 2011 remake of “Conan the Barbarian,” Lang enjoys playing a worthy antagonist because he sees the character as someone he could love.

That idea of finding the good in bad situations allowed him to tell the story of “The Wheatfield,” an illustrate­d book that explores an unlikely bond made during the Battle of Gettysburg. It centers on James Jackson Purman, a Union officer, and a fortuitous encounter.

“His life was saved by a Confederat­e soldier. And it just struck me as so incongruou­s and ironic, I suppose, that in the midst of killing each other, that a man saves his enemy,” Lang said.

Lang believes this story serves as ametaphor in a politicall­y divided nation.

BTS has had more than just a “Dynamite” year — it’s become such a global phenomenon that Time magazine named the South Korean group its 2020 Entertaine­r of the Year.

The magazine announced the honor for the sevenmembe­r boy band on Thursday. It cited BTS’s global presence amid the pandemic, including leveraging its fan base to support causes like Black Lives Matter.

“There are times when I’m still taken aback by all the unimaginab­le things that are happening,” BTS member Suga told Time for an interview that accompanie­d the announceme­nt. “But I ask myself, who’s going to do this, if not us?”

Ellen DeGeneres says she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is “feeling fine right now.”

Production on her talk show has been paused until January, producer Telepictur­es said in a statement that followed DeGeneres’ announceme­nt Thursday.

“I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe,” DeGeneres said in her post.

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