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1. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)

2. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, narrated by Michael C. Hall (Audible Studios)

3. All These Worlds: Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter (Audible Studios)

4. The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1 by Nora Roberts, narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)

5. True Grit by Charles Portis, narrated by Donna Tartt (Recorded Books)

6. Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw, narrated by author (Audible Studios)

7. Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber (Random House Audio)

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)

9. What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Audio)

10. The Good Daughter: A Novel by Karin Slaughter, narrated by Kathleen Early (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)


1. The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson (Audible Originals)

2. My Favorite Universe by The Great Courses, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(asterisk)ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne (HarperAudio)

4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris, narrated by author (HarperAudio)

5. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart, narrated by author (Audible Studios)

6. Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life by Grant Cardone, narrated by author (Grant Cardone)

7. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Mel Robbins Productions Inc.)

8. The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette Walls, narrated by author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

9. Cesar Millan's Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs by Cesar Millan, narrated by author (Audible Studios)

10. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken, narrated by author (Hachette Audio)


Nielsen's Top 20 programs for Aug. 14-20

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.44 million.

2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.89 million.

3. "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.24 million.

4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.80 million.

5. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million.

6. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.33 million.

7. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.28 million.

8. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.90 million.

9. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.88 million.

10. "CMA Fest," ABC, 5.740 million.

11. "NCIS," CBS, 5.737 million.

12. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 5.33 million.

13. "Marlon," NBC, 5.20 million.

14. "Bachelor in Paradise," ABC, 5.102 million.

15. "Hollywood Game Night," NBC, 5.098 million.

16. "Big Brother" (Friday), CBS, 5.06 million.

17. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 4.96 million.

18. "Bull," CBS, 4.89 million.

19. "The Wall," NBC, 4.87 million.

20. "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update in Primetime," NBC, 4.86 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; HBO is owned by Time Warner; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Johnny Depp's 18-year-old daughter talks modeling, acting

The daughter of Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis recently turned 18 and is already on the fast track to being a top model in the fashion industry.

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Lily-Rose Depp is the face of Chanel No. 5 fragrance and stars in their new campaign for Fall/Winter 2017, and most recently, she bared all in a new spread for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book magazine.

Actress Natalie Portman interviewed her for the magazine, and Lily-Rose opened up about why she wanted to show more skin in the photo shoot for the publication.

“Carine actually styled the first shoot that I did for Chanel when I was 15,” she said, according to People magazine. “This time, I got to show a little more skin and be a little more sexy. I had just turned 18, so I was ready to up the ante.”

Famed photographer Steven Klein shot the photo spread, and Lily-Rose was happy to look to her mother for inspiration.

“He had shot these amazing photographs of my mom when she was my age,” Depp said, according to People. “We shot in front of a mirror with the pictures taped to it. We have a similar grungy look.”

Lily-Rose, who has appeared in a number of films and television shows, was adamant that while she’s grateful for such successful parents, she doesn’t want the world to think that she has everything because of them.

“A lot of people think I’m only acting because of my dad -- that I have not had to work as hard to be seen or recognized in the industry, so I think that it makes me want to work twice as hard to prove to everyone that I’m not just doing this because it’s easy to do,” she said. “I’m not just doing it because it runs in the family.”

'America's Got Talent' and 'GOT' rule Nielsen ratings again

Viewers continued to play peek-a-boo with "Big Brother" last week. CBS' voyeuristic reality show landed four editions among the top 16 slots, according to Nielsen. But NBC had the week's most-watched shows: two nights of "America's Got Talent," with 13.4 million and 10.9 million viewers.

Right behind, with 10.2 million viewers, was HBO's red-hot "Game of Thrones."

"Marlon," a new NBC sitcom starring Marlon Wayans, premiered in 13th place with 5.2 million viewers. But its second episode airing immediately afterward shed more than a million viewers to rank just 26th.

Overall in prime time during this sleepy summer week, NBC averaged 5.1 million viewers. Runner-up CBS had 4.2 million, while ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 910,000.

Fox News Channel remained the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.06 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.64 million, HGTV had 1.12 million and USA had 1.11 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts for the 12th week in a row with an average of 7.89 million viewers, but "NBC Nightly News" was right behind with 7.48 million. The "CBS Evening News" had 5.88 million viewers.

For the week of Aug. 14-20, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.44 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.89 million; "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.24 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.80 million; "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million; "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.33 million; "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.28 million; "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.90 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.88 million; "CMA Fest," ABC, 5.74 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.



Billy Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore

Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden.

Monday's performance by "The Piano Man" came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters.

When asked about Joel's attire, his spokeswoman on Tuesday quoted Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Joel joined with Patty Smyth on stage in taking a swipe at President Donald Trump's administration. Photos of fired officials appeared on screen as Smyth sang her hit, "Goodbye to You."

Joel's ex-wife Christie Brinkley and their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, attended the concert. Many of his relatives died in the Holocaust.


This story has been corrected to show that the singer with Billy Joel was Patty Smyth, not Patti Smith.

Carl Palmer Surveys Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Legacy: 'This Music Is Here to Stay'

On the road this summer, drummer Carl Palmer had to figure out how to summarize Emerson, Lake & Palmer's career in a 30-minute set.

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6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

Big Ben bonged for the last time on Aug. 21 after an announcement that London’s famous bell will be silenced until 2021 while its home, Elizabeth Tower, undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation.

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The London clock tower isn’t the only tourist attraction to close for major repairs in recent years.

Eiffel Tower

One of the most famous structures in the City of Light is undergoing a 15-year, $321 million overhaul, Curbed reported. Workers will update the tower’s elevators and twinkling lights and reinforce it against weather and possible terror attacks.

According to The Guardian, the Eiffel Tower is repainted every seven years, and the process takes 20 months and requires 60 tons of paint.

Sydney Opera House

This iconic Australian performance venue’s Joan Sunderland Theatre is undergoing its largest upgrade since it opened in 1973. According to The Telegraph, the construction will serve to upgrade acoustics and increase flexibility of the stage and seating areas.

As a result, the theater will be closed for more than half of 2017. Renovations are expected to wrap up in 2020 or 2021.

The renovations will cost more than $150 million.

Forbidden City

Thanks to many generous donations, Forbidden City’s Yang Xin Dian, or Hall of Mental Cultivation, is having its first renovation in more than a century.

Work on the famed Chinese palace should be completed by 2020.

Washington Monument

Businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein is spending $2 to $3 million on renovations to the elevator inside the prominent figure in Washington, D.C.

The monument is closed to visitors until at least 2019, according to The Washington Post.

Machu Picchu

Peru’s “New Wonder of the World” is in the midst of a $36.7 million upgrade.

Changes include hiring a staff of guides and guards, adding an exit ramp and additional security measures, installing on-site toilets and more. Work will continue until about 2019.

RELATED: They may be clichés, but don’t rule out these popular tourist spots for your next vacation

Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2018

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.

The actors union announced Tuesday that Freeman will accept its highest honor on Jan. 21, 2018.

The 80-year-old Freeman has already received lifetime achievement prizes from the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, among many other acting accolades. He has been nominated five times for an Academy Award and won for his performance in 2004's "Million Dollar Baby."

Freeman's voice is among the most recognizable in entertainment. He has narrated many documentaries and lent his voice to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Previous SAG Life Achievement Award recipients include Carol Burnett, Betty White, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, George Burns and James Earl Jones.

Michigan man in 1995 murder case released from prison

A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 killing of a man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison.

The Michigan Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released from a prison Tuesday in Jackson.

Schmitz was 24 when an acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed that he was romantically interested in Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show.

Schmitz, who said he wasn't gay, fatally shot Amedure three days after the taping.

Schmitz turned himself in to police, saying he killed Amedure because he was embarrassed on national TV. He was sentenced 25 to 50 years for second-degree murder. He was granted parole after a March hearing.

George and Amal Clooney donate $1M to fight hate groups

George and Amal Clooney are donating $1 million to fight hate groups.

The couple announced Tuesday that their Clooney Foundation for Justice is supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center with a $1 million grant to combat hate groups in the United States.

George Clooney says in a statement Tuesday that they wanted to add their voices and financial assistance to the fight for equality.

Clooney said, "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."

The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors the activities of more than 1,600 extremist groups in the U.S. and has used litigation to win judgments against white supremacist organizations.

Last month, the Clooney Foundation announced a $2 million grant to support education for Syrian refugee children.

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