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4 BOOKS, MOVIES AND MUSIC KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019 New music from Ringo Starr is on the way By BRIAN NIEMIETZ New York Daily News Ringo Starr is working on new music. The former Beatles beat keep- er appeared to confirm a 20th solo album was in the works on guitarist Steve Lukather’s Face- book page. Lukather, who plays in Starr’s All-Starr Band, posted a photo of the group in a recording studio. Starr posted a photo of the pair together on Twitter and wrote “In the studio again with the great Steve Lukather what a guy. Peace and Love.” The 78-year-old drummer signed a publishing deal with BMG in 2018 that gives the com- pany rights to his solo material and the few tracks he wrote with The Beatles. His last album was 2017’s “Give More Love,” which features the single “So Wrong for So Long.” Paul McCartney, Starr’s former Beatles band mate, recorded on two of that album’s tracks. Rock and Roll legends Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Jeff Lynne and Peter Frampton also helped out on that project. Tribune News Service MUSICIAN RINGO STARR attends the UNICEF USA’s 14th Annual Snowflake Ball Nov. 27, 2018, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, N.Y. Send us your opinion! It’s easy to fall in love with ‘Five Feet Apart’ By RICK BENTLEY Tribune News Service Young love that is complicated by a major medical issue is noth- ing new. It’s been the premise of feature films such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and — for those of you no longer in Hollywood’s tar- get audience — “Love Story.” The latest is “Five Feet Apart,” where Haley Lu Richardson (“Split”) and Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life on Deck”) play teenagers who fall in love but can never touch because they are both battling the highly contagious cystic fibrosis (CF). The one thing all these movies have in common that kept them from melting into a forgettable ooze of sentimentality is the cour- age, strength and absolute convic- tion to love that the cast and crew bring to the production. If there is even a hint that the main thrust is to capitalize on the tragedy, the film becomes an insult to the play- ers, viewers and anyone dealing with the medical condition. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threaten- ing genetic disease that makes the body produce thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. The film’s title comes from how Richardson’s character, Stella Grant, decides to defy CF rules that patients must stay 6 feet apart for their own safety and move a foot closer to Will Newman (Sprouse), the young man who has captured her heart. The victory is small but is one example of Stella’s courage. “Five Feet Apart” certainly will grab your heart and squeeze every last tear out of you, but because of Richardson’s wonderfully ener- getic and smart performance, the final result isn’t one that will leave you feeling sorry for the pair, but be touched by them as those who must deal with a love that should have never happened. Richardson has more of a chance to shine as Stella hosts a daily online chat to talk about her battle with CF. The connection to the outside world becomes even more important when a medical issue keeps her from traveling with her friends. That’s when she meets Will, a patient who has opted not to waste time on his hos- pital procedures but use that time to live life as much as he can. It’s not surprising that the opposites attract, but the connection is what makes the movie work so well. ‘Island of Sea Women’ immerses the reader in world of Korean freedivers By COLETTE BANCROFT Tampa Bay Times Today, they’re known as Jeju Island Mermaids. On the South Kore- an island, one of that country’s major tourist destinations, the women are a charming historical attraction. Lisa See’s new novel, “The Island of Sea Women,” brings that amazing history to life. For generations the “mermaids,” called haenyeo, supported their families by freediving deep into the ocean to harvest its bounty. Their husbands stayed home and raised the kids, and the culture was matriar- chal. In the book’s first chapter, set in 2008, we meet Young-sook. Now 85, she has been a haenyeo since she was 15, like her mother and grandmother before her. A great-grandmother herself, she no longer has to dive for a living, but she can’t stay away long from “the weightlessness of the sea, the surge that massages the aches in her muscles.” While sitting on a Jeju Island beach, Young- sook is approached by a family of American tourists: a white hus- band, a Korean wife and two “half-and-half chil- dren.” Their identity and their reason for seeking her out will plunge the novel into the story of her long and eventful life. See has written several deeply researched and best-selling historical novels set in Asia, most recently “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Like those books, “The Island of Sea Women” focuses on women’s friendships and family bonds. Tribune News Service HALEY LU RICHARDSON and Cole Sprouse in “Five Feet Apart.”