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Actor’s ‘Bonanza’ memorabilia heads to auction

Several pieces of memorabilia from the long-running TV series “Bonanza” are going up for auction in Nevada, including the branding iron used in the opening credits.

The family of “Bonanza” star Lorne Greene is selling a number of the deceased actor’s personal items and much of his memorabilia from the hit Western show at an auction Saturday in Reno, Nev. The sale was arranged by Greene’s son, who lives at Lake Tahoe.

The actor died in 1987. From 1959 to 1973, he played Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of the family whose sprawling Ponderosa Ranch was set in the high Sierra between Tahoe and Virginia City.

‘World War Z’ sequel likely, source says

Brad Pitt is getting his action franchise, after all.

A person close to Pitt’s “World War Z” told The Associated Press on Monday that Paramount Pictures is likely to develop a sequel to the apocalyptic zombie thriller. The person was not authorized to announce the plans and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“World War Z,” based on Max Brooks’ novel, was always intended to spawn a trilogy. But that seemed in doubt when the film ran significantly over budget and was forced to reshoot its ending.

But the film opened strongly over the weekend.

Mumford & Sons reschedule shows

Mumford & Sons are heading back on tour.

The Grammy-winning band announced Monday that it has rescheduled dates in Dallas; Woodlands, Texas; and New Orleans. The upcoming shows will include bassist Ted Dwane, who received treatment for a blood clot on his brain two weeks ago. The band postponed shows as a result, including a headlining gig at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

The foursome’s “The Full English Tour” will begin Aug. 26 in Toronto. It wraps Sept. 20 in Bonner Springs, Kan. Other stops include Milwaukee, Atlanta and Simpsonville, S.C.

Fiction author gets military writing nod

A $100,000 prize for military writing has been awarded to an author of fiction.

Tim O’Brien, known for books such as “The Things They Carried” and “In the Lake of the Woods,” has received the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.

The honor, announced Tuesday, has previously been given to acclaimed historians such as James McPherson and Rick Atkinson. O’Brien is the first fiction writer to win.

The 66-year-old O’Brien served in the Vietnam War from 1968-70 and often draws directly on his experiences as a soldier.

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