February 19th, 2018

Entertainment News

Key mix-up at Met leaves tenor, conductor scrambling

By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

NEW YORK – Michael Fabiano was singing at the Metropolitan Opera when a key mix-up occurred. The tenor began Rodolfo’s famous first act aria in Puccini’s “La Boheme” on Friday night when it became clear the orchestra was playing in a different key under conductor Marco Armiliato. “I said, oh, no, they can’t be doing ... Read More »

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New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture

By Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River. Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit “Americans” ... Read More »

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‘SNL’ alum Quinn recovering from heart attack with humour

By The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

NEW YORK – “Saturday Night Live” alum Colin Quinn is exercising his wit days after a heart attack interrupted his busy touring schedule. The 58-year-old Quinn took to Twitter on Monday to let friends and foes alike know he’s “starting a list of those who didn’t ‘check in’ yet,” five days after his Valentine’s Day ... Read More »

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Fergie says ‘tried my best’ after national anthem blowback

By Greg Beacham, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the Grammy-winning singer said in a statement Monday. “I’m a risk taker artistically, ... Read More »

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Children’s book series aims to encourage inclusion of people with disabilities

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities. Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences. The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians ... Read More »

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ACTRA honouree Jennifer Podemski combats ‘inequity’ for Indigenous talent

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

TORONTO – About 20 years ago, Toronto-born screen star Jennifer Podemski was growing frustrated with a lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers such as herself. She took matters into her own hands by becoming a producer. “It was this mounting frustration and anger around the inequity, I suppose,” Podemski, who is of mixed ... Read More »

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French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies suddenly at 62

By Associated Press, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

PARIS – French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, whose eclectic career spanned more than four decades and the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, has died. He was 62. Lockwood’s agent, Christophe Deghelt, said in a statement on Twitter that Lockwood died suddenly Sunday, a day after he performed in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron paid ... Read More »

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Letitia Wright steals show in ‘Black Panther’ breakout role

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Letitia Wright still can’t believe she made the “Black Panther” poster. The 24-year-old actress has an out-of-nowhere star-making turn in the Marvel superhero film as the whip-smart Shuri, teenage sister to T’Challa and top scientist in Wakanda. Vibrant, funny and cool, it’s the kind of performance that has already left audiences ... Read More »

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Hedley withdraws from Junos, plans to discuss ‘how we have let some people down’

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

The members of the embattled rock band Hedley say they have withdrawn from consideration for three awards at this year’s Junos and plan to “talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.” Last week, the pop-rockers were dropped by their management team and blacklisted by scores ... Read More »

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French ice dancer undone by wardrobe malfunction on live TV

By David Bauder, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

NEW YORK – Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: The Pyeongchang Olympics have had more wardrobe malfunctions than a Super Bowl halftime show, the latest on live television Sunday night when French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis’ costume became unhooked, briefly exposing her left breast. It was obvious to NBC announcers Terry ... Read More »

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