June 18th, 2018

Entertainment News

Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer lead New York’s Mermaid Parade

By Julie Walker, The Associated Press on June 16th, 2018

NEW YORK – Throngs of people dressed as mermaids, fish and other aquatic creatures packed New York’s Coney Island on Saturday for a sun-soaked edition of the zany Mermaid Parade. Crowds cheered as Neil Gaiman, the author of fantasy works such as “American Gods,” and his wife Amanda Palmer, a musician with the Dresden Dolls ... Read More »

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Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dies at 87

By The Associated Press on June 16th, 2018

MOSCOW – Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras in Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna and London, has died at age 87. Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory announced his death Saturday. It did not give details on where he died or the cause. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Rozhdestvensky served stints as principal conductor of ... Read More »

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TV ratings down for World Cup opener

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

The overnight rating from major markets of the World Cup opener was less than half of the overnight for the first game of the 2014 tournament, hurt by a much earlier kickoff and less glamorous teams. Host Russia’s 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia, which kicked off at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, got a 1.6 average ... Read More »

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Giuliana Rancic returning to E! News in Sept. as co-anchor

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – Giuliana Rancic will return to E! News this September as co-host of its nightly news program with Jason Kennedy, three years after leaving the gig. She will replace Maria Menounos, who left last July following surgery to remove a brain tumour. When Rancic left E! News, she stayed the network on as ... Read More »

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Man dies after being found unresponsive in tent at Rockfest in western Quebec

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2018

MONTEBELLO, Que. – Provincial police say a man found unresponsive in a tent at a popular music festival in western Quebec has died. The 25-year-old was found just after 8 a.m. today at Rockfest, which is taking place in Montebello, Que., about 125 kilometres west of Montreal. A police spokesman says first responders tried to ... Read More »

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Apple announces multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Apple says it has reached a multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service. Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix. Winfrey ... Read More »

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Divorce finalized for ‘Glee’s’ Naya Rivera and actor husband

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Actress Naya Rivera’s marriage to husband Ryan Dorsey is over after nearly four years. A judge in Los Angeles finalized the pair’s divorce Thursday. Rivera and Dorsey will share custody of their 2-year-old son. The 31-year-old former “Glee” star first filed for divorce in November 2016, but withdrew her petition nearly a ... Read More »

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Speaker: Sports gambling unlikely to pass in NY this year

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The speaker of the New York state Assembly says there isn’t enough support to pass legislation authorizing sports wagering this year. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie said Thursday that lawmakers in his chamber have raised “significant issues” about legislation that would allow bets at casinos and on mobile devices. While supporters will keep ... Read More »

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Natalie Portman calls Harvard pal Kushner ‘a supervillain’

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a “supervillain.” The Oscar-winner actress said on CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Thursday that there’s not much funny to say about “someone you were friends with becoming a supervillain.” Portman and Kushner both graduated from Harvard in 2003. Portman noted that ... Read More »

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Rap trio Migos to receive ASCAP Vanguard Award

By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – The streaming juggernauts Migos will receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award for their successful year in music. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said on Friday the trio of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff will earn the honour on June 21 in Los Angeles at its 31st annual Rhythm & Soul Music ... Read More »

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