June 18th, 2018

Entertainment News

The Gottis made sure the Travoltas were well fed for ‘Gotti’

By Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – John Travolta and Kelly Preston didn’t just receive the Gotti family’s blessing to make a biopic about the late, infamous crime boss, they also were fed well, in true Italian style. Travolta and Preston play John Gotti and his wife, Victoria, in the biopic “Gotti,” out in the United States on Friday. ... Read More »

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‘Fox & Friends’ unexpected Trump interview spins out

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump gives few news conferences, and when one came Friday it was sudden, unexpected and chaotic. The president walked to the portion of the White House lawn that reporters frequently use to give stand-up shots and gave an interview with Steve Doocy of “Fox & Friends,” his favourite morning show. When ... Read More »

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‘There’s a void I didn’t know how to fill’: Alessia Cara reflects on rise to fame

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2018

TORONTO – Alessia Cara insists she doesn’t want to sound ungrateful, but coming to terms with stardom hasn’t been easy. The 21-year-old Canadian singer didn’t anticipate her precipitous rise to success three years ago before it started – not the Grammy Award for best new artist, nor the two Juno Awards. Not even the breakout ... Read More »

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Stephen Hawking’s ashes buried in Westminster Abbey

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

LONDON – Stephen Hawking has taken his place among Britain’s greatest scientists with the burial of his ashes in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. More than 1,000 people Friday attended a service of thanksgiving for the physicist, who died in March at age 76 after decades of living with ... Read More »

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy engaged

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – “Dancing with the Stars” cast members Jenna Johnson and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (shmehr-KAWF’-skee) are engaged. Johnson on Thursday tweeted photos of her 32-year-old fiance on his knee popping the question in Venice. The next photo shows the 24-year-old kissing Chmerkovskiy. He tweeted that he can’t wait to “make you my wife.” Johnson won ... Read More »

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NY Philharmonic may relax no-pants dress code for women

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – The New York Philharmonic is considering allowing female musicians to wear pants while playing Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The New York Times reports that the 176-year-old orchestra has been quietly talking about relaxing its requirement that women wear floor-length black skirts or gowns at formal evening concerts. The Times says the Philharmonic is ... Read More »

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Leslie Grantham, Dirty Den in ‘EastEnders,’ dies at 71

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2018

LONDON – Leslie Grantham, who played arch-villain “Dirty Den” Watts on long-running British soap opera “EastEnders,” has died. He was 71. Grantham’s management, Advocate Agency, says he died Friday. No cause of death was given. “EastEnders” began in 1985, chronicling life in a fictional London neighbourhood. Grantham’s character ran the Queen Victoria pub with his ... Read More »

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Neil shines like a Diamond at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

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

NEW YORK – Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, but the singer didn’t let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and ... Read More »

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Inuk writer Norma Dunning of Edmonton wins $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

By The Canadian Press on June 14th, 2018

TORONTO – Edmonton-based Inuk author Norma Dunning has won the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Dunning was recognized for her debut collection “Annie Muktuk and Other Stories” (The University of Alberta Press) at the Canadian Writers Summit in Toronto on Thursday evening. Jury members praised Dunning for crafting “spellbinding narratives” centring on Inuit characters that ... Read More »

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NY Times, New Yorker share media award for Weinstein stories

By The Associated Press on June 14th, 2018

NEW YORK – A journalism prize panel has once again paired the work of The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine on sexual harassment and abuse. Syracuse University’s annual Mirror Awards, which honours reporting on the media, agreed Thursday that the two organizations would share this year’s award for best in-depth and enterprise ... Read More »

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