December 15th, 2017

Entertainment News

Raptors Uprising Gaming Club to compete in NBA 2K League in 2018

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

Toronto’s virtual entry in the NBA 2K League next season will be known as the Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (GC). The first year of the basketball video game circuit will feature 17 teams, each with their roster of gamers. Competition is slated to start in May. Co-founders NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, which publishes the ... Read More »

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The Latest: Walmart suspends ties to Tavis Smiley show, tour

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Tavis Smiley (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Walmart is suspending its relationship with talk show host Tavis Smiley. The retail giant says it is “troubled by the recent allegations” facing the TV, radio and book star. The move comes a day after PBS indefinitely ... Read More »

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AGO vows to fix wait times for tickets to hyped ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibit

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

TORONTO – The Art Gallery of Ontario is vowing that patrons won’t be as frustrated the next time tickets are offered for its much-hyped “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, which launches next year. Herman Lo, director of visitor experience at the AGO, says he knew the exhibit by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama would be wildly popular, ... Read More »

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Pink joins list of stars performing during Super Bowl week

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Pink is joining the list of stars performing in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week. The singer will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at Nomadic Live! in the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building. Imagine Dragons will headline the EA Sports Bowl on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Armory. Jennifer Lopez will also perform in the building ... Read More »

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Simmons says he will ‘defend’ himself following rape claims

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – Music mogul Russell Simmons says on Instagram that he will “begin to properly defend” himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women that he raped them. The allegations in the Times’ Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons denies the allegations. Simmons wrote Thursday ... Read More »

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TNT’s NBA studio team to call 1st game together on Christmas

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – Turner Sports says its “Inside the NBA” studio team will call a Christmas night game in Los Angeles along with its other usual duties. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will be at Staples Center for the Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They will call the nightcap of ... Read More »

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Scott M. Mills to become new BET president

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – Black Entertainment Television will soon have a new president. BET Networks announced Thursday that Scott M. Mills will take over as president, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Debra L. Lee, who will remain as chair and CEO. Most recently, Mills was executive vice-president and chief administrative officer at Viacom, BET’s parent company. ... Read More »

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Top 2017 film moments include ‘Girls Trip’ and ‘Get Out’

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – From Tiffany Haddish and that grapefruit to Wonder Woman taking on No Man’s Land by herself, here are the 10 movie moments from 2017 that we can’t stop talking about. Beware, mild spoilers lurk below. ___ NO MAN’S LAND, “Wonder Woman” Goosebumps. I still get goosebumps thinking about Gal Gadot emerging from ... Read More »

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Tavis Smiley, suspended by PBS, vows to fight back

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called “troubling allegations” of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming. The Public Broadcasting Service said Wednesday an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct ... Read More »

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‘Workin’ Moms’ returns with Reitman exploring more ‘really authentic’ stories

By Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

Catherine Reitman has it all: two children aged one-and-a-half and four; a loving husband and supportive parents; even her own TV series, CBC’s “Workin’ Moms.” And it’s killing her. Well, not literally, but Reitman, 36, is not afraid to tell it like it is when it comes to juggling kids and a busy career. “I ... Read More »

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