April 3rd, 2020

Entertainment News

Typically glam TV hosts keep kids, yoga pants out of the shot while working from home

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on April 3rd, 2020

TORONTO – When TV viewers tune into “Entertainment Tonight Canada” these days, they might see a Goldendoodle dog named Murphy pop into the picture, or an excitable young child. And instead of speaking from the slick set, the on-air talent are now in their own homes, where they do their own hair, makeup and wardrobe. ... Read More »

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Taylor Swift donation will help Nashville record store

By The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE – Pop superstar Taylor Swift is helping out a Nashville record store closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grimey’s co-owner Doyle Davis said Thursday the store got a call last week from Swift’s publicist asking how Swift could help. It was the just after Nashville’s mayor issued a stay-at-home order and Davis was sending all ... Read More »

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James Patterson sets up fund to help indie booksellers

By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

NEW YORK – James Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The bestselling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers, while also giving millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs. Now, with stores closed or closing nationwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, Patterson has launched a new initiative. On Thursday, he ... Read More »

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Andrew Lloyd Webber shares musicals online; actor diagnosed

By The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to cancelling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ... Read More »

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TIFF looking at innovative ways to deliver screenings for September festival

By The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

TORONTO – Organizers behind the Toronto International Film Festival say they’re still planning to go ahead with the annual movie marathon from Sept. 10-21. But given the current uncertainty over public gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re also exploring new ways to screen films. TIFF says that means some public and press screenings would be ... Read More »

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Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead, 85; COVID involved

By Janet McConnaughey And Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

NEW ORLEANS – Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85. “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He ... Read More »

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‘Lost Children’ author: Writers must ‘document’ pandemic

By Claudia Torrens, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

NEW YORK – Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life. She is arranging books in alphabetical order, planting legumes on her balcony and listening to old recordings from Argentinian author ... Read More »

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Canadian Broadway actor Nick Cordero in hospital undergoing COVID-19 test

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

Hamilton-raised Broadway star Nick Cordero is in hospital undergoing a test for COVID-19 after being admitted with pneumonia. His wife, dancer-turned-celebrity personal trainer Amanda Kloots, made the announcement on her Instagram account Wednesday. In a post that included a photo of Cordero holding their nine-month-old boy Elvis, Kloots said he had been sick for a ... Read More »

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Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown

By John Leicester, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

LE PECQ, France – Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other … and doesn’t even have his drums. But, hey, cutting a few corners can be forgiven of an orchestra that managed the remarkable feat of performing “Bolero” while its musicians are scattered far ... Read More »

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star Rachel Bloom has first baby

By The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

LOS ANGELES – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom has had her first child in what she says was a harrowing experience amid the coronavirus outbreak that has struck a close friend. The 32-year-old Bloom said on Instagram that she and husband Dan Gregor returned home Wednesday with the healthy baby girl who had spent time ... Read More »

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