September 25th, 2018

Entertainment News

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding casts first women in 175 years

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding theatre troupe has cast its first women after nearly two centuries of all-male productions. The group says six women have been chosen to perform in the 2019 show, accounting for half the cast. New cast member Ashley LaLonde says she’s especially proud to be the first black woman ... Read More »

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Jeremy Dutcher puts spotlight on ‘Indigenous renaissance’ in Canadian arts scene

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

TORONTO – A wave of Indigenous artists making inroads in fields including music, literature, dance and film is exhilarating for playwright Reneltta Arluk, who pauses while discussing musician Jeremy Dutcher’s recent Polaris Prize win to say she’s about to choke up. The theatre veteran says she was deeply moved by Dutcher’s rousing celebration of talent ... Read More »

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Texas man allegedly sent threatening letters to Taylor Swift

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NASHVILLE – A 26-year-old Austin, Texas, man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly sending threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift and showing up at her record label in Nashville, Tennessee. Federal prosecutors in Nashville said in a press release Thursday that Eric Swarbrick has been charged with interstate stalking and sending interstate ... Read More »

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Freddie Highmore and cast say ‘The Good Doctor’ a hopeful remedy for dark times

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

BURNABY, B.C. – The hero of “The Good Doctor,” a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, represents the show’s title in more ways than one. Dr. Shaun Murphy is exceptionally skilled at curing patients, but he’s also morally good, able to see the light in others even if he can’t always connect. The optimistic ... Read More »

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J Balvin leads Latin Grammy noms with 8 nods, 1 with Beyonce

By Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW YORK – Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Award nominations on Thursday, including two for record of the year, one for album of the year and one for song of the year with Beyonce for their hit version of “Mi gente,” also featuring Willy William. Spanish sensation Rosalia is next with five ... Read More »

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Meghan Markle takes mom along to UK cooking fundraiser

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

LONDON – Meghan Markle was joined by her mother Thursday to launch a cookbook aimed at raising money for the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Markle, who married Prince Harry and is now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception at Kensington Palace beside her mother, Doria Ragland, to support the cookbook titled “Together.” ... Read More »

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Isabel Allende to receive honorary National Book Award medal

By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW YORK – Isabel Allende, winner of an honorary National Book Award, sees no reason to discuss her legacy. “I think legacy is a very masculine word,” the author known for “The House of the Spirits” and other novels told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. “I don’t think women think in terms ... Read More »

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The Latest: Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda – The Latest on Uganda’s pop star politician (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Uganda’s pop star politician Bobi Wine is vowing to continue his fight for more freedom in the country “or we shall die trying.” The singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu spoke to reporters shortly after police escorted him home ... Read More »

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‘I still stand behind my decision to publish,’ former editor says of Ghomeshi essay

By The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

A former editor at the New York Review of Books says he stands by his decision to publish a controversial essay written by disgraced former radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Ian Buruma has told Vrij Nederland, a Dutch magazine, that it is ironic that he has lost his job after publishing a theme issue about #MeToo ... Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson backs stuntman’s film honouring Knievel jump

By Pat Graham, The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

Before climbing into the cockpit of his steam-powered rocket and blasting off across the Snake River Canyon, daredevil Eddie Braun scribbled two things on his bare chest in marker. Blood type: O positive. Allergies: Penicillin. Useful information for the paramedics – in case his jump on Sept. 16, 2016, didn’t go as planned. Braun’s successful ... Read More »

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