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Samantha Bee’s show briefly upstages correspondents’ dinner

Apr 30 2017 — — Washington’s once-glitzy “nerd prom” was briefly upstaged Saturday as comedians and Hollywood stars gathered for jokes and jests about President Donald Trump for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Late-night TV star Samantha Bee pulled in celebrities for the first “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”: Alysia Reiner of “Orange […]

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Halifax mayor moonlights as stand-up comic for comedy festival Saturday

Apr 28 2017 — — Halifax’s mayor will try his hand at stand-up comedy this weekend. Mike Savage, known for his off-the-cuff jokes and one-liners in council chambers, will take his humour to the stage of the Halifax Comedy Fest. His two-minute skit will kick off the festival’s Gala of Laughs finale at the Spatz Theatre Saturday night. Savage said […]

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Atwood pleased with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ adaptation: ‘It’s just excellent’

Apr 27 2017 — — A TV adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is getting rave reviews ahead of Sunday’s Canadian premiere on Bravo, including from the novel’s author, Margaret Atwood. “I’m very impressed with what they’ve been doing. Like, really impressed,” said the celebrated Toronto novelist and poet, who wrote the 1985 Governor General’s Award-winning dystopian story that inspired the […]

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Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme dead at 73

Apr 26 2017 — — The Oscar-winning director of the 1991 horror-thriller film The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme is dead at 73. Demme’s publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, director-producer Joanna, and three children, Brooklyn, Jos and Ramona. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she added.

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Drake unwinds after tour in massive Beverly Hills mansion

Apr 25 2017 — — Drake‘s vacation digs brought more life to his post-tour relaxation. The rapper, 30, has been staying at a lavish Beverly Hills Airbnb to recuperate after wrapping up his international “The Boy Meets World” tour, which both started and ended in Amsterdam. The mansion goes for $10,000 per night with a minimum stay of five nights […]

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Sir Elton suffered ‘potentially deadly’ infection on tour

Apr 25 2017 — — Sir Elton John suffered a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says. The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent […]

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Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts

Apr 24 2017 — — Law enforcement officers have been warning BBC Trending radio about a growing number of social media accounts wrongly purporting to be teen idols like Harry Styles and Justin Bieber, speaking inappropriately to young children. The growing world of social media apps with big teenage audiences has made the situation even more difficult to police, they […]

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Burt Reynolds makes rare public appearance at Tribeca Film Festival

Apr 24 2017 — — Burt Reynolds has been in the business for nearly six decades, and he’s not “Hitting the Breaks” on his career any time soon. The actor and one-time sex symbol, 81, made a rare public appearance Saturday on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival to promote his new film, “Dog Years.” Reynolds had some […]

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Megyn Kelly set for June NBC debut

Apr 24 2017 — — Megyn Kelly is ready to get back on TV. Page Six has exclusively learned that Kelly will officially start at NBC next month. “She will start in May, and her Sunday show will premiere in June,” a network insider told us. Kelly had been expected to start in July after her Fox contract expired, but […]

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Erin Moran, ‘Happy Days’ actress, dead at 56

Apr 23 2017 — — Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late ’60s to the mid-’80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56. Authorities in Indiana found her body Saturday afternoon after getting a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. for “an unresponsive female,” the Harrison County […]

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CBC broadcaster Rex Loring has died at age 91

Apr 22 2017 — — Legendary CBC broadcaster Rex Loring, best known for his work on World Report, has died. He was 91. “We are saddened to announce the passing this morning of our father, Rex Loring,” his daughters Carrie and Elaine Loring said in a statement on Facebook confirmed by CBC News. Loring was a founding host of CBC […]