National Newswatch

Petition to boycott Netflix’s ‘whitewashed’ Death Note nears 10,000 supporters

Mar 27 2017 — — A petition calling for the boycott of Netflix’s upcoming movie Death Note because of casting decisions is getting close to its goal of 10,000 signatures. The move comes after a trailer for the film, which is based on the popular Japanese manga series with the same title, was released earlier this week and revealed white […]


Antonio Banderas says he’s recovered from a heart attack

Mar 27 2017 — — Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage.” Banderas says he underwent a procedure to place three stents in his arteries, […]


Colbert ‘looking to steal’ Fallon’s younger viewers

Mar 24 2017 — — Stephen Colbert’s been beating Jimmy Fallon in the overall late-night ratings race — and we hear Colbert now wants to steal Fallon’s younger viewers, too. Colbert’s comeback “Late Show” has topped Fallon’s “Tonight Show” for seven weeks straight, but has been behind in TV’s coveted 18-49 demographic. A source says of riding-high Colbert, “He loves […]


Missed, not missing: Richard Simmons’ withdrawal sparks fascination

Mar 22 2017 — — Officially, Richard Simmons is not missing. His publicist, manager, brother and two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department have all said the 68-year-old fitness guru is at his Hollywood Hills mansion and doing fine. Simmons said the same himself when he called into TV’s Entertainment Tonight last year, explaining he was safe and well […]


Alex Trebek, Odd Squad among Canada’s Daytime Emmy contenders

Mar 22 2017 — — Alex Trebek, Jeopardy’s man with all the answers, and Canadian kids programs Odd Squad, Annedroids and Dino Dan: Trek Adventures are among the latest nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled the contenders for the 44th annual daytime television honour on Wednesday. Soap opera favourite The Young […]


‘Gong Show’ Host, Creator Chuck Barris Dead at 87

Mar 22 2017 — — Game show legend Chuck Barris — creator and host of “The Gong Show” — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY … according to his publicist. In addition to starting ‘Gong Show’ in 1976 … Barris had also created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” in the ’60s. He claimed […]


Journalist and broadcaster Betty Kennedy dead at 91

Mar 21 2017 — — Journalist and television personality Betty Kennedy, famed for her work on CBC’s long-running trivia show Front Page Challenge, has died at 91. Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died on Monday, according to a statement from her family. Kennedy’s interviewing ease charmed audiences but she said her career in broadcasting actually came about […]

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Veteran Canadian comedian Bob Robertson dead at 71

Mar 20 2017 — — Veteran Canadian comedian Bob Robertson has died at 71. Robertson and Linda Cullen have been called the funniest married couple in Canada. They met in Vancouver at CKNW radio where both worked — Robertson as a weatherman on the Frosty Forst morning show where he used his knack for vocal impersonations to spoof many a […]


Chuck Berry dead at 90

Mar 18 2017 — — Legendary musician Chuck Berry died on Saturday, according to police in Missouri. He was 90 years old. The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed Berry’s death on Facebook, saying police responded to a medical emergency at his home at approximately 12:40 p.m. local time. Police say Berry was found unresponsive and he was pronounced dead […]