National Newswatch

Unbowed ‘Julius Caesar’ director urges artists ‘take risks’

Jun 30 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — The theatre director who endured death threats and lost corporate sponsors after staging a Donald Trump-inspired version of "Julius Caesar" has a message to any artist fearful of facing similar backlash — don't flinch. "We can't allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed. We can't allow ourselves to feel we're completely isolated. We're not," […]

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

Jun 23 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to […]

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

Jun 23 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference […]

Online game Words with Friends adds ‘covfefe’ to its list

Jun 1 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — The popular mobile word game Words With Friends has added one of the internet's most popular typos in recent days — "covfefe." The mysterious term that President Donald Trump tweeted has spread like wildfire on social media and the Scrabble-like multiplayer game has jumped aboard, defining the word as "the amount and […]

Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, Skrillex lead ACLU concert

Feb 10 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Outrage over President Donald Trump's travel ban has prompted a spring fundraising concert for the American Civil Liberties Union that will feature a diverse lineup, including Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Miguel and Skrillex. DJ and producer Zedd, a Russian-born immigrant, organized the April 3 concert called "Welcome!" at the Staples Center in […]

‘SNL’ writer suspended for tweet about Barron Trump

Jan 25 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — A "Saturday Night Live" writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron. A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press that Katie Rich was suspended immediately after writing an offensive tweet about the 10-year-old child. […]

What’s on the Trump menu? Lobster, steak and chocolate

Jan 20 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Donald Trump's first meal as president of the United States isn't too far from the typical power lunch for a billionaire businessman — lobster, beef and a rich chocolate dessert. The inaugural committee Thursday released the lunch menu following the swearing-in ceremonies on Friday and Trump and some 200 guests will be […]

Meryl Streep overrated? Donald Trump picks a decorated star

Jan 10 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday, calling Meryl Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" following her speech Sunday night at the Golden Globe awards. Trump's "overrated" remark follows one he made in 2015 to The Hollywood Reporter in which he called Streep one of his favourite actresses […]

Meryl Streep overrated? Donald Trump picks a decorated star

Jan 9 2017 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday, calling Meryl Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" following her speech Sunday night at the Golden Globe awards. Trump's "overrated" remark follows one he made in 2015 to The Hollywood Reporter in which he called Streep one of his favourite actresses […]

Rockettes’ owners say attendance at inauguration is a choice

Dec 23 2016 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — The Radio City Rockettes will be dancing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next month, but not everyone is kicking up their heels at the booking. One of the famed dancers took to Instagram to say she was "embarrassed and disappointed" by the gig, triggering calls for a boycott by some on social […]

‘Hamilton’ member gives Pence earful. Trump: “Apologize!”

Nov 19 2016 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday demanded an apology from the cast member who gave Mike Pence an onstage earful about equality. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon told Pence after the curtain call that multiracial and multicultural cast is concerned about the Trump administration. "We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and […]

Broadway concert for Hillary Clinton draws huge stars

Oct 18 2016 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Stars of Hollywood and Broadway — including Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren — put on a splashy fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic candidate could only address the group via a video message Monday evening. But daughter Chelsea […]

Widespread outrage about Trump’s comments on women

Oct 9 2016 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — On a bus headed to the set of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" in 2005, Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women. "I just start kissing them," he boasted. "I don't even wait." After the recording was released Friday, backlash didn't wait, […]

Michelle Obama hosts Broadway event to help girls

Sep 19 2016 — Mark Kennedy — NEW YORK — Michelle Obama tapped some big voices to help deliver her push to get girls educated across the world. The U.S. first lady went to Broadway on Monday to host a concert for the spouses of global heads of state that included performances from the female-centric shows "The Color Purple," ''Waitress," ''Wicked" and […]