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‘The Voice’ contestant Janice Freeman dies at 33

Mar 4 2019 — — Janice Freeman, a contestant on season 13 of “The Voice,” has died at age 33. According to a statement on her official Twitter page, the singer passed away in Pasadena, California on March 2 “from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that travelled to her heart.” “A survivor and fighter, and a […]

John Candy’s loved ones on his enduring legacy, 25 years after his death

Mar 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Canadian comedy star John Candy's death, but his family and friends say it feels like he's still around. With his legacy enduring to this day — through the impact of the sketch-comedy series "SCTV" and revered films including "Splash," "Uncle Buck" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" — his children say their […]

Comedy stars remember John Candy, who died 25 years ago

Mar 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian comics remember John Candy as a genuine talent whose legacy continues to reverberate among new generations of fans. Here is what some comedy stars told The Canadian Press about Candy, who died 25 years ago on Monday:   JAYNE EASTWOOD The Toronto actress, who knew Candy through the "SCTV" gang, remembers being on a […]

R. Kelly heads back to court after he can’t post $100,000 bail

Feb 25 2019 — — After spending the weekend in jail, R. Kelly is going back to court Monday for the second time in two days. Kelly, one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, prosecutors said. Three of the accusers would have been underage at […]

Trump goes after Spike Lee after Oscars speech

Feb 25 2019 — — President Donald Trump is going after director Spike Lee, who used his Oscar acceptance speech to urge mobilization for the 2020 election. Trump tweeted Monday that Lee did a “racist hit on your President.” Trump claimed that he had “done more for African Americans” than “almost” any other president. Lee won the Oscar for best […]

In an upset, ‘Green Book’ wins best picture at Oscars

Feb 25 2019 — — The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback by some and ridiculed as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy” by others. In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best […]

R. Kelly indicted for aggravated sexual abuse

Feb 22 2019 — — Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B singer R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records. Thursday’s charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. Through his lawyers, he has consistently denied them. Kelly, whose legal […]

Peter Tork dead: Monkees bassist dies at 77

Feb 21 2019 — — Peter Tork, former Monkees bassist and keyboardist, died Thursday. He was 77. The musician was best-known as the wise-cracking dummy in the fictitious TV rock band. He became a teenage heartthrob in the late-1960s thanks to his endearing personality and lovable character.

Netflix announces creation of production hub in Toronto

Feb 19 2019 — — Netflix is setting up a dedicated production hub in Toronto, which film and TV creators hope will provide new opportunities for local talent. The California-based streaming giant announced Tuesday it is expanding its presence in Canada by leasing two studio spaces along the downtown industrial waterfront area. At Cinespace Studios, Netflix is leasing four new […]

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s artistic director, dies aged 85

Feb 19 2019 — — The German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, sources close to Chanel have said. Lagerfeld, the fashion house’s artistic director, missed its haute couture show in Paris in January, fuelling speculation about his health. He began his career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955 and joined Chanel in […]