February 22nd, 2017

Entertainment News

Jimmy Fallon donates $100K to fund art at his high school

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – Jimmy Fallon has donated $100,000 to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school’s TV studio. The host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” is a 1992 graduate of Saugerties High School in upstate New York. Fallon tells The Associated Press in ... Read More »

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Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 bestseller

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – Here’s a way to reach the top of the bestseller lists: Become the next national security adviser. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s “Dereliction of Duty,” first published in 1997, was No. 1 on Amazon.com as of Wednesday morning. The book’s popularity soared after McMaster was chosen Monday by President Donald Trump to replace ... Read More »

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7-year-old boy meets NBC’s Holt after on-air shout out

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – A 7-year-old boy’s mention of Lester Holt to a local news reporter in Portland, Oregon, has earned him a chance to meet his favourite news anchor. After mentioning Holt to KGW-TV reporter Drew Carney on air earlier this month, the boy told Carney, “usually you see him more on the news than ... Read More »

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Playwright who inspired ‘Moonlight’ wins PEN award

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie “Moonlight” has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright, PEN announced Wednesday. Suzan-Lori Parks, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Topdog/Underdog,” received a PEN award for “Master American Dramatist.” ... Read More »

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Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star’s potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange ... Read More »

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Review: In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date’s liberal family in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar confrontation with altogether more combustible results in “Get Out.” “Do they know I’m black?” Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) asks his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) as they ... Read More »

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Review: ‘Contemporary Color’ is a hypnotic concert film

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

In 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with colour guard teams – those baton and saber twirling staples of small town parades and high school football games. The musicians, including the likes of St. Vincent, Lucius, Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus ... Read More »

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Sword breaks off Civil War memorial; vandalism suspected

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

BOSTON – A sword has broken off again from a memorial depicting the famed 54th Massachusetts Civil War regiment, featured in the Denzel Washington movie “Glory.” Boston police are investigating after the damage was reported Tuesday. They suspect vandalism. National Park Service spokesman Sean Hennessey tells the Boston Globe it’s happened frequently enough that there ... Read More »

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Canadian animator Alan Barillaro makes splash with Oscar-nominated debut ‘Piper’

By Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

TORONTO – Canadian animator Alan Barillaro has had a hand in some of Pixar’s biggest hits including “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “WALL-E,” but the Ontario native managed to soar to solo success at the helm of his Oscar-nominated debut film “Piper.” Barillaro’s animated short about an adorable baby sandpiper searching for food on ... Read More »

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Ex-Minnesota Orchestra maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies

By Jeff Baenen, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Former longtime Minnesota Orchestra music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who conducted major orchestras in England, Japan and other countries, died Tuesday after suffering a second stroke earlier this month, the orchestra said. He was 93. Skrowaczewski’s family told Minnesota Orchestra president Kevin Smith that he died at a suburban Minneapolis hospital, according to an ... Read More »

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Box Office Top 20: ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ stay on top

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

NEW YORK – Holdovers “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker” led the North American box office for a second week, while Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” – a hit in China, where it was made – struggled in its domestic debut. Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie” was No.1 again, selling $42.7 million ... Read More »

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