March 28th, 2017

Entertainment News

Will Smith, ‘Fresh Prince’ cast enjoy brief reunion

By The Associated Press on March 28th, 2017

Will Smith has reunited with his “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” cast mates. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Smith’s Tom Jones-loving cousin Carlton on the 1990s sitcom, posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of the cast getting together. Joined by Smith and Ribeiro were Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid and Joseph Marcell. James Avery, ... Read More »

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Sarah McLachlan and producer Pierre Marchand share stories behind ‘Surfacing’

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

TORONTO – Sarah McLachlan and producer Pierre Marchand have worked together for years, but it’s their 1997 collaboration “Surfacing” that left its strongest mark. Winning two Grammys and four Junos, the album was instrumental in launching the Lilith Fair music festival. As “Surfacing” turns 20 this year, The Canadian Press asked both McLachlan and Marchand ... Read More »

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From the studio to Lilith Fair: Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Surfacing’ turns 20

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

TORONTO – Sarah McLachlan will never forget how sick she was of hearing the hit songs off her 1997 smash album “Surfacing” – and that was before it was even released. The Halifax-born singer’s record – which was loaded with hits including “Building a Mystery,” “Sweet Surrender,” “Adia” and “Angel” – was at the centre ... Read More »

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Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

By The Associated Press on March 28th, 2017

BERLIN – Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country’s first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72. Kaufmann died in Munich after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency Tuesday. Born in 1945, Kaufmann made her acting debut ... Read More »

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Sour note: Brexit forces orchestra move from UK to Belgium

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2017

LONDON – It’s a resonant moment of European cultural harmony: a Swedish soprano and a pan-European orchestra rehearsing a Bach cantata in a medieval English church. With Britain about to leave the European Union, it’s also a poignant one. The ensemble rehearsing in a York church is the European Union Baroque Orchestra, founded 32 years ... Read More »

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 2-8

By The Associated Press on March 28th, 2017

April 2: Actress Linda Hunt is 72. Singer Emmylou Harris is 70. Actress Pamela Reed is 68. Drummer Dave Robinson of The Cars is 64. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 56. Actor Christopher Meloni (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 56. Singer Keren Woodward of Bananarama is 56. Country singer Billy Dean is 55. ... Read More »

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Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Viacom Inc. has named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, hoping the former Fox chief can revive the flagging movie studio. Gianopulos will succeed Paramount’s former chairman, Brad Grey, who was ousted in February. Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish said Monday that Gianopulos will be able ... Read More »

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Drake’s new CD ‘More Life’ breaks a new streaming record

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Drake, who was the most streamed act on Spotify last year, has started 2017 strong – his new album, “More Life,” has broken the U.S. record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week. The rapper’s 22-track album recorded 385 million streams across all platforms in its ... Read More »

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Hannity angry at treatment by CBS in interview

By David Bauder, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is calling on CBS News to release the full tape of his interview with Ted Koppel for “Sunday Morning,” in which the veteran “Nightline” anchor answered “yes” when Hannity asked if Koppel thought he was bad for America. The exchange between two different generations of television news ... Read More »

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George Lucas gives another $10M to USC for student diversity

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – George Lucas has given another $10 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to fund the student diversity program he helped establish. The donation was announced Monday by USC, Lucas’ alma mater. Last fall, USC established a foundation in Lucas’ name to support students from underrepresented communities who ... Read More »

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Barry Jenkins’ next project? ‘The Underground Railroad’

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins writing and directing the adaptation of the 2016 National Book Award winner. Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” is ... Read More »

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