March 31st, 2020

Entertainment News

ABC’s Karl calls Rubio’s tweet on media outrageous, hurtful

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

NEW YORK – The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Monday called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet saying some media members “can’t contain their delight” at reports of Americans getting the coronavirus. Jonathan Karl, who is ABC News’ White House correspondent, said Rubio’s tweet was outrageous, wrong and ... Read More »

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Grand Theatre postpones $8 million renovation, puts most staff on ’emergency leave’

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

LONDON, Ont. – The Grand Theatre in London, Ont., is postponing a planned $8-million renovation because of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The theatre was set to overhaul one of its lobby spaces in May. But the project, which is backed by private and public funding, has been rescheduled for 2021. The Grand ... Read More »

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Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

By Mike Corder, The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said that “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884″ ... Read More »

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Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

NEW YORK – John Prine is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine said Monday. The singer-songwriter’s family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill. Fiona Prine’s message Monday on social media, suggested his condition had improved overnight. Prine remains hospitalized. “Please ... Read More »

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Crime thrillers and cannabis cooking competition among April streaming picks

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

With Canadians spending most of their time indoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s fortunate that streaming services were already ramping up a busy month of programming for April. Netflix is set to feed reality-series buffs another conversation starter on April 17 with “Too Hot to Handle,” which gathers a group of beautiful people at a ... Read More »

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This year’s Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour to be feted at 2021 gala

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

ORILLIA, Ont. – The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour will be awarded this summer, but the winner will have to wait a year to celebrate with their peers. Organizers announced Monday that the prize gala festivities this June have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they say this year’s nominees will be ... Read More »

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Dutch museum says Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in raid

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Dutch museum says that a painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen in a raid overnight. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was stolen in the early hours of Monday. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. Police ... Read More »

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Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

NEW YORK – Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with ... Read More »

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‘I Love Rock and Roll’ co-writer dies of virus complications

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

NEW YORK – Alan Merrill – who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett – died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 69. Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in the morning. ... Read More »

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Police investigate break-in at Dutch art museum

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Police are investigating a break-in at a Dutch art museum that is currently closed because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the museum and police said Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear if any paintings or art were stolen in the raid in the early hours of Monday ... Read More »

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Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser wins Whitman award

By The Associated Press on March 30th, 2020

NEW YORK – The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser’s “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021. Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the award includes a six-week residency in Umbria, Italy, and $5,000. In addition, the academy will purchase hundreds of ... Read More »

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