January 16th, 2021

Entertainment News

Skylar Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’

By Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

NEW YORK – By page two of the pilot script for NBC’s ” Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” Skylar Astin knew he wanted the role of Max Richman. The NBC musical series, now airing season two on Tuesdays, stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a woman who realizes people’s inner-most feelings by elaborate song and dance numbers ... Read More »

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New Brunswick premier to appoint two commissioners to review Official Languages Act

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he will appoint two commissioners to undertake a review of the province’s Official Languages Act. The Tory leader said today the commissioners will present a final report with recommendations to the government by Dec. 31. He says details of the mandate will be announced when the commissioners ... Read More »

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Businessman Frank Giustra’s lawsuit against Twitter can proceed in B.C. court: judge

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled that businessman Frank Giustra’s lawsuit against Twitter Inc. over alleged “false and defamatory” tweets can proceed in the province. Giustra, the founder of Lionsgate Entertainment and CEO of the Fiore Group of Companies, filed a civil lawsuit in April 2019 alleging that Twitter published defamatory ... Read More »

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Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

NEW YORK – Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the ... Read More »

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Skyler Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’

By Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

NEW YORK – By page two of the pilot script for NBC’s ” Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” Skylar Astin knew he wanted the role of Max Richman. The NBC musical series, now airing season two on Tuesdays, stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a woman who realizes people’s inner-most feelings by elaborate song and dance numbers ... Read More »

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Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

By Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500. Trackhouse made the Friday announcement with a video on Twitter in which the Grammy winner is featured dancing to an “I believe we will win” chant. ... Read More »

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Quebec prosecutors won’t appeal acquittals in Rozon, Salvail cases after review

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

MONTREAL – The Crown says it won’t appeal the acquittals in the cases of Quebec media stars Gilbert Rozon and Eric Salvail. A spokeswoman for the director of criminal and penal prosecutions made the announcements in a series of tweets and says the decision in the Rozon case is based on an assessment of the ... Read More »

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Melinda Gates writes US$250K cheque for prize spotlighting female fiction writers

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

Philanthropist Melinda Gates has donated US$250,000 to a new prize celebrating women’s contributions to American and Canadian literature. Organizers of the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction say Gates is backing the C$150,000 award for female and non-binary authors through her investment company Pivotal Ventures. Gates joins a list of high-profile supporters of the initiative to ... Read More »

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‘Parasite’s’ Bong Joon Ho to head Venice Film Festival jury

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

“Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho has been selected as jury president of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, organizers said Friday. The Oscar-winner will preside over seven jurors to hand out the festival’s top awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion. He’ll be the first South Korean to hold the post. In a statement, the director ... Read More »

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Q&A: Kingsley Ben-Adir breaks out as Malcolm X

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir may not be a household name yet, but that’s poised to change with his scene-stealing performance as Malcolm X in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami….” The film, which imagines an electric meeting between the civil rights icon, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown in February 1964, is currently available ... Read More »

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Where MLK and Coretta met and studied, a memorial will rise

By Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press on January 15th, 2021

BOSTON – A major memorial honouring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King is moving forward in Boston, where they met and studied in the 1950s. King Boston, the privately funded organization co-ordinating the estimated $9.5 million project, said this week that fabrication of a roughly 22-foot-high bronze sculpture depicting four arms embracing is ... Read More »

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