October 16th, 2021

Entertainment News

Africa’s largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

By Sam Mednick, The Associated Press on October 16th, 2021

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – Africa’s largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. Alex Moussa Sawadogo, head of the Pan-African Film and TV ... Read More »

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Netflix employee fired in wake of Chappelle special furor

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix said Friday that it had fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer,” which some condemned as being transphobic. The employee, who wasn’t named, shared “confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix statement said. “We understand this ... Read More »

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – ABC’s “This Week” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” – To be announced. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” – Preempted by NFL football. __ CNN’s “State of the Union” – Transportation Secretary ... Read More »

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New this week: ‘Dune,’ ‘Invasion’ and an Elton John album

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES – Denis Villeneuve’s somberly majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 cult sci-fi novel “Dune,” with its grand-scale architecture and thundering sonic blasts, would certainly be best experienced on the big screen. But ... Read More »

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Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won’t dismiss case

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019. An attorney for the former “Empire” actor said Smollett’s ... Read More »

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Van Gogh artwork looted by Nazis to be auctioned in New York

By Karen Matthews, The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) – A watercolor by Vincent van Gogh that was seized by the Nazis during World War II will be sold next month at auction in New York, where it is expected to fetch a price of $20 million or more, the auction house Christie’s announced. Christie’s is auctioning the 1888 work, “Wheatstacks,” ... Read More »

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Noah Reid to make Broadway debut in comedy ‘The Minutes’

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on October 15th, 2021

TORONTO – “Schitt’s Creek” star Noah Reid is set to make his Broadway debut. Producers say the Toronto actor and musician, who played Patrick on CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek,” has joined the cast of the Tracy Letts play “The Minutes.” The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is set to begin performances at ... Read More »

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Cambridge college to return looted bronze statue to Nigeria

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

LONDON (AP) – A Cambridge University college said Friday that it would return a looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria later this month, making it the first U.K. institution to hand back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes. Jesus College announced in 2019 that it would return the Okukor, a statue that was ... Read More »

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Ontario venues say new COVID-19 rules create ‘double standard’ for standing concerts

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on October 15th, 2021

TORONTO – Indoor concerts are slowly coming back to life in Ontario, but venue owners say the latest COVID-19 guidelines will dampen any significant return to live music in the coming months. At first glance, new rules that lifted capacity limits in “select settings” last weekend seemed to allow performances to return to 100 per ... Read More »

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British queen appears to show irritation at climate inaction

By The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II has appeared to criticize the global lack of action on climate change in comments caught on microphone. The 95-year-old British monarch was filmed on a phone as she visited Cardiff to open the Welsh parliament on Thursday. At one point, speaking to her daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and ... Read More »

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Hungary’s ‘last’ Roma fortuneteller preserves traditions

By Justin Spike, The Associated Press on October 15th, 2021

SOLTVADKERT, Hungary (AP) – Zoltan Sztojka, by his own account Hungary’s last Roma fortuneteller, lays 36 weathered tarot cards on a table at his home in the village of Soltvadkert, and peers at them from beneath the brim of his large felt hat. As he turns the cards with his heavily ringed fingers, he presents ... Read More »

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