September 20th, 2018

Entertainment News

Heart patient, Drake fan: Great to be ‘back to myself’

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

CHICAGO – The suburban Chicago girl who received a heart transplant after dancing her way into a meeting with Drake says she’s feeling great. Sofia Sanchez met with reporters on Thursday , three-and-a-half weeks after she received a new heart during a nine-hour operation at Lurie Children’s Hospital. The 11-year-old says her new heart “feels ... Read More »

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Poet Sonia Sanchez working on memoir, ‘Watch My Language’

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW YORK – With the help of Ta-Nehisi Coates, poet Sonia Sanchez is writing a memoir. Sanchez has a deal with One World for “Watch My Language,” the publisher announced Thursday. One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has not set a release date. Sanchez, 84, emerged during the Black Arts Movement of the ... Read More »

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Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page finds a voice in political strife

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

TORONTO – When Steven Page released an album a little over two years ago, the United States felt like a very different place. Barack Obama was president and many thought Donald Trump would never land in the Oval Office. The former Barenaked Ladies co-founder was shaping a two-album project titled “Heal Thyself” that ruminated on ... Read More »

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The Latest: Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sentencing for sexual assault (all times local): 4 p.m. The judge set to sentence actor Bill Cosby on sex assault charges is limiting the number of other accusers who can testify next week. The 81-year-old Cosby’s potential sentence ranges from the 30-year maximum term to probation. State guidelines ... Read More »

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Brad Pitt’s foundation sues architect over New Orleans homes

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Actor Brad Pitt’s foundation has sued a New Orleans architect, saying defective design work led to leaks and other flaws in homes built for residents of an area that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says damages caused by architect John C. Williams could cost Pitt’s ... Read More »

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Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US

By Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda’s pop star politician Bobi Wine vowed Thursday to continue his fight for more freedom in the country “or we shall die trying,” shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture. The opposition lawmaker, who has emerged as a popular ... Read More »

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‘Pod Save America’ political podcast is coming to HBO

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW YORK – The popular political podcast “Pod Save America” is coming to HBO for a series of four specials. “Pod Save America” will be hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, who worked for the Obama administration. They will provide insight and commentary on the political news of the week. ... Read More »

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‘Anne with an E’ adds first black character, LGBTQ storyline with season 2

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

TORONTO – As “Anne with an E”‘s plucky protagonist embarks on more Prince Edward Island adventures in season 2, some new faces enter the picture, adding a sense of inclusivity and diversity to her world of wonder. In the new batch of episodes that begin Sunday on CBC-TV as well as its streaming app and ... Read More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ starring Kristen Bell gets revived by Hulu

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

NEW YORK – Veronica Mars has another mystery to solve. Hulu has ordered eight new one-hour interconnected episodes of the series, starring Kristen Bell, that premiered in 2004 and aired on UPN for two seasons and The CW for one. Bell announced the news Thursday on her Instagram account. The original series centred around Bell ... Read More »

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Harvard’s Hasty Pudding casts first women in 175 years

By The Associated Press on September 20th, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding theatre troupe has cast its first women after nearly two centuries of all-male productions. The group says six women have been chosen to perform in the 2019 show, accounting for half the cast. New cast member Ashley LaLonde says she’s especially proud to be the first black woman ... Read More »

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Jeremy Dutcher puts spotlight on ‘Indigenous renaissance’ in Canadian arts scene

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press on September 20th, 2018

TORONTO – A wave of Indigenous artists making inroads in fields including music, literature, dance and film is exhilarating for playwright Reneltta Arluk, who pauses while discussing musician Jeremy Dutcher’s recent Polaris Prize win to say she’s about to choke up. The theatre veteran says she was deeply moved by Dutcher’s rousing celebration of talent ... Read More »

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