Arts and Entertainment

Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, dead at 84

Gregory was among the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences The Associated Press Posted: Aug 19, 2017 11:55 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 19, 2017 11:58 PM ET Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humour to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory’s ...

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Magician Penn Jillette apologizes for calling Newfoundlanders ‘stupid’

Celebrity magician Penn Jillette has apologized after Newfoundlanders took him to task for insulting their intelligence on a talk show. Jillette, half of the comedic magic duo Penn & Teller, talked about his Newfoundland roots during an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that aired Friday night. “I’m probably from Newfoundland, which is just a euphemism for stupid,” Jillette told ...

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O.J. Simpson museum turns morbid merchandise into art

A pop-up museum in Los Angeles is trying to show just how low society sunk in its fascination with O.J. Simpson’s murder trial — and the writing’s on the wall. The exhibit, open to the public this weekend, showcases items from board games to souvenir T-shirts which were sold around the time of Simpson’s infamous car chase, murder trial and eventual acquittal in 1995. ...

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Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski’s victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of ...

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Donald Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards

In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honouring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center arts awards to “allow the honourees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday. Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a reception for honourees at the White House before the Kennedy ...

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Stratford Festival explores painful chapter of Canada’s past in The Komagata Maru Incident

The Stratford Festival is revisiting a painful chapter in Canada’s history with The Komagata Maru Incident, but the show’s stars say it is vital to continue addressing the issues at the core of the century-old story. “I’m super excited that Stratford decided to tell this story because it is such an important story, and a lot of minority histories in Canada ...

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Robin Thicke, girlfriend expecting baby on Alan Thicke’s birthday

New Girlfriend April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram The Associated Press Posted: Aug 18, 2017 5:20 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 5:20 PM ET Robin Thicke’s girlfriend is pregnant, and their baby is due on the birthday of Thicke’s late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday alongside a ...

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Deadpool 2 stuntwoman thrown from motorcycle through a window, says WorkSafeBC

British Columbia’s workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a Deadpool 2 stuntwoman’s death, saying SJ Harris was thrown from her motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window. The initial incident report issued by WorkSafeBC confirms witness accounts and adds new details to Monday’s tragic accident in Vancouver during filming of the sequel to the popular superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Joi SJ Harris died ...

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Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran perform surprise duet in Brooklyn

New 2 artists performed Mendes track Mercy at the Barclays Center CBC News Posted: Aug 18, 2017 3:26 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 3:26 PM ET British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran joined Canada’s Shawn Mendes onstage Wednesday, surprising fans who came out for Mendes’ Illuminate tour stop in Brooklyn.   Sheeran joined Mendes onstage at the Barclays Center to perform ...

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President’s arts and humanities committee resigns over Trump’s Charlottesville response

Members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned Friday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.  “Supremacy, discrimination and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values,” the members wrote in their resignation letter dated Friday. “If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to ...

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