Arts and Entertainment

No cellphones backstage for accountants after Oscars best picture flub

PwC accountants won’t be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month’s Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesperson Teni Melidonian confirmed the authenticity of the ...

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Straight Outta Compton, Vin Scully’s call to be preserved by Library of Congress

First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, Straight Outta Compton — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars — has been selected for the prestigious U.S. National Recording Registry. The album was one of 25 additions to the registry announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress, and it wasn’t ...

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20 years after Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scooby gang reunites

Buffy Summers and her old pals from Sunnydale High are reuniting to celebrate the 20th birthday of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ‘This is like a high school reunion, but much worse because they all still look really great,’ series creator Joss Whedon says of the reunion. (Warner Bros./Getty Images) Series creator Joss Whedon talks with stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson ...

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Bob Dylan to accept Nobel honour this weekend in Stockholm

Recorded speech to be delivered at a later date By Matti Huuhtanen, The Associated Press Posted: Mar 29, 2017 10:01 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 29, 2017 10:01 AM ET Related Stories Nobel literature prize laureate Bob Dylan will meet with members of the Swedish Academy during a weekend visit to Stockholm and they will hand over his Nobel diploma and ...

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3 dead as freelance tornado chasers for Weather Channel crash vehicles

Three storm chasers were killed when their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads during severe West Texas storms on Tuesday. The storms spawned multiple funnel clouds and an occasional tornado in open areas of West Texas on Tuesday afternoon. No damage was reported. The crash happened at a remote intersection near the town of Spur, about 85 kilometres southeast of ...

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‘It was a shock’: Residential school survivor sees her painting more than 50 years later

It was a way to express the horrors she went through at residential school. It was cathartic. That is how Gina Laing describes the after-hours art classes she attended at the residential school in Port Alberni. A member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe, Laing was recently reunited with art she painted more than 50 years ago. Laing’s paintings were part of a collection donated to the ...

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Bill Cosby’s lawyers ask to exclude testimony on other women, pills

New Defense argues that deposition testimony about those topics would prejudice the jury The Associated Press Posted: Mar 28, 2017 6:20 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017 6:20 PM ET Related Stories Bill Cosby’s lawyers don’t want jurors at his suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault trial to hear he gave women quaaludes, money or educational funds. The defense says in court ...

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Margaret Atwood expands The Handmaid’s Tale for audiobook

Margaret Atwood hasn’t quite finished telling The Handmaid’s Tale. The Canadian author has provided additional material for a special audio edition coming out next week exclusively from audio producer and distributor Audible.com, which is owned by Amazon.com. The audiobook expands upon a version released in 2012 and narrated by Claire Danes, Audible told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Atwood’s novel, ...

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Drake’s More Life smashes records, including his own

He started from the bottom, but now Drake’s sitting atop the music charts again. More Life, the Toronto rapper’s latest release, is officially a record-breaker. The 22-track album, which Drake has described as a “playlist” project, set a new U.S. record for most online streams from a single album in one week, with 385 million streams recorded across all platforms. More Life ...

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World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

The World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic Donkey Kong that launched Mario’s plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit Wii Sports, that made gamers out of grandparents. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games are under consideration for induction in ...

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