Arts and Entertainment

Get Smart actor Dick Gautier dead at 85

Actor Dick Gautier, who gained fame playing an Elvis-like singer in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and went on to play Hymie the Robot on TV’s Get Smart, has died. He was 85. Gautier died Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles County, his publicist Harlan Boll told The Associated Press. Gautier, who started out as a standup comic, ...

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MUN students say new N.L. book tax hitting them hard

Kristen Lo carried her new statistics textbook to the counter with a white-knuckled grip, prepared to pay the new 10 per cent provincial book tax on top of the $90 retail price. Like many of her friends, she avoids the Memorial University book store at all costs. Unable to find any alternative to buying the textbook with its accompanying online access ...

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Five most memorable presidential inauguration performances

In the days leading up to president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, there seems to be more talk of artists refusing to perform rather than accepting what has traditionally been an honour. Country singer Toby Keith is scheduled to perform at an event Thursday. Actor Jon Voigt, the band 3 Doors Down and former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho are also part ...

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Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Cher among celebs set to join Women’s March on Washington

Major star power is behind the upcoming Women’s March on Washington (WMW). Organizers expect tens of thousands of people to attend the rally Jan. 21 in D.C. near the U.S. Capitol, which aims to send a message to “all levels of government” about defending equality and human rights. Katy Perry, Cher, Scarlett Johansson expected Comedian Amy Schumer, pop star Katy ...

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Offensive trademark or reclaiming a stereotype? U.S. band fighting for its name in court

The Slants aren’t exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has certainly made its mark in the legal world. The Oregon-based group has spent years locked in a First Amendment battle with the government, which refuses to register a trademark for the band’s name because it’s considered offensive to Asians. That fight will ...

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This Toronto artist learned English from comics books – now he’s the force behind DC series ‘Trinity’

Growing up in Scarborough the child of immigrant parents, Filipino-born Francis Manapul perfected his English inside the DC universe with the likes of Superman and Batman as his teachers. His parents — his mother, an interior designer and father, a writer and broadcaster — figured there could be a no more exciting draw to reading than comic books. They didn’t know it, but ...

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Now Victoria comes to TV: Why Queens are ‘dramatic dynamite’

Mention the words “Queen Victoria” and an instant image comes to mind: a dowdy widow who has become famous for apparently saying “We are not amused,” even though there’s little proof she uttered those words. But there’s another image of a younger, feistier Victoria that will hit North American television screens Sunday night, continuing a dramatic fascination with women who ...

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Ringling Bros. closing curtain on namesake circus after 146 years

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on The Greatest Show on Earth. The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with ...

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