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Tales Of The City Actor Marcus D’Amico Dies At Age 55

Deadline Hollywood reports: Marcus D’Amico, the actor best known for originating the role Michael “Mouse” Tolliver in the 1993 limited TV series Tales of the City, died Dec. 16 of pneumonia at his home in Oxfordshire, England. He was 55. Patrick Baca, his former manager, said the cause was bronchial pneumonia. Although best known to U.S. audiences for starring in …

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Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Testing Positive For COVID

USA Today reports: Ellen DeGeneres has tested positive for the novel coronavirus but is “feeling fine right now,” she announced Thursday. The television host, 62, said in a tweet that “anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines.” DeGeneres’ diagnosis comes as the United States faces soaring coronavirus …

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Oscar Nominee Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgender

The New York Daily News reports: The actor formerly known as Ellen Page announced he is transgender and now goes by Elliot Page. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot,” the “Juno” star shared in a tweet Tuesday. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. …

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Obama Calls It His “Screw Up” That Dolly Parton Didn’t Get A Presidential Medal Of Freedom: “I’ll Call Biden”

The Hill reports: Former President Obama says it was a major “screw up” of his administration that he failed to honor Dolly Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “That’s a mistake. I’m shocked,” Obama said Monday on CBS’ “The Late Show” after host Stephen Colbert asked how it was possible the “9 to 5” singer hadn’t received the country’s …

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Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dies At Age 85

NPR reports: David Prowse, the British weightlifting champion and man behind the Darth Vader mask, has died. He was 85. The actor’s management company shared the news of his passing early Sunday morning on social media “with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world.” Prowse wore the Darth Vader costume in the original …

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NYC’s LGBT Marching Band Performs “Dancing Queen” In Macy’s Parade In Tribute To Canceled Pride [VIDEO]

The Atlantic reports: The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, one of the first queer marching bands in the United States, was founded in 1979 in New York City, a decade after the Stonewall uprising. This year, the Big Apple Corps reached what Marita Begley, the group’s director, called “the mountaintop”: Today it became the first openly LGBTQ group to …

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LIVE VIDEO: 94th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The New York Post reports: The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade may not have been canceled by the coronavirus, but there are some radical alterations to help adhere to social-distancing mandates for 2020. The biggest change: The bash will be tailored exclusively to television audiences. Despite the new format, organizers promise an equally grand spectacle. “Thanksgiving looks a lot …

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Beyonce Tops 2021 Grammy Nominations With 9 Nods

Entertainment Tonight reports: Beyoncé is the 2021 GRAMMY Awards most nominated artist with nine nominations. Even more impressively, the singer pulled out front this year without even releasing an album. Instead, Queen Bey is being recognized in major categories — including Song of the Year and Record of the Year — for her Black Lives Matter anthem, “Black Parade” and …

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Oscar Winner Sean Connery Dies At Age 90 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Sean Connery, the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond and became one of the movies’ most popular and enduring international stars, has died. He was 90. Connery, long regarded as one of the best actors to have portrayed the iconic spy, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and marked his 90th birthday only …

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AMC Offers Theater Rentals: $99 For Up 20 People

ABC News reports: As indoor entertainment venues continue to struggle against the coronavirus pandemic, AMC Theaters announced this weekend it’s got a special offer for moviegoers looking to see some of their favorite flicks on the big screen. And they won’t have to worry about getting the worst seat in the house. The theater chain is offering rentals for an …

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Broadway Theaters To Remain Dark Until June 2021

Spectrum News reports: Theatre producers announced Friday that the shutdown will be extended and that there will be no Broadway performances before June 1, 2021. Marquees went dark back in mid-March and the initial shutdown had been extended to June 7, and most recently, September 6. If theaters remain closed through June 1, 2021, that will mean between 14 and …

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Randy Rainbow & Patti LuPone: “If Donald Got Fired”

YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back today with his special guest, Broadway legend Patti LuPone. The pair team up to blast Trump and his sycophants with a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s “If Mama Was Married” from the 1959 musical Gypsy. LuPone won the Tony Award in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, making national news on the show’s closing night when …

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Rocker Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer At Age 65

Yahoo Entertainment report: Eddie Van Halen, whose innovative and explosive guitar playing kept the hard rock band that bore his family name cemented to the top of the album charts for two decades, died on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 65. Van Halen’s son Wolf announced the news. “He was the best father I could …

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Singer/Activist Helen Reddy Dies At Age 78 [VIDEO]

Sydney’s ABC News affiliate reports: Australian legend and activist Helen Reddy has passed away at the age of 78 in Los Angeles. The Melbourne-born singer is best known for her hit song I Am Woman, which has gone on to become a feminist anthem. “Helen Reddy’s story is an amazing one, a great story of talent and determination,” said entertainment …

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NYC Metropolitan Opera Won’t Open For Another Year

The New York Times reports: The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday that the still-untamed coronavirus pandemic has forced it to cancel its entire 2020-21 season, prolonging one of the gravest crises it has faced in its 137-year history and keeping it dark until next September. The decision is likely to send ripples of concern through New York and the rest of …

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Tony And Emmy Winner Diana Rigg Dies At Age 82

Variety reports: Diana Rigg, the Tony and Emmy winner who splashed into the world of television with her commanding turn as intelligence agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s and played Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” decades later, died Thursday at her home in England. She was 82. Rigg was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment …

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Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies At Age 43

Variety reports: Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”). …

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TOMORROW: Disney+ Launches Documentary On Life Of Late Oscar-Winning Lyricist Howard Ashman [VIDEO]

Kevin Fallon writes for the Daily Beast: Howard, the documentary on the life of legendary lyricist Howard Ashman, opens with sounds of an orchestra warming up before launching into the first notes of “Belle,” the opening number for Beauty and the Beast, at a 1990 recording session for the Disney animated musical. The new documentary, which launches on Disney+ this …

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NYC Rockettes Xmas Show Canceled For First Time

The New York Post reports: This year’s “Christmas Spectacular,” starring leggy dance troupe the Radio City Rockettes, is being canceled for the first time since the show was introduced in 1933. MSG Entertainment, which owns the glamorous Radio City Music Hall where the Rockettes perform, made the decision to close the curtain on the popular show amid ongoing uncertainty tied …

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HBO’s “Watchmen” Leads 2020 Emmy Nominations

Variety reports: The Emmy smackdown between Netflix and HBO has taken another dramatic turn. As the Television Academy announced the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Tuesday morning, Netflix came out on top swinging with a whopping 160 nominations, followed by rival HBO in second at 107 nods. HBO still had reason to celebrate, however, as limited series “Watchmen” scored …

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