Entertainment

Broadway’s “Phantom” To Close After Record 35 Years

The New York Times reports: “The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show in Broadway history and, for many, a symbol of musical theater, will drop its famous chandelier for the last time in February, becoming the latest show to fall victim to the drop-off in audiences since the pandemic hit. The closing is at once long-expected — no show …

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French Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Dies At Age 91

Reuters reports: Film director Jean-Luc Godard, the godfather of France’s New Wave cinema who pushed cinematic boundaries and inspired iconoclastic directors decades after his 1960s heyday, died on Tuesday aged 91, his family and producers said. Godard was among the world’s most acclaimed directors, known for such classics as “Breathless” and “Contempt”, which broke with convention and helped kickstart a …

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Barack Obama Wins Emmy For Netflix Documentary

The Guardian reports: Barack Obama is halfway to becoming an EGOT after winning an Emmy award to go with his two Grammys. The former president won the best narrator Emmy on Saturday for his work on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks. The five-part show, which features national parks from around the world, is produced by Barack and …

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Actress Anne Heche Dies At 53 After LA Car Crash

The Huffington Post reports: Actor Anne Heche died on Friday, after succumbing to injuries from a car crash days earlier, according to friends. She was 53 years old. Heche was severely burned when she crashed into a Los Angeles home in the Mar Vista neighborhood on Aug. 5. Shortly after the crash, her car burst into flames, which took firefighters …

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Veteran Sitcom Actor Larry Storch Dies At Age 99

Variety reports: Larry Storch, the comedic character actor who also did voiceover work and impressions and was best known for his role as Corporal Randolph Agarn on “F Troop,” has died. He was 99. Storch was a familiar face on TV shows throughout the 1960s and ’70s — he starred in the 1970s children’s show “The Ghost Busters” and appeared …

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Tearful Ellen DeGeneres Ends Show After 19 Years

The Hollywood Reporter reports: In her final hour on NBC as daytime host, Ellen DeGeneres used her platform to reflect on the journey of bringing The Ellen DeGeneres Show to daytime and the noticeable changes in visibility and acceptance of gays in Hollywood across two decades. Guests Jennifer Aniston, the very first person to guest on the Ellen Show when …

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Emmy Winning Actor Ray Liotta Dies At Age 67

Deadline Hollywood reports: Ray Liotta, the terrific actor whose career breakout came in the 1990 Martin Scorsese crime classic Goodfellas after co-starring in Field of Dreams, has died. He was 67. Deadline hears he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. Liotta leaves behind a daughter, Karsen. He was engaged to be …

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Marvel Comics To Intro New Transgender Superhero

Marvel.com reports: Make way for Escapade! In MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1, which releases in June, Shela Sexton will make her debut as Marvel’s new trans mutant Super Hero, and she’s not alone. She’ll also bring along her best friend and fellow trans mutant Morgan Red, as well as their genetically engineered flying turtle Hibbert. Together, they’ll embark on a high-flying, …

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Broadway Extends Mask Mandate Through End Of May

AM New York reports: In a statement, the Broadway League said that as of Sunday, the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters are extending the mask requirement at least through the end of May but many will no longer check for vaccination status. The announcement recommended that theatergoers check individual theaters’ websites for more information. An update on …

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Country Star Naomi Judd Dies By Suicide At Age 76

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Naomi Judd, Grammy-winning member of The Judds, has died after taking her own life. She was 76. The daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. …

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Actor/Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies At Age 67

NBC News reports: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at age 67, according to his family. “We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a statement shared to his Twitter account. The family described him as “the most iconic voice in comedy” as well as a “wonderful husband, brother, …

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Academy Bans Will Smith From Oscars For Ten Years

Deadline Hollywood reports: With their options rather limited, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors have just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on-stage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27. Aside from not giving the Best Actress award at the 95th …

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“Heartbroken” Will Smith Resigns From Academy And “Will Accept Any Further Consequences” From Them

 Will Smith’s statement in full: I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and …

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Razzies Rescind 2022 “Worst” Award For Bruce Willis

The Washington Post reports: At the 42nd annual Razzies awards this year, Bruce Willis received his own special category: “worst performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 movie.” Willis — and only Willis — was nominated eight times, for movies including “American Siege” and “Midnight in the Switchgrass.” The actor ultimately won for his performance in “Cosmic Sin,” a sci-fi …

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Oscars Producer: LAPD Was Ready To Arrest Will Smith

Variety reports: Oscars producer Will Packer has addressed Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday night. In a preview clip of Packer’s upcoming interview on “Good Morning America” with T.J. Holmes, he revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department was on the scene Sunday night and ready to arrest Smith if Rock wanted to press charges. “They …

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Academy: Smith Refused To Leave Oscars After Assault

The Associated Press reports: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said that Will Smith was asked to leave to Sunday’s Oscars after hitting Chris Rock but refused. Many have questioned why Smith was allowed to remain seated front row at the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy suggested that it attempted to remove the actor …

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Academy Vows “Appropriate Action” Against Will Smith

NBC News reports: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will determine “appropriate action” against Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, the group told its members in a letter obtained by NBC News. In the letter, film academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said the leaders of the nonprofit organization were “upset and …

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Actor Bruce Willis Retires Due To Brain Disorder

Variety reports: Bruce Willis’ family has announced the actor is retiring from the profession after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate. Willis’ family members posted a joint statement to social media announcing the actor’s retirement. “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our …

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Will Smith Apologizes To Chris Rock: I Was Out Of Line, I Was Wrong, I’m Embarrassed, No Place For Violence

The Washington Post reports: The day after slapping Chris Rock on the stage of the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith issued an apology to the comedian, the academy and viewers at home, saying he was “out of line” and that his actions are “not indicative of the man I want to be.” “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous …

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Report: Academy Nearly Yanked Will Smith From Show

CNN reports: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences leadership “strongly considered” removing Will Smith from the Oscars telecast Sunday night after the actor stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock in the face, a source close to the situation tells CNN. “There were immediate discussions but the Academy decision makers were seated in various spots in the Dolby Theater …

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