Entertainment

Will Smith Assaults Oscars Presenter Chris Rock Over Joke About Wife, Goes On To Win Best Actor [VIDEO]

Deadline Hollywood reports: While presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature, which ultimately went to Questlove’s Summer of Soul, Chris Rock made a joke at the expense of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, leading to an on-stage altercation that was not scripted and drew gasps from the room, according to sources. “Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t …

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Metropolitan Opera To Ban Man Who Heckled Show

The New York Observer reports: The New York Metropolitan Opera’s March 17 performance of the German opera Ariadne auf Naxos was cruising through its second act when it happened: an attendee sitting in the upper balconies screamed “You have no technique” as soprano Brenda Rae [photo] concluded an aria, temporarily setting the theater abuzz with horrified whispers. It was a …

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SNL’s Pete Davidson To Be Passenger On Bezos’ Rocket

CNN Business reports: Pete Davidson will become the latest celebrity to fly to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, in a brief, suborbital flight slated for later this month. The company announced Monday morning that Davidson, the Saturday Night Live star who’s become a pillar of entertainment intrigue amid his relationship with Kim Kardashian, will fly alongside five …

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Broadway To Keep “Mask + Vax” Policies Thru April 30

The New York Post reports: Broadway will maintain its mask and vaccine policies through April despite Mayor Eric Adams rolling back many COVID-19 mandates starting Monday. “Our current guidance is through April 30, and we are scheduled to update that guidance on April 1,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “Discussions are held weekly on our …

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Metropolitan Opera To Cut Ties With Pro-Putin Artists

The New York Times reports: The Metropolitan Opera said on Sunday that it would no longer engage with performers or other institutions that have voiced support for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, becoming the latest cultural organization to seek to distance itself from some Russian artists amid Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The company’s decision will also likely mean …

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Family: Bob Saget Died Of Accidental Injury To Head

CBS News reports: Actor and comedian Bob Saget died from head trauma, his family said Wednesday. Saget was 65 when he died last month. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, the “Full House” star’s family said he “accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.” Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. …

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“Power Of The Dog” Leads Oscar Noms With 12 Nods

The New York Times reports: The Netflix western “The Power of the Dog” was showered with 12 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, the most of any movie, with “Dune” close behind with 10 and “West Side Story” and “Belfast” each receiving seven. They were all nominated for best picture, a field that will have 10 slots at the 94th Academy Awards. …

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Broadway’s Harry Potter Fired For Alleged Misconduct

Deadline Hollywood reports: James Snyder, who has played the title character of Broadway’s recently retooled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since the show returned from the pandemic shutdown, has been fired by producers following a complaint by co-star Diane Davis about Snyder’s conduct. The exact nature of the conduct has not been specified. But producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin …

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Rocker And Actor Meat Loaf Dies At Age 74 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life rocker whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” was one of the best-selling albums of all time, died on Thursday. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his manager, Michael Greene. A statement on the musician’s Facebook page said his wife was by his side and his friends had been …

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Google Easter Egg Marks Betty White’s 100th Birthday

CNET reports: Betty White was a comedy icon who collected millions of fans the world over in a broadcast career that stretched well over half a century. Her legions of fans were gearing up to celebrate the beloved actress’ 100th birthday, which falls on Monday, when she died on Dec. 31. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate her …

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60s Girl Group Icon Ronnie Spector Dies At 78 [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind immortal classics like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78. Spector sang with the Ronettes from their formation in 1959 through their dissolution in 1967, though there were several reunions over …

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Actor/Comedian Bob Saget Dies At Age 65 [VIDEO]

Yahoo Entertainment reports: Bob Saget, who played Full House dad Danny Tanner, has died. He was 65. “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” the Saget family said in a statement obtained by Yahoo Entertainment on Sunday. At just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton …

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Oscar Winning Actor Sidney Poitier Dies At Age 94

Vanity Fair reports: “As I see myself, I’m just the average Joe Blow Negro,” Sidney Poitier told The New York Times in 1959. “But as the cats say in my area, I’m out there wailing for us all.” That tension, between trying to be an ordinary man and having to serve as a racial exemplar, defined the life of Poitier, …

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Bidens Pay Tribute To “Lovely Lady” Betty White

The Hill reports: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Friday offered tributes to Betty White after being asked about the legendary television star’s death. “That’s a shame. She was a lovely lady,” Biden told reporters. Jill Biden also shared her condolences, citing an expression her own mother used to say. “99 years old— as my mother would say, …

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Springsteen Sells His Music Rights In $500M+ Deal

The New York Times reports: Bruce Springsteen has sold his music rights to Sony Music Entertainment in what may well be the biggest transaction ever struck for a single artist’s body of work, according to two people briefed on the deal. The arrangement, which has been gossiped about in music industry circles for weeks, includes both Springsteen’s recorded music catalog …

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Gothic Novelist Anne Rice Dies At Age 80

Variety reports: Anne Rice, influential author of “Interview with the Vampire,” died on Saturday due to complications resulting from a stroke. She was 80. The author’s son Christopher revealed the news on Facebook and said that she would be interred in the family mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony. Born in New Orleans in 1941, …

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Kennedy Center Honors Event Returns To White House

The Guardian reports: “Tonight it is quite nice, very nice to see the presidential box once again being occupied,” David Letterman said to knowing applause. “And the same with the Oval Office.” The comedian was introducing the 44th Kennedy Center Honors, where Joe Biden restored tradition merely with his presence after four years in which the annual gala was snubbed …

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Broadway Sings For Sondheim In Times Square [Video]

Variety reports: On the red stairs above TKTS in Times Square, as the first flurries of the winter season drifted down on the city, members of every Broadway company—joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, Kathryn Gallagher and Lauren Patton—gathered in a chorus to sing “Sunday,” the heartrending act one finale to Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” …

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“Company” Revival Cast Dedicates Run To Sondheim

The New York Times reports: Hours after Stephen Sondheim’s death, the director of the Broadway revival of “Company” walked onstage before the curtain rose on Friday to acknowledge the news that many in the audience already knew but that some — judging by the murmurs that followed — had not yet heard. Around the same time, 32 blocks downtown, the …

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies: Call Me Madam

Our pal Steve Hayes is back with a Thanksgiving review: Ethel Merman has a field day transferring her Tony Award winning Broadway role to the screen in Irving Berlin’s movie musical CALL ME MADAM. With Donald O’Connor, Vera Ellen, George Sanders, Billy DeWolfe and Walter Slezak giving delightful support, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving treat! Happy Holidays from all of us …

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