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LIVE VIDEO: 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC News reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time. This year’s parade — the 95th annual — will snap back …

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Spacey Ordered To Pay $31M For Contract Breach

Variety reports: An arbitrator has ordered Kevin Spacey and his companies to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company behind “House of Cards,” after finding that Spacey breached his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy. MRC severed its relationship with Spacey and scrapped a season of the show in 2017, after multiple people came forward to …

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New ABBA Album Outsells Entire UK Top 40 Combined

The BBC reports: Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad has said “don’t be too sure” that their comeback album Voyage is their last, in her first interview about the reunion. The Swedish superstars released the LP, their first for 40 years, on Friday. It is on course to be the fastest-selling album of the year so far and outsold the rest of …

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Anti-Vax Soap Opera Star Axed After Defying Mandate

Variety reports: Longtime “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher is out at the long-running ABC soap opera because he declined to comply with the production’s vaccine mandate. His last episode is scheduled to air on Nov. 22, Variety confirmed. News of his departure comes amid backlash to a transphobic meme and anti-vax sentiment he posted on social media Sunday. Rademacher has …

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Oscar Nominee Dean Stockwell Dies At Age 85

Variety reports: Dean Stockwell, an American actor with a career that spanned more than 70 years, died on Sunday. He was 85. Sources representing the actor say that he died peacefully, in his sleep at home. Among his best credits were a leading role in the sci-fi series “Quantum Leap,” “Air Force One” and David Lynch films “Dune” and “Blue …

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Actor Kal Penn Comes Out, Reveals Engagement [Video]

Forbes reports: Kal Penn, the actor best known for his role in the Harold & Kumar films who also worked in the Obama administration, publicly came out for the first time Sunday while promoting his new memoir, announcing his engagement to his partner of 11 years. Penn confirmed his engagement to People magazine, saying he was “really excited” to share …

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Superman Comes Out In Upcoming DC Comics Issue

The New York Times reports: Up, up and out of the closet! The new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend, DC Comics announced Monday. That same-sex relationship is just one of the ways that Jonathan Kent, who goes by Jon, is …

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Saturday Night Live Alum Norm Macdonald Dies At 61

Deadline Hollywood reports: Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer. He was 61. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer …

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ABBA Releases Two Singles Ahead Of New Album

The BBC reports: Pop legends Abba have surprised and delighted fans by announcing their first studio album for 40 years. Abba Voyage will be released in November, before a “revolutionary” set of concerts where virtual avatars will play hits like Mamma Mia and Waterloo. The quartet, who split up in 1982, said they ended up back in the recording studio …

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Comedian Kathy Griffin Reveals Lung Cancer Diagnosis

CNN reports: Years after Kathy Griffin shaved her head in solidarity with her sister who was undergoing chemotherapy, the comedian and actress has announced she has lung cancer. “I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer,” Griffin began a note posted Monday on her verified Instagram account. “I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my …

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Broadway Reopens With Springsteen Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: In a city whose cultural soul had been shuttered for more than a year with boarded up windows and empty streets, it was Springsteen who called it back to life on Saturday night, his gruff and guttural rasp the first to echo across a Broadway stage to a paying audience in 471 days. Of course, …

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“Hadestown” Jumps Broadway Pack, Will Reopen First

The Associated Press reports: “Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, has set its Broadway reopening date on Sept. 2, jumping ahead of such megahits as “Hamilton” and “Wicked” to position itself as the first show to welcome audiences on Broadway since the pandemic. Producers announced Monday that tickets will go on sale June 11 for the eight-time Tony Award …

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LIVE VIDEO: 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

CNET reports: The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is about to conclude, with the multinational competition returning after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosting this year is Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was slated to host Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation. The first semifinal was broadcast on Tuesday, followed by the second semifinal Thursday. The highest-scoring entries from the …

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SNL Takes On Mask Rule Changes And Cheney [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Kate McKinnon spoofed the week in American news on “Saturday Night Live,” kicking the show off by playing Anthony S. Fauci explaining the CDCs new mask guidelines. She returned as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during the “Weekend Update” segment.  “We got some very good news this week,” McKinnon-as-Fauci stated, “and I’m not just talking about J-Lo …

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Elon Musk Earns Mixed Reviews As SNL Host [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Elon Musk marked his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut by making a series of self-deprecating jokes and addressing controversy he’s attracted over the years over his behavior and Twitter posts. “To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship,” the SpaceX owner and Tesla …

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Cuomo: Broadway To Reopen At Full Capacity Sept 14

The New York Times reports: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says that most pandemic capacity restrictions will ease in two weeks. But Broadway, a beacon for tourists and an engine for the economy, is not quite ready to turn on the stage lights. But there are signs of life: Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday that Broadway shows would start selling tickets Thursday …

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Marvel’s Captain America Gets New Gay Superhero

The Hill reports: Marvel is introducing a new “LGBTQ+ hero” into the “Captain America” world, a character the comic book publisher says “stands for the oppressed and the forgotten.” The debut of Aaron Fischer, known as the Captain America of the Railways, is timed to coincide with Pride Month in June, Marvel Comics said in a Monday news release. The …

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Netflix’s “Mank” Leads 2021 Oscar Noms With 10 Nods

Variety reports: “Mank,” an ode to Hollywood’s golden age that was produced and released by Netflix, one of the companies reshaping the movie business, led the nominations for the 93th Academy Awards. The behind-the-scenes drama about the making of “Citizen Kane” scored 10 nominations on Monday, including nods for best picture, as well as for its stars Gary Oldman and …

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Broadway Marks One Year Of Being Dark [VIDEO]

Broadway.com reports: Exactly a year ago, Broadway shut down due to the growing COVID-19 crisis. Performers Darius Barnes, Ryan Breslin, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Katie Lombardo, Robin Masella, Tomás Matos, Skyler Volpe and Aléna Watters created a stunning video to mark the day. Those who watch are encouraged to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS or The Actors Fund and to …

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Netflix Testing Crackdown On Password Sharing

NBC News reports: Netflix has never made a big deal about password-sharing, but a new test suggests the company may be reconsidering. Netflix is trying out a new policy with some customers, prompting certain people to sign up for a separate account if they aren’t watching with the subscriber. The message reads: “If you don’t live with the owner of …

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