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  • While Black men are making strides in Hollywood, women continue to struggle

    January 5, 2019 5:00 AM 30

    For the first time in over a decade, Hollywood studios hired a greater percentage of Black directors to helm top-performing films — 16 Black directors in 2018, actually — said a new study from Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “Sixteen of the directors of the top 100 movies last year were Black — this historically high figure

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch actor quits social media over backlash

    January 3, 2019 10:02 PM 29

    “I am privileged to have this platform,” he wrote. “I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.” He concluded with a tongue-in-cheek nod to his Bandersnatch character: “This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path.” Poulter didn’t give specific

  • California inmate takes unlikely path to freedom: Podcasting

    January 3, 2019 8:54 PM 25

    The podcast project started after Poor, a San Francisco Bay Area artist who has volunteered at San Quentin since 2011, approached Woods. In 2016, Poor saw Public Radio Exchange’s Radiotopia network was sponsoring a podcast talent contest, and she asked Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin’s spokesman, for permission to enter. Another co-creator, Antwan Williams

  • 10 movies I can’t wait to see in 2019, between the blockbusters

    January 3, 2019 6:50 PM 26

    What I’m really looking forward to in 2019, though, are the movies that aren’t likely to be doing double duty selling burgers, breakfast cereal or action figures. Films that tell stories in unique ways, like the 10 hopefuls listed here, in my annual optimistic assessment of what lies ahead. I’m mostly going by the track record of the directors, actors

  • Ariana Grande spotted with ex, shuts down speculation that she has a new boyfriend — ‘It’s no one’

    January 3, 2019 1:02 PM 27

    Ariana Grande wants to be clear: Despite what you might have heard, she’s taking a break from the dating scene. Buzz among fans arose Tuesday from a headline: “Who Is Ariana Grande Dating NOW?!” after the pop star was spotted with ex Ricky Alvarez. The two dated for about a year and called it quits in July 2016. He’s one of the four exes Grande names

  • Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard marries while awaiting hearing in sex-assault case

    January 2, 2019 9:21 PM 23

    They also sat together at a grand piano while Hoggard serenaded Asselstine with a ballad. The celebration comes as Hoggard awaits a preliminary hearing set for July in Toronto in his sex-assault case. He’s facing one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. A lawyer for the singer did not immediately respond

  • Bob Einstein, known as Super Dave Osborne, dead at 76

    January 2, 2019 8:02 PM 21

    But for Canadian fans Einstein will forever be known as inept stuntman Super Dave. Einstein was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 20, 1942, but he spent a dozen years in Toronto appearing first on Bizarre and then his own talk series, The Super Dave Osborne Show. Writing about Bizarre for the Star in 2015, freelance writer Adam Proteau said Einstein

  • Pete Davidson accuses Louis C.K. of trying to get him fired from ‘Saturday Night Live’

    January 2, 2019 7:43 PM 27

    Pete Davidson kicked 2018 to the curb on Monday night with a standup set about breakups, tattoos and Louis C.K. The Saturday Night Live star performed in Boston on New Year’s Eve and had some choice words for the fellow comedian, who recently made headlines for a standup set mocking Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors. (C.K. has recently returned to standup

  • Netflix pulls talk-show episode critical of Saudis from Saudi Netflix

    January 2, 2019 3:24 PM 27

    As news of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death rippled across the world, an assassination that the CIA concluded was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comedian Hasan Minhaj spent the majority of an episode of his Netflix talk show Patriot Act examining the United States’ relationship to Saudi Arabia, and Mohammed’s touted reputation as a reformer

  • Walk Off the Earth keyboardist Mike Taylor dies

    December 31, 2018 2:22 AM 21

    Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward also expressed her condolences on Twitter, calling Taylor’s death a “tragic loss.” “Our city’s condolences go out to the family, friends and bandmates of Mike. We are thinking of you,” Meed Ward tweeted. Walk off the Earth was founded in 2006 and shot to fame in 2012 when their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” went viral