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'Tapping into the comedy of couples': How Chuck Barris made TV that was ahead of its time

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:41:39 EDT

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Chuck Barris's trio of hit game shows — The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show — have had a lasting legacy, paving the way for countless dating shows and reality competitions.




The Magnetic North Theatre Festival cancels 2017 season

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:44:12 EDT

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One of Canada's premier theatre festivals has cancelled its 2017 season due to financial constraints.




Ukraine bans Russia's entry to Eurovision Song Contest

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:20:32 EDT

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The Eurovision Song Contest, nominally an apolitical festival of pop music confections and cheerfully tacky costumes, erupted into a political dispute Wednesday after Ukraine banned Russia's contestant from entering the country.




Missed, not missing: Richard Simmons' withdrawal sparks fascination

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:03:58 EDT

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Officially, Richard Simmons is not missing. His publicist, manager, brother and two LAPD officers have all said the 68-year-old fitness guru is doing fine. But he has been missing from the spotlight for three years — and that was enough for a former producer of The Daily Show, to create the Missing Richard Simmons podcast




Colin Dexter, author of Inspector Morse detective series, dead at 86

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:07:51 EDT

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Colin Dexter, the unassuming British writer who created curmudgeonly, music-loving Oxford detective Inspector Morse, has died aged 86.




Alex Trebek, Odd Squad among Canada's Daytime Emmy contenders

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:43:55 EDT

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Alex Trebek, Jeopardy's man with all the answers, and Canadian kids programs Odd Squad, Annedroids and Dino Dan: Trek Adventures are among the latest nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards.




Chuck Berry's final studio album to be released in June

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:05:31 EDT

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Chuck Berry's final studio album, a 10-track production first announced last fall, will be released on June 16.




Chuck Barris, game show pioneer and movie subject, dead at 87

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:06:08 EDT

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Chuck Barris, who took game shows to riotous new levels with a trio of hits in the 1960s and 1970s and whose life — more or less — was the subject of a 2002 motion picture, has died.




Just for kids: media start-up Pocketwatch targets audiences aged 2-11

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:23:50 EDT

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Former executives from Walt Disney Co and Viacom Inc's Nickelodeon network will lead a new media company created to provide video content for children ages 2 to 11, executives announced on Wednesday.




'She brought dignity, a femininity': Broadcaster Betty Kennedy dead at 91

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:07:21 EDT

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Journalist and broadcaster Betty Kennedy, famed for her work on CBC's long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died at 91.




First Nations spelling bee film Bee Nation to open Hot Docs fest

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:20:20 EDT

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Bee Nation has landed the opening-night slot at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs April 27 to May 7 in Toronto.




A 'dream come true:' George Clooney stops in to visit 87-year-old U.K. fan

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:06:00 EDT

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Actor George Clooney has startled an 87-year-old fan in Britain by showing up at her assisted living facility with flowers and a card to wish her a happy birthday.




Winnipeg art exhibit closed 2 weeks early after pieces vandalized, stolen

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:22:34 EDT

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An art exhibit that showcased 14 works of art inspired by neuroscience research projects was vandalized over the weekend, causing organizers to pull the plug on the display.




L.A. County Sheriff sorry for brief detainment of Wyclef Jean

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:44:30 EDT

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department has apologized to Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean, who was handcuffed and briefly detained after being mistaken for a robbery suspect.




'We knew instantly we were soulmates': Linda Cullen remembers late husband Bob Robertson

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:22:54 EDT

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Bob Robertson's wife and comedy partner Linda Cullen and his daughter actress Jen Robertson talk about how much Bob meant to them.




Screenwriter alleges Disney copied his plans for Zootopia

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:20:49 EDT

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A screenwriter and producer is suing Walt Disney Pictures claiming the studio copied his ideas for the Oscar-winning animated film Zootopia.




'It's nudity. It's not sexuality': Facebook bans photographer for naked mannequin photos

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:08:00 EDT

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A photographer whose work portrays the bodies of women "who don't want to fit the mold" says she is "floored" after being temporarily banned by Facebook — again.




Stolen van Gogh paintings return to Amsterdam after 14 years

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:25:50 EDT

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Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen in a smash-and-grab heist more than 14 years ago went back on display Tuesday at the Amsterdam museum dedicated to the Dutch master.




Malaysia backs down, approves Beauty and the Beast film without cuts

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:48:10 EDT

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Malaysia's largest cinema chain said Tuesday it will begin showing the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast on March 30 without cutting a gay scene as had been ordered by film censors.




Fox News sidelines analyst who said British spies enabled surveillance of Trump

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:38:01 EDT

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Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.