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Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
Foo Fighters Cancel 2020 Van Tour Dates Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The dates for the Foo Fighters' 2020 Van Tour, which had previously been rescheduled, have been cancelled altogether.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative for coronavirus, hours after positive result (Yahoo! Books)

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
Inside Pollen, the Mysterious Hit Spotify Playlist Where No Rules Apply
After the success of RapCaviar, there was skepticism listeners would have similar excitement for a genre-less playlist. But thanks to one successful experiment, the company is rethinking its strategy.

Yahoo! BooksAug 07, 2020
American Airlines employee at Phoenix airport dies from COVID-19
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of Winsome Chua, an American Airlines employee in Phoenix who died of COVID-19.

VultureAug 07, 2020
Juice WRLD's Latest Posthumous Track, ‘Smile,' Featuring The Weeknd, Is Here
Legends Never Die, indeed.

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
First Stream: New Music From Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, Juice WRLD & The Weeknd, Luke Bryan and More
This week, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion team up to rule the rap conversation, Juice WRLD's voice is paired with the Weeknd's familiar croon, and Luke Bryan honors our simple pleasures.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
A Sampling of Work From Mexico City's Top Talents
Applications for the program, which kicked off Wednesday, are now available online in English, Creole and Spanish.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
Germany will test all arrivals from 'risky' countries like the US as daily new cases top 1,000 for the first time in 3 months
Germany will test arrivals from most countries outside of the EU in a bid to avoid another escalation in Covid-19 infections.

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
Authors Distill Their Writing Advice to Just a Few Words
A request to fellow writers: Inscribe your book to me with one pithy piece of guidance.

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B Unleash ‘WAP': Watch the Video
Two hip-hop queens came together on Friday (Aug. 7), delivering a thumping new collaboration.

Playbill NewsAug 07, 2020
Brenda Braxton Guest Hosts Stars in the House, Featuring Donna Marie Asbury and Amra-Faye Wright, August 7
The daily series from Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley benefits The Actors Fund.

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
TikTok Threatens Legal Action After Trump's Order Possibly Banning the App: ‘There Has Been No Due Process'
TikTok has fired back at President Donald Trump's executive order essentially banning the popular social video app in the U.S. if it is not sold to an American company within 45 days, stating that the order came with "no due process or adherence to the law."

AV Club FilmsAug 07, 2020
Today in James Gandolfini Facts: The guy loved listening to Green Day
Each new fact we learn about James Gandolfini, accomplished actor and friend of SpongeBob, fills us with a simple kind of joy. This is probably because Gandolfini and Tony Soprano are inseparably linked and everything funny or nice we hear about him must inevitably clash with an ill-founded mental image of him…


Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
Biden rows back from embarrassing interview where he said Latinos are 'incredibly diverse' unlike African-Americans
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made the remarks on Thursday, drawing widespread crticism.

Yahoo! BooksAug 07, 2020
Ship Called ‘Trump D' Moored in Ukraine Has Triple the Explosives in ‘Floating Bomb' that Blew Up Beirut
An American-owned cargo ship named after the president of the United States docked in a Ukrainian port has just offloaded 10,000 metric tons of the same chemical substance that nearly leveled the city of Beirut this week, according to the Liveuamap news source. The hangar in Lebanon only had 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which caused catastrophic damage to the Lebanese capital. Sea ports administration of Ukraine says that almost 10 000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that is being stored at pier 1 and 2 of Yuzhi port near Odesa is totally safe cause of "Big-bags" — Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) August 7, 2020The ship docked in Ukraine, which was previously named Seabreeze before a Florida company registered as Pilin Fleet Management LLC purchased it in 2018, and renamed it Trump D, was registered by Marine Traffic tracking website in the Yuzhi port near Odessa on Friday.Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has now ordered "relevant checks" on the storage condition of the substance, which is primarily used for agricultural fertilizer or high-powered explosives after port officials claimed it was safely stored in "big bags." Video that was published yesterday, both with photos became viral in Ukraine — Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) August 7, 2020Photos online suggest that the ammonium-nitrate powder was also stored in similar "big bags" in the port of Beirut when it detonated,

Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
A top Saudi intelligence official who fled to Canada in 2017 is suing Mohammed bin Salman, saying the crown prince sent an elite squad to kill him 2 weeks after Khashoggi's death
Saad al-Jabri, who spent 40 years working in Saudi intelligence, claims Crown Prince Mohammed wants him dead because he knows too much.

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
At Europe's Illegal Parties, the Virus Is the Last Thing on Anyone's Mind
Across the continent, crowds are flocking to events organized on social media and messaging apps, despite risks and a backlash.

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
New in Paperback: ‘Around the World in 80 Trees' and ‘The Truths We Hold'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
Searchers in Beirut recover more bodies days after blast
Rescue teams pulled more bodies from the rubble of Beirut's port Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands. Outside the port area, women cried as they waited for news about missing relatives. Among the four bodies recovered in the last 24 hours was that of 23-year-old Joe Akiki, a port worker missing since Tuesday's explosion.

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
‘Work It' Review: Freestyling Through Senior Year
A straight-A high student scrambles to become a hip-hop dancer for her college application in this Netflix dance movie that pays homage to the genre.

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
Taylor Swift Confirms Who the ‘Betty' Characters After Named After
Mystery solved! On Thursday (Aug. 6), Taylor Swift spilled the tea about where she came up with the names for the three characters at the center of Folklore highlight "Betty."

Playbill NewsAug 07, 2020
Howard Ashman Documentary Released on Disney August 7
This film takes a look at the life and work of the book writer-lyricist behind Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 07, 2020
Letters to the Editor: Jackie Lacey's husband has a right to protect his home. Why charge him with assault?
David Lacey didn't hurt anyone when Black Lives Matter demonstrators showed up at his home shortly after 5 a.m. one morning.

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
Gods, Monsters and H.P. Lovecraft's Uncanny Legacy
The author's stories have influenced countless works, including the new HBO series "Lovecraft Country." But how do modern adapters reckon with his racism, his sexism and his profound weirdness?

NYTimes ArtsAug 07, 2020
Hot and Bothered: Four New Romance Novels
Looking for a pitch-perfect summer escape? We've got some recommendations.

VultureAug 07, 2020
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion Show Off Their Mansion, Drip in Video for ‘WAP'
"There's some hoes in this house."

Billboard Music NewsAug 07, 2020
Juice WRLD's Posthumous ‘SMILE' Collaboration With The Weeknd Is Here: Stream It Now
"Wish we could celebrate together," The Weeknd tweeted.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Trump claims Biden 'insulted the Black community' with remarks on Hispanic diversity
President Trump Joe Biden had "totally disparaged and insulted the Black community" by comparing African-American attitudes with those of Hispanics.

Rudy Giuliani wildly claims Black Lives Matter are a 'domestic terror group' who 'hate white men in particular' (Yahoo! Arts)

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
3 Latin Directors on the Future of Animated Music Videos: ‘They're Here To Stay'
In an exclusive set of interviews with three different Latin directors, Billboard talks about the new normal, working with social distancing, and the future of animated videos.

The Sappho Project Launches The W*rk Lab for Women and TGNC Musical Theatre Creators (Playbill News)

New York Times BooksAug 06, 2020
Eric Bentley, Critic Who Preferred Brecht to Broadway, Dies at 103
Mr. Bentley, who was also a playwright, was an early champion of modern European drama in the 1940s but had little use for American plays.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
10 countries account for 80% of Africa COVID-19 testing: Africa CDC
Ten countries account for 80% of the new coronavirus testing taking place across Africa, a regional body said on Thursday, indicating that little testing is taking place in many countries around the vast continent. COVID-19 confirmed cases across Africa have accelerated and are close to hitting a million this week, and experts say low levels of testing in many countries means infection rates are likely to be higher than reported. "This number indicates we reached 90% of our goal for the partnership to accelerate COVID testing," Nkengasong told a virtual news conference.

Yahoo! TVAug 06, 2020
'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr. almost didn't do the movie over pay equity: 'If my Black life matters, make sure I can take money home to feed my children'
Odom says he was still in negotiations for his salary for the filmed version of "Hamilton" the day before it was set to begin shooting.

Utah protesters face charges with potential life sentence (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Pentagon chief expresses concern to Chinese counterpart about Beijing's activity in South China Sea
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed concerns about Beijing's "destabilizing" activity near Taiwan and the South China Sea in a call with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, the Pentagon said on Thursday, the first time the two are believed to have spoken since March. The call came as U.S.-China ties have rapidly deteriorated this year over a range of issues, including Beijing's handling of the coronavirus, telecommunications equipment maker Huawei [HWT.UL], China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and its clamp-down on Hong Kong. "Secretary Esper also communicated the importance that the PRC (People's Republic of China) abide by international laws, rules and norms and meet its international commitments," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters, adding that the call lasted for an hour and a half.

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Diplo & Joji Go Behind the Scenes as PAs in ‘Daylight' Video: Watch
Diplo and Joji play the PA part in the video for their new collaborative single, "Daylight."

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Data shows Kansas counties with mask mandates have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases
Counties in Kansas that adopted a mask mandate have seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said.In late June, Gov. Laura Kelly (D) issued a statewide mask guidance, but because the Kansas legislature limited her emergency powers, each county was able to decide whether or not to enforce the order, KSHB reports. During a press conference on Wednesday, Norman said 15 counties went along with the order, while 90 decided to make wearing a mask a recommendation only."What we've seen through this is that in the counties with no mask mandate, there's no decrease in the number of cases per capita," Norman said. "All the improvement in the case development comes from those counties wearing masks."The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been interviewing people who have recovered from the virus, and Norman finds it worrisome how some can't seem to shake the symptoms, saying, "This serves to me as humbling, in many regards, and a reminder that we still know very little about this disease and its impact on the body."More stories from Pelosi doubts Republicans will pass generous coronavirus bill: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn' Trump issues executive orders targeting TikTok, WeChat The terrible trade-off of keeping schools closed

VultureAug 06, 2020
Here's Who James Charles Is Apologizing to Today: Alicia Keys
The makeup influencer subtweeted the launch of Keys's beauty brand.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Biden: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community'
President Donald Trump quickly attacked Biden over the remark.

Yahoo! TVAug 06, 2020
News & Documentary Emmy Noms: HBO's Canceled ‘Vice News Tonight' Leads Programs As PBS Again Tops Networks
PBS leads the nominations for the 41st annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, as it usually does, scoring 48 noms to top its closest rival by even more than last year. But there's a shakeup for the No. 2 spot among networks and platforms as CNN doubled its 2019 noms haul to 30. Read the […]

Playbill NewsAug 06, 2020
Christine Pedi Guest Hosts Stars in the House Celebrating Forbidden Broadway With Gerard Alessandrini, Bryan Batt, More
The August 6 stream benefits The Actors Fund.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Beirut explosion: Angry Lebanese mob Emmanuel Macron demanding 'revolution' against their leader
Angry Lebanese mobbed French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut on Thursday, demanding his help in overthrowing their reviled leaders, as outrage grew over a devastating explosion caused by thousands of tons of dangerous chemicals that were stored in the capital for years despite repeated warnings. The visiting French leader warned that without structural reform the country would "continue to sink", as the death toll rose to 145 and over 5,000 injured by the port blast that damaged half of Beirut, the capital of a country already facing economic collapse. Touring a heavily damaged Beirut neighbourhood, Mr Macron was met by an angry crowd chanting "Revolution" and "The people want to bring down the regime," slogans used during nationwide protests last year. Surrounded by traumatised demonstrators pleading for help, Mr Macron pushed past bodyguards to hug a woman, something no Lebanese leader has done since the disaster on Tuesday. "Don't give money to our government, we don't trust them," one woman called to the French leader. Mr Macron said he would ask Lebanon's leaders to accept "a new political deal" and "to change the system, to stop the division of Lebanon, to fight against corruption". He said he was not there to endorse the "regime" and vowed that French aid would not fall into the "corrupt hands".

Playbill NewsAug 06, 2020
In the News: Alex Newell, Laura Osnes Sing on Killer Party Album, Blythe Danner and Joy Behar Set for NPC Benefit, More
Plus, watch Tony nominee Norm Lewis deliver a soaring version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Why Influencers Won't Stop Partying Anytime Soon (NYTimes Arts)
The Good Doctor Is Doing a Coronavirus Episode, Once It Can Start Filming (Vulture)

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Man who escaped from Colorado prison 4 decades ago was living in New Mexico under fake name, FBI says
It's the second departure of a high-ranking State Department official in just two days.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
‘Howard' Review: A Lyricist's Life Cut Short
A new documentary looks at the prodigious talent of Howard Ashman, one half of the musical team behind "The Little Mermaid" and others, before he died of AIDS at 40.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
‘Psychomagic, a Healing Art' Review: Introducing Surrealist Therapy
In this documentary, Alejandro Jodorowsky compares Freud's "science" to his own "magic" and chronicles aiming for cures with methods resembling performance art.

Yahoo! TVAug 04, 2020
‘Julie and the Phantoms': Watch Madison Reyes Sing With Her Trio of Hunky Ghosts in Netflix Series' First Music Video
Netflix's "Julie and the Phantoms" debuts in September, and Netflix dropped a music video for a cute acoustic track "Edge of Great" featuring the four stars Tuesday.Premiering Sept. 10, the series stars Madison Reyes as highschooler Julie, who meets a trio of three ghostly musicians Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada who inspire her to start making music again.Here is the synopsis:High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians (Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada) from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom's old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she's inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.Also Read: Sarah Paulson Starts Out as a Pleasant - but Peculiar - Nurse in Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched' Trailer (Video)Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical," "Descendants") serves as director and Paul Becker ("Descendants," "Mirror Mirror") serves as choreographer. Dan Cross and David Hoge ("The Thundermans," "Pair of Kings") serve as showrunners and executive producers, with executive producers George Salinas and Jaime Aymerich of Crossover Entertainment, as well as Michel Tikhomiroff and Fabio Danesi for Mixer Entertainment. The seri

Playbill NewsAug 03, 2020
Andréa Burns Guest Hosts Stars in the House August 3, Featuring Tracie Thoms and Helen Hunt
The live stream benefits The Actors Fund.

New York Times BooksJul 30, 2020
12 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

USA Today: BooksJun 16, 2020
Oprah's latest book club pick is 'Deacon King Kong' by James McBride
Oprah Winfrey's book club is back. We have gathered all of her official book club selections in one handy place.        

Rolling Stone Movie NewsMay 22, 2020
‘The Painter and the Thief' Review: The Art of Healing (and Vice Versa)
Documentary on an artist who turns the man who's stolen her work into a muse is a tribute to an unlikely, undeniably powerful frendship

DVD ReviewsFeb 11, 2019
Death House

It's nice to be one of the few people who has seen an under-the-radar, low-budget, throw-cares-to-the-wind horror flick, because there's a sense of community that comes with watching something that precarious, that delicately connected and held together. It might be strange to think of horror as being fragile, with the monsters and the decapitations and the blood and whatnot. But that's exactly what the genre is, a delicate balance between production, money, fandom, and expression, with the resulting final product usually something that almost no one sees. I try to keep that in mind when I watch b-horror, the time and energy and work that g...Read the entire review

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