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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.

Black man's life sentence in stolen hedge clippers case is 'cruel and unusual,' Louisiana judge says (Yahoo! Books)

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.

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.

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz in Rap Hitmaker ‘Verzuz' Battle: See Billboard's Scorecard & Winner For the Showdown
Here's how Billboard scored the round-by-round showdown between the two veteran hitmakers -- with our winner for the entire event at the very bottom.

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

Playbill NewsAug 06, 2020
Sorting Through the Shutdown: How 1 Broadway Performer Is Navigating the Pandemic
Aladdin actor Josh Drake discusses missing Broadway, remaining creative during COVID-19, why the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is vital to artists, and more.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Most of the coronavirus tests the U.S. does are worthless. But there's a solution that could actually work — and stop the spread.
Although President Trump is correct that the U.S. has conducted more tests than any other country, it's not testing enough, given the scale of its outbreak. And the testing it is doing isn't helping as much as it should. The good news is that there might be a simple solution: new tests that prioritize speed over sensitivity.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Pope Francis appoints 6 women to senior roles
Pope Francis has ensured there are more women officials at the Vatican than ever before.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Fauci Says Second Shutdown Not Necessary to Beat Coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor for the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, said Wednesday that the country can overcome the coronavirus without shutting down the economy a second time."There seems to be a misperception that either you shut down completely and damage a lot of things, mental health, the economy, all kinds of things, or let it rip and do whatever you want," Fauci told Politico. "There's a stepwise fashion that you can open up the economy successfully."However, Americans must work together to practice "five or six fundamental public health measures," Fauci added, including social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene."When you have a weak link, then the whole system is unsuccessful," Fauci said."You don't have to lock down again, but everybody has got to be on board," he continued. "I think we can get through this without having to revert back to a shutdown."The remarks from the nation's top infectious disease expert come as several states have reimposed some lockdown measures amid fresh outbreaks of the coronavirus.Last month, California ordered businesses including restaurants and salons, as well as houses of worship, to halt all indoor activities after the state saw a 20 percent rise in positive tests and an uptick in those admitted to intensive care. Texas, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, West Virginia, Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan, and Louisiana have also reimposed some restrictions as their cases increased.Fauci also admitted that hiccups and delays in testing are harm

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans
Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago." The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November's general election. The ad, titled "Better America," also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
After the FBI raided Jake Paul's mansion, speculation was rampant about his associate 'Armani' Izadi, who is an accused pimp and was also searched by the feds
In addition to Jake Paul's Calabasas home, FBI agents also searched the Las Vegas mansion of his associate, 'Armani' Izadi, an accused pimp.

AV Club FilmsAug 06, 2020
Tom Hanks might play the obvious Tom Hanks role in Disney's live-action Pinocchio
Everyone loves Tom Hanks, especially now that the coronavirus has forced us to confront the possibility that he might not be with us forever, but even the most dedicated member of the Hanks Army has to admit that he tends to step into the same kind of role in every movie—especially now that he's, you know, aging. Not…


Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Republicans push Kanye West 2020. But will it really hurt Joe Biden?
Having West, who is Black and a hip-hop icon, on the ballot could be a ploy to hurt Biden with both sets of voters.

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Why Prince Royce's ‘Carita de Inocente' Has Endured on Radio & Set a Chart Longevity Record
The song tops Tropical Airplay for a 20th week.

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Kanye West Implies His Presidential Campaign Is Intentionally Trying to Hurt Biden's Chances
In a new interview with Forbes' Randall Lane via text on Thursday (Aug. 6), West avoided a question on whether he feels he's being used, but discussed his political goals.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police
Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city's Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death won't achieve the type of structural overhaul to public safety they hoped for - at least not this year. "The Charter Commission blocking this question from going on the ballot will slow progress because of the way our city government is structured and the realities of municipal government," Council President Lisa Bender said Thursday. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn't breathe.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Sri Lankan PM claims landslide victory, strengthening Rajapaksa family's hand
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's party claimed a landslide victory as vote counting in the country's election came to a close on Thursday evening, prompting fears among minority groups. "Our biggest victory has been that people have trusted us and we are ready to uphold that trust," the Prime Minister told The Telegraph as the results came in. However, critics worry that it further strengthens the hand of the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist Rajapaksa family, with fears they could rewrite the constitution and further target minorities. In November 2019, Mahinda's younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa was voted in as president. Mahinda himself has previously served as president, and Gotabaya as defence secretary. The brothers remain under scrutiny for alleged war crimes committed during the fight against the Tamil Tigers and the family has been accused of corruption and nepotism. At least four members ran in Wednesday's parliamentary elections. Still, the brothers' party - a new party called the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna - was expected to win by a large margin with about 80 percent of the votes counted, clinching the majority of the 225 seats in Parliament for Mahinda to return as prime minister. The Rajapaksas were hoping for a two-thirds majority that will allow them to make a much debated constitutional amendment, giving them the power to revert to an all powerful executive presidency system. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and political apathy created by a divided opposit

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Federal judge rules the government owns an undeveloped island off Key West — not a developer
Government, not developer, owns undeveloped Island off Key West: judge

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Rod Wave's ‘Rags2Riches' Becomes Second Song to Rule Both Top Triller Charts
"Rags2Riches" rules after debuting on the charts dated Aug. 1.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Quinnipiac polls: Gideon leads Collins in Maine; South Carolina Senate race tied
Gideon leads Collins, 47 percent to 43 percent, with 6 percent of voters undecided, according to the survey.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
In call with Chinese counterpart, Pentagon chief expresses concern 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 call comes 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 a clampdown 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.

Time EntertainmentAug 06, 2020
Singer-Songwriter Lauv on Turning to Music and Coping in Quarantine
Lauv released his debut album, How I'm Feeling, on March 6. Just a few weeks later, the world began to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lauv is a singer-songwriter whose intimate, downtempo pop has made him a go-to artist on streaming platforms and as a featured voice for artists like Troye Sivan, BTS…

Paid Streaming Grows as Consumers Head Indoors (Again): Five Key Insights From Nielsen Music/MRC Data's COVID-19 Report (Billboard Music News)

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Kylie Minogue Earns New Career Highs With ‘Say Something' on Dance/Electronic Charts
Kylie Minogue sets new career-high marks with her new single "Say Something."

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.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Marijuana sent him to prison for decades. Now he has COVID-19 and is seeking release.
Michael Thompson, 69, is serving a 40- to 60-year sentence for charges that stem from a marijuana sale in 1994. His advocates say his punishment was excessive.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Pelosi rips Trump for 'degrading' plan to give nomination acceptance speech from the White House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sharply criticised Donald Trump for suggesting he will "probably" accept the Republican presidential nomination in a speech at the White House, an unprecedented move that could open Trump administration aides up to an array of federal ethics crimes."You don't have political events at the White House," Ms Pelosi, the longtime California Democrat, said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday. "You can't do it."

Yahoo! TVAug 06, 2020
Zoë Kravitz Reacts To ‘High Fidelity's Cancellation After One Season: "Breakups Suck"
High Fidelity star Zoë Kravitz is thanking her castmates, crew and fans following Wednesday's cancellation of her Hulu series after one season. "I wanna give a shout out to my highfidelity family," the actress said on Instagram, along with a slideshow of photos from the series. "Thank you for all the love and heart you […]

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
‘The Secret Garden' Review: It's as Lovely as You Remember
This version, featuring Colin Firth as the haunted uncle, hits the same notes as the 1911 novel and previous films, and that's fine for this uncertain moment.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movement
While the protests in downtown Portland have largely been peaceful, there have been violent offshoots in other parts of the city this week.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
White House, Congress to resume coronavirus talks on major issues
Top congressional Democrats and White House officials will try again on Thursday to find a compromise on legislation that would enable Congress to come to the aid of Americans reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As talks neared the end of their second week, the four principal negotiators appeared to be near agreement on some topics, but still trillions of dollars apart on major issues including the size of a federal benefit for tens of millions of unemployed workers. "We're trying to get a deal that's good for the American public and American workers," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters after nearly two hours of talks on Wednesday.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsAug 06, 2020
Coronavirus: Dancing on Ice coach warns of ice skating concern
Mark Hanretty calls for ice rinks to be opened to elite athletes amid coronavirus restrictions.

Playbill NewsAug 06, 2020
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 6
In 2015, Hamilton opens on Broadway.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art Vote to Join Union
The election came after months of debate over whether complaints over the workplace environment at the museum could be addressed through top-down reforms, instead of collective bargaining.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test
States are opening back up, but some still require or recommend visitors self-quarantine for two weeks. Find out where.

Yahoo! TVAug 06, 2020
DC Comics is dragged for misrepresenting 'Blerd' culture: 'Words mean things'
DC Comics sparked an outcry on social media with its special announcement about an upcoming FanDome event.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
What Megan Fox Taught Me About the Power of Subversive Girls
The horror comedy "Jennifer's Body," starring Fox as a demon who eats boys, showed me the value of teen scream queens when I needed it most.

Yahoo! BooksAug 06, 2020
ICE detained hundreds of Mississippi chicken plant workers. Now managers are charged
The indictments mark the first criminal action prosecutors have taken against company managers after ICE took close to 700 workers into custody last year during a massive raid on food processing plants.

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
Before Biden Backed Out of Speech, COVID Was Detected at Convention Site
The same week that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden formally canceled plans to give a convention speech in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention Committee detected three positive cases of COVID-19 at the site. "As testing increased this week, our system detected three cases which have been reported to the health department and given instructions to self-isolate," an aide to the convention told The Daily Beast. The aide confirmed that those individuals tested positive. Officials involved in convention planning say the decision to not host speeches from the site were not directly related to the positive test results there. But they did say that those tests underscored, for organizers, the risks that were inherent in hosting a convention in the midst of a pandemic. "The reason why they told folks to not travel is we'd been talking to health officials about it. And once we got the guidance from health officials that the pandemic was getting worse, we listened to them," said a top DNC official. For months, organizers had held on to the possibility of Biden addressing a crowd in Wisconsin, even as they dramatically cut back plans to have a traditional convention there. But on Wednesday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and convention CEO Joe Solmonese released a statement announcing the decision to go entirely virtual, citing ongoing desires to follow the same public health- and science-based standards they've maintained are important through the process. The join

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
Edmund White Thinks Most People Misread ‘Lolita'
"Nabokov's job in the book is to make you like the monstrous Humbert Humbert. In the 1960s readers were too swinging to see how evil he was and now readers are too prudish to see how charming he can be."

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
What Makes Kiarostami a Modern Master? Start Here
In the Iranian filmmaker's "Certified Copy" and "Close-Up," appearances deceive. You wind up questioning everything.

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Keke Palmer: 5 Things to Know About the 2020 MTV VMAs Host
Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which are slated for Aug. 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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 […]

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

Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
7 Things to Know About Michelle Tidball, Kanye West's Running Mate
Kanye West's proposed running mate, Michelle Tidball, is described as a "biblical life coach" and, like the rapper, she appears to have no experience in politics.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
‘The Tax Collector' Review: Street Gangs and Family Values
David Ayer's generic gangland thriller presents a cartoonishly exaggerated showdown between good and evil.

AV Club FilmsAug 06, 2020
HBO Max's Raised By Wolves huffs, puffs, and blows it all down in its first trailer
Ridley Scott's got plenty of irons in the fire these days, from a Gladiator sequel to a Gaga-starring Gucci thriller to FX's adaptation of Don Winslow's The Cartel trilogy. He's also got Raised By Wolves, an HBO Max sci-fi series about androids in a post-apocalyptic future that will mark his American TV directorial…


Billboard Music NewsAug 06, 2020
Zayn & Gigi Hadid's Relationship: A Complete Timeline
A complete timeline of Gigi Hadid and Zayn's relationship, from the "Pillowtalk" video to breaking up and getting back together, and pregnancy!

Yahoo! ArtsAug 06, 2020
BBC receives 18,600 complaints over use of racial slur in news report
Viewers complained after a racial slur was used in a TV news report last week.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
‘Song Without a Name' Review: A Tragedy in the Peruvian Hillside
Melina León's beautifully composed film follows a woman whose baby was stolen from her after child birth.

NYTimes ArtsAug 06, 2020
Unfortunately, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s Book is Well-Timed
This Princeton professor was going to write a biography of James Baldwin. A violent encounter between the police and a Black man put his book on a different track.

Yahoo! BooksAug 05, 2020
Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide
The region has now recorded more than 206,000 deaths, approximately 30% of the global total.

Daisy Coleman, Star of Netflix Doc ‘Audrie & Daisy,' Dies by Suicide at 23 (Yahoo! TV)

Yahoo! BooksAug 05, 2020
Pentagon official reportedly has 'no idea' where Trump's Beirut claims came from
The Pentagon is distancing itself from President Trump's claims about the Beirut blast that killed more than 100 people.Trump on Tuesday said his unnamed "great generals" told him they thought the massive explosion was a "terrible attack." In the early aftermath, there was speculation that the catastrophe was intentional, but it the consensus quickly became that it was almost certainly accidental -- albeit brought on by neglect and mismanagement -- and not linked to any foreign power, proxy forces, or terrorist organizations. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other department officials affirmed they believe it was an accident, as well.The president hasn't repeated his claim from Tuesday, possibly indicating he understands there was no basis for it. But that's what's raised some eyebrows, considering he said he got the information from unnamed high-ranking military officials. A senior Pentagon official, however, told The Associated Press on Wednesday they had "no idea" what Trump was referring to with his comment, leaving some to wonder if it came out of thin air. So did Trump make it up that US generals told him Beirut was bombed? -- Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) August 5, 2020More stories from Republicans offer $400/week unemployment benefits, but stimulus bill talks remain divided New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' Pence calls Chief Justice John Roberts 'a disappointment to conservatives'

AV Club FilmsAug 05, 2020
The FBI raided Jake Paul's house today
Human distraction Jake Paul continues to be extremely distracting tonight, as ABC News reports that the FBI has raided his California home, apparently seizing several guns, including, we find ourselves unable to resist quoting verbatim, "a long gun propped up against a hot tub in the backyard."


BBC Entertainment & ArtsAug 05, 2020
Bad Boy Chiller Crew: Today Bradford, tomorrow we take over the world
Rappers, comedians, influencers - and they're doing it all from the backstreets of Bradford.

VultureAug 05, 2020
Tom Hanks Circling the Role of Geppetto In Disney's Live Action Pinocchio
The film would see Hanks reuniting with his Forrest Gump director, Robert Zemeckis.

NYTimes ArtsAug 05, 2020
Stream These 12 Movies Before They Leave Netflix This Month
"Groundhog Day" for when every day feels the same, "Candyman" for when they feel like a nightmare: Watch them while you can in August.

Yahoo! TVAug 05, 2020
Selena Gomez Is a Sweet But So-So Chef in Trailer for HBO Max Series
Selena Gomez is a woman of many talents… but if the trailer for her new HBO Max series is any indication, cooking is not one of them. (Not yet, at least.) The streamer on Wednesday unveiled a full-length promo for Selena Chef, Gomez's unscripted culinary series that will drop Thursday, Aug. 13. In each […]

Raised by Wolves: Ridley Scott's Android Series Gets HBO Max Premiere Date and a 'Big, Bad' Trailer (Yahoo! TV)

Yahoo! TVAug 05, 2020
NBCU's Peacock Will Stream All Eight ‘Harry Potter' Movies for Free Starting Later in 2020
NBCUniversal's Peacock announced that all eight Harry Potter films will be available to stream in windows starting later this year and rolling into 2021 -- including on Peacock's free, ad-supported tier. The octet of movies based on J.K. Rowling's famed fantasy book series is set to roll off HBO Max as of Aug. 25, after […]

Playbill NewsAug 05, 2020
Join Tim Dolan on a Virtual Tour of Broadway August 5 With Playbill Social Selects
At This Theatre shares the stories of historical theatres in Times Square and beyond. Entertainment NewsAug 04, 2020
What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,' 'The Secret Garden,' ‘She Dies Tomorrow' and More

Want to know what's coming soon to digital and what to watch right now on FandangoNOW? Here is your weekly guide to the latest releases:   What are the latest new releases to watch right now? Based on the bestselling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret: Dare to Dream is now available for a premium digital rental as a Home Premiere release. The romantic drama stars Katie Holmes as a widowed single mother and Josh Lucas as a mysterious new man in her life. Sasie...

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

New York Times MoviesJul 30, 2020
‘The Cuban' Review: Memories Lost and Reignited
Louis Gossett Jr. plays a musician with Alzheimer's disease whose new nurse helps him reach back into his past.

Time EntertainmentJul 28, 2020
‘Worst Experience of My Life.' Megan Thee Stallion Describes Shooting, Foot Surgeries in Tearful Video
(LOS ANGELES) — Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Monday that she had gunshot wounds in both feet and gave new details about the shooting earlier this month that she called "the worst experience of my life" in an emotional online video. "I was shot in both of my feet, and I had to get surgery…

Reuters EntertainmentJun 01, 2020
Zimbabwean film industry makes Netflix debut with 'Cook Off'
Zimbabwean film Cook Off, a romance about a struggling single mother who finds love during a cooking competition, premiered on Netflix on Monday, a debut that its makers hope will propel the country's small film sector to global audiences.

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