Zimbabwe’s Economy is Falling Apart, but the Country’s Comedy Scene is Booming

September 20, 2016

Zimbabwe’s economy is falling apart, but the country’s comedy scene is booming. Even 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, widely accused of muzzling free speech, is a target. Insulting the president can bring a one-year jail term in this southern African country. Nonetheless, the comedians carry on, becoming bolder as fears of speaking out begin to erode. In one skit at a show on Thursday called State of the Nation, an actor…

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2016 Celebrity Birthdays : Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Celebrity birthdays
September 20, 2016

Sept. 25: Newswoman Barbara Walters is 87. Singer Ian Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 83. Actor Michael Douglas is 72. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 69. Actress Mimi Kennedy is 68. Actor Anson Williams is 67. Actor Mark Hamill is 65. Actor Colin Friels is 64. Actor Michael Madsen is 58. Actress Heather Locklear is 55. Actress Aida Turturro is 54. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”) is 52. Actor-singer…

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China Women’s Film Festival : 30+ Chinese and International films about Women’s rights, Women’s Achievements and Gay Women

September 20, 2016

China Women’s Film Festival runs until Sunday in Beijing. The nine-day festival features more than 30 Chinese and international films about women’s rights, women’s achievements and gay women, which are then slated to be shown in more than 10 cities across China. Festival chairman Li Dan said the aim was to increase the representation of women in film at a time when Chinese audiences have apparently accepted gender inequality in…

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Virginia Gun Rights Activists File $12 million Defamation Lawsuit Over an Edit

September 14, 2016

The segment in “Under the Gun” shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric’s question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film’s website in May that…

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At NY Fashion Week, Lady Gaga Cheers on Brandon Maxwell

September 14, 2016

  All were on hand at the Russian Tea Room on Tuesday night as his models walked, sitting beneath huge chandeliers amid the red and gold decor while Maxwell, as he said later, “sat in the back in a corner by myself and just hoped it would go well.” It’s what he does, he said, calling himself “not a naturally confident person.” But if anything can turn that around, it’s…

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New PBS Series about Modern Presidential Campaigns, “The Contenders: 16 for ’16.”

September 14, 2016

Each hour-long episode of the series, debuting 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday (check local listings) and airing through Nov. 1, examines two White House hopefuls who, whether they won or lost, left a mark on future races. The approach often makes for political odd couples, with host and producer Carlos Watson teasing out the shared elements of their campaigns. Watson promises “The Contenders” will offer useful perspective on what he calls…

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan produce ‘Religion of Sports’ show

September 13, 2016

Tom Brady and Michael Strahanare teaming up to  produce a six-part documentary TV series called “Religion of Sports.”. Each hour-long episode looks at different examples of the cultural and spiritual impact of sports in religions around the world. The show explores the rivalry between soccer clubs in Glasgow, Scotland, the Calgary Stampede rodeo in Alberta, Canada and the rise of “e-sports.” It also delves into NASCAR, mixed martial arts and minor…

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Ryan Lochte Feels Hurt After Two Men Arrested for Rushing His Performance

September 13, 2016

Ryan Lochte feels hurt after two men were arrested for rushing the stage following his performance on “Dancing with the Stars.” The two men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said. They had rushed the stage while Lochte was getting his scores from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for his debut performance during Monday night’s live installment of the celebrity…

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2017 Miss America Pageant Latest News – Savvy Shields Has Been Crowned

September 12, 2016

Here are the latest news on the 2017 Miss America pageant (all times local): 11 p.m. Savvy Shields, of Arkansas, has been crowned Miss America 2017. The winner of the nationally televised pageant was announced Sunday night. The outgoing Miss America, Betty Cantrell, placed the crown on the head of her successor. Shields won the talent competition on the second night of preliminaries with a jazz dance to a song…

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New Miss America Savvy Shields Has advice for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

September 12, 2016

Miss America Savvy Shields had a clear vision of what she hopes America will look like at the end of her term next year. “I hope that at the end of my year, we’re starting to reward politicians for compromise,” she said. Shields, who represented Arkansas in the pageant, won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City. She was asked during her onstage interview what she thought of Democratic nominee Hillary…

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