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Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home


From family drama "This Is Us" to crime series "NCIS," audiences are flocking to television shows in numbers unseen for up to a year as coronavirus shutdowns and social distancing keeps millions of Americans at home. Police action series "NCIS" scored its biggest audience since February 2019 on Tuesday night,… Read


Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19


Veteran comedian Ken Shimura has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his agency said Wednesday, making him the first Japanese entertainment figure to announce their infection publicly. Shimura, 70, is known for performing popular characters such as "Baka Tonosama" (stupid lord) and "Henna Ojisan" (strange uncle) on TV shows. He… Read


Kiyoshi Hikawa records a winning rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'


In 2018, the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" reminded the world of the talent of the British rock band Queen and their charismatic front man, Freddie Mercury. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the name of their best-known song, an operatic tour de force that melded hard rock to the drama of opera. Now Kiyoshi Hikawa, a… Read


Taylor Swift's publicist takes aim at Kim Kardashian in feud


The Kanye West and Taylor Swift public beef has reignited again with the ongoing feud now involving his wife and Swift's publicist. Swift’s publicist, Tree Paine, fired back Monday night at Kim Kardashian West who had defended herself after someone released a full, but clipped video of Kanye West and… Read


American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

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Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally's publicist said in a statement sent to AFP that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived… Read


Daughter of former SMAP star Takuya Kimura becomes a model in Japan


If you asked people in Japan to name a famous singer/actor/hearththrob, chances are they’ll mention a man named Takuya Kimura, most commonly known as “Kimutaku." The 47-year-old has been in the public eye since he was signed to the Johnny & Associates talent agency at the age of 15, going on to… Read


Netflix's 'Self Made' tells of first female millionaire


Madam C.J. Walker may be one of America’s most successful “pull yourself up by your own bootstrap” stories, but many have never heard of her. However, that’s changing, thanks to the recent release of a Netflix limited series starring Octavia Spencer. “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J.… Read


Woody Allen memoir released by new publisher after protests


The autobiography of filmmaker Woody Allen was released in the United States Monday, swiftly finding a new home after its original publisher pulled out amid protests over abuse allegations. New York-based Arcade Publishing announced it has acquired world rights to the title, "Apropos of Nothing," and launched it Monday with… Read


As coronavirus hits pause on touring, musicians perform online


As the coronavirus pandemic hits indefinite pause on concerts and touring, many musicians are instead streaming shows for tens of thousands of fans self-quarantining. Artists including Neil Young, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Christine and the Queens are among those who have played online shows for the folks at home,… Read


Netflix to slash traffic across Europe to relieve virus strain on internet providers

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Netflix Inc said it will cut traffic by 25% on networks across Europe in a relief measure for internet service providers (ISPs) experiencing a surge in usage due to government "shelter in place" orders aimed at slowing the coronavirus outbreak. The streaming giant, which has already deployed a way to… Read

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