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Shakespeare by the Sea's Julius Caesar draws Donald Trump comparisons

A Halifax performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is drawing on Donald Trump and the current American political situation for inspiration. Shakespeare by the Sea, which puts on productions in Point Pleasant Park, is mounting the famous classic in which the title character is portrayed as an unconventional, populist leader of the Roman empire who is assassinated by other members of the political elite. Co-artistic director Jesse MacLean said many of ...

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Broadway ticket-buying now easier for fans, not re-sellers

For longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Debbie Elster, there’s never been any doubt the competition to get tickets for his upcoming Broadway shows is going to be fierce. But she’s feeling a little more hopeful, thanks to a new online verification system for ticket-buying that aims to keep more tickets in the hands of fans rather than re-sellers who seemingly snap ...

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Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski’s victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of ...

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President's arts advisers resign over Trump's Charlottesville response

Members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned Friday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.  “Supremacy, discrimination and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values,” the members wrote in their resignation letter dated Friday. “If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to ...

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Uncharted territory: Does a new lead character help or harm a beloved video game series?

How often does a movie or TV show successfully continue after the departure of a headliner? Whether with a new actor reprising an old role (James Bond, Doctor Who) or an all-new cast and setting (Star Trek), many pop culture franchises have managed to sustain their popularity with reboots or new faces. But there’s a checkered past with as many failures as successes. For every Frasier ...

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Noel Gallagher to reopen Manchester Arena post-Ariana Grande bombing

One Oasis brother played the Manchester benefit concert. The other will now perform at a special benefit concert to reopen the Manchester Arena, post-bombing. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will headline We Are Manchester on Sept. 9, alongside fellow British acts Rick Astley, Courteeners and Blossoms. The arena said the show will “welcome back live entertainment fans.” The event comes more than four months after a suicide ...

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TIFF 2017: Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis C.K. films added

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and actress Brie Larson will see their directorial debuts premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Screenwriter-director Sorkin’s poker drama Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, and Larson’s indie comedy Unicorn Store, in which the Oscar-winner served as producer, director and star, are among the latest batch of films added on Tuesday morning ...

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Teen Choice Awards: Chris Pratt, Zendaya, Riverdale win; Miley Cyrus a no-show

The Teen Choice Awards, always a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out during Sunday night’s ceremony to consider the world its young audience will inherit. YouTuber Jake Paul hosted Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press) Hashtags, surfboards and loud shrieks dominated the Teen Choice Awards, as usual, with YouTube star Jake Paul presiding over a show designed to ...

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