Entertainment

Ron Howard steps in to direct Han Solo spinoff

Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard has stepped in to helm the forthcoming Han Solo film, days after Lucasfilm cut loose original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller over “creative differences” on the anticipated Star Wars spinoff. Howard, an Oscar-winner for A Beautiful Mind and known for credits as wide-ranging as Cocoon, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon and Rush, will start immediately, according ...

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Tony Bennett gets Gershwin prize from national library

Tony Bennett, the beloved and durable interpreter of American standards whose chart-topping career spans seven decades, has been honoured with this year’s Gershwin Prize for popular song. The Library of Congress announced the award Tuesday. The lifetime achievement award named for the duo of George and Ira Gershwin was created by Congress to honour singers and songwriters who entertain, inform ...

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Animal House actor, Stephen Furst, dead at 63

Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie Animal House, has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday. Furst was 63. Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. Furst played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. It was ...

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Prosecutors to retry Bill Cosby after judge declares mistrial in sex assault case

Prosecutors say they will retry Bill Cosby after a judge declared a mistrial in his sexual assault case because of a hung jury. “We the jury are deadlocked on all counts,” the jury’s note announced to the court. “William H. Cosby Jr. remains free on bail,” the district attorney’s office in Montgomery County, Penn. tweeted following the court decision. “New trial date will be set.” DA ...

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The Tragically Hip, Sylvia Maracle to receive Order of Canada

Gov. Gen. David Johnston has announced that the five members of the Tragically Hip and Indigenous advocate Sylvia Maracle are to be the latest recipients of the Order of Canada. Hip lead singer Gord Downie and Maracle will receive their insignia on Monday as part of a special presentation of Canadian honours recognizing outstanding Indigenous leadership, a statement from Rideau ...

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