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Rolling Stones pay tribute to Charlie Watts, open ‘No Filter’ tour
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Rolling Stones pay tribute to Charlie Watts, open ‘No Filter’ tour

ST. LOUIS — The Rolling Stones are touring again, this time without their heartbeat, or at least their backbeat. The legendary rockers launched their pandemic-delayed “No Filter” tour Sunday at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis without their drummer of nearly six decades. It was clear from the outset just how much the band members - and the fans - missed Charlie Watts, who died last month at age 80. Except for a private show in Massachusetts last week, the St. Louis concert was their first since Watts’ death. The show opened with an empty stage and only a drumbeat, with photos of Watts flashing on the video board. After the second song, a rousing rendition of “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood came to the front of the stage. Jagge...
‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards
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‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. The show about the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, updated with tunes like “Single Ladies” and “Firework” alongside the big hit “Lady Marmalade,” won 10 Tonys. The record is 12, won by “The Producers.” Producer Carmen Pavlovic struck a philosophical note in her acceptance speech, sharing the award with all the shows that struggled in the past 18-month shutdown. “It feels a little odd to me to be talking about one show as best musical. I feel that every show of las...
Harry and Meghan visit U.N. during world leaders’ meeting
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Harry and Meghan visit U.N. during world leaders’ meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year. The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three were due to appear later Saturday at the Global Citizen citizen concert in New York‘s Central Park. “It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters. The U.N. said Mohamed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health. Meghan and Harry are set to press for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances stage...
Yale student’s winning run on ‘Jeopardy!’ makes history
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Yale student’s winning run on ‘Jeopardy!’ makes history

NEW YORK (AP) – Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” has now netted him more than $1 million in non-tournament play, making him the third person in the show’s history to pass that mark. The only other contestants to win more than $1 million in regular season games are Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak netted $2,520,700, and James Holzhauer, who earned $2,462,216 over 32 victories. Amodio, a fifth-year computer science Ph.D. student at Yale University, on Friday won $48,800 for his 28th victory, bringing his total winnings to $1,004,001. Amodio’s latest milestone came at the end of temporary host Mayim Bialik’s first week back behind the lectern in the wake of the departure of host and executive producer Mike Richards. Bialik will share hosting duties with Jennings through the end of ...
Meghan and Harry visit with students at a Harlem school
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Meghan and Harry visit with students at a Harlem school

NEW YORK (AP) – Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, offered lots of hugs to kids at a Harlem public school Friday where she read her children’s book to about two dozen students who sat cross-legged with her husband in the play yard. The hourlong visit to PS 123, which serves shelters for families without permanent homes, was one of several stops so far in a whirlwind New York week for the two. A couple of the children shed tears when they met the pair under a white tent set up near the school’s play structure. Nearly a dozen second-graders had prime spots on round, green cushions after older students showed off a three-dimensional flower mural they had created. Then Meghan read “The Bench,” which she initially wrote as a Father’s Day poem to Harry after the birth of their son...
VP interview delayed, ‘View’ hosts test positive for COVID
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VP interview delayed, ‘View’ hosts test positive for COVID

Two co-hosts of the daytime talk show “The View” were ordered off the set before a scheduled interview with Vice President Kamala Harris because they tested positive for COVID-19. During the live broadcast, a voice from offstage called out to co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin: “I’m going to ask the two of you to step off for a second.” They tested positive despite being “vaccinated up the wazoo,” as co-host Joy Behar later explained. When the two women were ordered off the set, Ms. Behar attempted to keep the show on track by asking whether she could introduce Ms. Harris. After getting the go-ahead from the stage manager, another voice from off-screen declared “no.” A moment later, Ms. Behar explained what was going on. “What happened is that Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positi...
NFL adds Monday night to Wild Card Weekend
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NFL adds Monday night to Wild Card Weekend

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is adding Monday night to its Wild Card Weekend. The league announced Friday that it will play one of its first six playoff games on Monday night, beginning with this season. The NFL added a third wild-card team in each conference last season, and then played three wild-card games on Saturday and three on Sunday during its first weekend of the playoffs. The new schedule means the league will play two games on Saturday (4:35 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET), three on Sunday (1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET) and one on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET). Wild Card Weekend for this postseason runs from Jan. 15-17. The team with the best record in each conference is the only one to receive a bye for the first weekend of the playoffs. The NFL said the broadcaster for the Monday night ga...
Monifa Bandele, new head of Time’s Up, pledges openness after Cuomo scandal
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Monifa Bandele, new head of Time’s Up, pledges openness after Cuomo scandal

Almost four years ago, a group of high-profile Hollywood women - producers, agents, movie stars - formed Time’s Up, an ambitious initiative to fight sexual harassment in their own industry and beyond, as the #MeToo reckoning was taking hold. “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” said producer Shonda Rhimes, one of those powerful women, at the time. She was speaking about Hollywood. But now, Time’s Up itself is on a mission to clean its own house - and salvage its very existence — after a damaging scandal that forced the departure of its chief executive, Tina Tchen, over revelations the group’s leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration after he was first accused of misconduct last year. Tchen’s r...
Stephen Chbosky, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ director: Movie takes aim at cancel culture
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Stephen Chbosky, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ director: Movie takes aim at cancel culture

Director Stephen Chbosky says his new film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” opening Friday, offers a critique of social media’s cancel culture. “I don’t remember a time of less tolerance in my life,” Mr. Chbosky told The Washington Times. “Because young people are under so much pressure to be perfect and say the right things all the time, I think it’s important for us to say that it’s unsustainable and it’s not fair. Everyone deserves a second chance.” The Pittsburgh native, 51, said growing up without the internet gave him the luxury of learning from his mistakes as he wrestled between his public face and private self to grow into his own identity. “I can’t imagine what it’s like [today], and I feel a great deal of sympathy for kids whose mistakes often have a pe...
‘Cruella: Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ 4K Ultra HD movie review
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‘Cruella: Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ 4K Ultra HD movie review

Disney’s latest live-action effort to explore the origins of one of its most iconic villains moves from theaters and Disney Plus to 4K disc in Cruella: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 134 minutes, $49.98). Emma Stone stars as Estella Miller, i.e., the budding and villainous Cruella de Vil, as viewers learn of this young grifter’s ascension into the world of crime and into the narcissistic depths of the fashion world. Director Craig Gillespie, along with a feisty script, thoroughly explains her black-and-white streaked hair, her official renaming, her famed vehicle, her deep hatred for Dalmatians, the death of her mother, and her meeting of her two grifting friends and future henchman Jasper (Joel Frey) and Horace (Paul...