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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 20-26

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 20-26

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 20-26: Dec. 20: Actor Tommy Cole (“The Mickey Mouse Club”) is 79. Drummer Bobby Colomby of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 76. Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 75. Musician Alan Parsons is 72.
Six Canadian acts streaming shows over the holiday season

Six Canadian acts streaming shows over the holiday season

With concert halls across Canada mostly closed due to COVID-19, some musicians are celebrating the holiday season by offering ticketed streaming events.
‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Grease’ added to National Film Registry

‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Grease’ added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES — This year's inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of colour as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent short film thriller, classic musicals and an acclaimed Batm
Sanitizing Santa, isolating elves: parents add pandemic themes to Christmas magic

Sanitizing Santa, isolating elves: parents add pandemic themes to Christmas magic

Valeria Melia felt a tug on her heartstrings when her daughter asked if the pandemic would force Santa Claus to cancel his visit to their Toronto home this year.
John le Carre, who probed murky world of spies, dies at 89

John le Carre, who probed murky world of spies, dies at 89

LONDON — John le Carre, the spy-turned-novelist whose elegant and intricate narratives defined the Cold War espionage thriller and brought acclaim to a genre critics had once ignored, has died. He was 89.
Charley Pride, a country music Black superstar, dies at 86

Charley Pride, a country music Black superstar, dies at 86

NEW YORK — Charley Pride, one of country music’s first Black superstar whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died.

Charley Pride overcame racial barriers as country music star

NASHVILLE — Charley Pride wasn’t country music’s first Black artist, but he reached heights that had not been available to early Black singers and musicians in the genre. And he did it by winning over millions of country music fans.
Prince William thanks pandemic workers at Christmas show

Prince William thanks pandemic workers at Christmas show

LONDON — Britain's Prince William and his family attended a Christmas show in London on Friday night, where he paid tribute to medical staff and other frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic.
New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76

New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76

NEW YORK — Actor Carol Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” has died from complications fro
Diverse TV holiday season includes all-Asian Lifetime movie

Diverse TV holiday season includes all-Asian Lifetime movie

In one scene from the Lifetime TV movie, “A Sugar & Spice Holiday,” a co-worker says to Suzy, an Asian American architect in Los Angeles: “I didn't know if Christmas was a big deal where you're from.” Retorts Suzy: “I'm from Maine.