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Monumental Quebec author, Rejean Ducharme, dead at 76

MONTREAL -- Rejean Ducharme, a well-known Quebec author and playwright credited with influencing the province's culture during the Quiet Revolution with his famous debut novel, "The Swallower Swallowed," has died at the age of 76.
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Stratford Festival to stage 'The Rocky Horror Show' as part of 2018 season

TORONTO - Get ready to do the "Time Warp" at the Stratford Festival in southwestern Ontario.
The festival says it plans to present "The Rocky Horror Show" as part of its 2018 season, which includes a wide variety of theatrical genres along with its usual Shakespeare works.
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Drew Scott joining 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Move over, James Hinchcliffe – Dancing with the Stars has a new Canadian hunk it wants to turn into a samba playa.
According to People magazine, Property Brothers’ Drew Scott has signed with the Emmy-nominated reality TV competition series, which is set to premiere next month on ABC and CTV.
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Billy Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore

NEW YORK -- Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden.
Monday's performance by "The Piano Man" came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters.
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Have CN Tower, don’t need to travel.
Following his annual OVO Fest, which this year saw him performing on a makeshift version of the Canadian landmark, Toronto rapper Drake is set to mingle with the Hollywood A-crowd when he brings his Vince Carter documentary, The Carter Effect, to the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
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Thomas Meehan, Tony-winning story writer of 'Annie,' dead at 88

NEW YORK -- Three-time Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan, best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical "Annie," has died at age 88.
Meehan, who had been ill for about five months and had undergone surgery, died at his home in Manhattan late Monday or early Tuesday, longtime friend and "Annie" collaborator Martin Charnin said.
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Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.
The actors union announced Tuesday that Freeman will accept its highest honour on Jan.
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How Netflix picks things for you to stream

NEW YORK — Netflix wants subscribers to know it’s looking out for them.
For instance, the average Netflix subscriber might never guess that its dark superhero drama “Jessica Jones” might strike similar chords as the zany hijinks of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
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All the times Jon Snow nearly died (and the one time he did), ranked

During Sunday night's nail-biter "Game of Thrones" episode, Jon Snow nearly died not once but twice. As usual, he managed to escape (somewhat) unscathed.
That's kind of his M.O., isn't it? He narrowly escapes death when someone or something swoops in at just the right moment to rescue him.
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Cheers star George Wendt thinks the Blue Jays still have a chance at making the playoffs.
With the Blue Jays sitting five games out of a wild-card spot, Toronto might want to consider inviting George Wendt to a game or two .
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Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson top Forbes list of highest-paid actors

Transformers: The Last Knight star Mark Wahlberg has outmuscled Dwayne Johnson to become Hollywood's highest-paid actor in the past year with a transforming income of $68 million US, according to Forbes magazine.
The former rapper known as Marky Mark beat out Baywatch star Johnson, with $65 million (all figures US), and Johnson's The Fate of the Furious co-star Vin Diesel, worth $54.5 million.
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Ozzy Osbourne performs 'Bark At The Moon' during eclipse

Ozzy Osbourne marked Monday’s solar eclipse by performing his hit Bark at the Moon as the sun was blocked out over Illinois.
The heavy rocker played a rare afternoon set at the Moonstock Festival in Carterville and timed his performance perfectly - two minutes into one of his most famous solo tracks, the moon completely blocked out the sun.
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George and Amal Clooney donate US$1M to fight hate groups

LOS ANGELES -- George and Amal Clooney are donating US$1 million to fight hate groups.
The couple announced Tuesday that their Clooney Foundation for Justice is supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center with a $1 million grant to combat hate groups in the United States.
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