One potential legacy of this pandemic is its power of acceleration, its ability to speed up existing trend lines — toward remote work, more online commerce, even China-U.S. tension.
It's done the same with culture.
The pandemic accelerated the digitization of world cultural treasures, with centuries of human achievement in art, music and theatre already online and new items being added at a faster rate.

Angelina Jolie lets Taylor Sheridan drag her through hell

NEW YORK -- Taylor Sheridan, initially brought on to rewrite the mountain thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” gradually got more invested in the movie. When another filmmaker dropped out, he called the studio with an offer.
See Full Article

Aubrey Plaza marries longtime boyfriend director Jeff Baena

LOS ANGELES -- Aubrey Plaza has married her longtime boyfriend, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena.
The "Parks and Recreation" actor called Baena "my husband" for the first time publicly Friday in an Instagram post.
See Full Article

Rapper G Herbo charged with lying to federal investigators

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. -- The rapper G Herbo is in more legal trouble in connection with an alleged scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said.
The Chicago native, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, was charged Wednesday with lying to federal investigators, according to a statement from the U.S.
See Full Article
When Cornelius Nyungura first arrived in Montreal in 1997 from Rwanda via Germany, the aspiring musician had been traumatized by the assassination of his parents and siblings during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
But Montreal's summer scene, packed with amiable crowds and summer music festivals, many featuring international music, left him "blown away.
See Full Article

Pizza chef Bruno DiFabio gets prison time for tax evasion

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- Bruno DiFabio, a celebrity pizza chef who owns restaurants in Connecticut and New York, was sentenced to 30 days in prison Thursday for tax evasion.
DiFabio, 51, known as “Lord of the Pies” and for appearing on “Chopped” and other TV shows, was sentenced in federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
See Full Article
This story contains minor spoilers for Resident Evil Village.
Over its 25-year-history, the Resident Evil survival horror games have had several fan-favourite heroines. Now with Resident Evil Village, out this week, it has a memorable villainess, too.
See Full Article
Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival say they're sticking with a hybrid model as they plan for September.
In an email outlining this year's press accreditation process, organizers say they hope to offer both digital and in-person screenings at the fest.
See Full Article

Glenn Close on 8 Oscar nods with no wins: I am not a loser

NEW YORK -- Though Glenn Close has been nominated for eight Oscars without any wins, the distinguished actor wants to make one thing clear: she is not a loser.
Close has been nominated for best actress four times and she competed for her fourth best supporting actress honour at last month's Academy Awards.
See Full Article

Iraq's prank TV show depicting IS attacks taken off air

BAGHDAD -- Responding to viewer outrage, Iraq's media regulator cancelled a TV prank show that lured guests into simulated ambushes by militants, forcing participants and viewers to relive some of the terror and fear that were widespread under the rule of the Islamic State group.
See Full Article
Toronto-raised entertainer Lilly Singh's NBC late-night show is coming to a close.
The YouTuber whose popularity landed her a network television gig announced on Instagram that “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” will end with its second season.
See Full Article

Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death

LOS ANGELES -- The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit.
Court documents filed by attorneys for the rock singer's widow, Vicky Cornell, and their children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas Cornell, said a confidential settlement had been reached.
See Full Article