Indigenous playwright from Calgary wins national theatre award worth $100,000

A Calgary playwright is the winner of a prestigious national theatre award that comes with a prize of $100,000 to split between her and her chosen protege.
Tara Beagan, who is a member of the Ntlaka'pamux Nation, has been named the 2020 laureate of the Siminovitch Prize, which recognizes excellence in theatre and the importance of mentoring upcoming playwrights.
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Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

ORLANDO, FLA. -- The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry.
The announcement by the company was made in a U.S.
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Movie reviews: 'The Croods: A New Age' hasn't evolved much since 2013

Seven years after DreamWorks’ “The Croods” reinvented and recycled “The Flintstones,” minus the brontosaurus ribs, for a new generation comes a sequel, “The Croods: A New Age,” now in theatres, available soon as a digital rental.
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Indonesian police move transgender celebrity to private cell

JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- Indonesian police have moved a female transgender Instagram celebrity, Millen Cyrus, to a special cell following public outrage over her initial placement in a male detention cell after she was arrested as a suspect in a drug case.
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Alex Trebek, the late host of the long-running game show "Jeopardy!," had a Thanksgiving message for viewers, urging them to "be thankful" and "keep the faith."
The message was recorded earlier this year as part of the Thanksgiving Day episode.
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A new doc peeks inside the USPS's Operation Santa program

Filmmaker Dana Nachman wanted to make a documentary about the United States Postal Service's Operation Santa program for years, but it never seemed like the right time. Then in 2018 she got up some courage and decided to cold email the USPS press office.
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AOC, Jagmeet Singh to join forces for video game livestream

TORONTO -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appear poised to join forces for a livestream of the popular video game “Among Us.”
Singh tweeted on Thursday that he would be playing the game live on Friday evening and asked Ocasio-Cortez if she wanted to join.
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Jerry Seinfeld digs into 45 years of his jokes for new book

LOS ANGELES -- Forget the high-performance sports cars, the luxury Rolls-Royces and all those other classic automobiles in which Jerry Seinfeld ushers his fellow comics to the diner on television's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
The most valuable things Seinfeld owns are the thousands of pieces of paper -- yellow, scribbled over, sometimes crumpled -- that for years he's been cramming into those brown accordion folders that were once a staple of storage until something better came along called the laptop computer.
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ABC series Big Sky criticized for insensitivity to MMIWG

Indigenous critics of ABC's kidnapping drama Big Sky say it fails to acknowledge real-life missing and murdered Indigenous women and are extending their grievance to CTV for airing the series in Canada without added context.
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is among several Indigenous groups lambasting the Vancouver-shot series for a storyline about kidnapped women in Montana that skirts a real-life epidemic in that state, as well as B.C.
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Cher in Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

ISLAMABAD -- Iconic singer and actress Cher is in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the "world's loneliest elephant," who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists.
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes flight in virus times

NEW YORK -- The balloons were in the sky and the marching bands took to the streets for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, but coronavirus restrictions meant it was without the throngs of people usually scrambling for a view.
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TikTok owner gets another week to sell its U.S. business

TikTok's deadline to finalize a U.S. buyer has been extended for the second time in less than a month.
The Trump administration on Wednesday gave the short-form video app's Chinese owner, ByteDance, until December 4 to conclude a proposed takeover deal by Oracle and Walmart, according to a spokesperson for the Treasury department.
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Deepa Mehta on why more Tamil actors weren't in lead roles in new film 'Funny Boy'

TORONTO -- Canadian director Deepa Mehta says she initially secured "some great Tamil actors" for her new film "Funny Boy," but they were unable to participate "due to family issues and visa problems."
The coming-of-age story is based on the award-winning Canadian novel by Shyam Selvadurai, about a young Tamil boy named Arjie who grows up gay in Sri Lanka during the deadly Tamil-Sinhalese conflict in the 1970s and '80s.
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