‘Never Rarely’ captures the obstacles of abortion

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Even progressively minded movies about abortion have usually focused on the morality of the decision

‘Never Rarely’ captures the obstacles of abortion

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Even progressively minded movies about abortion have usually focused on the morality of the decision

J.K. Rowling conjures up Harry Potter at Home to keep kids entertained in the age of coronavirus

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Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — While we all wish we could make COVID-19 disappear, J.K. Rowling has conjured up Harry Potter at Home, a digital destination she designed for kids who are being kept away from school by the pandemic.

“Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic,” the best-selling author tweeted Wednesday morning. 

“We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom,” claims the free website, which contains stories, crafts, puzzles, games, and other distractions for magic-users and Muggles alike, all set in Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Rowling had previously announced that she’d waive her licensing fees on all seven Harry Potter books, so teachers would be able to read them remotely to their home-bound students.

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J.K. Rowling conjures up Harry Potter at Home to keep kids entertained in the age of coronavirus

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Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — While we all wish we could make COVID-19 disappear, J.K. Rowling has conjured up Harry Potter at Home, a digital destination she designed for kids who are being kept away from school by the pandemic.

“Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic,” the best-selling author tweeted Wednesday morning. 

“We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom,” claims the free website, which contains stories, crafts, puzzles, games, and other distractions for magic-users and Muggles alike, all set in Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Rowling had previously announced that she’d waive her licensing fees on all seven Harry Potter books, so teachers would be able to read them remotely to their home-bound students.

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Review: Synth band Nation of Language make a nifty debut

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The synth band Nation of Language is releasing their debut album out and the sound may be familiar

Review: Synth band Nation of Language make a nifty debut

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The synth band Nation of Language is releasing their debut album out and the sound may be familiar

Caylee Hammack’s band went from concerts to mowing lawns

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Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band lost two months of touring gigs when the spreading coronavirus shut down the concert industry in America

Caylee Hammack’s band went from concerts to mowing lawns

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Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band lost two months of touring gigs when the spreading coronavirus shut down the concert industry in America

Universal bumping next ‘Minions’ movie, ‘Sing 2’, and adaptation of ‘Wicked’ amid COVID-19 concerns

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Universal Studios, among the first to move its newer films to streaming in the wake of coronavirus-related closures, has announced the pandemic has caused the delay of three more of its projects. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Minions: The Rise of Gru will now be moved a year from its original release date, and ill now hit theaters July 2, 2021.

In turn, that release date’s former occupant, the animated sequel Sing 2, will now debut in theaters December 22, 2021. 

That date had been reserved for Wicked, Universal’s big-budget take on the Broadway musical. The uncertainty surrounding Hollywood’s fate amid the COVID-19 crisis led Universal to postpone re-scheduling that film’s release at this time.

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Universal bumping next ‘Minions’ movie, ‘Sing 2’, and adaptation of ‘Wicked’ amid COVID-19 concerns

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Universal Studios, among the first to move its newer films to streaming in the wake of coronavirus-related closures, has announced the pandemic has caused the delay of three more of its projects. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Minions: The Rise of Gru will now be moved a year from its original release date, and ill now hit theaters July 2, 2021.

In turn, that release date’s former occupant, the animated sequel Sing 2, will now debut in theaters December 22, 2021. 

That date had been reserved for Wicked, Universal’s big-budget take on the Broadway musical. The uncertainty surrounding Hollywood’s fate amid the COVID-19 crisis led Universal to postpone re-scheduling that film’s release at this time.

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Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

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Country icon Dolly Parton is making a big donation to help fund coronavirus research, as well as taking time to read children’s books online for kids everywhere

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

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Country icon Dolly Parton is making a big donation to help fund coronavirus research, as well as taking time to read children’s books online for kids everywhere

‘Wicked’ movie release delayed, ‘Minions’ pushed to 2021

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Universal Pictures is shuffling a handful of release dates for its films due to the coronavirus pandemic including pulling “Wicked” from the calendar

‘Wicked’ movie release delayed, ‘Minions’ pushed to 2021

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Universal Pictures is shuffling a handful of release dates for its films due to the coronavirus pandemic including pulling “Wicked” from the calendar

Review: James Elkington’s melancholy the stuff for shut-ins

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On his new album, Chicago-based Englishman James Elkington sings about wolves in the womb, the sincerity of hyenas and the clock running out

Review: James Elkington’s melancholy the stuff for shut-ins

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On his new album, Chicago-based Englishman James Elkington sings about wolves in the womb, the sincerity of hyenas and the clock running out

WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO

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Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday

WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO

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Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday

Larry David, the king of social distancing, urges "idiots" to "stay home and watch TV"

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John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re familiar with Larry David from Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you’ll know he’s been advocating social distancing even before it became potentially lifesaving defense against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With that in mind, he took to social media from an easy chair to admonish “idiots” who were violating the rules that can keep everyone safe. 

“Obviously, somebody put me up to this because it’s generally not the kind of thing I do,” David said in a video posted on the Office of the California Governor’s official twitter feed. 

“I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are…You’re going out, I don’t know what you’re doing, you’re socializing too close,” David griped.  “You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me, I have nothing to do with you, I’ll never see you. But other, let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives, who the hell knows?”

David said those who aren’t social distancing are missing out on “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV. I don’t know how you’re passing that up. I guess you’re not that bright.”

Larry says, “Go home and watch TV, that’s my advice to you. If you’ve seen my show, nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. It’s just trouble out there. It’s not a good place to be. Stay home and don’t see anyone.”

David adds the caveat, “Unless maybe if you have a plumbing emergency. You can let the plumber in, and then, you know, wipe everything down when he leaves.”

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Larry David, the king of social distancing, urges "idiots" to "stay home and watch TV"

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John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re familiar with Larry David from Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you’ll know he’s been advocating social distancing even before it became potentially lifesaving defense against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With that in mind, he took to social media from an easy chair to admonish “idiots” who were violating the rules that can keep everyone safe. 

“Obviously, somebody put me up to this because it’s generally not the kind of thing I do,” David said in a video posted on the Office of the California Governor’s official twitter feed. 

“I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are…You’re going out, I don’t know what you’re doing, you’re socializing too close,” David griped.  “You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me, I have nothing to do with you, I’ll never see you. But other, let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives, who the hell knows?”

David said those who aren’t social distancing are missing out on “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV. I don’t know how you’re passing that up. I guess you’re not that bright.”

Larry says, “Go home and watch TV, that’s my advice to you. If you’ve seen my show, nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. It’s just trouble out there. It’s not a good place to be. Stay home and don’t see anyone.”

David adds the caveat, “Unless maybe if you have a plumbing emergency. You can let the plumber in, and then, you know, wipe everything down when he leaves.”

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Not so funny: Edinburgh festivals canceled for first time

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The wildly popular festivals the Scottish capital of Edinburgh hosts every August have been canceled for this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Not so funny: Edinburgh festivals canceled for first time

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The wildly popular festivals the Scottish capital of Edinburgh hosts every August have been canceled for this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Review: Saxman Jimmy Greene’s album is spirited, spiritual

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Jazz saxman Jimmy Greene’s new album is called “While Looking Up.”

Review: Saxman Jimmy Greene’s album is spirited, spiritual

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Jazz saxman Jimmy Greene’s new album is called “While Looking Up.”

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is a party with a purpose

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Put on Dua Lipa’s sophomore album and you’ll experience of party with a collection of upbeat, dance-flavored, power-pop gems that could brighten your day

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is a party with a purpose

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Put on Dua Lipa’s sophomore album and you’ll experience of party with a collection of upbeat, dance-flavored, power-pop gems that could brighten your day

Rowling starts Harry Potter At Home for housebound families

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Rowling starts Harry Potter At Home for housebound families

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Kristen Bell admits she and husband Dax Shepard are "at each other’s throats" due to quarantine

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — As America endures another strongly-recommended week of self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some married couples are discovering that being around their significant other 24/7 is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Frozen II star Kristen Bell admitted on Monday that isolating with husband Dax Shepard is becoming somewhat of a challenge.

During an Instagram Live interview with Katie Couric, the married couple spoke about the downside of having little to no personal time due to the family of four sheltering under the same roof.

Dax first opened up about his family’s new normal, saying he and Bell are “getting along good with the kids” but the situation “has been stressful for mom and dad.”

Bell, 39, nodded as she candidly revealed, “We’ve been at each other’s throats real bad, real bad over the last couple of — oh yeah.”  

“It just ended, like, eight minutes ago,” Shepard, 45, deadpanned. “America’s sweetheart has a character defect.”

As for how long the two have been grappling with the stress, Bell playfully gestured to the fact she’s sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Dax and cracked, “This is as physically close as we’ve been in a couple days ’cause we just found each other… revolting.”

When Couric suggested the two should find separate spaces in the house to take some time apart, Bell sighed, “It’s impossible. He’s too big, Katie.  He’s too loud and too big.  He’s everywhere.”

Despite the trying time, the couple, who tied the knot in 2013, were adamant that they will rise from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Bell also adorably revealed that her five-year-old daughter Delta has taken a shining to science during the quarantine and invented a “vaccine” for the virus, which consists of “just green food coloring and water.”

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Kristen Bell admits she and husband Dax Shepard are "at each other’s throats" due to quarantine

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — As America endures another strongly-recommended week of self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some married couples are discovering that being around their significant other 24/7 is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Frozen II star Kristen Bell admitted on Monday that isolating with husband Dax Shepard is becoming somewhat of a challenge.

During an Instagram Live interview with Katie Couric, the married couple spoke about the downside of having little to no personal time due to the family of four sheltering under the same roof.

Dax first opened up about his family’s new normal, saying he and Bell are “getting along good with the kids” but the situation “has been stressful for mom and dad.”

Bell, 39, nodded as she candidly revealed, “We’ve been at each other’s throats real bad, real bad over the last couple of — oh yeah.”  

“It just ended, like, eight minutes ago,” Shepard, 45, deadpanned. “America’s sweetheart has a character defect.”

As for how long the two have been grappling with the stress, Bell playfully gestured to the fact she’s sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Dax and cracked, “This is as physically close as we’ve been in a couple days ’cause we just found each other… revolting.”

When Couric suggested the two should find separate spaces in the house to take some time apart, Bell sighed, “It’s impossible. He’s too big, Katie.  He’s too loud and too big.  He’s everywhere.”

Despite the trying time, the couple, who tied the knot in 2013, were adamant that they will rise from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Bell also adorably revealed that her five-year-old daughter Delta has taken a shining to science during the quarantine and invented a “vaccine” for the virus, which consists of “just green food coloring and water.”

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