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Canadian comic Norm Macdonald dies at 61


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Norm Macdonald, whose dry, caustic wit propelled him from Canadian comedy clubs to "Saturday Night Live" fame, lived by a "purist" comedic philosophy that won him the admiration of his famous contemporaries, even if it polarized audiences, says his brother. By Adina Bresge and David Friend. Words: 801. With photo. With Norm-Macdonald-Reax.

Comics pay tribute to Macdonald on Twitter


Norm Macdonald's incisive wit and dry delivery endeared him to comedy fans and celebrities alike. Many of the industry's biggest names shared their grief on Twitter as word spread of the Canadian comic's death Tuesday. Words: 578. OBIT-Norm-Macdonald.

Mental distress high in COVID pregnancies: survey


Data from a 2020 survey suggests nearly 70 per cent of people who were pregnant during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic reported moderate to high levels of mental distress, with one in five experiencing symptoms of depression. By Melissa Couto Zuber. Words: 781, Photos: 1

ACTRA awards include gender non-conforming artists


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- ACTRA Toronto says it's renaming some of its awards to be more inclusive of gender non-conforming performers. Words: 290, Photos: 1

Junos set 2022 date for outdoor awards show


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The Juno Awards are taking their celebration outside next year. By David Friend. Words: 218, Photos: 1ACTRA awards include gender non-conforming artists


Two Netflix titles showing at TIFF leak online


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Two of Netflix's most-prized 2021 festival movies have leaked online after debuting as part of the at-home digital offerings of the Toronto International Film Festival. By David Friend. Words: 201. Will be writethru.

Theatre business titans face off in court


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Cineplex Inc. says a U.K. theatre giant acted in bad faith by delaying a takeover deal of the Canadian company and hoping it would default during the pandemic, a judge heard at the opening of its trial against Cineworld Group PLC. By Salmaan Farooqui. Words: 413, Photos: 1

Naomi Watts on how COVID-19 shaped 'Lakewood'


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Naomi Watts says the swirling anxieties surrounding COVID-19 helped her get into the mindset of a panic-stricken parent racing to save her child in "Lakewood." By Adina Bresge. Words: 404, Photos: 1

Villeneuve on 'Dune''s real test: the box office


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve says he's relieved to see many rave reviews for his sci-fi epic "Dune" on the festival circuit, but the real test will be how it performs in theatres next month. By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 604, Photos: 1. Originally moved Sunday, guard against duplication.



THEATER-BROADWAY RETURNS — A recurring debate among theater lovers has been what event constitutes the proper mark of Broadway's return after the global pandemic. For the producers of three powerhouse shows — “The Lion King,” "Hamilton" and “Wicked” — the answer is Tuesday, when the anchors of modern Broadway's success rev their engines again. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 900. Will be updated after midnight with final show.

FILM-JESSICA CHASTAIN —Jessica Chastain has for years been widely considered one of the top film actors. But for all her acclaim, Chastain has never taken on a truly transformation role, the kind it takes hours of make-up and prosthetics to change into. That changes with "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," in which she stars as the famously coiffed televangelist. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FILM-TIFF-DIONNE WARWICK — In an interview, Dionne Warwick discusses the new documentary "Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over," her unlikely Twitter presence and her legacy as a pioneering crossover R&B artist. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

MUSIC-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN — Bruce Springsteen’s most memorable artifacts including his favorite Fender guitar and stage outfits will be on display in a traveling interactive exhibit. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 380 words, photo.

FBN-SCOTTY MCCREERY— A decade ago, Scotty McCreery won “American Idol.” At age 17. So the country music star and huge NFL fan knows all about the pressure players face. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BOOKS-SANDRA CISNEROS — Sandra Cisneros feels like she’s finally replied a long overdue letter with her new book, “Martita, I Remember You.” The acclaimed author of “The House on Mango Street” is back with her first work of fiction in almost a decade. By Sigal Ratner-Arias. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.

NIELSENS — Coverage of the top prime-time programs for the week of Sept. 6-12. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 6 p.m. EDT, photo. By DBAUDER. UPCOMING, By 6:00 p.m. EDT, photo.



FILM REVIEW-THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FILM REVIEW-CRY MACHO. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FILM REVIEW-EVERYBODYS TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW-HARLEM SHUFFLE. By Colson Whitehead. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 420 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-APPLES NEVER FALL. By Liane Moriarty. Reviewed by Rob Merrill. SENT Monday: 465 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-THE SPECTACULAR. By Zoe Whittall. Reviewed by Molly Sprayregen. UPCOMING Tuesday: 300 words, cover image.  




Gardening Goes Electric: In a quiet revolution in the suburbs, electric gardening tools are making gains over noisier, more polluting, gas-fueled ones. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING Wednesday, 800 words, photos.


Fall Trends: The pandemic may have made us restless for the outside world, but it has also helped us appreciate our homes more. As fall nesting season returns, retailers are presenting decor collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are. The biggest trend perhaps: Infusing home with personality. By Kim Cook. UPCOMING Wednesday, 1,400 words, photos.


Met Gala Inside: Where there’s always someone more famous. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Tuesday, photos, video.

Met Gala: The first of the two-part Met Gala kicks off Monday night with a more intimate affair. Organizers promise no less the star power for what’s considered fashion’s biggest night, which had its celebrity-splashed party canceled last year due to the pandemic. By Leanne Italie. SENT Monday, photos, video. Will be updated after start of the carpet.

Met Gala-Exhibit: Social justice, gender fluidity, diversity, inclusion, and youth, youth, youth. All these themes are prominent in the new, yearlong Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum — otherwise known as the exhibit that launches the Met Gala. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Monday, 800 words, photos, video.

Tom Ford: Tom Ford closes out New York Fashion Week. SENT Monday, photos, video.


Virus Outbreak-School Vaccinations: In most but not all states, teenagers need the consent of their parents in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Navigating internal family politics in cases of differing views has been a challenge for students and organizers of outreach campaigns, who have faced blowback for directly targeting minors. SENT Monday, photos.


Food-MilkStreet-Sicilian Chicken: Lemony marinade does double duty for roasted chicken. By Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. SENT Monday, 570 words, photos.


Western Wildfires-Lake Tahoe: With wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder how, when and if it will rebound. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw conclusions about the Caldor Fire’s long-term effects but warn wildfire risk and months of smoke will likely be standard in the future. UPCOMING Tuesday, photos.

Insider Q&A-Carnival CEO: Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald talks to The Associated Press about his company, the cruise industry and the intersection of business and politics in this Q&A story. SENT Monday, photos.

Racial Injustice-Ski Resort Renaming: Ski resort officials will announce the new name for a Lake Tahoe ski resort previously called Squaw Valley. Officials last year announced they would remove the word “squaw” from its name because it is a derogatory term for Native American women. SENT Monday.


Native American Curriculum: It has been a long-running goal of many Native Americans to have more about their history and culture taught in grade schools. New requirements have been adopted in Connecticut, North Dakota and Oregon, and advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd. SENT Tuesday, photos.


Amazon-Palm Concert Ticket: Your palm could soon be your ticket into a concert. Amazon says it is bringing its palm-recognition technology to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver and it will be available at other venues in the coming months. It’s the first time the technology, called Amazon One, will be used outside some of Amazon’s stores, where shoppers can pay for groceries and snacks by swiping their palms. UPCOMING Tuesday, photos.


NerdWallet-Liz-Weston-How-To-Negotiate: How to negotiate your way to a richer life. By Liz Weston of NerdWallet. SENT Monday, 840 words, photo.


In case you missed it:

PETS: Our Neighbors’ Cat.

GARDENING: When It’s Dry.

HOMES: Treehouses; Hurricane Ida-Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

FOOD: Amazon-Cashier-less-Whole-Foods; Food-MilkStreet-Chicken Snow Peas; McDonalds Vegan Burger.

PASTIMES: Virus Outbreak-Packed Stadiums.

PARENTING: TV-Cartoonito.

CARS: Behind-the-Wheel-Green Car-Myths.

TRAVEL: Sept 11-Air Travel; Western Wildfires-Abandoned Adventures.

NY FASHION WEEK: New York Fashion Week began Tuesday, Sept. 7, and continued throughout the week. The provided daily coverage with text, photos and video.

WORK: Changing Economy-Office Newbies.

NATURE: Climate-Trout Stream Trouble.

HEALTH: Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Long COVID-Kids; Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Mu Variant.

PARALYMPICS: A Different Battlefield.

RELIGION: Growing Up Sikh American; Sept 11-Muslims in America.


MONEY: NerdWallet-Millennial Money-Impulse Spending; NerdWallet-Kimberly Palmer-Fall Money Checklist.

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