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The story behind ‘Santa Baby’

December 31, 2020

Eartha Kitt, who made the popular song famous in 1953, died on Christmas Day in 2008 By Napoleon F. Kingcade                  Back in 1953, songwriter Philip Springer wrote the lyrics to “Santa Baby” in about 10 minutes inside his Manhattan apartment, with the help of his music partner…

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts with pandemic-best $16.7M

December 31, 2020

By Jake Coyle associated press NEW YORK  — Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, “Wonder Woman 1984” managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s only a faint glimmer of typical business during the holiday season, when cinemas are usually…

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch sold to billionaire

December 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch home is seen in this Dec. 2004 file photo, in Santa Ynez, Calif. A court filing says Jackson’s Neverland Ranch will be put up for sale at a public auction on March 19, 2008 unless the pop star pays the more than $24 million he still owes on the…

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Review: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ joins mid-life crisis, jazz fantasia

December 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town.  (Photo: Pixar Disney) By Jake Coyle associated press Pete Docter’s “Soul” features stairway-to-heaven visions of the afterlife, a…

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: A Review

December 31, 2020

*Warning –This review contains spoilers By Kharisma McIlwaine Many of us were introduced to Wonder Woman in the form of comic books, action figures or the television series starring Linda Carter. The world was reintroduced to Wonder Woman in 2017, with the blockbuster origin story directed by Patty Jenkins. In the 2017 feature “Wonder Woman,”…

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On a mission: Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set

December 24, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome’s Fori Imperiali avenue, with the ancient Colosseum in the background, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) associated press LONDON — Tom Cruise launched an expletive-laden…

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Philadelphia native James Holloway releases his first single “No Smile”

December 24, 2020

By Kharisma McIlwaine Born in West Oak Lane, James Holloway always had a knack for the creative. He grew up with a love for performing, which eventually led to a multifaceted career in the arts and entertainment.  After studying and earning his Master’s in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art…

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“Wonder Woman 1984”: A Review

December 23, 2020

*Warning –This review contains spoilersBy Kharisma McIlwaine Many of us were introduced to Wonder Woman in the form of comic books, action figures or the television series starring Linda Carter. The world was reintroduced to Wonder Woman in 2017, with the blockbuster origin story directed by Patty Jenkins. In the 2017 feature “Wonder Woman,” Gal…

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NBC’s Holt adds empathetic commentaries to news anchor role

December 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” and host of “Dateline NBC” on the set of his weekday evening news set in New York. Holt spent a couple of nights locked up in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison earlier this year for a “Dateline NBC” episode about criminal justice reform. The episode airs Friday…

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Billy Porter to join New Year’s Eve show from Times Square

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Billy Porter attends the world premiere of “Like a Boss” at the SVA Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) ASSOCIATED PRESS Last New Year’s Eve, Billy Porter was working in New Orleans. This year he’ll still be working — but in New York City. The…

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