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Ennio Morricone, Spaghetti Western movie composer, dead at 91
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Ennio Morricone, Spaghetti Western movie composer, dead at 91

ROME — Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and the soundtracks such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables,” has died. He was 91. Morricone’s longtime lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, said the Maestro, as he was known, died early Monday in a Rome hospital of complications following a fall, in which he broke a leg. During a career that spanned decades and earned him an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2007, Morricone collaborated with some of the most renowned Italian and Hollywood directors, in movies including “The Untouchables” by Brian de Palma, “The Hateful Eight” by Quentin Tarantino and “The Battle of Algiers” by Gillo Pontecorvo. That Tarantino film would also win him th
JK Rowling faces more criticism over statements on hormone prescriptions
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JK Rowling faces more criticism over statements on hormone prescriptions

JK Rowling took another tossing on Twitter Sunday as she Tweeted that “many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests.” The comment was one of a string as she defended herself after being called out for ‘liking’ a Tweet that compared hormone prescriptions to anti-depressants, which were overprescribed to teenagers in the past with sometimes harmful results. It’s the second social media tussle the Harry Potter scribe has faced in two months after angering the LGBTQ community and supporters in June over remarks some called “transphobic.” “Who had money on JK Rowling pivoting to supporting thse who call people who take mental health medication “lazy
That time Alexander Hamilton founded America’s oldest daily newspaper
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That time Alexander Hamilton founded America’s oldest daily newspaper

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean start a major daily newspaper? “Hamilton” fans have learned a lot about America’s first Treasury Secretary from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular musical, which dropped Friday on Disney+, that they might not have known before. Alexander Hamilton was a scrappy immigrant from Saint Kitts and Nevis. A prolific writer, he composed 51 of the Federalist Papers, but then a scandalous affair scuttled his chances for a political future. However, many Broadway buffs don’t know about one of Hamilton’s enduring achievements, which they see every day online at newsstands: He founded the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States — The New York Post. In an attemp
Nick Cordero, Broadway star of ‘Waitress’ and ‘A Bronx Tale,’ dead at 41
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Nick Cordero, Broadway star of ‘Waitress’ and ‘A Bronx Tale,’ dead at 41

Nick Cordero, the Broadway actor who appeared in popular musicals such as “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale” and inspired the world with his months-long struggle against the coronavirus, has died, his wife Amanda Kloots said on Sunday. He was 41. “God has another angel in heaven now,” she wrote on Instagram. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” Born in Ontario, Canada, Cordero moved to New York in 2008 and was cast in the rock musical “The Toxic Avenger” at George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, which later moved off-Broadway to New World Stages. He went on to appear in “Rock of Ages,” and was Tony Award-nominated for his featured role as Cheech in the 2014 musical
British film and television pioneer Earl Cameron dead at 102
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British film and television pioneer Earl Cameron dead at 102

Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to have a prominent role in British television and film, died on Friday at the age of 102. According to Cameron’s agent, he “passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family” in Kenilworth in Warwickshire, reports Deadline. Cameron was born in Bermuda in 1917, moving to the U.K in 1939. He  joined the British Merchant Navy and by 1941 had his first role in a play called “Chu Chin Chow”.  “When I arrived in London, I had no qualifications for anything. It was a period when it was almost impossible for a black person to get any kind of job,” Cameron told The Royal Gazette in 2018. Cameron continued to be a part of many plays, films and television shows throughout his life; his final role was
Joey Chestnut downs record 75 wieners in Nathan’s hot dog eating victory
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Joey Chestnut downs record 75 wieners in Nathan’s hot dog eating victory

The pandemic couldn’t stop a tornado! Epic eating champ Joey Chestnut, wolfed down a world record 75 dirty water dogs and buns Saturday, capturing the famed ‘W’ on Coney Island for the 13th time. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Chestnut, whose face turned beet red as he shoved the dogs in his pie-hole, was gorging at a blistering pace of nearly 10 dogs a minute at one point. With two minutes left in the blowout, Chestnut, a San Jose, California, resident, had eaten his career 1,000 hot dog, the announcer trumpeted. The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is synonymous with the Fourth of July. No matter the pandemic, the 104th annual dirty dog devouring went on but not at the fabled Coney Island boardwalk. This year, the contest took place indoors at a Nathan’...
St. Louis County police seek witnesses in death of rapper Huey
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St. Louis County police seek witnesses in death of rapper Huey

KINLOCH, Mo. — St. Louis County police investigating the death of the rapper known as Huey are urging witnesses to his fatal shooting to come forward. see also 'Pop, Lock & Drop It' rapper Huey killed in St. Louis double shooting The "Pop, Lock & Drop It" star, real name Lawrence... The rapper, whose real name was Lawrence Franks Jr., was shot to death on June 25 in the St. Louis County town of Kinloch. The shooting wounded a second man, whose injurie
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Tekashi 6ix9ine drops new song, video ‘Yaya’ from lockdown

Controversy-trolling rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has dropped the third single and video since he was released from prison early due to coronavirus concerns. Like the first two, “Gooba” and “Trollz,” this one was filmed and recorded in non-social-distanced lockdown, features lots of booty and bright colors, and, for whatever reason, milk. Rapped and sung entirely in Spanish, the upshot of the song can be found in this lyric: “Una nena asi me hacia falta/ Que metiera mi mano por su falda/ Se ve que no es santa/ Es como yo que le gusta la maldad,” he raps, which translates to, “I needed a girl like that/ To put my hand in her skirt/ It’s obvious that she’s no saint/ Like me, she’s got a taste for evil.” The three songs the rapper has released since his release are remarkably different from
How Derek Jeter inspired a special part of ‘Hamilton’
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How Derek Jeter inspired a special part of ‘Hamilton’

Derek Jeter may not be a founding father, but this member of the New York Yankees “core four” inspired a move in the “Hamilton” musical. In a recent episode of “The Hamilcast” podcast, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler revealed how an ode to the Bronx Bombers and the Yankees legend, 46, made its way into the performance during the second-act song, “It’s Quiet Uptown.” “I love the Yankees, and I love to watch baseball with my son,” Blankenbuehler told host Gillian Pensavalle. “My son would always imitate when Derek Jeter would take the plate: He would put his arm out in front of him … like he was pointing to the outfield. He would put this long arm out in front of him, like over the pitcher’s head....
Complete guide to celebrating the 4th of July in NYC and around the US
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Complete guide to celebrating the 4th of July in NYC and around the US

Let freedom ring — preferably from the comfort of your couch or lawn chair this year. This Saturday, we say happy 244th birthday to America, and because of the coronavirus, it’s mostly a virtual affair. But though the celebrations are toned down this year, there’s still plenty of opportunities to fête the country, including some spectacular firework displays. Fire up the grill and check out these 4th of July 2020 events, whether socially distanced outdoors or from the comfort of your couch. Firework displays New York City After weeks of illegal fireworks and a few days of sanctioned ones, the big July 4th Macy’s fireworks finale happens this Saturday above the Empire State Building. Find a rooftop or turn on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. for performers including John Legend, The Killers,