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Monumental Quebec author, Rejean Ducharme, dead at 76

MONTREAL — Rejean Ducharme, a well-known Quebec author and playwright credited with influencing the province’s culture during the Quiet Revolution with his famous debut novel, “The Swallower Swallowed,” has died at the age of 76. The reclusive Ducharme rarely attended public events and had shied away from the media since the 1960s, but his influence …

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis knew how to laugh and cry

NEW YORK — Jerry Lewis sometimes didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “There’s nothing more dramatic than the comedy I’ve done,” Lewis, who died Sunday at age 91, told The Associated Press in 2016. “Because the comedy I’ve done is to get to the audience, get them to feel it, or they won’t laugh.” …

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host dies, at 91

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday …

Grammy winning singer arrested for bringing drugs into Guam

HAGATNA, Guam — Grammy Award-winning singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband were arrested in Guam and charged with illegal drug possession. Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana Tuesday as the two arrived on the island for a benefit concert at a school, The Pacific Daily News reported. Crystal-like rocks and …

Ryan Reynolds leads moment of silence for stuntwoman on ‘Deadpool 2’

VANCOUVER — “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch led a moment of silence on the film’s set Wednesday to honour the stuntwoman killed in a crash during production earlier this week. Filming for the Marvel Comics superhero film resumed 48 hours after Joi (SJ) Harris died on the set in downtown Vancouver …

New roller coaster being built at Missouri theme park

BRANSON, Mo. — Administrators of the Silver Dollar City theme park in southwestern Missouri say a new roller coaster being built will spin riders during the run that begins with a 10-story, 50-mph drop. Officials announced on Wednesday that the $26-million coaster named “Time Traveler” will open next spring. The ride will include three “inversions,” …

‘Deadpool 2’ production resumes in Vancouver after stuntwoman’s death

VANCOUVER — Production on the movie “Deadpool 2” appears to have resumed in Vancouver, two days after a stuntwoman was killed in a motorcycle accident on set. Crew members were back at work on Wednesday on an elaborate set underneath the Granville Street bridge, which includes multiple wrecked cars. Photos posted by observers to social …

‘We all knew he was like this:’ Salman Rushdie unsurprised by Trump

TORONTO — As Donald Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” at a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., celebrated author Salman Rushdie says he’s not surprised by embattled U.S. president’s behaviour. “If you’ve lived in New York as I now have the last almost 20 years, we in New York, we’ve seen Trump,” …

Pink to get Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

NEW YORK — Pink’s 17-year-old music career will be honoured at the MTV Video Music Awards with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The Grammy-winning singer will receive the honour Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, MTV said Tuesday. She will also perform at the awards show. The Vanguard award honours musicians who …

Coroner: ‘Home Alone’ actor Heard died of cardiac arrest

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Officials say actor John Heard, whose body was found last month in a Northern California hotel, died of cardiac arrest. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday an autopsy revealed the 71-year-old actor died “a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.” Heard was found dead July …

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