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Andrew Cuomo set to make $5 million from memoir around the COVID-19 pandemic
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Andrew Cuomo set to make $5 million from memoir around the COVID-19 pandemic

From the moment Cuomo’s book came out he was criticized for penning a book touting his performance while the crisis was ongoing. Since then he’s come under more criticism over the involvement of some of his staff in preparing the book for publication.

Harvey Mason Jr appointed CEO of The Recording Academy, the producer of Grammy Awards
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Harvey Mason Jr appointed CEO of The Recording Academy, the producer of Grammy Awards

The announcement comes two weeks after the academy voted to remove its anonymous nomination review committees — groups that determined the contenders for key awards at the coveted music show.

Metropolitan Opera strikes new deal with artists as it gears up to reopen in September
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Metropolitan Opera strikes new deal with artists as it gears up to reopen in September

The deal for the chorus, singers, dancers, actors, stage managers and staff directors would start 1 August, if ratified in a vote scheduled for 24 May. The new contract would start following the expiration of the current contract.

As Broadway gears up to reopen in fall, a tough road lies ahead for musicals
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As Broadway gears up to reopen in fall, a tough road lies ahead for musicals

Broadway shows thrive on tourists — who were roughly two-thirds of the people in the seats before the pandemic struck — and producers are banking that visitor numbers will be up by fall. The hope is that theater lovers — both tourists and New Yorkers — will loudly cheer the return.

Three, including 4-year-old girl, injured in shooting at New York's Times Square; suspects at large
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Three, including 4-year-old girl, injured in shooting at New York's Times Square; suspects at large

Police said the incident occured shortly before 5 pm near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue and that all victims are expected to recover

Despite COVID-19, how major international film festivals delivered robust versions of themselves
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Despite COVID-19, how major international film festivals delivered robust versions of themselves

A touch of foresight — as well as passion, planning and a willingness to scrap just about everything — is what prevented some of the major international film festivals to become casualties of the unpredictable pandemic.

As COVID-19 pandemic escalates in the country, Indian diaspora struggles with despair, anxiety
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As COVID-19 pandemic escalates in the country, Indian diaspora struggles with despair, anxiety

In the US, where half of the adult population has gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, the talk has been of reopening, moving forward and healing. But for Indian Americans, the daily crush of dark news from 'desh,' the homeland, is a stark reminder that the pandemic is far from over.

New York Times scraps its Op-Ed page; contributor columns will now be known as 'guest essays'
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New York Times scraps its Op-Ed page; contributor columns will now be known as 'guest essays'

The name, meant to designate opinions that appeared on the page opposite the newspaper’s own viewpoints on issues, doesn’t make much sense at a time many people experience the writing digitally, said Kathleen Kingsbury, the Times’ opinion editor.

Screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights to kick off Tribeca Film Festival in June
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Screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights to kick off Tribeca Film Festival in June

Set in New York’s Washington Heights, Jon M Chu’s In the Heights will premiere across every New York borough.

Ron and Clint Howard's memoir on growing up in Hollywood to release in October
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Ron and Clint Howard's memoir on growing up in Hollywood to release in October

According to William Morrow, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, the book will help answer a perennial question asked of Ron Howard: What was it like to grow up on television?

Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer of Saturday Night Live, dies at 74
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Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer of Saturday Night Live, dies at 74

Beatts’ later credits included writing for Murphy Brown and The Belles of Bleeker Street, producing A Different World and helping to write the stage musical Leader of the Pack.

April, the giraffe who became an online sensation with livestream of her delivery in 2017, dies
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April, the giraffe who became an online sensation with livestream of her delivery in 2017, dies

The 20-year-old giraffe started showing signs of mobility problems last summer, and veterinary imaging showed she had arthritis in her feet and problems in her left hind leg, the zoo’s veterinarians said in a statement.

Giancarlo DiTrapano, avant-garde publisher and founder of New York Tyrant, dies at 47
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Giancarlo DiTrapano, avant-garde publisher and founder of New York Tyrant, dies at 47

Releases from what became New York Tyrant ranged from a book of photographs of Iggy Pop to Scott McClanahan’s raw The Sarah Book and Marie Calloway’s what purpose did i serve in your life, a work so explicit that a printing company refused to produce copies of it.

Brian Stokes Mitchell on battling COVID-19, how Broadway can recover from pandemic-induced shut down
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Brian Stokes Mitchell on battling COVID-19, how Broadway can recover from pandemic-induced shut down

While movie theaters have recently reopened to smaller audiences, Broadway’s 41 theaters remain closed and Mitchell fears the true recovery can take years.

As theatres remain shut due to COVID-19, out-of-work Broadway artists look for alternate livelihoods
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As theatres remain shut due to COVID-19, out-of-work Broadway artists look for alternate livelihoods

With TV and film sets slowly gearing back up a year after COVID-19 hit, Broadway theaters are still shuttered with no end in sight. That means people who make their living in live entertainment have had to be creative.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo defiant as top lawmakers call on him to quit over sexual harassment charges
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo defiant as top lawmakers call on him to quit over sexual harassment charges

On Saturday, two women who worked for Cuomo publicly accused him of inappropriate behaviour, on the heels of other allegations in recent weeks.

As New York cinemas reopen, producers feel hopeful theatrical world will breathe life into itself
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As New York cinemas reopen, producers feel hopeful theatrical world will breathe life into itself

Cinemas in New York are currently operating at only 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 per each auditorium

Robert Indiana: Settlement agreement to release artist's estate and foundation from lawsuit
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Robert Indiana: Settlement agreement to release artist's estate and foundation from lawsuit

The settlement agreement brings the legal wrangling over the estate of the artist known for his iconic LOVE series closer to an end.

As New York prepares for limited live performances from April, producers weigh in on the future of plays and concerts
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As New York prepares for limited live performances from April, producers weigh in on the future of plays and concerts

“That communion of audience and performer, which we’ve craved for a year, we can finally realise,” said a creative director of New York’s new rule of opening up live performance as 33 percent audience capacity

Later book review: Stephen King delivers a gory mix of crime and horror in his latest whodunnit thriller
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Later book review: Stephen King delivers a gory mix of crime and horror in his latest whodunnit thriller

Published under the Hard Case Crime imprint, which also distributed The Colorado Kid (2005) and Joyland (2013) — Later is narrated by 22-year-old Jamie, looking back on his formative years. He begins his story at age six, when he first figured out he could see and talk to the dead.