Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment News as of 3 P.M. ET Friday, July 10

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment News as of 3 P.M. ET Friday, July 10

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Entertainment News Advisory


Good afternoon from the Canadian Press entertainment department!

We've been sending out a new advisory designed to better highlight the top stories of the day and the coverage plans we can share for the week ahead. The advisories will hit the wire around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET and will also be sent to editors by email. If you'd like to be added to the email list please contact Julie Scott at

What we're talking about:

- ML-Obit-Omar-Sharif: In "Lawrence of Arabia," Omar Sharif first emerges as speck in distance in the shimmering desert sand. He draws closer, a black-robed figure on a trotting camel, until he finally dismounts, pulling aside his scarf to reveal his dark eyes and a disarming smile framed by his thin moustache.The Egyptian-born actor's Hollywood debut immediately enshrined him as a smouldering leading man of the 1960s, transcending nationality. 1250 words. PHOTO.

- Ask-A-Celeb: Everybody's got to start somewhere, as the adage goes -- even if it means playing a spider or working in a fish factory, as some high-profile personalities have done.The Canadian Press asked a variety of arts and entertainment figures about their most memorable summer jobs -- good or bad. 620 words.

- Pan-Am-Opening-Ceremony: The Pan Am Games are set to kick off today with a sold-out opening ceremony in Toronto. Roughly 45,000 spectators are expected at the Rogers Centre -- called the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue for the duration of the Games -- for the performance tonight. PHOTO. Will be updated after ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. ET

- AS-Nepal-CNN-Gupta: A Nepal hospital said Friday that CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta incorrectly reported that he operated on an 8-year-old girl after the country's devastating earthquake in April.A top official at the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, said Friday that the girl, Salina Dahal, never had brain surgery and has recovered from minor head injuries. 465 words. PHOTO.

- US-Books-Harper-Lee: The first chapter of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" begins with a grown up Scout returning by train to Maycomb, Alabama, where she is greeted by a young man who wants to marry her."Go Set a Watchman," the most unexpected second novel in memory, is coming out July 14. It takes place in the 1950s, 20 years after the setting for "To Kill a Mockingbird," Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book. 125 words. PHOTO.

- US-People-Ariana-Grande: Ariana Grande has apologized for a second time for licking doughnuts and saying "I hate America." The singer says in the video clip posted late Thursday that she's "disgusted" with herself. 130 words. PHOTO.

- US-McDonald's-Toy: McDonald's says some customers have complained that a talking toy included in recent Happy Meals uses curse words.The fast-food restaurant introduced a Happy Meal on July 3 with toys inspired by the movie "Minions." 160 words.

ICYMI yesterday:

- FILM-Billy-Connolly: Three weeks before he was to start shooting his new film, "What We Did On Our Holiday," Scottish star Billy Connolly got a wallop of bad news.On the same day in September 2013, within a span of hours, he received two major diagnoses: that he had Parkinson's disease and early-stage prostate cancer. 600 words. PHOTO.

- THEATRE-Wardrobe-Malfunctions: Between the sequined skivvies and thigh-high stiletto boots, there's a lot that can go wrong costume-wise on the stage of "Kinky Boots," which is now running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre. And yet the cast members have fared well, says associate director D.B. Bonds. 480 words.

AP's plans:


COMIC-CON -- Several highly anticipated panels are scheduled today at the Comic-Con International fan fest in San Diego, including such pop-cultural phenomena as "Star Wars" and "Game of Thrones." By Entertainment Writers Lindsey Bahr, Sandy Cohen and Derrik Lang. …

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