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Mandatory masks and empty seats: Here’s what to expect when movie theaters reopen

Movie theaters are finally ready to unlock their doors for the shortened summer movie season. But what will the experience feel like in the midst of a global pandemic? Most indoor theaters are taking precautions to ensure proper social distancing and reduce in-person contact while allowing moviegoers to enjoy new Hollywood films such as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller “Tenet” (Sept. 3). Sanitation measures include …

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A user’s guide to drive-in movie theaters: Staying safe and having fun

Forget Netflix and chill: Now’s the time to pull up and park at your local drive-in theater.  Movie theaters across America have been empty for nearly three months in accordance with coronavirus restrictions. With crowd-pleasing releases like Marvel’s “Black Widow” and the James Bond film “No Time to Die” delayed until fall, movie lovers have turned to Netflix, Amazon and other …

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What to stream this weekend: Spike Lee’s Netflix film ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+

Theaters are still closed, but new streaming movies are coming to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times. While this is not a usual summer-movie season, this weekend is the biggest for new movies since Hollywood was sent into chaos, thanks to coronavirus. Spike Lee releases his follow-up to “BlacKkKlansman” on Netflix, “Saturday Night Live” regular Pete Davidson stars …

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It shouldn’t be hard for NASCAR drivers to take a clear stance against the Confederate flag

As evidenced by its consistent and sometimes dominant presence at race tracks, the Confederate flag is not banned by NASCAR. It’s merely “disallowed,” and that spineless stance toward a symbol of racism and slavery is long overdue for a change, especially as protests rage on in the U.S. and around the globe against racial injustice. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. …

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Chloe x Halle gearing up to debut second album and it’s Beyoncé approved

NEW YORK  — After the sister duo Chloe x Halle spent a year working on their sophomore album — which they co-wrote, co-produced and co-engineered — they sent it off to get thoughts from their mentor, King Beyoncé. Her royal response: It’s flawless. “When we sent her the album, she said that she loved it and didn’t have …

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‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe responds to J.K. Rowling: ‘Transgender women are women’

Daniel Radcliffe is responding to “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling‘s recent comments about gender and sex, which many have deemed transphobic. Radcliffe, who starred as the title character in the film adaptation of Rowling’s fantasy series, wrote an essay for LGBTQ non-profit organization The Trevor Project in which he criticized her views. “Transgender women are women,” the actor wrote. “It’s clear that …

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‘Bachelor’ alums, fans call on ABC to diversify contestants in wake of Black Lives Matter protests

Alums and fans of the “Bachelor” franchise, which has cast only one black lead in its 40 seasons casting its foremost two shows, are calling on the long-running reality TV dating competition to more consistently and equally cast contestants of color. The Bachelor Diversity Campaign, launched Monday by 10 “Bachelor” viewers who connected through a fan Facebook page, implores …

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Here are the top 100 shows of the 2019-20 TV season, from NFL to ‘The Wall’

The 2019-20 prime time TV season ended with a whimper: Several shows ended earlier than usual, after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production in March. And some summer staples (“The Bachelorette,” “Big Brother”) have been put on ice. But a look at Nielsen ratings shows that once again, crime does pay on TV: Three of the top five dramas focused …

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20 essential live albums to stream while you’re waiting for concerts to return

As we roll into another month of social distancing to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, we’re faced again with the fact that major live music events aren’t coming back anytime soon.  What’s a music fan to do? By now, we’ve all had time to see if artists streaming live into our homes on social media can scratch that …

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Prince William’s ‘little secret’: He’s been anonymously volunteering amid coronavirus pandemic

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William has revealed that he has been anonymously helping out on a crisis helpline during the coronavirus lockdown. The Duke of Cambridge’s work with Shout 85258 — an around-the-clock text messaging helpline developed by the Royal Foundation — was made public to mark Volunteers Week. Last month, he told fellow volunteers in a video call that …

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