Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson return to Los Angeles after testing positive for coronavirus in Australia

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned home to the United States after testing positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in Australia.

The “Cast Away” actor took to his Twitter account to announce the good news after he and Wilson spent more than two weeks in Queensland self-isolating.

“Hey, Folks…We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx,” the actor tweeted.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, kept their fans updated throughout their quarantine process since first revealing their positive diagnosis on March 11.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” the 63-year-old actor first revealed in a statement on Twitter.

He continued, “Well, now. What to do next?  The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”

The couple reportedly stayed in a hospital in Queensland for five days before being released. Hanks was in Australia filming an untitled Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann when he and Wilson learned they contracted the coronavirus.

The film has since halted production.

One week following the couple’s diagnosis, Hanks took to his social media to update fans on their symptoms.

“Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” Hanks revealed. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”

Hanks then told fans that Wilson had beat him in six straight hands of gin rummy.

“But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick,” he said referencing fans’ reactions to a previous post showing his generous helping of Vegemite on toast.

“I traveled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve,” Hanks concluded the post, which showed the typewriter he referenced.

The couple’s son, Chet Hanks, also kept fans updated through the process, taking to his social media after the Hollywood stars left the hospital to assure fans they were “feeling a lot better.”

Wilson turned to music during her time in isolation, prompting the creation of a playlist she shared on Spotify that she named “Quarantunes” following a survey she conducted with fans on her Instagram account.

Other celebrities who have since confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19 include Idris Elba, Debi Mazar and Daniel Dae Kim, among others.

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John Callahan, former ‘All My Children’ star, dies at 66

Former ‘All My Children’ star John Callahan dies at 66 after suffering a stroke

Published 5:12 PM EDT Mar 28, 2020

John Callahan, who was known for his work on “All My Children,” has died. He was 66.

“We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved ones,” the Daytime Emmys Twitter account wrote Saturday.

From 1995 to 2005, Callahan played Edmund Gray on the soap opera, which ended its 41-year run on ABC in 2011.

The actor died after suffering a stroke, his representative, Marv Dauer, told USA TODAY.  

Callahan’s ex-wife and former “All My Children” co-star, Eve LaRue, shared a touching tribute to the late actor on Instagram. 

“All My Children” star John Callahan, seen here in 2010, has died of a stroke at 66.
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“Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya,” LaRue wrote alongside a series of photos of Callahan. “That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad (expletive)!”

LaRue also wrote that she and her daughter Kaya, whom she shared with Callahan, are both devastated.

“Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you,” the “CSI: Miami” actress wrote. 

She continued: “I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan.”

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“Your makeup is terrible and horrifying” – Nigerians blast Tacha over excessive makeup in new video

Big Brother Naija reality TV star and Instagram sensation, Tacha has faced heavy backlash – which she’s become accustomed to – after she shared a video on her Instagram page recently.

The Instagram sensation took to her account to call out president Buhari for addressing Nigerians only on his social media platform, Twitter.

She also talked about the proposed lock down over the coronavirus disease slowly ravaging Nigeria

She’s of the opinion that the total lock down won’t make sense as Nigerians will find it difficult to feed themselves.

Some fans however were more concerned with her makeup instead of the message she was passing across as they deemed it excessive and horrifying.

See reactions below;

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“I warned Davido & Chioma but I was called a mad & insane woman” – Kemi Olunloyo reveals | Theinfong

Nigerian investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has reacted to the news of Chioma testing positive for the coronavirus.

Davido made the announcement yesterday that his fiancee, Chioma tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and that he has completely gone into self-isolation. However, this came as no surprise to the journalist as she already warned the “Risky” singer a few ago after he had to cancel his “A Good Time” Tour because of his likely exposure to the coronavirus.

Talking to her Twitter page, Kemi disclosed that she warned the celebrity couple and his first baby mama, Sophie Momodu days ago before she tested positive but no one listened to her because of her usual rants on social media. She wrote: I warned Davido and Chioma 11 days ago. People don’t listen to me calling me a mad insane woman. Pls listen to me when I tell you something. It’s because I care

See the tweet below:

I warned Davido and Chioma 11 days ago. People don’t listen to me calling me a mad insane woman. Pls listen to me when I tell you something. It’s because I care ?#DrKemiOlunloyo #COVID19 #davido #chioma

— #DrKemiOlunloyo Pharm.D???? (@KemiOlunloyo) March 27, 2020

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Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2020: Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Sethupathi, Super Deluxe win BIG; Winners list out | PINKVILLA

Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2020 was supposed to be held on March 14 but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. So, the team decided to announce the winners’ list on social media. The winners list of Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2020 is out and Samantha Akkineni has bagged “Best Actress’ female title for Telugu film Oh Baby! Amala Paul has won Best Actress award for Tamil film Aadai while Parvathy has won Malayalam film Uyare and B. Jayashree for Kannada film Mookajjiya Kanasugalu. 

South Indian movies like Super Deluxe in Tamil, Mallesham in Telugu, Bell Bottom in Kannada and Kumbalangi Nights in Malayam won ‘Best Film’ of the year award. The awards were declared in eight languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Gujarati and Kannada.

Check out the full winners list of South Indian films below: 

Best Actor (Male) – Nani (Jersey)

Best Actor (Female) – Samantha Akkineni (Oh! Baby)

Best Director – Gowtam Tinnanuri (Jersey)

Best Writing – Vivek Athreya (Brochevarevarura)

Best Actor (Male) – Vijay Sethupathi (Super Deluxe)

Best Director – Thiagarajan Kumararaja (Super Deluxe)

Best Film – Super Deluxe

Best Writing – Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Nalan Kumaraswamy, Mysskin, Neelan K Sekar (Super Deluxe)

Best Actor Male – Rishi (Kavaludaari)

Best Actor Female – B. Jayashree (Mookajjiya Kanasugalu)

Best Director – Jayathirtha (Bell Bottom)

Best Writing – Dayananda T K (Bell Bottom)

Best Actor (Male) – Mammootty (Unda)

Best Actor (Female) – Parvathy (Uyare)

Best Director – Aashiq Abu (Virus)

Best Writing – Syam Pushkaran (Kumbalangi Nights)

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#OscarsSoWhite: Asian Leads – Yow Yow!

During the award show circuit this year, there were constant conversations about how the Oscars continue to be so white. Two pieces of criticism involved both “The Farewell” and “Parasite.” Awkwafina and Lulu Wang didn’t deserve to be snubbed for their work in “The Farewell.” For Parasite, why could they only be recognized for Best Picture, Director or Ensemble and not for the work that the individual actors and actresses did in this film? It was a mystery.

Be Kind Rewind is a YouTube channel that focuses on Hollywood history. In this particular episode, they explore why Asian actors and actresses continue to struggle in 2020 with recognition, but that there has been a long history of it prior. In order for us to change and move forward, we have to understand how it started.

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Word Search: Find the Last Name of these Famed ‘Trovatore’ Tenors – Opera Wire

Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review.

He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others.

David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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Awards Season Is Going to Look Very Different This Year

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Social distancing just caught up to awards season. Out of mounting COVID-19 concerns that have fundamentally disrupted every aspect of the entertainment industry supply chain, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Friday sweeping changes to its eligibility rules for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.

The new normal: temporary suspension of the mandate that a film must screen for HFPA members at a third-party venue (i.e., some kind of theater) in Los Angeles (for a minimum of seven days) in order to qualify for a statuette run. Where the HFPA’s body of 90 international movie journalists has long been accustomed to studio-sponsored private showings of would-be Globe contenders, home viewings of DVD screeners and streaming links will now suffice. Moreover, instead of giving consideration only to movies released in theaters (or via pay-per-view cable or video on demand) before December 31, 2020, the new guidelines open the floor to movies with a planned theatrical release in Los Angeles during that time. The change will tentatively be in effect from March 15 until April 30 — an unusual display of empathy at a time when theaters and screening rooms across the country remain shuttered.

The HFPA’s relaxation of viewing rules arrives just a week removed from the Cannes Film Festival’s postponement from May to early July in response to the coronavirus outbreak — and even more crucially, less than six months ahead of top-tier awards movie incubators such as the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, which are almost certain to see their operations impacted or curtailed by international curve-flattening initiatives. (On Friday, TIFF became the first major festival to move online, launching a stay-at-home cinema program featuring streaming movies and proprietary Q&As.) Also on Friday, the Television Academy announced it will be adjusting the voting deadlines and eligibility rules for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Bowing to concerns by network and streaming executives, TV publicists, and awards campaigners, Television Academy leadership shifted the Emmy entry deadline by four weeks to June 5 (from May 11) and moved its so-called “phase one” voting period to July 2–13 (from its original June 15–29 window). While the Primetime Emmys are still set for broadcast September 20, all For Your Consideration events “whether with a live audience, streaming, or recorded on a viewing platform” have been suspended for the duration of this year’s Emmy season, the academy said.

Although these new measures are intended as real-time responses to a rapidly unfolding, industrywide emergency with no clear timeframe or resolution, their early implementation reflects a belief that the awards-season economy will go back to normal at some point in the near future — specifically, during a summer increasingly devoid of blockbusters — even if that assumption seems more in line with Hollywood–brand magical thinking than any empirical scientific data.

Meanwhile, the fate of the Oscars remains an open-ended proposition. For now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given no indication that coronavirus precautions will compel a similar upheaval of time-cherished release and screening rules (with the 93rd annual Oscars scheduled to take place February 28, 2021). For films aimed at Academy Award contention, the organization’s minimum requirement of a seven-day theatrical release at a Los Angeles–area theater remains in place. And according to awards strategists and academy members informally canvassed by Vulture, it is simply too early in the process to predict how COVID-19 may infect entertainment’s most glittering event.

But in a statement earlier this week, the Academy announced that it “is in the process of evaluating all aspects of this uncertain landscape and what changes may need to be made. We are committed to being nimble and forward-thinking as we discuss what is best for the future of the industry and will make further announcements in the coming days.”

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Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2020: Complete winners list | Entertainment News,The Indian Express

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2020 7:04:21 pm

The winners of Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2020 have been announced. The awards honoured Best Film, Best Actor (Male), Best Actor (Female), Best Director and Best Writing across eight languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Gujarati and Kannada.

The event was earlier meant to be held on March 14, but was cancelled owing to the coronavirus outbreak. So the team behind the awards decided to announce the winners digitally.

Critically acclaimed Tamil hit Super Deluxe, starring Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Mysskin, Fahadh Faasil and Ramya Krishnan among others, was declared Movie of the Year.

Here are all the winners:


Best Actor (Male) – Ranveer Singh (Gully Boy)
Best Actor (Female) – Geetika Vidya Ohlyan (Soni)
Best Director – Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy)
Best Film – Gully Boy
Best Writing – Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki (Article 15)


Best Actor (Male) – Nani (Jersey)
Best Actor (Female) – Samantha Akkineni (Oh! Baby)
Best Director – Gowtam Tinnanuri (Jersey)
Best Film – Mallesham
Best Writing – Vivek Athreya (Brochevarevarura)


Best Actor (Male) – Vijay Sethupathi (Super Deluxe)
Best Actor (Female) – Amala Paul (Aadai)
Best Director – Thiagarajan Kumararaja (Super Deluxe)
Best Film – Super Deluxe
Best Writing – Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Nalan Kumaraswamy, Mysskin, Neelan K Sekar (Super Deluxe)


Best Actor (Male) – Kaushik Ganguly (Kedara)
Best Actor (Female) – Swastika Mukherjee (Kia and Cosmos)
Best Director – Atanu Ghosh (Robibaar)
Best Film – Kedara
Best Writing – Atanu Ghosh (Robibaar)


Best Actor (Male) – Jayesh More (Hellaro)
Best Actor (Female) – Deeksha Joshi (Dhunki)
Best Director – Abhishek Shah (Hellaro)
Best Film – Hellaro
Best Writing – Abhishek Shah, Prateek Gupta, Saumya Joshi (Hellaro)


Best Actor Male – Rishi (Kavaludaari)
Best Actor Female – B. Jayashree (Mookajjiya Kanasugalu)
Best Director – Jayathirtha (Bell Bottom)
Best Film – Bell Bottom
Best Writing – Dayananda T K (Bell Bottom)


Best Actor (Male) – Mammootty (Unda)
Best Actor (Female) – Parvathy (Uyare)
Best Director – Aashiq Abu (Virus)
Best Film – Kumbalangi Nights
Best Writing – Syam Pushkaran (Kumbalangi Nights)


Best Actor (Male) – Sandeep Kulkarni (Dombivali Return)
Best Actor (Female) – Mrinal Kulkarni (Welcome Home)
Best Director – Nipun Dharmadhikari (Dhappa)
Best Film – Dhappa
Best Writing – Sumitra Bhave (Welcome Home)

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