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Radio Disney Is Ceasing Operation in Early 2021 After 25 Years

Radio Disney is coming to an end.

The long-running network, which launched in 1996, will be ceasing operations in the first quarter of 2021 alongside Radio Disney Country, Deadline reported Thursday (December 3).

Over the years, Radio Disney was a key factor in the success of young superstars like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

The shutdown will affect 36 full and part-time employees, according to the company.

“Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will cease operations in the first quarter of 2021. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television, who today addressed the 36 full- and part-time employees who will be impacted by the closure early next year. Radio Disney in Latin America is a separate operation and is not impacted by the announcement today. The difficult decision to close these two

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JWoww Shares Video of Her Son Reading 2 Years After Autism Diagnosis

Prepare to grab some tissues after watching the precious video that Jenni “JWoww” Farley shared of her 4-year-old son, Greyson.

JWoww posted footage to Instagram on Wednesday, Dec. 2 of her adorable child practicing his reading. The clip shows him using notecards to sound out the words, “My mom is fun.” We couldn’t agree more, Greyson. 

“@greysonmathews KEEPS CRUSHING IT,” the 34-year-old Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star captioned her post, adding a few emotional emojis. “I cry every time I watch this.” 

She also tagged WE Care Autism Services, which provides at-home therapy for children with autism in the New Jersey area. 

A number of her famous pals were quick to offer Greyson encouragement in the comments. 

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola wrote, “Go Greyson!” Meanwhile, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi both responded with emojis. 

The heartwarming post comes almost exactly two years after JWoww, who shares Greyson

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Ray Davies on 50 Years of ‘Lola’

In 1970, homosexual acts were still outlawed in parts of the United Kingdom and would remain so for more than a decade. Yet two years before the nation even had its first official Gay Pride rally, the quintessentially British songwriter Ray Davies of the Kinks wrote “Lola,” a song that embraced a full spectrum of gender nonconformity. “Girls will be boys/and boys will be girls,” he sang, before emphasizing “it’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world/except for Lola.”

The song shot to No. 2 on the British singles chart, hit the Top 10 in the United States and went all the way to No. 1 in five other countries. The response even took its author by surprise. “I didn’t think the song would be so ahead of its time,” Davies said. “But time has proven it so.”

To emphasize the single’s pivotal role, and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Davies

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Cairo Film Festival Chief Mohamed Hefzy on This Year’s Edition

Two years ago Egyptian film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy was appointed president of the Cairo Film Festival with a mandate to revamp and relaunch the prominent Arab fest, which had been losing luster due to political turbulence. Having largely accomplished that with last year’s watershed edition, Hefzy had to face new challenges this year, contending with COVID-19, of course. But also with the resignation of the event’s former artistic director, Ahmed Shawky, just days into the job following a social media sh__storm over some past controversial social media posts.

Shortly before the 42nd fest kicked off Hefzy spoke to Variety about how he navigated through it all. Edited excerpts from the conversation.

How did you deal with Shawky’s departure?

After Ahmed’s resignation I was faced with the choice of either to appoint a new artistic director — keeping in mind this was late May/early June — or to continue

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Johnny Galecki, Alaina Meyer Split After 2 Years Together

The end of the road. Johnny Galecki and his longtime girlfriend, Alaina Meyer, have pumped the brakes on their relationship.

People reported on Monday, November 30, that the pair have split but continue to coparent their son, Avery, who celebrated his 1st birthday on November 23.

In a post celebrating her son’s birthday, Meyer wrote on Instagram that “this has been the gnarliest year of my life, with the highest highs and the lowest lows but … watching this little one come into himself is the best gift.”

Johnny Galecki Splits From Girlfriend Alaina Meyer After Nearly 2 Years Together
Johnny Galecki and Alaina Meyer. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Galecki, 45, and Meyer, 23, have not been spotted on each other’s social media pages since April. Their final posts with each other occurred in April when they celebrated Easter together amid the coronavirus quarantine.

“A heartfelt (& belated) Happy Easter from the three of us to you. #stayhome #stayhealthy,” the Big Bang Theory

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Cher helps Kaavan the lonely elephant find a new life, and maybe even love, after a grim 35 years

Islamabad — Pop music icon Cher was in Pakistan over the weekend to join a lonely elephant on his long-awaited journey to salvation. Kaavan, dubbed the world’s loneliest elephant, finally escaped the meager confines of a zoo in Islamabad and was well on his way to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on Monday.

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U.S. singer Cher poses in front of the crate containing Kaavan the Asian elephant upon his arrival in Cambodia from Pakistan, at Siem Reap International Airport, November 30, 2020.

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The American singer and actress campaigned for years to get Kaavan out of the Marghazar Zoo. Along with U.S. businessman Eric Margolis and the group Four Paws International, she helped pay for his relocation through her charity, Free the Wild. Local Pakistani activists first put Kaavan’s plight on Cher’s radar with a Twitter campaign, aiming messages with the hashtag #SaveKaavan and #FreeKaavan at celebrities worldwide. 

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George Clooney says he has cut his own hair ‘for 25 years’

George Clooney is just like us, maybe

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star said he does his own haircuts with a device famously touted in infomercials.

In an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker said he’s been cutting his own hair for more than two decades.

“My hair is really like straw,” Clooney said of his thick, salt-and-pepper thatch. “So it’s easy to cut, can’t really make too many mistakes. So years ago, I bought a thing called a Flowbee.”

“You did not,” said skeptical interviewer Tracy Smith.

“The thing with the vacuum cleaner and clippers, yeah. I still have it,” Clooney replied. “My haircuts take, literally, two minutes. ”

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‘Doctor Who’ Releases Trailer for Dalek-Filled New Year’s Day Special

“Doctor Who” is bringing in 2021 with an action-packed New Year’s Day special titled “Revolution of the Daleks.”

The trailer highlights the slew of guest stars that appear in the special, including John Barrowman, who will reprise his role as Captain Jack Harkness; Chris Noth as Jack Robertson, Dame Harriet Walker and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. And, of course, there are many a Dalek, seeking to “Exterminate” the “Doctor Who” crew.

At the end of Season 12, the Thirteenth Doctor — played by Jodie Whittaker — was locked away in a high-security alien prison. Yaz, Ryan and Graham have been carrying on with their lives, until they realize that a Dalek storm is brewing. But, how do you fight Daleks without the Doctor? Although they have the help of Captain Jack, the holiday special will see the crew embarking on one of their most challenging adventures yet.

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor

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Restaurants Near and Map for The Last Five Years in UK Regional at Southwark Playhouse 2020

Broadway On Demand will present the first-ever streamed production of Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, recorded live at the Southwark Playhouse, for five performances only this Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, NOVEMBER 26 – Sunday, NOVEMBER 29 only on Broadway On Demand.

The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate show about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, whilst Jamie tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Now, this iconic musical returns in a bold new actor-musician production with the actors on stage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension

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The verve and versatility of radio legend Jack Carney. A look back 36 years after his death | History

“I’ve been going through those archives for 12 years, and there’s nothing there,” says Brennan, who joined KMOX in 1988. So the station turned to Carney’s widow, Jody Barksdale, who has a collection of what she describes as a mix of cassettes and master tapes. “I’m not even quite sure what all I have,” she says.

John Carney, son of the late broadcaster and himself a talk show host on KMOX, also had a few old recordings lying around. Eventually, enough material was gathered for the two-hour show, as well as some daily sneak previews leading up to it.

The rest, as we now know, was history repeating itself. Phyllis Diller making a wacky impromptu call to Stan Kann; Tommy Smothers trying his dolt-headed best to convince the audience that he was a St. Louis native; Carney, one minute a jokester and the next a perfect straight man, artfully keeping

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