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Daniel Radcliffe kicks off at-home readings of ‘Harry Potter’

Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LONDON) — Harry Potter at Home just gained some major star power. J.K. Rowling and her Wizarding World website have announced that they’ve enlisted some famous faces to read all 17 chapters of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone over the coming weeks, including the actor who played the titular hero himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe kicks things off with …

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Ryan Reynolds cracks wise, again, in stay-at-home “commercial” for his company, Mint Mobile

ABC/Lou Rocco(CANADA) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Actor and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds has been busy during lockdown, not just donating his money and proceeds from his Aviation Gin to help various COVID-19-related causes, but trying to manage his cellphone phone company, Mint Mobile. In a new home-brew spot, the self-deprecating Deadpool star explains he was shooting an “epic commercial,” for the company he bought in November, only to …

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Survey says average locked-down parents can’t find a moment to relax until nearly 9 p.m.

iStock/skynesher(LONDON) — It’s no secret that parents who have found themselves working from home — in addition to playing teacher, babysitter, and occasional referee to their kids — are stressed over the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.  However, a new survey shows the average parent can’t get any time to themselves until nearly 9 p.m.  According to an unscientific poll of 2,000 British parents, …

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Bored? McDonald’s selling puzzles now, too

iStock/Prostock-Studio(NEW YORK) — As previously reported, puzzle sales have gone through the roof in this age of stay-at-home orders and social distancing.  Now McDonald’s is getting in on the act.  Ad Week reports the fast food giant has begun selling a 500-piece puzzle depicting one of its burgers, as a way for its locked-down customers to pass the time — presumably while …

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After DIY fail, Chris Evans learns dog groomers are essential workers

ABC/Randy Holmes(BOSTON) — With dog groomers around the country still closed due to COVID-19, some people are starting to take matters into their own hands as shedding season gets underway.  One such person was Chris Evans who really botched his DIY grooming job. The Avengers: Endgame star admitted on Monday that he bit off more than he could chew when attempting to tackle his dog, Dodger’s, coat.   …

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Over 250,000 die worldwide due to COVID-19

domin_domin/iStock(NEW YORK) — Despite multiple countries and some U.S. states beginning to see a decline in hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19, health officials say the pandemic is far from over.  On Monday, the total number of global deaths from the coronavirus topped a quarter million people. As of Monday morning, the total number of global COVID-19 deaths stood at …

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President Trump concedes that 100k deaths from COVID-19 is possible

iStock/Ivan-balvan (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The U.S. identified over 25,000 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday, pushing the national total to at least 1,158,041 — according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While high, the number is a decline from the peak of 36,300 new cases, which transpired on April 24.  However, the nation’s death …

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Jeffrey Wright says films shouldn’t be only streaming because the theater experience is “woven in our DNA”

Photo Credit: Jay Maidment(NEW YORK) — With the upcoming November release of Universal’s James Bond sequel, No Time to Die, Jeffrey Wright is weighing in on the possible ban of Universal films in theaters following the studio’s decision to possibly release films theatrically and on streaming platforms simultaneously. Wright, who reprises his role as CIA operative Felix Leiter in No Time …

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Personal information from Louisiana’s COVID-19 “snitch” line is accidentally published

iStock/4FR(MISSOURI) — Hundreds of people who called a tip line to report their neighbors and local businesses for allegedly violating social distancing rules have found themselves exposed by Missouri’s own Sunshine Law. The law, meant to aid the media in reporting information submitted to public agencies, has in turn shone a light on those who snitched on their fellow citizens, …

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With Jared’s “Love Can’t Wait” campaign, jewelry company offering 1,000 free virtual weddings

Jared(LOS ANGELES) — The jewelry company Jared has announced it’s sponsoring 1,000 free virtual weddings to those couples whose wedding plans were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Part of Jared’s Love Can’t Wait campaign, the company is offering virtual ceremonies for couples and their loved ones to spread the love despite this time of social distancing. “We’ve learned that countless couples …

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