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Doris Day: America’s Hollywood Singer and Actress, dies at age 97

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Doris Day, who used her girl-next-door good looks to charm American audiences during a decades-long acting and singing career, died on Monday. She was 97.

Best known for her contemplative tune “Que Sera, Sera,” Day passed away encompassed by dear friends at her home close Carmel Valley, California, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said in an announcement.

She “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia,” according to the foundation. She had just turned 97 on April 3.

Day broke into show business as a singer, and recorded a hit “Sentimental Journey” with bandleader Les Brown in 1945. That and “Que Sera, Sera” — which Day performed in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 spine chiller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” — were her greatest chart-toppers.

The multi-talented Day would bounce off the turntable and on to the wide screen, with credits in 39 movies. Her best-realized screen works include”Pillow Talk” in 1959, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in 1956, “Cherish Me or Leave Me” in 1955, “Cataclysm Jane” in 1953 and “Lover Come Back” in 1960.

“During her three decades of work in film, Day starred in nearly every genre, not just as a singer/dancer but as an actress with superb comic timing, a natural talent for interpreting a role and a gift for evoking emotion,” her foundation said.

Day was the first Hollywood star many of American’s Baby Boom generation ever knew.

“For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon,” actor George Takei said in a statement. “She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, ‘Que sera sera,’ but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.”

Day was married four times, which conflicted with her squeaky clean public and big-screen persona. In her 1976 book, “Doris Day: Her Own Story,” the actress said her real life was much more complicated.

With three bad marriages in her rear-view mirror at the time, Day said couples should live together before walking down the aisle — a risque, forward-thinking stance at the time.

“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote.

Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, the offspring of mother Alma Sophia Welz and father Frederick Wilhelm Von Kappelhoff, who was a music teacher.

The most youthful of three children, Day was named after silent movie actress Doris Kenyon.

While Day never won an Oscar, she was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

President George W. Bush declared that it was “a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer.”

In her post-excitement profession, Day directed most of her energy into animal rights, through her Doris Day Animal Foundation.

The legendary entertainer “wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker,” according to her foundation’s statement.

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Actor Kavin to star in the next web series named ‘Akashvani’

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Kavin is popular for his role in the serial ‘Saravanan Meenakshi.’ Following this, he acted in little roles in films and debuted as a hero in Tamil film with the film ‘Natpunna Ennanu Theriyuma.’

Kavin, who partook in the third season of the Bigg Boss show following that, acquired numerous fans. He is as of now completing his acting career in the film ‘Lift.’ The film is getting ready for release.

In the mean time, entertainer Kavin has signed on to star in the next web series. Named Akashvani, the web series is said to be directed by a newcomer. Choice of cast, actresses, and technical artists to star in this web series is in progress. An authority declaration about this web series is relied upon to be released soon.

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Delroy Lindo to star in lead role of upcoming Amazon series ‘Anansi Boys’

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Delroy Lindo has been cast in a lead role of the upcoming Amazon series adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel “Anansi Boys,” Variety has learned.

“Anansi Boys” follows Charlie Nancy, a young fellow who is accustomed to being embarrassed by his estranged father, Mr. Nancy. In any case, when his dad passes on, Charlie finds that his dad was Anansi: trickster god of stories. What’s more, he discovers that he has a sibling. Presently his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, resolved to make it really intriguing yet making it much more risky.

Lindo will star as Anansi/Mr. Nancy. The person is described as all appeal. Apparently, his dad was a sluggish man who undermined Charlie’s mom. Be that as it may, Mr Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery all things considered.

“Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him,” Gaiman said. “I cannot wait to see his gravitas and charm being deployed for the benefit of Anansi Boys, as he plays an unreliable father with hidden depths.”

Lindo most as of late acquired gigantic basic approval for his job in the Spike Lee film “Da 5 Bloods.” It was Lindo’s fourth collaboration with Lee by and large, with the two first working together on “Malcolm X.” His other significant film roles include “The Core,” “The One,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “and “Get Shorty.” He will next be found in the western “The Harder They Fall” alongside Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Idris Elba, and Zazie Beetz. On the TV side, Lindo had a main role in the Paramount Plus series “The Good Fight” and has appeared on shows like “Kidnapped,” “The Chicago Code,” and “Believe.”

He is repped by APA.

Amazon has given “Anansi Boys” series a six-episode order with plans set up to start shooting in Scotland in the not so distant future. Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones, and Richard Fee serve in as executive producers. Gaiman and Henry are likewise authors on the series, as the first story for the book was created by the pair. Different writers include Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Gaiman and Mackinnon will fill in as co-showrunners. Culpepper will coordinate the pilot. Jermain Julien and Azhur Saleem will likewise coordinate scenes of the series. Paul Frift will deliver.

The show is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions, and RED Production organization. Gaiman at present has a general deal with Amazon.

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PBS’ iconic animated series ‘Arthur’ will end after 25 season

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“Arthur,” the iconic animated children’s series about an lovable aardvark, is finishing after its 25th season.

The longest-running children’s animated series in the history of American TV, “Arthur” will end on PBS Kids, with its last season launching in winter 2022.

Unique show developer Kathy Waugh broke the news in a meeting on the Finding DW webcast with voice actor Jason Szwimmer.

“‘Arthur’ is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago,” Waugh told Szwimmer. “I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think ‘Arthur’ should come back and I’m know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake. I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end but it did end, we finished the last episode [of] Season 25 two years ago.”

Waugh developed the series, which originally circulated in 1996, from the books by Marc Brown, who made the character in 1976.

“Arthur” executive producer Carol Greenwald affirmed the news to Variety in an articulation, saying, “‘Arthur’ is the longest-running kids animated series in history and is known for teaching kindness, empathy and inclusion through many groundbreaking moments to generations of viewers. In the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of ‘Arthur’ will debut. ‘Arthur’ will continue to be available on PBS Kids for years to come. Producer GBH and PBS Kids are continuing to work together on additional ‘Arthur’ content, sharing the lessons of Arthur and his friends in new ways.”

All through its 25-year run with more than 240 episodes, the “Arthur” franchise has extended to music, video games, toys and social media memes. The series has won four Emmys and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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