Waltham magician Shin Lim wins ‘America’s Got Talent’ and the $1 million grand prize

Confetti rained down upon Waltham magician Shin Lim at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Wednesday night and runner-up dance group Zurcaroh lifted him into the air after host Tyra Banks announced him as the winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.’’ “Shin Lim!’’ Banks yelled. “Shin Lim: the sexiest magician on the planet!’’ Lim, 26, captured America’s votes and the $1 million grand prize. He’ll headline the “America’s Got Talent Live’’ stage show in Las Vegas Nov. 2-4. [embedded content][embedded content] [embedded content][embedded content]

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Harvard black culture awards to honor Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. The medal is given to those who have made “significant contributions to African and African American history and culture” and “individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights.” Kaepernick, formerly of the San…

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‘Hamilton’ star celebrates performing for hometown Boston crowd on Instagram

Growing up in Winchester, Nicholas Christopher, 28, took to theater at a young age, according to The Boston Globe. He participated in the North Shore Music Theatre’s now-shuttered Youth Performance Academy and attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. But until Tuesday’s performance of the “Hamilton” national tour at the Boston Opera House, Christopher, who plays Aaron Burr in the musical, had never performed professionally in his hometown. To commemorate his local professional debut, the actor posted an Instagram photo of himself alone onstage in a Red Sox cap…

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Director of James Bond 2020 film announced

LONDON (AP) — American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020. Release was delayed from the planned November 2019 after “Slumdog Millionaire” director Boyle left the project last month over what producers said were creative differences. Fukunaga won an Emmy Award for the first season of…

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Demi Lovato’s mom says star is ‘getting the help she needs’

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato’s mother says the singer is “doing really well” nearly two months after being hospitalized for a drug overdose. In an interview aired this week on Newsmax TV , Dianna De La Garza says the pop star is “happy, she’s healthy, she’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs.” She says she found out about the overdose through text messages from people who had heard the news. She then got confirmation from Lovato’s assistant and says, “I was in shock; I…

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Terry Crews says ‘Expendables’ producer threatened ‘trouble’

Terry Crews says a film producer said he could only return to the “Expendables” franchise if he dropped his sexual assault lawsuit against a Hollywood agent. The actor said it was an example of how “abusers protect abusers.” Crews made the allegation Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights, which establishes rights for survivors of sexual assault. Crews, who last year accused William Morris Endeavor talent agent Adam Venit of groping him at a party, was asked if there had been any…

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Backstreet Boy AJ McLean on Tom Brady’s U2 video: ‘Not everyone is supposed to be a singer’

Celebrities: They’re just like us, and that includes being goofy on a weekend off. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen posted video of themselves on Brady’s Instagram story of the pair enjoying the U2 concert in Boston last Thursday. On Tuesday, they received some unexpected attention from TMZ and AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys. In a video shot for TMZ Sports, McLean was … very generous when it came to assessing TB12’s vocal abilities. New England Patriots quarterback enjoying the U2 concert in Boston last Thursday. —Tom Brady/Instagram After listening…

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Roseanne Barr in interview: ‘I made myself a hate magnet’

In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.” Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person . a monkey.” Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people don’t accept her…

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Noah Baumbach receives screenwriting award at Nantucket Film Festival

The 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival celebrated a wide spectrum of films and drew more than a few Hollywood heavyweights over the weekend. The Best Narrative Feature went to “Burden,’’ directed by Andrew Heckler and starring Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, and Usher Raymond IV, which tells the true story of a man trying to break ties from the Klu Klux Klan for the sake of his family. Meanwhile, the Dava Whisenant-directed “Bathtubs Over Broadway’’ took home the Best Documentary Feature award. The quirky doc follows “Late Night with David Letterman’’…

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Actress Cynthia Nixon says son has come out as transgender

Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has announced that her oldest child has come out as transgender. The former “Sex and the City” star posted the announcement on her Instagram account on Friday to mark the 14th annual Trans Day of Action. Her 21-year-old son Samuel Joseph Mozes, who goes by the nickname Seph, originally was named Samantha. Seph is the child of Nixon and former partner Danny Mozes. Nixon also has a 15-year-old son with Mozes and a 7-year-old son with her wife, Christine Marinoni. Nixon accompanied…

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