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Forty years ago this month, the last stage of the Vietnam War took place as the remaining American presence was chased out of Saigon, the capital city of South Vietnam. Although most U.S. military forces had left the country in 1973 in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords, by 1975, the communists of North Vietnam had broken that peace and initiated an invasion into the south, leaving the remaining groups of military, intelligence and embassy personnel scrambling for an escape plan as North Vietnam encircled Saigon by late April. The chaos that ensued in those final days is probably … Continue reading
When J.K. Rowling brought her beloved Harry Potter book series to a close in 2007, fans wondered where her unique literary mind might wander next. Publishing the Potter spinoff The Tales of Beedle the Bard a year later, Rowling then turned her attention to a strictly grownup audience with 2012’s best-selling The Casual Vacancy. Now the prolific author has teamed up with the BBC and HBO to adapt the brooding tale of small town discord into a three-part, two-night event of the same name. The Casual Vacancy is set in a fictional and picturesque English hamlet called Pagford, where, behind … Continue reading
At the conclusion of the first season of When Calls the Heart, heroic schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) shared a kiss with hunky Constable Jack (Dan Lissing). In many fairy tales, a kiss signifies “happily ever after,” but for Elizabeth and Jack, or “Jackabeth” as their fans have dubbed them, nothing is ever that easy. “It would be nice if I could say that they go on lots of dates and they ride off into the sunset,” says Krakow, but “we might make them work for it.” Not long after the start of their romance, Elizabeth receives a telegram begging … Continue reading
What is happiness? Does it even exist? And why are we pursuing it? In Showtime’s HAPPYish, 44-year-old ad man Thom Payne (Steve Coogan, Philomena) faces a mid-career crisis when the agency he works for brings in two social-media savvy Swedish 20-somethings to overhaul its creative direction. Thom is confronted with adapting to skinny jeans, books on tablet devices and the fact that there are desperately lonely souls who follow Pepto-Bismol on Twitter. He’s realizing that the consumer and media monster he helped create has turned against him. At home, Thom’s antidepressants are depressing intimacy with his wife (Kathryn Hahn), and … Continue reading
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Dancing With the Stars, ABC has invited many of the competitions former celebs and pros to dust off their heels and join in the celebration. The April 28th Dancing With The Stars: 10th Anniversary Special, will take a look back at some of the series’ most memorable moments, dances and partnerships. No word as of yet if Season 20’s breakout stars — the dancing crabs — will make an appearance. From an ABC press release… The pop culture phenomenon that has brought ballroom dancing and beyond to living rooms across America for the past decade … Continue reading
After months of speculation, Bruce Jenner is expected to talk with veteran newswoman Diane Sawyer about his decision to transition from male to female, his future as a woman, his family members’ reactions to this chapter of his life and more in a special, two-hour edition of 20/20 airing Friday, April 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. RELATED: E! TO DEBUT SERIES ABOUT BRUCE JENNER’S LIFE AS A TRANSGENDER WOMAN Described as “far-reaching,” Bruce Jenner: The Interview will feature the 1976 Olympic gold-medal decathlete — now 65 and divorced from Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner — revealing to 20/20‘s Sawyer why “my whole life has been getting me … Continue reading