J.K. Rowling Says She’s ‘Fully Recovered’ After Suffering From COVID-19 Symptoms

J.K. Rowling revealed she’d been suffering from “all the symptoms” of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, for the last two weeks.

The “Harry Potter” author shared a health update on Twitter Monday morning, assuring her millions of followers that she’s since “fully recovered,” although she hasn’t been tested for the respiratory illness. 

J.K. Rowling passed along a bit of medical wisdom that she believes aided her recovery from the coronavirus.



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J.K. Rowling passed along a bit of medical wisdom that she believes aided her recovery from the coronavirus.

She also passed along a bit of wisdom from a U.K. doctor on the recommendation of her husband, Neil Murray, himself a doctor. 

“Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms,” she wrote alongside a YouTube video. “For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested) & did this on doc husband’s advice. I’m fully recovered & technique helped a lot.”

The technique Rowling endorsed entails a series of deep breaths, coughing and lying on your front in order to get a “good amount of air into the lung.” 

Symptoms of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

In a separate tweet, Rowling thanked her followers for their concern and urged them to stay safe.

“Thank you for your kind and lovely messages! I really am completely recovered and wanted to share a technique that’s recommended by doctors, costs nothing, has no nasty side effects but could help you/your loved ones a lot, as it did me,” she wrote. “Stay safe, everyone x.” 

Two of Rowling’s “Harry Potter”-related projects have been affected by the pandemic, with production on the latest chapter of her “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise shutting down last month to keep cast and crew members safe. Performances of the award-winning play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” have also been suspended in various locations around the world, including New York City and London, for the foreseeable future. 

Rowling has, however, done her part to spread a bit of magic amid the coronavirus crisis.

Last week, she announced the launch of her new site, Harry Potter at Home, to help those trying to keep children occupied while in quarantine. The site is a virtual wizarding hub for fans that promises to “cast a Banishing Charm on boredom” with various quizzes, articles, videos and puzzles. 

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Iconic Bond girl dies

Legendary Bond girl Honor Blackman has died aged 94 from natural causes.

The star was famous for playing Pussy Galore in 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger.

Honor Blackman in 2008. Picture: Getty Images
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Her family today paid tribute to the “adored mother and grandmother”, who also starred in The Avengers as Cathy Gale.

They also confirmed she died peacefully at home in Lewes, Sussex, from natural causes surrounded by her family, according to The Sun.

Honor Blackman in 1969. Picture: AP
media_cameraHonor Blackman in 1969. Picture: AP

A moving statement read: “She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby.

“As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times.”

Honor blackman and Sean Connery in a scene from Goldfinger. Picture: Supplied
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Honor also had roles as the goddess Hera in Jason and the Argonauts and Laura West in 1990s sitcom The Upper Hand.

She starred in a string of musicals too – including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Cabaret.

More recently, Honor toured in Honor Blackman As Herself, which looked back at her life and career.

British actor Sean Connery kisses actress Honor Blackman during a party at Pinewood Film Studios, in Iver Heath, England. Picture: AP
media_cameraBritish actor Sean Connery kisses actress Honor Blackman during a party at Pinewood Film Studios, in Iver Heath, England. Picture: AP

Honor was born in Plaistow, East London, in 1925 to a civil service statistician dad.

Her parents gave her acting lessons for her 15th birthday and she then began training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1940.

During the Second World War, she became a motorcycle dispatch rider for the Home Office.

She landed her first role on the stage seven years later in play The Blind Goddess at the Apollo Theatre.

After a series of minor roles, Honor landed herself a job as Cathy Gale in The Avengers, where she became a household name as John Steed’s first female partner.

Sean Connery as James Bond up to his tricks with actress Honor Blackman during the filming of 'Goldfinger'. Picture: Getty Images
media_cameraSean Connery as James Bond up to his tricks with actress Honor Blackman during the filming of ‘Goldfinger’. Picture: Getty Images

The role helped propel her to stardom and she was cast opposite Sean Connery in Goldfinger in 1964 – taking Judo for both feisty female roles.

At 38, Honor was one of the oldest actresses to play a Bond girl – five years older than Connery at the time.

She also starred in the ITV comedy series The Upper Hand, which ran from 1990 to 1996, as a glamorous grandmother with a taste for toyboys.

As well as acting, Honor enjoyed a singing career – recording a hit version of song Kinky Boots with her Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee, which referred to the boots she wore in the show.

Paul O'Grady and Honor Blackman attend the launch photocall for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Avengers. Picture: Getty Images
media_cameraPaul O’Grady and Honor Blackman attend the launch photocall for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Avengers. Picture: Getty Images

She also recorded a full album of tracks after her appearance in Goldfinger.

Honor married twice – the first time in 1948 to Bill Sankey in a marriage lasting eight years.

In 1961, she wed British actor Maurice Kaufmann and the pair adopted two children together.

They split in 1975 and Honor later revealed she preferred staying single.

Tributes have since flooded in for the star from co-stars and celebs.

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Actor Joe McGann, who starred alongside Blackman in the ITV series The Upper Hand, tweeted: “Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died.

“What a woman she was- fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage.

“I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart. RIP.”

David Walliams tweeted: “Farewell Honor Blackman. She will live forever as Pussy Galore in

Goldfinger’.”

Film director Edgar Wright described her as the “ultimate Bond Girl and original Avenger”.

This story first appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Burns Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You On TV Again?’

Looks like Fox News personality Laura Ingraham’s attempt to burn Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blew up in her face.

Really badly.

It all started when the New York congresswoman tweeted that the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color thanks to long-standing racial and economic inequalities.

Ingraham apparently wasn’t happy that Ocasio-Cortez was pointing out the negative effects of inequality, so she decided to belittle the congresswoman’s previous job as a bartender.

Ocasio-Cortez has previously said that people who try to insult her by bringing up her bartender past are just “clowning themselves.”

So she turned the joke around by pointing out the terrible job Ingraham has done reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Didn’t you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID ‘treatment’ that you tweeted & Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?” she responded.

Then she added this burn: “I’m sorry, why are you on TV again?”

Then she added receipts.

Ingraham tried to spin things by claiming the doctor she interviewed had “admitting privileges” at Lenox Hill, ignoring the fact that Twitter removed her tweet because it fell under their “misleading information policy” with its “Heightened-risk health claims.”

Still, Twitter users were impressed by the heat of the congresswoman’s burn.

One Twitter user did show concern for Ingraham’s condition after the takedown.

Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Co-Founder, Dies From Coronavirus At 52

Songwriter Adam Schlesinger died Wednesday from complications of the coronavirus. He was 52.

Schlesinger’s attorney of 25 years, Josh Grier, told Variety that the songwriter had been “very sick and heavily sedated” in an upstate New York hospital for more than a week at the time of his death.

Schlesinger was best known for composing “Stacy’s Mom” — a 2003 hit for Fountains of Wayne, the band he co-founded — as well as the songs for the CW musical-comedy show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” for which he won three Emmy Awards.

He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1996 for composing the title song to the Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do.”

Schlesinger was nominated for two Tonys in 2008 for a stage musical version of the Johnny Depp film “Cry-Baby.”

Most recently, Schelesinger was working with Sarah Silverman on a stage adaptation of her memoir, “The Bedwetter,” as well as a musical adaptation of the TV show “The Nanny” with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom.

Lizzo Treats Hospital Workers To Lunch Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Medical professionals across the country got a special treat this week, courtesy of Lizzo

The three-time Grammy winner donated lunches to a number of hospitals across the country to thank staff members for their work during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit shared a short video on its Twitter account Monday in which Lizzo expressed her gratitude to those “on the frontlines” of the global crisis. 

“Thank you so much for being the heroes in this story,” Lizzo, a Detroit native, said in the clip. “We’re staying inside and we’re praying and thinking of you every single day.” 

Turns out, Lizzo didn’t stop there. 

Staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital and Minneapolis’ M Health Fairview also shared photos of themselves displaying lunches they said were donated by the pop star. 

The full extent of Lizzo’s donation is unclear, but on Tuesday she shared a short video on Instagram that showed other photos from medical professionals, as well as a link encouraging her followers to contribute. 

The singer admitted last week that she was feeling “helpless” after speaking with a friend’s mother who is an emergency room nurse in Ohio. 

“I wish I could send you face masks,” she said in an Instagram Live session. “I wish I could send you supplies, and I wish I could send you more hands and arms. I wish I could be there.”

As part of her general outreach to fans in self-isolation, she has also been posting regular mediation videos in which she plays her flute. 

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Quibi’s ‘Gayme Show!’ Is A Comedic Celebration Of LGBTQ People And Allies

New York comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni hope viewers will embrace their series “Gayme Show!” as both a “sweet pit stop from everyday life” and a celebration of the LGBTQ community. 

HuffPost got a first look at the competition series, slated to debut April 6 on the short-form streaming platform Quibi, via the trailer above. In each episode, two straight-identifying contestants go head-to-head with a celebrity “life partner” as they face a series of physical and mental challenges. 

The winner of each round is given the tongue-in-check title of “Queen of the Straights.” Special guests include Rachel Bloom, Guy Branum and drag queen Trixie Mattel. 

Mizzoni, known nationally for his live performances on the stand-up comedy circuit, said he and Rogers developed the concept of the show around a cheeky and subversive take on the now-archaic use of “gay” as an insult. 

“When I was in middle school, getting called ‘gay as fuck’ was probably the most humiliating thing one could say to me,” he told HuffPost. “Flash-forward to 2020, and our show has guys literally competing to be crowned just that.”

"Gayme Show!" hosts Matt Rogers (left) and Dave Mizzoni.  



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“Gayme Show!” hosts Matt Rogers (left) and Dave Mizzoni.  

“Our goal was always to create an environment where everyone’s represented, and everyone can come be dumb in the same place,” he continued. “We embark on the journey together, and if you have the most fun, you win!” 

Rogers, best known as a co-host of the pop culture and comedy podcast “Las Culturistas,” admitted to having behind-the-scenes concerns about launching “Gayme Show!” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Still, he’d like the series to be seen as a pleasant diversion in challenging times. 

“I want smart, interesting queer people to watch it and recognize it as being a real product of our community and a real celebration of what we really talk about in our group text threads, what we’re really searching online, of who we are in our little gay hearts,” he said. “If anything about 2020 is good, it’s that this show can get made.” 

“Gayme Show!” is one of several LGBTQ-inclusive shows on the lineup for the April 6 launch of Quibi, a short-from platform founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

Others include “Dishmantled,” a “high-octane cooking competition” hosted by “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess, and the eight-episode docuseries “Nightgowns,” which follows drag icon Sasha Velour of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame.  

Britney Spears’ Connection To This ‘Tiger King’ Docuseries Star Is Truly Wild

If you’ve tuned in to the Netflix docuseries, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” then strap in because have we got some trivia for you.

Over the weekend, one of the main players in the series ― which dropped on the streaming service earlier this month ― was discovered to have had a connection to none other than Miss Britney Spears.

Mahamayavi Bhagavan Kevin Antle, aka Doc Antle, as we meet him in “Tiger King” was once on stage with Spears, specifically during her famous 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance

Britney Spears during 2001 MTV VMA Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States.



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Britney Spears during 2001 MTV VMA Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States.

The director of The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and self-described big cat conservationist was the caretaker for the tiger seen onstage with the pop star. 

This revelation went viral after an image of the trio was posted on Twitter:

While “Tiger King” primarily follows the antic of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel Maldonado-Passage, Doc Antle is featured prominently and wasn’t too happy about it.

The series gives viewers a look at his unusual lifestyle, which includes plenty of wild animals and several, uh, girlfriends who live on his property with him. According to Women’s Health, Antle has said of the documentary that he was “disappointed” to have been included in the docuseries and that Joe Exotic is “not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach.”

You can watch “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” now on Netflix.

In ‘More,’ Indie Pop Singer Kris Kelly Wrestles With 7 Deadly Sins Personified

New York singer-songwriter Kris Kelly encounters his demons in the flesh in his new video for “More,” the latest single off his 2019 album, “Runaways.” 

HuffPost got an exclusive first look at the video, which you can watch above. Director Kris Moyes (who you may know from his work with Sia and Beck) has Kelly wandering through a dreamy landscape while fearsome characters, each representing one of the seven deadly sins, emerge from the gloom. 

“I wasn’t raised in a religious background,” Kelly told HuffPost. “That wasn’t really a reference that came to me, but I thought it could fit in really well with what the song was about … A lot of what ended up in the video was really not planned. It was an ensemble, improv feeling. It was spontaneous and alive in that moment.” 

Kris Kelly released his first full-length album, "Runaways," last year. 



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Kris Kelly released his first full-length album, “Runaways,” last year. 

“It’s about society giving us so many opportunities to escape ourselves through drugs, alcohol, boys, sex,” he said of the song. “Not that any of these things are bad, but when it becomes a compulsion over a long period of time, you aren’t really embarking on the journey that we’re all invited to take as human beings and to grow and to really face ourselves, our fears, our anxieties.” 

To write “Runaways,” Kelly drew on his experiences living in South America between 2010 and 2016. It was during that time that he met his former husband, and the couple lived in Brazil and Argentina. 

Sonically, the album incorporates a variety of genres, including classical, pop and folk, while its lyrics reflect the ways LGBTQ people “have this amazing freedom to define our relationships in a nonconventional way,” Kelly said. One song in particular, “Cracked Porcelain,” explores open relationships among same-sex couples. 

“There is still a responsibility there to take care of each other and to make sure there’s love there and to value love and not just cheap sex and feeling gratified in the moment,” he said. “We don’t have to do things the way straight people have done for thousands of years. That’s really exciting.” 

Looking forward, Kelly would like to try his hand at a stage musical or a world music project. 



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Looking forward, Kelly would like to try his hand at a stage musical or a world music project. 

The release of “More” was intended to follow Kelly’s March 17 performance in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest. Like many other artists, the singer-songwriter was forced to cancel the performance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Although all of his future tour dates are on hold, he’s hoping to schedule performances in New York, Los Angeles and Austin later this year. He’s also eager to try his hand at a stage musical and possibly travel the world for a world music project. 

“I have the idea of going to different countries with music traditions that I’ve always been interested and loved, so I can learn more about the music traditions,” he said. “I’ve thought about India and Egypt and Brazil and Ireland and places where the music has always really spoken to me. That’s one of my fantasies.” 

Ryan Reynolds Roasts Fellow Celebs In Semi-Serious Coronavirus Video

Ryan Reynolds resorted to his classic bag of tricks for a coronavirus video he made to encourage people to stay inside. 

The actor, who was nominated to post a message by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shared the video on his social media platforms by telling his followers this was “Another important message from an important celebrity.” 

Reynolds then started off his clip by thanking the prime minister and reminding people who will always save them in times of crisis: celebrities, of course! 

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic



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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic.

“We need to work together to flatten the curve and fight off COVID-19. I think in times of crisis, we all know that it’s the celebrities we count on most,” Reynolds said with a slight smirk. “They’re the ones that are going to get us through this.”

“Right after health care workers, of course,” the actor added. “First responders. People who work in essential services. Ping pong players. Mannequins ― they’re great. Childhood imaginary friends, sure. Like 400 other types of people?”

“Look, stay at home. Practice social distancing, wash your hands,” Reynolds said. “We are gonna get through this thing. We’re gonna get through this thing together.”

Reynolds and his wife, actor Blake Lively, announced last week that they were donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic.

Reynolds said Tuesday that his gin brand, called Aviation, will be donating $15,000 and 30% of all orders purchased online to the United States Bartenders’ Guild. “Stay home to help #FlattenTheCurve while we #TipYourBartenders,” the Aviation website urged.

Though the world certainly didn’t need celebrities to band together to make that terrible “Imagine” video, the U.S. surgeon general has also called on celebs with massive followings to encourage young people to recognize the severity of COVID-19. 

“What I really think we need to do … is get our influencers out,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said last week while calling into “Good Morning America.”

“Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell,” Adams continued. “We need to get Kylie Jenner, we need to get our social media influencers out there in helping folks understand that, look, this is serious. This is absolutely serious. People are dying.” 

Jenner later answered Adams’ call and gave her 167 million Instagram followers information about COVID-19. 

“Practice social distancing, self-quarantine,” the beauty mogul said, adding that everyone should stay inside. “If you live with your parents, you don’t want to go home, get your parents sick. You might have it and not even know and be infecting other people.” 

Watch ‘Quarantine Stir Crazy’ Rita Wilson Rap For 3 Minutes Straight

Rita Wilson’s ongoing self-isolation has prompted her to reveal some skills she’d previously kept private.

The 63-year-old actor, who has been isolating with her husband, Tom Hanks, in Australia after testing positive for coronavirus, posted a four-minute video on Instagram over the weekend in which she raps Naughty by Nature’s 1990s hit “Hip Hop Hooray.”

The post, captioned “Quarantine Stir Crazy,” starts with Wilson reading Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game” on the couch. Then, as her jam comes on, she launches into song (well, spoken word).

“See it to believe it,” she wrote. 

Hanks and Wilson were discharged from a Gold Coast hospital last week, five days after announcing their coronavirus diagnosis. They self-quarantined at their place in Australia, a representative for Wilson confirmed to HuffPost.

Hanks shared an update soon afterward, saying they were feeling “much the same” and experiencing “no fever but the blahs.” He said it was good news, considering some patients have gotten worse over time.

Previously, he’d said they were experiencing body aches and fatigue, and that Wilson had recurring chills and slight fevers. They’d resorted to passing the time with card games, napping and chores, he said.

Wilson had also shared another (very different) musical clip, likely recorded before the diagnosis, singing her song “Broken Man.”

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