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June Diane Raphael on ‘The High Note,’ ‘The Real Housewives’ and What She’s Taking on Right Now (Exclusive)

“My days are all just slowly descending into darkness,” June Diane Raphael laughs over the phone. “I start out super positive, and then it’s just a slow ride down to, like, total despair and depression by 7:00 p.m.”

Right now, she tells me one recent morning in quarantine, she’s OK. She’s setting out to promote her new movie not with the traditional press tour of hotel junkets, late-show sit-downs and red-carpet premieres, but from her home in L.A. — which mostly involves a lot of negotiating with her 5- and 3-year-old. “I mean, the screen time has been insane,” she explains. “And by the way, sometimes I’m like, ‘Who am to deny my kids the opportunity to watch movies and TV?’ This is what’s paying our bills! Why would I turn against this medium?”

Her new one is The High Note, a music-industry comedy starring Tracee Ellis Ross as

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European Stocks Climb to 11-Week High Boosted by Travel Sector

(Bloomberg) —

European stocks rose to their highest level in the current rebound, on optimism over economies reopening in some parts of the world and hopes for a vaccine to fight the coronavirus.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 1.1% to its highest close since early March. Travel and leisure shares rallied, led by a 52% surge in TUI AG, after a report that Germany plans to lift transport warnings, adding to optimism about tourism restarting in Europe. The FTSE 100 Index gained 1.2%, while the more domestic-focused FTSE 250 Index climbed 3.3% as the U.K. market reopened after a holiday yesterday.

Stocks are rising after Japan ended its state of emergency everywhere in the country, while Britain’s government outlined plans to reopen outdoor markets and car showrooms starting June, followed by non-essential outlets later in the month. Adding to investor optimism, Novavax Inc. began human testing of its coronavirus

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