KENNEDY CENTER HONORS SET FOR SUNDAY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two entertainment traditions continue Sunday night. One has been going on for 41 years: the Kennedy Center Honors. Among this year’s recipients are Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, and Wayne Shorter. And Lin-Manuel Miranda and the co-creators of “Hamilton” will receive a special honor for their groundbreaking production. The other tradition is now in its second year: President Donald Trump’s not attending the event. Last year, he skipped it after one recipient said he’d boycott the event if Trump showed. This year, there were no such threats, but he won’t be there. Trump is away attending the G-20 summit. But two of this year’s recipients, Miranda and Cher, have been vocal critics of him.
Kennedy Center Honors site: http://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/SpecialEvents/honors
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HARVEY WEINSTEIN SEEKS DISMISSAL
NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has declined to comment on the latest effort by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein to get his case thrown out of court. Yesterday, the lead attorney for the disgraced movie mogul claimed a woman who accused Weinstein of rape in 2013 tried to pressure a friend of hers to back up her account. The claim by Benjamin Brafman says the friend of the accuser wouldn’t “make up a story” for her pal. The filing claims the friend has told defense investigators the accuser and Weinstein had been “hooking up” consensually for a while — and that she never heard her friend badmouth him until last year. The friend isn’t identified in court papers. Brafman has asked the judge to “stop this chaos” by throwing out the case at a hearing set for Dec. 20.
DIRECTOR QUENTIN TARANTINO IS WED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quentin Tarantino is off the market. The 55-year-old movie director has married Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick. People magazine reports the two were hitched in a small ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday. It’s the first time Tarantino has wed. The couple met in 2009 and got engaged last year. The vows were exchanged just days after Tarantino finished shooting his next movie. “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” is due out next year — and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
MANDELA TRIBUTE SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — What’s the word? In South Africa this weekend, it’s Mandela — as in the late former South African President Nelson Mandela. It’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of that nation’s foremost anti-apartheid leader and first black president — and there are numerous events marking the occasion. On Sunday, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran will perform at a huge concert to honor Mandela’s life and legacy. Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey gave an address about Mandela’s effect on the world. Mandela, who won a Nobel Peace Prize, died in 2013 at age 95.
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CNN COMMENTATOR CUT AFTER REMARKS ON MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
NEW YORK (AP) — Former CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill says he supports Palestinian rights and the right of Palestinians to govern themselves. At the same time, Hill says he’s no anti-Semite. Hill made the comments in a series of tweets after he was cut loose by CNN as a contributor. The network didn’t say why it let Hill go. But the move came after the Anti-Defamation League and other groups came down on the Temple University professor for his remarks at the United Nations on Wednesday. Hill called for countries to boycott Israel and pull investments from the country. In his comments, Hill said justice requires “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.” Many supporters of Israel see that “river to the sea” phrase as a code for the destruction of Israel. But Hill says the reference “was not a call to destroy anything or anyone” — but rather was “a call for justice” in both Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley’s office says he’s “inclined not to participate” in a Christmas parade if Kid Rock remains grand marshal. The comment follows a Fox & Friends interview in which Kid Rock used an expletive to describe Joy Behar of The View. Multiple Fox & Friends personalities apologized. Kid Rock apologized for the language, but “not the sentiment.” Kid Rock is slated to be grand marshal in tomorrow’s privately run Nashville Christmas Parade. Mayoral spokesman Thomas Mulgrew said Briley was disgusted by Kid Rock’s comments about Behar. He said Nashville is an inclusive place and Briley doesn’t want to be included in a parade with a grand marshal who says hateful things on national television.
DJ KHALED, FLOYD MAYWEATHER SETTLE WITH FEDS OVER DIGITAL SECURITIES
WASHINGTON (AP) — One makes money dropping beats and spitting rhymes on hip-hop tracks. The other makes a living throwing left hooks and right crosses in the ring. But both DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather are in trouble with the Feds — accused of failing to report payments they received for promoting investments in digital currency. The Securities and Exchange Commission says the cases against the producer and the boxer are the first involving breaking rules on touting investments in what are known as ICO’s. These initial coin offerings let a startup company use the technology behind bitcoin to fund projects. Under terms of a settlement reached with the SEC, Mayweather and Khaled will pay a total of $750,000 to settle their cases. In doing so, neither man admits or denies wrongdoing in the case.
DOLLY PARTON - TRIBUTE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There will be a star-studded lineup on hand for a major tribute to Dolly Parton. When she is honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, she will be serenaded by fellow country artists Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves and Vince Gill — as well as Don Henley, Linda Perry and Mavis Staples. The event is set for Feb. 8 in Los Angeles — two days before the Grammys. The MusiCares event raises money for people in the music community who have financial, medical and personal needs. Parton is the first country music star named as MusiCares Person of the Year. She will be recognized for her support of various causes through her Dollywood Foundation.
HUGH JACKMAN - WORLD TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Jackman is getting ready to launch his first world music tour. And his travels will take him to some of the same venues usually reserved for pop, rap and rock stars. The entertainer announced his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour yesterday. He will perform songs from “The Greatest Showman,” ″Les Miserables” and Broadway musicals, accompanied by a live orchestra. The tour starts in Europe, and will include two shows at the O2 Arena in London. Stops on the U.S. leg will include New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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