MICKEY JONES DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor and former Bob Dylan drummer Mickey Jones has died. His publicist says Jones died early yesterday after a long illness at the age of 76. As an actor, Jones played Pete on “Home Improvement” and Rodney “Hot Rod” Dunham on “Justified.” Before he got into acting, Jones was a drummer for Trini Lopez, First Edition and Dylan. Jones recalled in a 2002 Associated Press interview how fans turned on Dylan after Dylan went electric in 1966. Jones said by the time they got to the infamous Manchester, England, concert, it was the “rudest” and “hardest” audience they had ever played for.
001-a-24-(Mickey Jones, drummer and actor, in AP interview from 2002)-“ever played for”-Drummer and actor Mickey Jones said in a 2002 Associated Press interview he remembered how fans turned on Bob Dylan after he went electric. ((note length of cut)) (8 Feb 2018)
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002-a-18-(Mickey Jones, drummer and actor, in AP interview from 2002)-“I shot this”-Drummer and Actor Mickey Jones said in a 2002 Associated Press interview he made home movies of Bob Dylan while they were on tour together in the 1960s for his own amusement. (8 Feb 2018)
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CARREY CRITICIZES FACEBOOK
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Delete your account. That’s what Jim Carrey says Facebook users should do, as the actor looks to pull the mask off fake news. The star of “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Mask” said on Twitter that he’s dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his page because the social media giant profited from Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election via spreading false news with Russian origins, and says the company is still not doing enough to stop it. The 56-year-old actor ended his tweet with the hashtag “unfriendfacebook.” Facebook has not responded to Carrey’s tweet, but founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said stemming the flow of misinformation is among the company’s foremost goals.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STEVE WYNN
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn has stepped down as chairman and CEO of the resorts bearing his names. This comes less than two weeks after The Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement. Wynn has vehemently denied the report’s allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex-wife. An attorney for Elaine Wynn has denied that she instigated the news report. Wynn now faces investigations by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. At least one shareholder filed a lawsuit yesterday against Wynn Resorts.
JAMES CORDEN RECALLS HIS EARLY DAYS WITH “PETER RABBIT”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Corden’s latest movie is a childhood dream come true. He’s the voice of Peter Rabbit in the new film of the same name. Corden says he remembers the books vividly as a boy because it was the first time someone in a book purposely broke the rules. Corden says he remembers thinking, “This is amazing! This guy’s so naughty!” He says later he realized that everything Peter does “going to come back to bite him in the bum.” ″Peter Rabbit” opens tomorrow.
003-a-19-(James Corden, actor and talk-show host, in AP interview)-“bum you know”-Actor and talk-show Host James Corden says “Peter Rabbit” was a big part of his childhood. (8 Feb 2018)
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004-a-19-(James Corden, actor and talk-show host, in AP interview)-“it’s really amazing”-Actor and talk-show Host James Corden says the “Peter Rabbit” film really brings the animals to life. (8 Feb 2018)
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005-a-08-(Domhnall (DOH’-nal) Gleeson, actor, in AP interview)-“to like him”-Actor Domhnall Gleeson says he plays a bad guy: farmer Mr. McGregor in “Peter Rabbit.” ((note language in cut)) (8 Feb 2018)
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006-a-11-(Domhnall (DOH’-nal) Gleeson, actor, in AP interview)-“of the film”-Actor Domhnall Gleeson says he’s fine with playing Mr. McGregor in “Peter Rabbit,” even if he is a bad guy. (8 Feb 2018)
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FILM BLACK PANTHER
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - “Black Panther” might be a Marvel superhero film, but director and co-writer Ryan Coogler says it’s the most personal he’s ever made. Coogler says the film which is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda allowed him to explore the question of what it means to be African and visit the continent for the first time. The “Creed” director says he found the experience profoundly moving and tried to put that emotion into the film. It hits theaters next week and is poised to be a massive hit for Marvel and The Walt Disney Co. Box office analysts are projecting a $150 million opening over President’s Day weekend.
AFFLECK DAD SAYS HOLLYWOOD RUINED SON’S LIVES.
LONDON (AP) — The father of actors Ben and Casey Affleck, Timothy has criticized the culture of Hollywood for ruining the lives of his sons. He calls the film industry a “disgusting place” and says showbiz has “been a major factor in Ben’s drinking. He said in Grazia magazine that he, himself, was a long time “chronic, severe alcoholic” in the past, but recovered. He also says he thinks fame cost Ben his marriage with actor Jennifer Garner. The couple split in 2015. He dismissed the allegations of sexual misconduct against his sons. Hilarie Burton claimed Ben groped her when she was a host of MTV’s TRL in 2003, for which the actor offered an apology. Casey went for an out-of-court settlement in case of sexual harassment in 2010, when two female crew members accused him of inappropriate behavior after they worked with him on the sets of “I’m Still Here.”
DRAKE HOMELESS SHELTER
MIAMI (AP) - Drake made a surprise stop at a Florida homeless shelter for women and children, bringing a $50,000 check and toys and games for the kids. A news release from Miami’s Lotus Village said Drake visited to support families who moved in a week ago. Drake passed out $150 Target gift cards for the female residents. Drake was in town shooting a music video. He made a pit stop at a local high school on Monday, performing for students and leaving them a $25,000 check for school uniforms. The homeless shelter is trying to raise $25 million to expand its reach and become a national model for curbing homelessness among women and children. Its services include a community clinic, children’s wellness center, yoga and a Zen garden.