ALEC BALDWIN IN COURT ON ASSAULT CHARGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin has appeared in a New York court after being accused of striking a man in the face over a parking space. The 60-year-old actor said nothing as he was arraigned Monday on misdemeanor and violation-level charges. He has previously stated that he did nothing wrong. His lawyer, Alan Abramson, says video evidence shows Baldwin never punched anybody. Baldwin was arrested on Nov. 2. Police were told a driver pulled into a Manhattan parking space that one of Baldwin’s relatives was holding for him, and the two men started quarreling and pushing each other. The other driver told police Baldwin punched or slapped him. The 49-year-old man was taken to a hospital complaining of jaw pain and redness around his neck.
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“RALPH,” ″ROCKY” DOMINATE BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ever wonder why Hollywood seems to churn out an endless string of sequels? For the answer, look no further than the latest box office numbers. The top two movies over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend are sequels — and seem to support the idea among moviemakers that if people loved it once, they will probably love it again. The top movie is “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The reboot of Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” did major damage at the multiplexes, taking in $55.7 million over the three-day weekend and $84.5 million since it opened on Wednesday. The movie’s five-day Thanksgiving Day haul is the third highest of all time, behind “Frozen” and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The number-two movie also proved to be a knockout with fans. “Creed II” took in $35.3 million over the weekend and $55.8 million since opening on Wednesday. The “Rocky” spinoff stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, who was the original Rocky back in the day.
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FILMMAKER BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI DIES
ROME (AP) — Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and whose erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris” enthralled and shocked the world, has died. He was 77. Bertolucci’s press office, Punto e Virgola, confirmed the death Monday in an email to The Associated Press. Italy’s state-run RAI said Bertolucci died at his home in Rome, surrounded by family. Bertolucci’s movies often explored the sexual relations among characters stuck in a psychological crisis, as in “Last Tango.” The self-professed Marxist also did not shy away from politics and ideology, as in “The Conformist,” which some critics consider Bertolucci’s masterpiece. Despite working with A-list American and international stars, Bertolucci always defended his own filmmaking style against what he said was the pressure of the U.S. film industry.
OPRAH’S MOTHER DEAD AT 83
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided. Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954. They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was 6-years-old. Lee was featured getting a makeover on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1990. Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.
ARETHA FRANKLIN MANSION SOLD
DETROIT (AP) — The last bit of property in Detroit owned by Aretha Franklin has been sold. The Detroit News quotes public records as saying a historic Motor City mansion owned by the late Queen of Soul was sold last month. The 5,600-square-foot brick home went for $300,000, The home, near the Detroit Golf Club, was built in 1928. Franklin bought it in 1993, but nearly lost it in 2008 due to unpaid property taxes. A personal rep for the singer’s estate says the home sold last month was the last property Franklin owned in her hometown. Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August. She was 76.
DIDDY’S FORMER GIRLFRIEND LAID TO REST
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — You don’t often hear of fireworks going off to mark the end of a burial service — but that’s what happened at the funeral for Kim Porter. The skies were ablaze with explosives Saturday at the end of the service held in Columbus, Georgia. Porter was the longtime girlfriend of Diddy Combs. Also attending the service were music producer Russell Simmons, as well as singers Usher, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and Yolanda Adams.
Porter, an actress and a model, was mother to three of Diddy’s children. She was found dead in her Los Angeles home Nov. 15 at age 47. Authorities haven’t released a cause of death.
JERRY SPRINGER’S NEW SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk show host Jerry Springer is getting a new TV role as “Judge Jerry,” where he’ll hear testimony and render verdicts before a studio audience. NBC Universal Television Distribution announced the half-hour court program Monday that will debut in national syndication in the fall of 2019. The 74-year-old TV host is best known for “The Jerry Springer Show,” in which guests loudly, and at times violently, meted out their own brand of justice over 27 seasons. Springer started his career as a lawyer in Cincinnati.
PLACIDO DOMINGO - TRIBUTE
NEW YORK (AP) — Placido Domingo’s singing voice has moved opera audiences for decades now. But this past Friday, it was Domingo himself who was moved as he appeared on stage in New York at the Metropolitan Opera House. His eyes watered and his voice quavered as he was honored for the 50th anniversary of his Met debut. Domingo said for opera singers, the phrase in the Frank Sinatra song “New York, New York” was true — if you make it in the Big Apple you can make it anywhere. Domingo, who’s 77, got two gifts from Met management. One was a chunk of stage flooring, symbolic of the fact that he has owned the stage for most of his career.
GOLF MATCH TECHNICAL GLITCHES TRIGGER REFUNDS
UNDATED (AP) — If golf, sometimes you can get a mulligan. But when it comes to a live, pay-per-view broadcast of a head-to-head golf match, there are no do-overs. And because of that, Bleacher Report and parent company Turner are offering refunds to viewers who had trouble watching Friday’s showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Other outlets that offered the pay-per-view event will also be returning the $19.95 fee people paid to watch. When it became clear that technical problems had marred the live feed, Turner and Bleacher Report sent links to social media telling people they could stream the match for free on computers and mobile devices. Mickelson beat Woods in the $9 million, winner-take-all event.
RICKY JAY - OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) — He was a magician whose sleight-of-hand skill was so good, other magicians were impressed. Ricky Jay has died. His manager says he died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 72. Besides his skills as a magician, Jay landed roles in several movies and TV shows. Among them were “Boogie Nights,” ″Magnolia” and the HBO series “Deadwood.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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