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January 1, 2019

LOUIS C.K. MOCKS PARKLAND STUDENTS IN AUDIO OF STAND-UP SET

NEW YORK (AP) — Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The sound-only recording was posted Sunday in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, New York, comedy club. On the recording, C.K. says the students are “not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot.” He adds: “You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way.” A message seeking comment left at C.K.’s website wasn’t immediately returned. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, called C.K. “pathetic.” The 51-year-old comedian disappeared from public life after apologizing for sexual misconduct in November of 2017, but since August he has been making unannounced appearances at comedy clubs.

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SONGWRITER NORMAN GIMBEL DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who co-wrote the theme songs for “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports Norman Gimbel died at his home outside Los Angeles on Dec. 19 at the age of 91, according to his son. Gimbel also co-wrote the song “Different Worlds,” the theme for the 1979 sitcom “Angie.” Gimbel and David Shire won the Best Original Song Oscar for “It Goes Like It Goes,” which appeared in the movie “Norma Rae.”

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY

BOSTON (AP) — A judge in Boston ruled on Monday that former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey must appear in a Massachusetts court on accusations that he groped a young man in 2016.

The 59-year-old Oscar-winning actor had argued he should be excused from attending his Jan. 7 arraignment at the Nantucket District Court because his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case.” But Judge Thomas Barrett denied Spacey’s request.

Spacey has said he will plead not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery.

The allegations were first brought in November 2017, when former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh told reporters that Spacey groped her teenage son during a chance encounter in the crowded bar of a Nantucket restaurant.

BARACK OBAMA GIVES HIS 2018 ENTERTAINMENT FAVORITES

UNDATED (AP) — Looking for movie recommendations? Former President Barack Obama suggests “Eighth Grade,” ″Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “Black Panther.” Obama released his annual list of his favorite movies, books and music. Other movies he likes include “If Beale Street Could Talk,” ″The Death of Stalin,” ″BlacKkKlansman,” ″Leave No Trace” and “Blindspotting.” While Obama gives an extensive list of books, he acknowledges his favorite of the past year was “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.