‘WE LOVE YOU, ALEX!’ CONTESTANT ON ‘JEOPARDY!’ MOVES TREBEK
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek got choked up when he read the final response from a Brown University student who wanted to show support as he battles pancreatic cancer.
The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s (DROOV GARS) final answer.
Instead of writing a correct response, Gaur wrote “We love you, Alex!” He substituted a heart in place of the word love.
Trebek’s voice cracked slightly as he thanked Gaur, telling him, “That’s very kind.”
Gaur was eliminated in the semifinals for the Tournament of Champions. He tweeted that Trebek had just “shared with us that he was reenteering treatment” and “we were all hurting for him so badly.”
Trebek announced in September he had resumed chemotherapy.
The Final Jeopardy clue had sought the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums.
RAPPER ERIC B, JAILED ON 17-YEAR-OLD WARRANT, RELEASED
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – Rapper and actor Eric B. has been released from a New Jersey jail after spending two weeks behind bars on a 17-year-old warrant.
NJ.com reports that Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, was released from Bergen County Jail on Tuesday where he had been held since Oct. 28.
Barrier was jailed on a bench warrant issued back in 2002 for failure to appear in court for a sentencing. He had pleaded guilty to assault earlier that year.
Barrier’s attorney said Barrier was told back then by his former attorney there was no need for him to appear in court.
Eric B. and Rakim are known as one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time. Barrier most recently has been on the CBS show “Blue Bloods.”
DE NIRO NAMED SCREEN ACTORS GUILD LIFE ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Robert De Niro will receive the Screen Actors Guild’s life achievement award.
The guild announced that De Niro will be the 56th recipient of its highest honor at its SAG Awards on Jan. 19, 2020.
SAG cited De Niro’s extraordinary accomplishments in film and television, including two Academy Awards, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other honors. It also noted his co-founding and championing of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.
De Niro’s latest film is “The Irishman,” which is playing in theaters in limited release before arriving on Netflix at the end of the month.
The actor says in a statement that he’s honored to receive the award from a union that he’s been a part of for more than 50 years.
CENA RELATED TO CHARACTER PURSUING NFL DREAMS IN NEW SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Cena (SEE’-nuh) stars in “64th Man,” an audio series premiering on Audible on Thursday. The plot of “64th Man” resonated with Cena, who plays Billy Taylor. In the 10-part series, Taylor is a former college football star who tries to chase his dreams of getting to the NFL after not getting drafted and will do anything to get there.
Cena says the project was personal to him because he didn’t know what he was going to do after college. He pursued a career as a bodybuilder and also worked as a limousine driver before training in professional wrestling and eventually being signed by World Wrestling Entertainment.
HBO DOC PEERS INTO RALPH LAUREN’S ROSE-TINTED AMERICAN DREAM
NEW YORK (AP) – Fashion is always about the next big thing. So how has Ralph Lauren endured for more than a half-century?
A new HBO documentary explores that question. “Very Ralph” begins with Lauren’s youth in the Bronx and start as a tie salesman. The film is directed by Susan Lacy and consults everyone from Kanye West to Anna Wintour and from Woody Allen to Naomi Campbell about the appeal of Lauren’s lifestyle brand.
The 80-year-old Lauren tells The Associated Press in an interview that one of the reasons he’s survived so long is that he’s always believed in his vision and hasn’t listened to critics, some of whom say his version of the American Dream may be too static.
He also says he doesn’t really like fashion; he just likes things that look good.
IN ‘THE REPORT,’ SETTING THE RECORD ON TORTURE STRAIGHT
NEW YORK (AP) – The unredacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program runs approximately 6,700 pages and includes some 38,000 footnotes. It doesn’t exactly scream Hollywood.
But from an early stage, writer-director Scott Z. Burns was drawn to the Congressional quest to detail and bring to light the CIA’s torturing of detainees in the wake of Sept. 11. He zeroed in, ultimately, on Daniel J. Jones, the lead investigator for the Senate Intelligence Committee, who toiled for five years on an investigation that culminated with the 2014 release of a 525-page summary.
Its findings discredited the still widely held belief that torture techniques contributed to the capture of Osama bin Laden.
“The Report,” starring Adam Driver, opens this weekend
WINFREY, COATES TO SPEAK AT UPCOMING TONI MORRISON TRIBUTE
NEW YORK (AP) – Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi (tah neh-HAH’-see) Coates and Jesmyn Ward will be among the speakers at a tribute to the late Toni Morrison.
The Nobel laureate’s longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced Tuesday that the event will take place November 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Other guests will include Angela Davis, New Yorker editor David Remnick and Michael Ondaatje (on-DART’-chee).
Morrison, known for novels such as “Beloved” and “The Bluest Eye,” died in August at age 88.
LSU-ALABAMA GAME A BIG WINNER FOR CBS OVER THE WEEKEND
NEW YORK (AP) – Television viewers flocked to the showdown between LSU and Alabama over the weekend.
The Nielsen company says the Southeastern Conference game was seen by 16.6 million people, making it the top-rated regular season college football game in eight years. More than 20 million people were watching on CBS toward the end of the game.
The contest between Penn State and Minnesota earlier in the day was a winner for ABC.
“The View” scored its best ratings in six months during the visit of Donald Trump Jr. to promote his new book.
NBC won the week in prime time behind the dominant force of “Sunday Night Football.” ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, and ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9 million viewers.
NIELSENS – TOP TEN LIST
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 4-10.
1. NFL Football: Minnesota at Dallas, NBC, 22.99 million.
2. “NFL Sunday Night Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.72 million.
3. “NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 15.71 million.
4. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 14.72 million.
5. NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Oakland, Fox, 13.85 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 10.89 million.
7. “Little Mermaid Live,” ABC, 9 million.
8. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 8.89 million.
9. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 8.84 million.
10. “FBI,” CBS, 8.55 million.