TYLER PERRY RIFFS ON OSCAR
NEW YORK (AP) – Lots of people are irked by the latest lack of diversity among Oscar nominees. But Tyler Perry isn’t one of them. He says there’s no sense griping about the movie academy – because it’s a system that isn’t going to change. Perry insists “there is no need” to complain about the number of blacks, women and other minorities represented each year. Perry says, “It is what it is. This is how it is in Hollywood, and it’s how it will always be.” Perry spoke to The Associated Press the day the Oscar nominations were announced.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN JURY SELECTION CONTINUES
NEW YORK (AP) – Everybody, it seems, has an opinion about something. But the challenge for the judge in the Harvey Weinstein rape trial in New York – is to figure out which potential jurors can put their opinions aside and judge the case based on the facts presented at trial. The jury-picking process goes into a seventh day today. Yesterday, nearly three dozen people were dismissed after saying they were too settled in their opinions to judge Weinstein with an open mind.
KEN JENNINGS WINS “JEOPARDY!” CHALLENGE OF CHAMPS
NEW YORK (AP) – Ken Jennings took a page out of James Holzhauer’s book – and ended up with $1 million in his bank account because of it. Jennings channeled his inner gambler to win three matches in the “Jeopardy!” “Greatest of All Time” competition. Like Holzhauer did in his run as champ, Jennings bet big, parlaying two all-or-nothing “Daily Doubles” into a winning total. Holzhauer won one match during the tournament, while Brad Rutter was shut out.
BILLIE EILISH GETS BOND MUSIC ASSIGNMENT
NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Eilish has been “bond-ed” – and has set a record in the process. She has been named to sing the theme song for the new James Bond movie. In doing so, she becomes the youngest artist to write and record a tune for the Bond series. Eilish is 18 – and says having the assignment “is a huge honor.” The new Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” is due out April 10.
AWKWAFINA GETS SERIES RENEWED
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – So, Awkwafina didn’t get an Oscar nomination the other day. But she has something that will serve her budding career just fine: a renewal of her new TV series. Comedy Central has signed her to a second season of “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens.” The series is based on her real-life experiences growing up in New York. Awkwafina joined Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro and Beyonce among the big names who didn’t get Oscar nominations on Monday.
“HOMELAND” STAR SUPPORTS INTELLIGENCE SECTOR
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The star of “Homeland” says he has the back of the U.S. intelligence sector. Mandy Patinkin says those involved in keeping the country safe deserve support and respect. And, the actor noted, that isn’t what it gets from President Trump. Speaking with TV writers Monday, Patinkin says it’s “a stunner” that Trump has criticized intelligence insiders. Without saying Trump’s name, Patinkin said one “can’t have it both ways” by accepting intelligence findings on some issues, while dismissing those that say Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The eighth season of “Homeland” begins next month.
HEIDI KLUM AND TIM GUNN RETURNING TO FASHION TV
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Well, that didn’t take long. After leaving “Project Runway,” Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are headed back into the fashion world on TV. They will team up again to find the next big designer in a new show, “Making the Cut.” It will be on Amazon starting in March. The winner gets a $1 million prize and a shot at designing a global brand. What’s more, winning outfits priced at $100 or less will be sold on Amazon after each show.
AUDIBLE REACHES DEAL WITH BOOK PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s been a truce declared in a war pitting the book industry against the audiobook company Audible. Both sides have a deal to end a copyright infringement suit. Book publishers claimed by converting books to audiobooks, Audible infringed on their copyrights. Those differences have now been resolved. But we won’t know how they were settled until later this month, when paperwork is to be submitted to a New York court.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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