WEINSTEIN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES IN LA ON EVE OF NY TRIAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles prosecutors have charged Harvey Weinstein with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013. The new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul comes on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. It puts Weinstein in deep legal peril on both coasts, where he built his career as the one of the most powerful – and feared – figures in show business before a barrage of allegations led to his downfall and ignited the (hash)MeToo movement. His lawyers have yet to comment. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
ALEX TREBEK TO REP. JOHN LEWIS: LET’S SURVIVE CANCER IN 2020
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alex Trebek has a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both fight pancreatic cancer. Trebek said as the new year begins, they should focus on completing 2020 as cancer survivors. The Georgia Democrat announced his diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer in late December. “Jeopardy!” host Trebek made his illness public last March and has shared his progress and setbacks. Trebek continues hosting the quiz show, and took on a special prime-time contest as well. “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” with top contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, begins airing Tuesday on ABC.
‘JOKER,’ ‘PARASITE,’ ‘1917,’ ‘LITTLE WOMEN’ LAND WGA NOMS
NEW YORK (AP) – Sam Mendes’ World War I tale “1917” has followed up its big night at the Golden Globes with a nomination for best screenplay from the Writers Guild. Alongside “1917,” the writers guild nominated for best original screenplay the scripts to “Booksmart,” “Knives Out,” “Marriage Story” and “Parasite.” For adapted screenplay, the guild selected “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker” and “Little Women.” A handful of possible contenders weren’t eligible. The Writers Guild only rewards films produced under a WGA contract, making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” ineligible.
BRYAN CRANSTON, “IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY” ACTORS WILL HELP CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Bryan Cranston will ride in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Cranston, best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” will be among celebrities riding with the Krewe of Orpheus on Feb. 24. Also leading the 30 floats and 1,200 krewe members will be the co-stars of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Charlie Day and Elizabeth Ellis, and country musician and “Dancing with the Stars” finalist Lauren Alaina. Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke will ride in the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Feb. 23.
NFL WILD-CARD GAMES DRAW BIGGEST AUDIENCE SINCE 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The NFL wild-card playoff games were the most watched opening weekend in four years. The four games averaged 30.5 million viewers, which was a 7% increase over last season. Seattle’s 17-9 victory over Philadelphia on NBC was the final game of the weekend and drew the most viewers. It averaged 35.8 million, according to Nielsen and Abode Analytics. That makes it television’s most watched show since last year’s Super Bowl. Tennessee’s 20-13 victory over New England on CBS averaged 31.42 million viewers. Minnesota’s 26-20 win in overtime at New Orleans on Fox averaged 30.79 million while Houston’s 22-19 OT win over Buffalo on ABC and ESPN averaged 25.41 million.