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“THE GRUDGE” IS BACK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Director Nicolas Pesce (PESH) knew there was no point in making another “Grudge” film if he was just going to do what’s already been done. Pesce points out there are 13 “Grudge” movies and anyone who wants what they have to offer can watch those. He says it was important to him to find that balance of what fans love and something unique. It’s the first “Grudge” movie to get an R rating. Pesce says that gave him more latitude to tackle adult subject matter. “The Grudge” opens in theaters today.

 

GOLDEN GLOBES ARE SUNDAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ricky Gervais will host the 77th annual Golden Globes Awards that will air on NBC on Sunday. It will be the fifth time Gervais emcees the ceremony after hosting the show from 2010 to 2012 and 2016. Gervais’ hosting stints have been marked by relentless skewering of his fellow actors, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tom Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. Ellen DeGeneres will be honored with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television.

 

TREBEK SAYS HE NEEDS 30 SECOND FOR EXIT ON FINAL ‘JEOPARDY’
NEW YORK (AP) – ‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek has already rehearsed his final goodbye when his run ends. The game show host announced he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer last March and said he’ll continue his job as long as he’s physically able. For Trebek’s final taping, he says he’ll ask the director for 30 seconds to make his exit. He says he is staying out of the decision about who will succeed him but will ask the audience to give his successor the love and attention they have given to him. Trebek and his wife spoke in an interview broadcast Thursday on ABC.

 

SON OF TV PRODUCER DIES IN SKI ACCIDENT IN UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The son of television producer Jenji Kohan, who created the series “Orange Is the New Black,” died in a New Year’s Eve ski accident in Utah. Authorities say that 20-year-old Charlie Noxon was pronounced dead after hitting a sign Tuesday on an intermediate-level trail at Park City Mountain resort.áAuthorities say he had experience skiing and was wearing a helmet. The cause of death is under investigation. He was a native of Los Angeles and a junior at Columbia University, studying philosophy, economics and Chinese.

 

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