KEVIN HART TO HOST OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kevin Hart says it’s always been a dream of his to host the Oscars. And now that dream is about to come true. The actor-comedian has been named the master of ceremonies for the 2019 Academy Awards. Hart broke the news, mentioning it in an Instagram post – and the academy followed up with a tweet that welcomed him “to the family.” Hart’s ascension to the job is part of a trend by the Oscars to call on comedians in an effort to boost the ratings for the show; Jimmy Kimmel hosted the past two years and Chris Rock hosted the year before that. The 91st Oscars are Feb. 24 on ABC.
KEVIN HART – OSCARS A TOUGH GIG
LOS ANGELES (AP) – So, did Kevin Hart get the nod as host of the next Oscars because nobody else wanted the job? We’ll probably never know – but the comedian’s pick to handle the chores comes as some Hollywood insiders are debating the role of Oscars’ host. Just hours before Hart went on Instagram to brag that he landed the host’s job, the Hollywood Reporter posted an article calling the gig “the least wanted job in Hollywood.” It’s clear Hart doesn’t agree. He posted on Instagram that the job has been on his bucket list for years. He says it is “unbelievable” that he will be able to join the list of Academy Awards hosts.
BLACK PANTHER – OSCARS
NEW YORK (AP) – We won’t really know for another month or so just how big a presence “Black Panther” will be at the Oscars. But whether or not the movie gets a best-picture nod, it has already had a presence at Hollywood’s last black-slapping party. When the movie came out last year, it was a major box office hit – so much so that it took in $19.9 million dollars on the very night the Academy Awards were handed out. The success of the movie even led to a joke cracked by host Jimmy Kimmel. As he opened the show in February, he said Oscars night was meant “to shine a light on a group of outstanding and inspiring films, each and every one of which got crushed by ‘Black Panther.”‘ Much of the audience either laughed out loud or groaned within.
“BLACK PANTHER” NAMED AMONG AFI’S TOP MOVIES OF THE YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s unclear whether it will get love from the Oscars – but “Black Panther” is getting some from the American Film Institute. The movie is among the group’s top 10 ten movies of the year. Others on the list include “A Star Is Born,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “A Quiet Place.” Also making the list are “The Favourite,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Eighth Grade,” “BlacKKKlansman,” ”First Reformed,” and “Green Book.” AFI also recognizes 10 TV shows, including “Atlanta” and “The Americans.” Honorees will be recognized at a Los Angeles event Jan. 4.
PETE DAVIDSON DENIES WANTING TO KILL HIMSELF
NEW YORK (AP) – Pete Davidson says he and people like him “don’t want to be on this earth.” But he says don’t take that as meaning that he’s looking to do himself in. The comedian is breaking his silence on his brief engagement to singer Ariana Grande. And his comments have caused some concern. He says he has been bulled online and in public for nine months. But he says he has made recent comments about being suicidal “in the hopes that it will bring awareness” to the plight of those who feel picked on. Grande has responded that she cares “deeply” about Davidson and his health – and called on people “to please be gentler with others.” After the breakup, Grande addressed the failed engagement in a somewhat non-gentle way, referencing it in the hit song, “Thank U, Next.”
KANYE WEST – CELLPHONE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s not often that you get a straight-up apology from Kanye West. But the rapper says he’s was sorry for his “lack of etiquette” while watching “The Cher Show” on Broadway the other night. During the musical, West paid more attention on his smartphone than do the stage. He got called out on it by actor Jarrod Spector, who said it was nice to have West and his wife Kim Kardashian in the theater – but told West: “If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here.” West took to Twitter to acknowledge his faux-pas.
NETFLIX – FRIENDS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix says it will still “be there” for fans of the old TV series “Friends.” But it will cost the streaming service. The company says it has paid $100 million to keep showing Friends in the U.S. The deal will keep the sitcom on Netflix through 2019. The fee is more than three times the $30 million a year Netflix had been paying for the long-running TV series.
PHILIP BOSCO – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Philip Bosco, the Tony Award-winning actor known for his roles in films “Working Girl” and “The Savages,” has died. He was 88. His daughter says he died Monday at his home in New Jersey. She says her dad had complications with dementia, which is commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Bosco was a Broadway veteran who won a Tony Award in 1989 for best actor for his role in the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor.” He was nominated for a Tony four other times – and starred in the production “Twelve Angry Men.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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