GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS COMING OUT TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – And here we go! The Hollywood awards season begins in earnest today when the nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards are announced. Among the movies expected to get nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” The nominations will be announced starting at 8:15 a.m. EST – and will be live-streamed on the Globes’ official Facebook page and website. Presenters will include Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater. Winners will be announced at an event set for Jan. 6.
GOLDEN GLOBES HOSTS ANNOUNCED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been named hosts of the Golden Globes Awards. Oh won a 2006 Golden Globe for “Grey’s Anatomy” and earlier this year, she became the first actress of Asian descent to get an Emmy nomination. Samberg is a former “Saturday Night Live” star who has won two Golden Globes for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The three-hour ceremony airs live on NBC on Jan. 6.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH FUNERAL
WASHINGTON (AP) – If there was a video dictionary entry for “awkward” – chances are it would have to include some of the clips from yesterday’s encounter at George H.W. Bush’s funeral, as President Donald Trump arrived to join former White House occupants Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. Both Obamas reached out to shake hands with Trump and his wife Melania. But the Clintons and Carters stared ahead. George W. Bush shook hands with everyone – and even was caught on camera slipping a piece of wrapped candy into the hand of his buddy Michelle Obama. Making this all so fraught with tension was that Trump has harshly criticized past presidents and has insulted ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH FUNERAL – LIGHTER MOMENTS
WASHINGTON (AP) – To be sure, there were tears at yesterday’s funeral service for former president George H.W. Bush. But there were a few moments of laughter, many of them created by his eldest son, former president George W. Bush. He said many people thought his dad was perfect, but he had flaws. He told the packed cathedral his dad had a terrible short golf game, was “no Fred Astaire on the dance floor” and couldn’t stand veggies, especially broccoli. Today there will be a final farewell for the nation’s 41st president in Texas – before he’s laid to rest next to his wife, who preceded him in death by eight months.
TREVOR NOAH SILENT FOR SECOND NIGHT
NEW YORK (AP) – For the second night in a row, Trevor Noah appeared on the “Daily Show” – but didn’t speak. He is fighting a throat problem that requires him to keep silent, or risk needing surgery. Last night, he turned to three women to do most of the speaking for him: Dulce Sloan, Desi Lydic – and Siri, the automated voice of iPhones and iPads. Siri got the final word, introducing the closing “moment of Zen” video clip. No one on the show or Comedy Central has said how long Noah will have to be silent, or if the show will keep having “pinch-speakers” step in for him.
LES MOONVES SEVERANCE PUT INTO DOUBT BY NEW SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) – It will be another week before we find out whether ousted CBS chief Les Moonves will get to land in the golden parachute he had negotiated. But there’s a chance that might not happen, now that CBS has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct. The New York Times reports CBS lawyers have drafted a report that says there’s more evidence Moonves engaged in sexual misconduct – as well as lied and destroyed evidence. His attorney says his client cooperated “extensively and fully” with investigators – and denies any non-consensual relations. The attorney also denied one of the report’s main findings: that Moonves had someone on payroll to provide him sexual favors.
LENA DUNHAM – APOLOGY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lena Dunham is apologizing to a fellow actress over a (hash)MeToo accusation. Last year, Aurora Perrineau, accused producer and “Girls” writer Murray Miller of sexual misconduct that occurred when she was just 17. Dunham came to Miller’s defense but is now sorry she did. Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Dunham says her defense of Miller was based on “blind faith” and that was “inexcusable.” She says she believes Perrineau – and praised her for her “bravery, openness, forgiveness, dignity and grace.” The L.A. District Attorney’s office declined to file charges in the case back in August.
FOX ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson and the “Fox NFL Sunday” on-air team will be among those who you can hang out with New Year’s Eve – if you don’t have other plans. The Fox show will feature live music performances from Times Square in New York featuring Sting, Robin Thicke, Jason Aldean and Florence and the Machine. Hosting the event will be Steve Harvey and Maria Menounos.
DISNEY SONG PULLED FROM PRINCETON U. ALL-MALE A CAPPELLA GROUP’S ACT
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – Does a song from Disney movie “The Little Mermaid” promote “toxic masculinity?” Now that the question’s been raised, an all-male a cappella group at Princeton University has yanked the song “Kiss the Girl” from its repertoire. The Princeton Tigertones have done the song for years and during shows at the Ivy League school, a female audience member is brought onstage to decide whether a man from the crowd could kiss her. A columnist calls the song’s message misogynistic and complained women were being called on stage for unwanted encounters. The group has apologized to anyone made uncomfortable by the tradition – and says it won’t do the song again until it can find a way to do so without causing offense.
EGYPTIAN DRESS TRIAL CONTINUES
CAIRO (AP) – An Egyptian actress spent at least four hours of questioning on the stand yesterday – as a result of her wearing a revealing dress at a movie gala last week. Rania Youssef faces charges of public obscenity over the dress. She was allowed to go free after her grilling yesterday – but still faces trial next month. If convicted, she could get up to five years in prison in Egypt.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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