TREVOR NOAH’S VOICE RETURNS TO “THE DAILY SHOW”
NEW YORK (AP) – He’s back – and this time, he’s speaking. Trevor Noah has returned – with his voice – to “The Daily Show.” The Comedy Central comedian was on the show last week – but unable to speak because of a throat disorder. Now, Noah says he’s back – though his voice appears not as strong as it was before his trip to South Africa for events marking what would have been former president Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. While Noah was silenced, his monologue and other comedy bits were performed by his Daily Show team of correspondents. Noah also got an assist from the computerized voice assistant in his phone. He thanked them all for their help last night.
TIME’S UP AUCTION
UNDATED (AP) – Hard to believe that it was around this time last year that the Time’s Up campaign was getting rolling in earnest. And to mark the occasion, there is a major auction going on to help raise funds for the movement’s legal fund. Among the items up for bids is a chance to attend a prost-production session with director Ava DuVernay on her Netflix miniseries “Central Park 5.” Other experiences include a coffee date with Geena Davis and meet-and-greets with Reese Witherspoon at the premiere of the second season of “Big Little Lies.” Or you can bid for a chance to hang with Kerry Washington at her Broadway show, “American Son.” So far, the Time’s Up legal fund has raised more than $22 million – and has helped hook up nearly 4,000 women and men with legal resources to combat sexual misconduct.
CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – So far, “The Favourite” is making good on its title – as it steams sits way toward the Hollywood awards season as a front-runner to win Oscar’s favor. The movie has 14 nominations for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Boasting of 12 nominations is another possible Oscar favorite, “Black Panther.” The Critics’ Choice Awards are given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalist Association. For TV, there are three shows – The Americans,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “Escape at Dannemora” – with five nods each. The Critics’ Choice Awards are Jan. 13 on the CW Network.
“MODERN FAMILY” ACTRESS HAS SECOND KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Once again, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland has a new lease on life, thanks to a donated kidney. And, like the first one she got, she has a family member to thank. The actress got the second kidney from her brother, after receiving the first one from her dad. Hyland talks about her lifelong health struggles in Self magazine. She says she hopes that speaking out “spreads awareness of organ donation” and “brings a sense of support” to those who are chronically ill. Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, which causes cysts to grow on underdeveloped kidneys.
PRODUCTION AIDE FOR “POWER” KILLED ON JOB
NEW YORK (AP) – A production assistant on the Starz network drama series “Power” has been killed. Police in New York say 63-year-old Pedro Jimenez was struck by a vehicle as he was setting out traffic cones on a street where shooting was to take place. He was pronounced dead at a hospital early yesterday morning. A Starz spokeswoman says the network is “deeply saddened” by the death and that its thoughts are with the family. Production on the series has been suspended; it’s unclear when it will resume. “Power” stars Omari Hardwick as a drug kingpin and nightclub owner.
MELVIN DUMMAR, FIGURE IN HOWARD HUGHES SCAM, DIES
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Melvin Dummar, a delivery driver who falsely claimed that billionaire Howard Hughes left a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million, has died in rural Nevada. The Nye County sheriff’s department says Dummar died Sunday under hospice care. He was 74. His plight was depicted in the film “Melvin and Howard” in 1980. Mary Steenburgen won a best supporting actor Oscar in the movie.
STORMY DANIELS – STRIPPER LAW
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The porn star whose purported affair with Donald Trump continues to create fallout for the president is taking up a legal issue in her hometown. Stormy Daniels joined dozens of other women to speak against a law that raises the age requirement for exotic dancers from 18 to 21. Daniels was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday for the protest. The Advocate newspaper reports the women see the new age limit as sexist. In 2016, the state raised the minimum age for strippers to 21 in clubs where alcohol is served. Louisiana bars full nudity for strippers, no matter how old they are.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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