JUSSIE SMOLLETT ASSAULT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
CHICAGO (AP) – The search continues for the two people actor Jussie Smollett says attacked him in Chicago. The search also continues for any surveillance footage that may give a look at what happened. Yesterday, detectives released images of two “persons of interest” – and say anyone who recognizes them in the blurry shots should contact police. Police say none of the video they’ve checked so far show the attack on the “Empire” actor. Smollett says two masked men beat him, as they uttered racist and anti-gay comments. No arrests have been made. Authorities are investigating the matter as a possible hate crime.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT – VIDEOTAPE
CHICAGO (AP) – It’s a fact of life in modern America – most of the time you move around a big U.S. city, you’re likely to end up on a surveillance tape somewhere. Authorities in Chicago are hoping that reality will lead police to the two masked men actor Jussie Smollett says beat him up. So far, authorities have scoured through hundreds of hours of surveillance video from businesses and hotels in a heavily-monitored area near the Chicago River. But there is still more to be collected and viewed. Other possible clues could be from video from public buses and buildings outside the area of the attack. Police say Smollett has described the men who attacked him – but they haven’t found any matches yet. Police also say they’ve yet to find the container Smollett says contained a chemical poured on him during the attack.
NFL AND MUSIC PERFORMERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s one of the biggest gigs of the year: the Super Bowl halftime show. Over the years, it’s has been done by Prince, Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. But this year’s show is more of a political football than usual – because of those who feel the NFL should be more “woke” on racial equality. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and others will do the show Sunday. But they’re ducking the usual pre-game news conference to promote it. The NFL says the artists want to let their music do the talking. But there’s also talk that the media blackout will keep performers from being grilled about social issues.
MILO VENTIMIGLIA GETS HASTY PUDDING MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – A star of the tear-jerker TV series “This is Us” gets to do something lighter next month when he attends a roast by the Hasty Pudding theater group. Milo Ventimiglia was named Man of the Year by the Harvard University organization. The group cites him for his role as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama – and for playing Jess on TV’s “Gilmore Girls” more than a decade ago. Ventimiglia will get the pudding pot at a roast set for Feb. 8. Bryce Dallas Howard was named Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year on Tuesday.
NOAH WYLE – NEW SERIES
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Noah Wyle says the first time he saw a script for his new series “The Red Line,” he had a very emotional reaction. Even now, he says he can’t think about the show without getting upset. In the limited series, Wyle stars as a man who loses his African-American husband in a mistaken police shooting – an event that sparks both family anguish and social uproar. There are eight episodes in the series, which debuts in April.
CSX SETTLES WITH FAMILY OF FILM WORKER STRUCK BY TRAIN
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – It’s been nearly five years since a film worker was killed when a train plowed through a Georgia movie set. And now, it seems the matter is fully resolved. Rail owner CSX has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sarah Jones, who was killed while working on the movie about singer Gregg Allman. The settlement came after CSX dropped its appeal of a $3.9 million jury verdict against it. Jones was a camera assistant in February, 2014 when a train plowed through the crew on a trestle, killing her and injuring six colleagues. CSX says it denied permission for the crew to use the bridge. But a jury ruled the company partly to blame, despite the trespassing. The crash ended work on “Midnight Rider.”
NETFLIX – “BIRD BOX”
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – It isn’t binding on Netflix. But Canada’s Parliament has passed a motion saying the streaming company should compensate people in a Quebec town for using a clip of a deadly train disaster in its survival film, “Bird Box.” The clip in the post-apocalyptic film shows a 2013 train wreck that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic. Canadian lawmakers want Netflix to remove the images. The company has apologized – but says it won’t cut the clip, which it says it licensed from a stock image vendor.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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