LES MOONVES LEAVES CBS IN WAKE OF (hash)METOO ACCUSATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) – The (hash)MeToo movement has become the downfall of another major figure in the entertainment industry. This time, TV executive Les Moonves is being shown the door. CBS says its chairman is out, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted a story with a second round of accusations against him. A total of 12 women have said Moonves mistreated them. The allegations include claims of forced oral sex, groping – and retaliation against women who resisted. Moonves has denied the charges, though he acknowledges having what he calls consensual relations with three of the women.
OLIVIA MUNN SAYS “PREDATOR” CREW SHUNNED HER
TORONTO (AP) – Olivia Munn says she’s paying a price for tipping off her movie studio about Steven Wilder Striegel’s past. The actress told Twentieth Century Fox that Striegel is a registered sex offender, leading to a scene of his being cut from the movie “Predator,” in which Munn also stars. Speaking with reporters in Toronto, Munn says she feels isolated from other cast members and director Shane Black, a friend of Striegel’s. She says some castmates have backed out of doing interviews with her – and she tells Vanity Fair she hasn’t heard from the director.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Nun” has helped Warner Brothers continue a lucrative habit. The horror movie tops the box office list – and that means for the fifth straight weekend, a Warner Bros. film is the nation’s top movie. The other Warner movies that topped the list are “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Meg.” It’s also the fourth time Warner has had the top two spots on the box office list. Number two this past weekend is “Crazy Rich Asians,” followed by “Peppermint.”
JOHN LEGEND GETS EGOT STATUS
NEW YORK (AP) – John Legend has joined legends – by reaching EGOT status. He reached the plateau by winning an Emmy last night for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” That means he’s notched wins of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Also reaching EGOT status with Emmy wins are composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. That brings to 15 the number of members of the EGOT club.
EMMY AWARDS MAKE HISTORY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s seen as a major step forward toward cementing diversity in the TV industry. Over the weekend, there were four Emmys handed out for guest performers – and all were won by black actors. In comedy, Tiffany Haddish won for hosting “Saturday Night Live” while Katt Williams won for a guest spot on “Atlanta,” In the drama category, Ron Cephas Jones won for “This Is Us” and Samira Wiley won for guest acting on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Also, Shauna Duggins becomes the first woman to win an Emmy for being stunt coordinator for a comedy or variety series. She wins for “GLOW,” a show about women’s wrestling in the 1980s
CREATIVE EMMY AWARDS – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Creative Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on Saturday. Among the other awards presented:
-Character voice-over performance: Alex Borstein, “Family Guy.”
– Animated program: “Rick and Morty.”
– Short-form animated program: “Robot Chicken.”
– Short-form comedy or drama series: “James Corden’s Next James Corden.”
– Actor in a short-form comedy or drama series: James Corden.
– Actress in a short-form comedy or drama series: Christina Pickles, “Break A Hip.”
– Television movie: “USS Callister (Black Mirror).”
– Commercial: “The Talk,” P&G.
– Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): Ramin Djawadi, “Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf.”
– Music composition for a limited series, movie or special (original dramatic score): Cyrille Aufort, “March Of The Penguins 2: The Next Step.”
STAND UP TO CANCER TELETHON RAKES IN $123 MILLION IN PLEDGES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bradley Cooper says the Stand Up To Cancer telethon is giving patients new hope that they can be long-term survivors of the disease. The latest telethon was Friday – and yesterday, the organization reported it got more than $123 million in pledges from the U.S. and Canada. Among those appearing was Stevie Wonder, who paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer last month. Others appearing in the sixth annual telethon were Matt Damon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jon Hamm and Winona Ryder.
ORLANDO BROWN – VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Authorities in Las Vegas say former Disney star Orlando Brown remains behind bars, pending trial in a misdemeanor domestic battery case. He pleaded no contest to a pair of reduced charges stemming from the March incident. An attorney for Brown says his client plans to plead not guilty. Meanwhile a court official says Brown was sentenced last week to 37 more days in jail after pleading no contest in two other cases. One involves an arrest last weekend in a restaurant break-in. Brown played Eddie Thomas in the Disney series “That’s So Raven.”
DONALD TRUMP – STORMY DANIELS
WASHINGTON (AP) – There are some legal moves being made in a case in which a porn star claims she had an affair with Donald Trump. The president, though his lawyer, says he doesn’t believe Stormy Daniels’ hush-money deal is valid. And because of that, he won’t be suing Daniels for breaking the deal. Meanwhile, an attorney for the company set up to handle the payoff is offering to rescind Daniels’ nondisclosure agreement – and is dropping a threatened lawsuit against Daniels. The two developments could end efforts by Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti to force Trump to testify under oath in the case. But Avenatti says he won’t settle without deposing Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
VETERAN SITCOM ACTOR BILL DAILY DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He was the comic sidekick on two old-school TV sitcoms: “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Bill Daily has died. A family rep says he died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. Daily was no household name, but was a household face, becoming familiar to millions of baby-boomer viewers in the 1960s and ’70s. His biggest roles were on “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Bill Daily was 91.
NFL – PROTESTS
DENVER (AP) – The NFL season has kicked off – and so have player protests over police brutality and racial equality. But the number of participants in demonstrations during the national anthem has fallen off. Just two players took a knee yesterday as the anthem played. Two others raised their fists – and two others stayed in the locker room during the pregame flag ritual. A fan at one game was seen wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey – an apparent tribute to the man who began the protests two seasons ago.
MISS AMERICA CROWNED
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Miss New York has the distinction of winning the first Miss America contest that didn’t feature a bathing suit competition. Nia Imani Franklin was crowned the nation’s beauty queen last night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her win helps reestablish a streak of wins from women from the Empire State, with New York residents winning the title from 2013 to 2015. Along with the crown, Franklin wins a $50,000 scholarship.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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