GEORGE CLOONEY “FINE” AFTER MOTORBIKE CRASH
OLBIA, Sardinia (AP) – From the looks of it, it could have turned out to be much worse. But reps for George Clooney say the actor “will be fine” after he slammed his motorbike into an oncoming car yesterday in Sardinia – an island off the coast of Italy. Surveillance footage of the wreck shows Clooney was thrown several yards in the air before landing on the pavement. He was treated at a hospital and released. Clooney is said to be in the area to shoot a TV series.
STORMY DANIELS AND DONALD TRUMP
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s about as big of a news meld as you can get: as President Trump unveiled his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, porn star Stormy Daniels was about a mile away, doing a strip show. The woman who says she had an affair with Trump danced at the Cloakroom, as dollar bills – some fake and some real – rained down upon her. The 15-minute show called “All Things Revealed” is part of Daniels’ effort to troll the Trump presidency. She is suing Trump and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. And she is seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.
HASAN MINHAJ HITTING THE ROAD
NEW YORK (AP) – Hasan Minhaj has his act ready – and is fixing to take it out on the road. The “Daily Show” correspondent will be launching a North American comedy tour next month. And as a first-generation Indian-American, he says he wants to provide “insightful commentary on both the political and cultural landscape of the country we live in right now.” This fall, Minhaj hosts his own weekly comedy show on Netflix.
TRUMP DENIES DELIVERING ELTON JOHN CD TO N. KOREAN LEADER
WASHINGTON (AP) – “Rocket Man Gate?” President Donald Trump says his Secretary of State didn’t deliver an autographed Elton John CD to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Trump said he still has the CD – and that it will be given to Kim another time. Mike Pompeo carried the signed copy of Elton John’s “Honky Chateau” to a meeting with Korean officials. But he held on to it because he didn’t meet personally with Kim. The Elton John album includes the hit “Rocket Man.” Trump has chided Kim by calling him “Little Rocket Man” after Kim boasted about his nation’s nuclear prowess.
INDIANA JONES DELAY
NEW YORK (AP) – If you can’t get a movie written – you can’t get it finished. And that little bit of Hollywood reality is keeping the latest Indiana Jones from getting to a theater near you anytime soon. Disney says the planned fifth installment in the movie franchise has been delayed – again. It was originally to be released next summer, then it was pushed back a year. Now, Disney says it won’t be ready until 2021. It’s said script delays are the reason for the delay. Last month, a new co-screenwriter was brought aboard.
FOX NEWS MOVES REPORTER INSIDE BECAUSE OF D.C. PROTESTS
NEW YORK (AP) – Like other media outlets, Fox News set up shop outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday night – to cover President Donald Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the latest high court vacancy. But Fox decided to move its crew indoors. Reporter Shannon Bream says she and her crew felt threatened by demonstrators who were also gathered outside the court building. Bream says she’s been around protesters before – but the ones Monday “had a different feel” to them. She says while other reporters had trouble handling the crowds – she felt Fox was specifically targeted.
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s no telling how he will do if he ends up sitting on the Supreme Court. But if you go by TV ratings, Brett Kavanaugh is no match for Neil Gorsuch. Nielsen reports 25.6 people watched President Donald Trump announce his pick to fill his second high court vacancy. That compares to 32.4 million who saw Trump’s big reveal for Neil Gorsuch last winter. The time of the year may be a factor; TV viewing tends to be higher in winter than in summer.
WORLD CUP – TV RATINGS
MOSCOW (AP) – The U.S. doesn’t have a dog in the fight when it comes to the World Cup. So, it should be no surprise that the TV ratings here for the international soccer tournament are a bit of a dog, too. So far ratings continue below levels from 2014. The four games in Russia last weekend averaged just under 5 million on Fox and FS1, according to Nielsen. That’s down 12 percent from 5.5 million for the 2014 quarterfinals in Brazil.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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