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SALLY FIELD, EARTH WIND AND FIRE AMONG KENNEDY CENTER RECIPIENTS

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – We now know who will be getting this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. And now, the question is: will President Donald Trump attend the event this time? The past two years of his presidency, the answer has been no. And for now, the head of the Kennedy Center says it’s too early to tell whether Trump or first lady Melania Trump would attend. Deborah Rutter says of the first couple, “they are always invited” – and it would be good for the artists to be “acknowledged by the president.” But that isn’t the always the case – as some recipients threatened to boycott the event if Trump were to attend. As for this year’s recipients, they are actress Sally Field, Earth Wind and Fire, Linda Ronstadt, the children’s TV show “Sesame Street” and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala will be held Dec. 7 – and broadcast on CBS on Dec 15.

 

KEVIN SPACEY – WHAT’S NEXT
BOSTON (AP) – When it comes to the criminal case against him in Massachusetts, Kevin Spacey is off the hook. But there are still other “hooks” out there he could get caught on. The former “House of Cards” star remains under investigation in both London and Los Angeles over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. And he also faces a federal lawsuit alleging that he assaulted a massage therapist. The Massachusetts case crumbled this week when prosecutors abandoned the trial. The decision to pull the plug came after Spacey’s accuser refused to testify about missing text messages on his phone – messages that Spacey’s lawyers claimed would exonerate him.

 

JERRY SEINFELD – NO REBOOT
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Thinking about the prospects of a “Seinfeld” reboot? Think again, says Jerry Seinfeld. The comedian says he has no intention of firing up the show again. His direct response to the subject was, “No, and do what? Make it worse?” The sitcom marks its 30-year anniversary this month. And Seinfeld says it would be “egomaniacal” – and that he would be “arrogant” to try a do-over. Besides, he notes, his new show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is doing well.

 

TOM CRUISE – “TOP GUN” TRAILER
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Tom Cruise delivered not just one, but two surprises for the audience at Comic-Con in San Diego. The first was Cruise himself – he showed up at the event yesterday, causing the audience in the 8,000-seat auditorium to go nuts. He also brought with him the first trailer for his upcoming movie, “Top Gun: Maverick” – which is currently in production. Co-starring with Cruise in the sequel are Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

 

NEW TERMINATOR MOVIE TO GET R-RATING
SAN DIEGO (AP) – If you’re a parent planning to see the new “Terminator movie – you’ll likely have to spring for a baby-sitter. The director of “Terminator: Dark Fate” says the movie will have an R-rating. Tim Miller told San Diego Comic-Con that Arnold Schwarzenegger even won a bet because he used a particular profanity more than five times. The new film ignores the storyline of the last Terminator movie, which bombed with audiences and critics in 2015.

 

AMY LANDECKER GETS MARRIED
NEW YORK (AP) – Amy Landecker is married. The actress has announced on Instagram that she and fellow “The Handmaid’s Tale” co-star Bradley Whitford have tied the knot. Reps for both actors have confirmed the news. The nuptials were witnessed by their children and dogs, Izzy and Otis. The wedding was held at the courthouse in Santa Barbara, California – with political activist Ady Barkan performing the service.

 

NETFLIX LOSES SUBSCRIBERS AFTER PRICE INCREASE
NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix is still by far the world’s most popular streaming service. But it’s not as popular as it was before. The company says it lost 126,000 subscribers in the U.S. While that’s barely 1% of its total subscriber base in this country, it is raising questions. The defection comes after Netflix bumped up its monthly subscription price – from $11 to $13 a month. One analyst says the price hikes are causing some subscribers to think whether they want to pay the increased monthly rate.

 

ANIME STUDIO FIRE KILLS 33
TOKYO (AP) – The arson attack on Kyoto Animation has triggered an outpouring of grief from fans of anime, both in Japan and around the world. Authorities say a man screaming “You die!” burst into the studio, poured flammable liquid around – and set it on fire. The attack yesterday killed 33 people, injured 36 others – and sent Japan into grief. The suspect is in custody; he was among those injured by the flames. Kyoto Animation does movies and TV productions – but is best known for its mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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