“CINDERELLA” FETED AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Usually the only gala balls you hear about in Washington D.C. are done during presidential inaugurations. But last night, there was one at the Library of Congress – and the guest of honor was Cinderella. The Disney princess made her way down the ornate library stairs to greet an audience of children and adults at an event to mark the movie’s addition to the National Film Registry. After a screening of the original movie – now 70 years old – Cinderella posed for photos with guests, library officials and others at the mini “ball” thrown in her honor.
“TOY STORY” RETURNS
NEW YORK (AP) – “Toy Story 3” created a sense of closure for fans of the Disney trilogy. But the toy box is being pried opened up again – with today’s release of “Toy Story 4.” The sequel has gotten good ratings from test audiences – and is expected to top the box office list when the numbers are released on Sunday. And by the time its theatrical run is over, the movie is expected to gross close to $1 billion, just as “Toy Story 3” – the one we all thought would close out the series – did.
KERI WALKER – “STAR WARS”
NEW YORK (AP) – Keri Russell says she cried when she read the script J.J. Abrams sent her for the upcoming movie, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Russell says she was overwhelmed because it seemed to wrap up so well the Skywalker saga that started with the release of the original “Star Wars” in 1977. Russell says Abrams is well suited for the job – because he cares about the franchise and the characters it has spawned. Russell plays a new character named Zorri Bliss. She won’t say much about her – except that she loves the costume she gets to wear.
ALEX TREBEK – HEALTH UPDATE
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Alex Trebek says the news continues to be good about his battle against stage-4 pancreatic cancer. The longtime “Jeopardy!” host talked about the progress when he was in Las Vegas last night to attend the annual NHL Awards presentation. He says his doctors continue to be pleased with his recovery. He has said his progress is due in no small part to the hard work of his medical team – and to the good wishes and prayers he has received since going public with his diagnosis earlier this year.
ALEX TREBEK ON SHOWDOWN AMONG CHAMPS
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Alex Trebek isn’t just a quizmaster, he’s also quite the diplomat. The “Jeopardy!” host declined to pick sides when asked who would win a match between James Holzhauer and the game show’s all-time money winner, Ken Jennings. He even graciously added in another big-time champion, Brad Rutter. Trebek notes that unlike Jennings and Holzhauer, Rutter has never lost a Jeopardy match to another human being. He was bested in a competition with an IBM computer. Trebek was quizzed during an appearance at the annual NHL Awards ceremony, held in Las Vegas.
PRESIDENT TRUMP WIDENING OUT WITH INTERVIEWS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s often said that President Donald Trump plays to his base – and few outside of it. But as Trump sets out to seek a second term in the White House, he is reaching out to media organizations that reach audiences beyond his core supporters. Trump will be on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. And he has done an interview on Telemundo. The sit-down with Telemundo that aired yesterday wasn’t as fawning as those Trump has done on Fox News. Anchor Jose Diaz-Balart repeatedly challenged Trump’s dubious claims about immigration issues.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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