WASHINGTON (AP) – Hometown favorite Dave Chappelle credited his formative years in Washington DC with helping hone his comedic spirit and artistic bravery. Chappelle grew up outside Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended Washington’s Duke Ellington High School for the performing arts. Chappelle was in town to accept his Mark Twain prize for lifetime achievement in American comedy. Rapper and actor Common paid tribute to Chappelle’s bravery and sociological influence as he arrived at the event saying Chappelle is a “beacon for a lot of different progressive thought”.
OBAYASHI’S 40-YEAR CAREER DEFINED BY WARNING OF WAR’S HORROR
TOKYO (AP) – Nobuhiko Obayashi has terminal lung cancer, but his confrontation with death began so long ago it has characterized his decades of filmmaking.
The filmmaker being honored at the Tokyo Film Festival opening Monday has stayed true to his message about the horrors of war through more than 40 movies and thousands of TV shows, commercials and other video.
He told The Associated Press he believes in the power of movies, saying, “Movies are not weak. Movies express freedom.”
The works reflect that he grew up during World War II years remembered for Japan’s aggression and atrocities against its neighbors but also a period during which Japanese people suffered hunger, abuse and mass death.
‘SEINFELD’ STAR ALEXANDER, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY IN NJ FAME HALL
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) – “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander, rocker Southside Johnny Lyon and the authors of “Jaws” and “Game Of Thrones” are among those inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Fellow New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi, already in the hall, inducted Southside Johnny during Sunday night’s ceremony in Asbury Park.
Other inductees include Martha Stewart and New York Giants football players Harry Carson and Bart Oates.
Alexander, who grew up in Livingston, played George Costanza on “Seinfeld.”
Lyon, of Neptune, helped pioneer the Jersey shore sound with The Asbury Jukes.
The Smithereens, a band with members from Carteret and Scotch Plains, is being honored as well.
TIME’S UP ASKS NBC TO RELEASE NDAS, HOLD INDEPENDENT PROBE
NEW YORK (AP) – Time’s Up has called on NBC Universal to release all former employees from non-disclosure agreements that might be preventing them from speaking out about sexual misconduct.
The Hollywood-based organization is also calling for NBC to hold an independent investigation into its workplace culture.
Tina Tchen, incoming president and CEO of Time’s Up, says NBC Universal didn’t go far enough with its statement, first reported by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Friday night, that employees should contact the company in order to be released from any “perceived obligation” to remain quiet. She says NBC should simply state that everyone is free to speak without fear of retaliation.
Maddow sharply criticized her employers on her show Friday, expressing concern that the network had thwarted journalist Ronan Farrow’s reporting on allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
FOR AN ENCORE, ‘JOKER’ IS NO. 1 AGAIN AT THE BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) – “Joker” narrowly bested “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” to regain the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in its fourth week of release.
The R-rated comic-book hit earned an estimated $18.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That came in just above the $18.6 million haul for the “Maleficent” sequel.
With such a close race to the top, the order could switch when final figures are released Monday.
Todd Phillips’ “Joker” recently became the most successful R-rated moved ever, not accounting for inflation, in worldwide release. It’s made $849 million globally.
No new releases competed with the holdovers. The best-performing newcomer was the horror thriller “Countdown.” It grossed $9 million.