MICHAEL B. JORDAN NAMED PEOPLE’S “SEXIEST MAN ALIVE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael B. Jordan has been named 2020’s Sexiest Man Alive. The actor was revealed as this year’s People magazine honoree during his appearance last night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Jordan came out wearing a yellow biohazard suit. He revealed his identity after removing his helmet. Jordan, who is known for his work in movies like “Black Panther,” “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station,” says the honor is a “cool feeling.”
NEW YORK (AP) – The election drama is gone – most of it, anyway. And that means TV viewers can focus on the kind of drama created by scripted shows again. That was clear by a peek at the ratings for last week. After several weeks during which news dominated, the list is again populated by scripted shows, which had pretty much disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic. Among the most-watched shows are the three Chicago-based NBC shows by Dick Wolf – “Med,” “Fire” and “PD” – all of which were in the top 20. The top comedy show last week was “Young Sheldon,” which is on CBS.
QUENTIN TARANTINO WRITING A BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Quentin Tarantino isn’t just writing a book. He’s writing two of them. The Oscar-winning director has signed a deal with Harper. One of the projects will be a novelization of “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood.” It’s due out next summer. The second will be a nonfiction work. It’s titled “Cinema Speculation” – and the publisher says it’s a “deep dive into the movies of the 1970s.”
MARDI GRAS CANCELED
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Got plans for Mardi Gras in New Orleans next year? Not anymore. The event has been canceled. And if you’re guessing it’s because of the coronavirus, you’re right. At least for 2021, there will be no raucous crowds watching elaborate floats with people tossing beads and other trinkets at them. Instead, Mayor LaToya Cantrell wants city residents to engage in safer forms of celebration. The Carnival season and Mardi Gras are New Orleans’ biggest tourist draw, with a recent study reporting this year’s event brought the city $145 million. Federal health officials suspect this year’s event also was a reason New Orleans was hit early and hard by the spread of the new coronavirus – in part because of the crowds – and because it was held well before people were urged to wear masks and practice social distancing.