ENTERTAINMENT READY FOR INAUGURATION
WASHINGTON (AP) – This inauguration will be very much different than the one that saw Donald Trump take office four years ago. And it isn’t just because there will be more A-list celebrities turning out for the event. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the event will unfold. There will be no large crowd – pared down because of both the pandemic and security concerns. Instead of performing for people bunched together on the National Mall, most of the big stars will be taking part in a 90-minute evening broadcast, hosted by Tom Hanks and and featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Justin Timberlake. The show – to be broadcast or streamed on most networks and online portals – will replace the series of inaugural balls typically held when a new president takes office. Meanwhile during the inauguration ceremony itself, Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will do a musical performance.
DONALD TRUMP MAY LOSE HIS SAG CARD
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump went from hosting a reality show to running the nation. But there’s a good chance he won’t get to return to hosting a TV show after leaving the White House. The Screen Actors Guild says it’s considering stripping Trump of his SAG card – because of his role in the U.S. Capitol insurrection. SAG-AFTRA says its governing board “overwhelmingly” has voted to say there’s probable cause that Trump violated its guidelines for membership – and if a disciplinary committee finds him guilty of that allegation, he could be booted from the union – and have his SAG card yanked. Trump has been a SAG member since 1989. His credits include “The Apprentice,” “Saturday Night Live” and many cameos in films and TV series including “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Sex in and City.”
SECRET SERVICE LAUNCHED PROBE INTO COMEDIAN’S COMMENTS ON “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”
UNDATED (AP) – If a comedian’s joke falls flat, it may produce a groan or two from the audience. But in the case of John Mulaney a crack he made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” launched a Secret Service investigation. According to records obtained by The Associated Press, the protective service looked into what it considered “inappropriate jokes” about Trump. It happened on the Feb. 20, 2020 edition of the show, during which Mulaney made a joke about Roman dictator Julius Caesar, who was stabbed in the back by a group of senators. Mulaney mused, “that would be an interesting thing if we brought that back now.” The Secret Service report found that the comedian posed no threat to Trump.
TEEN BEFRIENDED BY PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN GETS BOOK DEAL
NEW YORK (AP) – The teenager who got some advice from Joe Biden as a fellow stutterer now has a book deal. Brayden Harrington is coming out with a picture story book titled, “Brayden Speaks Up.” It will be released in August by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Brayden met Biden in February at a town hall event in New Hampshire – and has since praised Biden for giving him confidence to overcome his speech impediment. Harrington will be part of tonight’s primetime inaugural special. He also spoke at the Democratic National Convention last August.
NETFLIX SURPASSES 200 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) – Netflix’s video streaming service has surpassed 200 million subscribers for the first time as its expanding line-up of TV series and movies continues to captivate people stuck at home during the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The subscriber milestone highlights Netflix’s fourth-quarter results released Tuesday. The service added another 8.5 million subscribers during the October-December period, capping Netflix’s biggest year since its inception as a DVD-by-mail service in 1997. Netflix ended the year with nearly 204 million worldwide subscribers.