FOR MANY, THE WEEKND UNDERWHELMS AT SUPER BOWL
NEW YORK (AP) – So how was YOUR Weeknd? While last night’s Super Bowl left little doubt about who dominated the game, there are mixed reviews of The Weekend’s performance on the halftime show. His 14-minute set was panned by one critic as “limited and inadequate” for an event as big as the Super Bowl. Others loved it, while still others felt it just so-so. Other musical performances included Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church – who paired their musical styles on the “Star Spangled Banner.” Also getting high marks was H.E.R. (her), who performed “America the Beautiful” as she accompanied herself on guitar.
SUPER BOWL ADS FEATURE BEVY OF CELEBRITIES
UNDATED (AP) – Usually the stars of the Super Bowl are the players on the field. But during the breaks in the action, attention turned to the celebrities trotted out to help move products in in-game ads. While none of the ads featured people in masks, the commercials did unmask a bunch of stars, many of them featured in lighthearted efforts to promote the sponsors who hired them. In one, Will Ferrell joined Kenan Thompson and Awkwafina to promote GM’s effort to churn out electric vehicles. Cadillac updated the 1990 movie “Edward Scissorhands” – and Bruce Springsteen was in a two-minute ad for Jeep that urged people to find common ground. Other celebs featured in ads last night were Paul Rudd and Drake for State Farm, Tracy Morgan for Rocket Mortgage and Amy Schumer playing a “Fairy Godmayo” in an ad for Hellmann’s.
AMANDA GORMAN DOES POEM BEFORE SUPER BOWL KICKOFF
NEW YORK (AP) – For the second time in less than a month, Amanda Gorman managed to make herself appear as comfortable on a huge stage as most Super Bowl viewers were in front of their own flat screens. The 22-year-old poet read an original poem as part of the pregame events leading to last night’s kickoff in Tampa, Florida. It was titled “Chorus of the Captains” – and paid tribute to three people cited by the NFL for their contributions to the public during the pandemic: educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine veteran James Martin. Her poem, which was taped, included the lines:
“Let us walk with these warriors,
Charge on with these champions,
And carry forth the call of our captains.
We celebrate them by acting,
With courage and compassion,
By doing what is right and just.”
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER SAID VON TRAPP ROLE FOLLOWED HIM “LIKE AN ALBATROSS”
UNDATED (AP) – It’s one of the great Hollywood ironies: Christopher Plummer not liking the very film that made him a legend. The actor, who died this past Friday at age 91, is best known for playing Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” The movie is now considered a classic – but Plummer shared the view of many critics back then who said the movie was overly sentimental schlock. As the movie gained in popularity, Plummer said in a 1982 interview that the role hung over him “like an albatross.” Plummer is the oldest actor to win an Oscar, doing so at 82 for the 2010 film “Beginners.”
LOU DOBBS CANNED BY FOX BUSINESS NETWORK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fox Business Network says it will soon announce a permanent replacement for Lou Dobbs, now that he’s been fired from the show that carried his name. In a statement late Friday, Fox said the move was a part of routine programming changes it had talked about as early as last fall. But Dobbs’ departure also comes in the wake of lawsuits filed by two voting machine technology companies against news outlets that had been broadcasting unfounded claims of voter fraud in last year’s presidential election. Just last week, one of those companies, Smartmatic, filed a nearly $3 billion lawsuit against Fox and three of its hosts, including Dobbs.