EDDIE MURPHY – THEN AND NOW
NEW YORK (AP) – When Eddie Murphy made “Coming to America” more than three decades ago, he was riding high – and the success of the movie made him an even hotter commodity as a comedian and actor. But Murphy says his life during the 1980s were “all a blur” – and that success came so easily, he took everything for granted. Now, with the release of the sequel, “Coming 2 America,” Murphy says he’s changed. He says now, he takes “nothing for granted” and appreciates everything. The remake comes out this weekend on Amazon Prime.
GOLDEN GLOBES RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a socially-distanced awards show. And TV viewers distanced themselves from the Golden Globes, too. Nielsen reports the audience for the show was just 6.9 million, down a whopping 64% from last year’s ceremony, which drew 18.4 million viewers. The only audience that was smaller was in 2008 – when a writer’s strike forced NBC to show a news conference announcing the winners.
DOLLY PARTON GETS HER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE ON INSTAGRAM
UNDATED (AP) – If anyone deserved to be one of the first in line to get the coronavirus vaccine, it would be Dolly Parton. She’s a national treasure. She is 75, above the age for those at high risk for complications from the disease. And she donated $1 million to help fund research into a vaccine. But she didn’t get hers until yesterday. Parton said she was holding off because she didn’t want to be seen as skipping ahead of others because she’s a celebrity. Before showing herself on Instagram getting the injection, Parton urged people to be vaccinated to help the nation get back to normal – whatever normal might be once the pandemic subsides.
SIX DR. SEUSS BOOKS NO LONGER PUBLISHED
BOSTON (AP) – For generations of children, they’ve lined the shelves of many a school or home library. But now, some of the books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss have been shelved – by the company that helps preserve the author’s legacy. Dr. Seuss Enterprises says it will no longer publish six of his books, because of the racist and insensitive imagery they contain. Among those being taken out of circulation are “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo.” Another Dr. Seuss book with images considered racially offensive – “The Cat in the Hat” – will continue to be published.
JOE EXOTIC GETS NEW LEGAL TEAM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Joe Exotic of “Tiger King” fame is trying to get a new trial. He has a new team of attorneys who say they hope to get another crack at the case in a matter of months. Joe Exotic was sentenced in January of last year to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws. He was also sent away for his part in a failed murder plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin. She wasn’t harmed.
BRITISH PUBLISHER PLANS TO APPEAL PRIVACY RULING
LONDON (AP) – A British newspaper publisher plans to file an appeal against a judge’s ruling that it invaded the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex. Lawyers for Associated Newspapers say they will try to get the judgment flipped. At issue are articles published in February of 2019 in the Mail on Sunday and on the Mail Online website. They reproduced parts of a letter Meghan Markle wrote to her father. The publisher was found to have invaded Markle’s privacy – and infringed on her copyrights – by reprinting portions of the letter.