MOTOWN FOUNDER BERRY GORDY TO GET KENNEDY CENTER HONOR
WASHINGTON (AP) – Berry Gordy is among those named to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. The Motown founder is being added to the list of arts figures getting national recognition for his career. Others involved in music picked for this year’s awards are Bette Midler and folk music legend Joni Mitchell. The Kennedy Center Honors are set for Dec 5. Organizers say they will stage a traditional program – unlike the one for last year’s recipients, which were scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic.
BRANDY CARLILE CHANNELS DAVID BOWIE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brandi Carlile used some of her time being under pandemic quarantine to channel her inner David Bowie. She rocks a Bowie-like style in the first music video from her new album, “In These Silent Days.” It’s due out Oct. 1 – and features help from Carlile’s two close musical buds, Elton John and Joni Mitchell.
EX-SEX PISTOLS SINGER OPPOSES USING GROUP’S MUSIC IN TV DRAMA
LONDON (AP) – The former Sex Pistols singer known as Johnny Rotten isn’t happy with an upcoming TV drama about the punk rock band. And he says he is “heart and soul” against letting the band’s music being used in the project. Rotten, who now goes by the name John Lyndon, is at odds with other members of the band over the use of the Sex Pistols’ music. He calls the series “nonsense.” But guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are suing for the right for the music to be used in the Disney series “Pistol.”
HARVEY WEINSTEIN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW SEX ASSAULT CHARGES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Different state, different prosecutors, different court – but same plea for Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced movie mogul has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and several other sexual assault counts. The plea was entered during an arraignment in Los Angeles yesterday. The session was held less than 24 hours after Weinstein was shipped cross-country – from a New York state lockup to one in L.A. Weinstein was convicted last year on sex assault charges in New York. If convicted on the new charges, it’s likely the 69-year-old movie producer would spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN FACING NEW ALLEGATIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The new indictment against Harvey Weinstein charges he took part in actions similar to the ones that have him serving prison time in New York. West coast prosecutors say the charges involve five women who say they were assaulted in incidents from 2004 to 2013. Though his company is based in New York, prosecutors say he often set up meetings in Los Angeles area hotels – and some of the alleged assaults happened during Oscars week. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the new allegations – and has insisted that all his dealings with women were consensual.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS TO FEATURE “SNL” CREATOR LORNE MICHAELS
WASHINGTON (AP) – The man behind the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” is ready to take a turn in the national spotlight, in primetime, no less. “Saturday Night Live” creator-producer Lorne Michaels is one of the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. Joining him as honorees are Motown founder Berry Gordy, actor-singer Bette Midler and folk music legend Joni Mitchell. The event is set for Dec 5. Last year’s Honors were delayed for months – then held under COVID rules.
MARIA TAYLOR TO DEPART ESPN
UNDATED (AP) – Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN. The two sides parted ways after being unable to agree on a contract extension. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 – and her contract expired Tuesday. No doubt complicating matters was the controversy last year when colleague Rachel Nichols griped that ESPN replaced her as host of the NBA pregame show because Taylor is Black – and the network wanted to boost its image on diversity. When the comments were reported earlier this month, Nichols not only didn’t get her old job back, she also lost the gig as sideline reporter for this year’s NBA Finals, replaced by another Black woman.