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ZZ TOP WARNS OF UNAUTHORIZED DUSTY HILL MERCH
UNDATED (AP) – ZZ Top is cracking down on people looking to cash in on the death of bassist Dusty Hill with unauthorized merchandise. The band released a statement saying items that say such things as “RIP Dusty” or “Thank you, Dusty” are not approved by the band or Hill’s family. ZZ Top say they are saddened by Hill’s death and they will protect Hill and themselves to the fullest extent of the law. Hill died in July at the age of 72.

 

PEARL JAM’S JEFF AMENT CREATES SOLO ALBUM, 180 PORTRAITS
UNDATED (AP) – Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has put out a solo album — and a whole lot of visual art. Ament says he worked on the album “I Should Be Outside” as a way to get through the pandemic. He also created more than 180 portraits. Ament says he fought having the art released, because he feels he’s only halfway to where he feels it’s good enough. However, he says it felt wrong to not connect the art to the music because that was his daily experience for the past year.

 

AMY WINEHOUSE AUCTION SET FOR NOVEMBER
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The boots Amy Winehouse wore for the cover of her “Frank” album and the bra she wore in the video for “You Know I’m No Good” are for sale. Julien’s Auctions will sell all kinds of items from Winehouse’s estate online and in Beverly Hills, California, on Nov. 6 and 7. Some of the other things you could buy are eight “Reservoir Dogs” action figures in their original boxes, a heart-shaped pink plastic bucket, lots of partially used makeup and perfume, several bikinis, 11 fitness CDs, seven books on how to drive, 13 pieces of broken jewelry and a single mitten.

 

TELETUBBIES ARE FANS OF LIL NAS X
UNDATED (AP) – Lil Nas X is picking up new fans with the release of his album “Montero” — including the Teletubbies. The Teletubbies tweeted photos of each of them in Lil Nas X’s place on the cover art with the question, “Can we get a feature on the next album?” It appears Lil Nas X is down for that. He tweets back, “Me and Tinky Winky on the hook, Dipsy and Po on the verses and we’ll let Laa Laa do the outro.”

 

WILLIAM SHATNER ALBUM OUT FRIDAY
UNDATED (AP) – Brad Paisley, Joe Jonas and Joe Walsh are featured musicians on the latest spoken word album from William Shatner. Shatner, who is 90, explores such topics as aging, fame and life on the album “Bill.” The album comes out Friday.

 

“THE CROWN” WINS THE EMMY FOR BEST DRAMA
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A big jewel has gone to “The Crown” – and in the process, Netflix gets a crowning achievement, too. The series about the British royal family won the Emmy for best drama series last night, giving Netflix its first-ever win in the coveted category. “The Crown” dominated the night in Los Angeles, winning seven awards, including a sweep for the drama acting categories. It beat out “Bridgerton,” “The Boys,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Lovecraft Country,” “The Mandalorian,” “Pose” and “This Is Us.”

 

“TED LASSO” DOMINATES COMEDY AWARDS AT EMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jason Sudeikis says he’s “only as good” as his castmates make him look. The star of “Ted Lasso” won the lead comedy actor Emmy for playing the unlikely but upbeat American coach of a U.K. soccer team. Sudeikis says the show’s “about families and mentors and teammates,” adding he wouldn’t be here without them. “Ted Lasso” also got wins for Hannah Waddingham as supporting actress and Brett Goldstein for supporting actor.

 

JEAN SMART DELIVERS EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO LATE HUSBAND AFTER EMMY WIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Last night produced a moment of joy and pain for Jean Smart. She held back tears as she accepted the Emmy for best actress in a comedy series for “Hacks.” She dedicated the award to her husband, Richard Gilliland, who died six months ago, while her show as in production. In her remarks, Smart thanked him for “putting his career on the back burner” so she could pursue acting opportunities that came her way.

 

LATE STARS ACKNOWLEDGED AS PART OF EMMYS BROADCAST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Awards shows routinely have a segment to honor those who’ve died since the last ceremony – and there was one at the Emmys last night, too. But two stars who died this month got recognition even before the “In Memoriam” segment. Before announcing the category in which Michael K. Williams was nominated, Kerry Washington saluted him. Williams was up for “Lovecraft County” – and died two weeks ago today. Washington called him “a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being.” Also honored during the show: Norm Macdonald, who died last week. John Oliver said “no one was funnier in the last 20 years” than Macdonald. As he accepted an award for “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver urged people do what he’s done since hearing of Macdonald’s death: take time to watch clips of his performances.
EMMYS – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A list of main winners at the Emmy Awards, held last night in Los Angeles.
Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso.”
Drama series: “The Crown”
Limited Series: “The Queen’s Gambit”
Actress, Drama Series: Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Actor, Drama Series: Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Actress, Comedy Series: Jean Smart, “Hacks”
Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Actress, Limited Series or TV movie: Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown.”
Actor, Limited Series or TV movie: Ewan McGregor, “Halston”
Reality-competition program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Writing, Variety Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live”
Writing, Comedy Series: “Hacks”
Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): “Hamilton”
Outstanding Variety Special (Live): “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”
Previously announced winners:
Guest Actor, Drama Series: Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft County”
Guest Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Television Movie: “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On the Square”
Guest Actor, Comedy Series: Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”
Guest Actress, Comedy Series: Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”
Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye”
Unstructured Reality Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”

 

CHRIS ROCK DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Rock is one of the latest celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19. The comedian and actor tweeted about his diagnosis yesterday – and has a simple message for anyone who hasn’t gotten their shot: “Get vaccinated.” Rock, who is 56, told his Twitter followers “trust me, you don’t want this.” In a TV appearance in May, he told “The Tonight Show” he was vaccinated. He jokingly boasted he “skipped the line” by telling people, “I did Pootie Tang.” Let me on the front of the line.”

 

BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s three-for-three for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” It is again the nation’s top movie, adding another $21.7 million in ticket sales over the weekend. Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie has so far earned an estimated $320.6 million worldwide. Number two over the weekend is Disney’s “Free Guy.” It earned $5.2 million in its sixth week of release.

 

PROSECUTION IN R. KELLY CASE EXPECTED TO REST TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors were to close out their case against R. Kelly this past Friday. But now, that’s expected today. On Friday, prosecutors presented an expert on abusive relationships. Psychologist Dawn Hughes told jurors of studies that say abusers often isolate, demean, subjugate and spy on their victims to control them. During their five-weeks-plus of testimony, prosecutors put on a parade of witnesses who said Kelly sexually abused them and did some or all of those other things to them. After Hughes is cross-examined today, the prosecution is expected to rest. Kelly’s defense team claims the women were groupies who soured on the popular singer as the (hash)MeToo movement gathered steam.