DAVID LEE ROTH PLANS RETIREMENT
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Fans have snapped up tickets to what David Lee Roth is calling his final concerts ever. Roth told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday his Las Vegas shows on New Year’s Eve and into January will be his last concerts before retiring. Roth turns 67 on Sunday. Roth says it’s been “an amazing, great run, no regrets, nothing to say about anybody.” His final advice: “Stay frosty.”
POST OFFICE RENAMED FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan says there’s one thing that can unite Congress: honoring Aretha Franklin. Peters was one of the dignitaries in Detroit yesterday as the Fox Creek post office was renamed in Franklin’s memory. Franklin’s granddaughter, Grace, sang at the ceremony.
“SINCERELY, KENTRELL” TAKES NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s another number-one album for YoungBoy Never Broke Again. “Sincerely, Kentrell” moved 137,000 units in its first week of release, putting it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s his fourth number-one album. “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake drops to second, and “Montero” by Lil Nas X drops to third. Kanye West’s “Donda” is fourth. “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo is number five.
MARIE OSMOND: WHO’S THAT?
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) – One of the best compliments you can pay Marie Osmond is to hear her upcoming album and say, “Who’s that?” Osmond will tackle songs like “Nessun Dorma” and classical pieces on her “Unexpected” album. She says she was “the weird child” in her family because she loved opera. Osmond says she’s done probably 600 duets, but she chose a new partner for her version of “Flower Duet”: herself. She will sing both parts. “Unexpected” comes out in December.
JOHN LEGEND WILL PRODUCE BROADWAY MUSICAL ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) – The musical based on the rise of The Temptations is getting back to Broadway with the help of John Legend. Legend and his business partners have joined the producing team for the musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations.” It will return to Broadway on Oct. 16. Legend had performed with the cast at the Tony Awards last month. He says in a statement it’s a musical he loves and a story he wants to help share.
BILLIE EILISH WILL HEADLINE GLASTONBURY
LONDON (AP) – Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) will be the youngest solo headliner ever for Britain’s revered Glastonbury Festival next year. She’s 19 now and will be 20 years and 6 months old when she takes the stage on June 24. Eilish previously played Glastonbury in 2019. The rest of the lineup has not yet been announced.
DANIEL CRAIG ON BIDDING BOND GOODBYE IN ‘NO TIME TO DIE’
NEW YORK (AP) – Fifteen years and five films later, Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 is coming to a close. “No Time to Die,” which opens in the U.S. on Friday after a 16-month delay due to the pandemic, is the last hurrah in Craig’s celebrated Bond era – a stewardship that ironed out some of Bond’s more retrograde characteristics and replaced them with emotional depth. And it’s resulted in more than $3 billion at the box office. Once derisively labeled “Blond Bond,” Craig turned out to be a smash success. But if he had known what he was in for, Craig says in interview, he wouldn’t have ever taken the role.
RUSSIA FILM CREW SET TO BLAST OFF TO MAKE 1ST MOVIE IN SPACE
MOSCOW (AP) – In a historic first, Russia is set to launch an actor and a film director to space to make a feature film in orbit. The project has been hailed by Russia’s space chief as a chance to raise the prestige of the nation’s space program. Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko are set to blast off today for the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft together with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, a veteran of three space missions. After 12 days on the space outpost, Peresild and Klimenko will return to Earth with another Russian cosmonaut. Speaking at a news conference at the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Peresild acknowledged that the training for the mission was grueling but she described it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
TRUMP FACES DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONING IN DEFAMATION SUIT
NEW YORK (AP) – A court has set a Dec. 23 deadline for former President Donald Trump to undergo questioning in a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation lawsuit over what he said in denying her sexual assault allegations. Lawyers for Summer Zervos and Trump discussed the case during a Manhattan court teleconference Monday. Zervos appeared on “The Apprentice” in 2006. She went public a decade later with claims that he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping in 2007. He denied it and retweeted a message that called her claims “a hoax.” The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, unless they come forward publicly as Zervos has.
JURY AWARDS $6.3M TO SHANNEN DOHERTY IN STATE FARM FIRE SUIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal jury in Los Angeles has awarded $6.3 million to actor Shannen Doherty in a lawsuit alleging that State Farm failed to pay for damage to her house in a 2018 California wildfire. The jury found State Farm’s failure to pay benefits for Doherty’s Malibu home were “unreasonable and without proper cause.” State Farm says it’s disappointed by the decision and respectfully disagrees. The company says it may appeal. Doherty, the 50-year-old former star of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” revealed last year that breast cancer she had been diagnosed with in 2015 had recurred and progressed to stage 4.
HOLLYWOOD’S BEHIND-THE-SCENES CREWS VOTE TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE
UNDATED (AP) – Film and television production in North America is in jeopardy of coming to a standstill after its behind-the-scenes workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike for the first time in its 128-year history. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Monday that of nearly 99% of registered members who participated, or 52,706 people, voted in support of a strike over the weekend. At issue is a contract standstill over requests for more reasonable conditions for the craftspeople, technicians and laborers working for streaming companies like Netflix, Apple and Amazon. The requests include better pay, reasonable rest periods, safer hours and guaranteed meal breaks.
PBS KIDS INTRODUCES A 6-YEAR-OLD HEROINE WITH ‘ALMA’S WAY’
NEW YORK (AP) – A 6-year-old is the lively, thoughtful heroine of “Alma’s Way,” a new animated PBS Kids series set in the New York City’s melting pot Bronx borough and featuring a Puerto Rican and biracial extended family. The Fred Rogers Productions series has some starry creators. It was sparked and produced by Sonia Manzano, who played Maria while winning 15 Emmys as a writer on “Sesame Street.” “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda helped supply the theme song. Designed for children ages 4-6, each 11-minute episode tries to help kids find their own answers to problems.
MICHAEL RENZI, FORMER ‘SESAME STREET’ MUSICAL DIRECTOR, DIES
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Michael Renzi has died after a career in which he served as musical director of “Sesame Street” and worked with the likes of Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Lena Horne and some of the other biggest names in jazz and pop. A funeral home says Renzi died Wednesday at age 80 at Newport Hospital in Rhode Island after a short illness. He was a composer, pianist or arranger on more than 100 recordings. Renzi directed the music on “Sesame Street” from 2000 until 2010. He was also a resident composer for the soap opera “All My Children.” He won seven Emmy Awards.