“STOP MAKING SENSE,” “SELENA” MAKE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense” is one of 25 films chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry, designed to preserve movies of cultural, historic or artistic significance. “Selena,” a biopic on the singer starring Jennifer Lopez, makes the cut. Another entry with a music leaning is one most people have never even heard of: “Evergreen,” a 12-minute student film about a jazz musician made by Ray Manzarek (man-ZAYR’-ek) of The Doors when he attended UCLA. Other films on the list this year include “Return of the Jedi,” “Sounder,” “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Pink Flamingos.”
GEORGE JONES MUSEUM CLOSES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The George Jones museum in downtown Nashville has fallen victim to the times. The management of the museum, which also includes a restaurant and performance hall, has announced on Instagram it will close for good, citing the pandemic, last year’s Second Avenue bombing, staffing shortages and supply chain issues. The museum’s management says Jones’ memorabilia is being handled with care, and more information will be available later about where the collection will go. The museum opened two years ago.
REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS FORMER GUITARIST FOR THE O’JAYS
TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) – Modern investigation techniques have identified the skeletal remains of a man found 40 years ago as a guitarist who played with The O’Jays in their early days. Authorities used DNA and genealogical research to identify the remains of Frankie Little Jr., who was found in a garbage bag in a wooded area in Twinsburg, Ohio, in 1982. Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler says Little’s death has been ruled a homicide, but his killer is unknown. Little played with The O’Jays in the mid-1960s, before they hit it big in the ’70s with songs like “Love Train” and “Back Stabbers.”
DAVE DAVIES PLANS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
LONDON (AP) – Kinks guitarist Dave Davies is ready to tell his life story – again. Davies will release an autobiography called “Living on a Thin Line” on July 7. He promises to revisit “the glory days of the band” and discuss the up-and-down relationship with his brother, singer Ray Davies. Dave Davies published an autobiography called “Kink” in 1996.
RYAN TEDDER WRITES SONGS FOR NEW NICK SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic will be the musical force behind a new Nickelodeon show about kids auditioning for a performing arts boarding school. Tedder will write original music for the show “California Dreaming.” It premieres tomorrow night on Nick.
SHAKIRA WILL JUDGE “DANCING WITH MYSELF” TV SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shakira will lead a new TV competition show inspired by people doing dance challenges on social media. The family-friendly show “Dancing With Myself” will feature dancers from all walks of life isolated in pods. They will have a short time to learn a dance from Shakira and other celebrities, then figure out how to make it their own. While the celebrities will offer feedback, it’s the studio audience who will determine the winner of a cash prize. “Dancing With Myself” premieres on NBC on a date yet to be named.
OJ SIMPSON A ‘COMPLETELY FREE MAN’; PAROLE ENDS IN NEVADA
LAS VEGAS (AP) – O.J. Simpson is a free man. A Nevada State Police spokeswoman said Tuesday the 74-year-old former football star and actor, acquitted California murder defendant and convicted Las Vegas armed robber, was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective Dec. 1. Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, says his client declined an immediate interview. LaVergne also declined to talk about Simpson’s future, including whether he intends to remain in Nevada. Simpson was acquitted in Los Angeles in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend, and convicted in Las Vegas in October 2008 of armed robbery. He served nine years in prison for leading several men in a confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers.
BLACK JUROR: SMOLLETT’S REACTION TO NOOSE MAKES NO SENSE
CHICAGO (AP) – The lone Black juror on the panel that convicted Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police about what authorities say was a staged hate crime says he cannot get past how the actor put a noose around his neck when officers were coming to interview him. Andre Hope told WLS-TV in an interview published Monday that he could never put such a potent symbol of racism around his own neck. Hope also says the evidence that Smollett staged the attack with the help of two brothers was overwhelming but he still wants to know why the actor did what he did.
‘FACTS OF LIFE,’ ‘DIFFERENT STROKES’ REMAKES ARE ABC’S BEST
NEW YORK (AP) – The star-filled readings of old episodes of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ proved to be ABC’s most popular show program last week. With 4.8 million viewers, it didn’t crack the Nielsen company’s top 20, but the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted special received some solid reviews. Kevin Hart, John Lithgow, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Stewart and Snoop Dogg all made comedic appearances. Otherwise, football dominated the weekly ratings, as is typical for this time of year. The top non-football show was CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ newsmagazine, with reports on Afghanistan and the soon-to-come launch of a new space telescope.
NIELSEN: TOP TEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime time telecasts for the week of Dec. 6-12, according to Nielsen:
1. NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay, NBC, 18.56 million.
2. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Minnesota, Fox, 14.04 million.
3. NFL Football: New England at Buffalo, ESPN, 13.28 million.
4. “NFL Pregame,” NBC, 12.48 million.
5. “NFL Postgame,” Fox, 10.93 million.
6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.32 million.
7. “NFL Pregame,” Fox, 8.78 million.
8. “Yellowstone,” Paramount, 7.54 million.
9. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 7.35 million.
10. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.25 million.
MISS AMERICA TURNS 100. WILL SHE LAST ANOTHER 100 YEARS?
UNCASVILLE, Ct. (AP) – As Miss America turns 100, a major question remains unanswered: Is she still relevant? The competition is marking its 100th anniversary on Thursday, having managed to maintain a complicated spot in American culture. While viewership has dropped since its 1960s heyday and the event is moving from broadcast television to streaming, Miss America enthusiasts contend the ritual is here to stay. The competition has undergone an at times painful evolution, criticized for its lack of diversity. An expert describes Miss America as in “a bind because as it tries to progress, it not only loses its original identity, but becomes less entertaining to the people who like to watch it.”
MARTIN SCORSESE INSTITUTE TO BE ESTABLISHED BY NYU
NEW YORK (AP) – Martin Scorsese’s alma mater, New York University, is establishing a film institute in his name after a gift from George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson. The formation of the Martin Scorsese Institute of Global Cinematic Arts was to be announced Tuesday by NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. The institute will include a virtual production center, the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies and support for student scholarships. A large gift from the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation made the new institute possible. Scorsese has a long history with NYU’s film program.
‘ZOLA,’ A24 LEAD INDIE SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
UNDATED(AP) – Janicza Bravo’s wild road trip saga “Zola” scored a leading seven Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, best director and best female lead for Taylour Paige. “The Novice,” a sports drama and psychological thriller, followed with five nods, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” got four. Nominations for the 37th edition of the awards were announced Tuesday morning by Naomi Watts, Regina Hall and Beanie Feldstein. The Spirit Awards will take place on Sunday, March 6, a few weeks before the Oscars on March 27. The show will air on IFC.