TOOL DRUMMER DANNY CAREY ARRESTED
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A spokeswoman for the band Tool has no comment on the arrest of drummer Danny Carey during a confrontation at Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport on Sunday. Carey was charged with municipal assault after police say he used an anti-gay slur and repeatedly jabbed somebody in the chest with two fingers, according to court documents. Carey faces up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 12. Carey was in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday to perform a halftime show during a Missouri Tigers-Kansas Jayhawks basketball game.
MEMPHIS STREET RENAMED FOR YOUNG DOLPH
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A street in the Memphis neighborhood where Young Dolph grew up and later was gunned down now bears his name. A stretch of Dunn Avenue near the Memphis International Airport now has a sign with Young Dolph’s real name, Adolph Thornton Junior. His 7-year-old son, Adolph III, unveiled the new sign in a ceremony yesterday. Among those who attended were Young Dolph’s 4-year-old daughter, and his life partner, Mia Jaye. Young Dolph was shot and killed Nov. 17 while picking up cookies at a bakery. Police are looking for two men caught on surveillance video getting out of a car and firing at Young Dolph. No arrests have been made. Young Dolph’s life will be celebrated today with a public celebration at FedExForum, where the Memphis Grizzlies play.
MEEK MILL GIVES BACK IN PHILLY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Meek Mill shot hoops with some of the people most profoundly affected by the criminal justice system: kids. Mill played basketball yesterday with Philadelphia-area children who are impacted by their parents’ legal problems. The kids also got a visit with 76ers coach Doc Rivers. Mill says he was once one of those kids, so he knows what it’s like. Mill has become an advocate for criminal justice reform since he was sent to jail for minor probation violations that eventually got overturned. Mill also plans to donate $500,000 worth of gifts to Philadelphia families this weekend. He says he’s doing it because he wants to make the kind of positive impact he needed as a child.
RIAA: WALLEN, RODRIGO ALBUMS CERTIFIED DOUBLE PLATINUM
WASHINGTON (AP) – Four albums were given platinum awards in 2021. The Recording Industry Association of America says it certified both Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” as double platinum, while “Justice” by Justin Bieber and “A Gangsta’s Pain” by Moneybagg Yo went platinum. Those are for sales and streaming equivalents totaling at least one million. Twelve albums were given gold awards, for sales and streaming equivalents of 500,000. Ninety-eight singles were given platinum or gold awards this year. Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” was the top single, certified four times platinum.
TORI KELLY IS THE VOICE OF A NERVOUS SINGER IN “SING 2”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tori Kelly was a bundle of nerves her first time as a voice actor for the movie “Sing 2.” Turns out that was an asset. Kelly says her character, Meena, is supposed to be nervous, so Kelly channeled her own nerves into the character. Kelly had a lot to draw on. She says she was a shy child who loved to sing, but was awkward on stage. Kelly says she thinks that experience worked for her. “Sing 2” comes out next Wednesday.
GEORGE HARRISON’S “MY SWEET LORD” GETS ALL-STAR VIDEO
NEW YORK (AP) – The George Harrison song “My Sweet Lord” finally has an official video, and it’s an exercise in spotting all the celebrities. More than 40 actors, musicians and comedians appear in the video. Among those who appear include Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, Jeff Lynne, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Taika Waititi, Patton Oswalt, Joe Walsh, Rosanna Arquette, Darren Criss, Jon Hamm, “Saturday Night Live’s” Vanessa Bayer, and Ringo Starr. Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and his son, Dhani, make appearances. Harrison himself appears in vintage footage. There’s also a tribute to the “Got My Mind Set On You” video.
K. MICHELLE LOOKS AT DOWNSIDES OF COSMETIC SURGERY IN LIFETIME SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) – K. Michelle will tell her own story about problems with cosmetic surgery as she tries to save others who are dealing with similar complications. “My Killer Body with K. Michelle” will showcase the stories of two patients each week who are trying to correct issues created by cosmetic surgery. K. Michelle also will share her ongoing story about how silicone injections nearly killed her. “My Killer Body with K. Michelle” premieres Feb. 3 on Lifetime TV. K. Michelle also will star in a Lifetime movie called “Single Black Female” that will debut sometime next year.
ESSENCE FESTIVAL RETURNS NEXT SUMMER
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Essence Festival is hoping to come back to New Orleans in the summer, after the pandemic forced it to take two years off. The Essence Festival is set for June 30 to July 3. The lineup will be released in January.
‘SEX AND THE CITY’ SEQUEL CREATOR LOOKING FOR ‘SLOW BURN’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael Patrick King wants the record to show that “Sex and the City” had a “slow burn of a love affair” with viewers on its way to becoming a hit. The producer’s motive: to ask that his HBO Max sequel, “And Just Like That…,” gets a chance to prove itself. After its two-episode debut last week, the remaining eight are arriving on consecutive Thursdays. King says he was confident the new series would work because of returning stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Absent is Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall in “Sex and the City.” The producer says Cattrall chose not to play Samantha again.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY TAKES HIS FAMILY — FINALLY — TO HIS MOVIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For years, people have been asking Matthew McConaughey’s kids what their favorite movie is that stars their father. Their answer always was they haven’t seen any. McConaughey is happy finally to take his kids to one of his movies, the animated family movie “Sing 2.” McConaughey says he loves the movie for a different reason: it’s hard to mess up when you’re a voice actor instead of appearing on screen. He says he could wear whatever he wanted and no matter how he said the line, he could not screw up. “Sing 2” hits theaters next Wednesday.
HOLIDAY ROM-COM ‘WITH LOVE’ FOLLOWS LATINO FAMILY FOR A YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amazon’s “With Love” is a holiday-themed TV series that takes a different approach. It follows an extended Latino family through five episodes and a year’s worth of holidays. Christmas Eve is the starting point for the romantic comedy created and produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett. She was prompted to write the series after re-watching her favorite rom-com movies and realizing the lead characters were all white. The extended family in “With Love” also includes gay characters and a trans physician, all loved and accepted by relatives. “With Love” creator Calderon Kellett says the series reflects what her family is like. The series is out Friday on Amazon.
OLIVIA COLMAN AND JESSIE BUCKLEY ON SHARING LEDA
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s not often that two actors inhabit the same role seamlessly in a movie. But in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter,” Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley play a woman in vastly different chapters in her life with a rare harmony. Colman and Buckley don’t look particularly alike but their interpretations of the film’s protagonist, Leda, are compellingly synergetic. Each performance deepens the other, creating a bisected but holistic character study: Two actors, one Leda. In the general critical acclaim for Gyllenhaal’s film, Colman and Buckley have each regularly been singled out by awards groups. “The Lost Daughter” opens in theaters Friday and streams Dec. 31 on Netflix.
GEORGE STEVENS JR. MEMOIR, ‘MY PLACE IN THE SUN,’ OUT IN MAY
NEW YORK (AP) – The founder of the American Film Institute and son of Oscar-winning director George Stevens has a memoir coming out next year. George Stevens Jr.’s “My Place in the Sun” will be published May 17. Stevens’ father was known for such classics as “Shane,” Woman of the Year” and “A Place In the Sun.” George Stevens Jr., 89, started out as a production assistant on his father’s movies, produced documentaries for the United States Information Agency in the 1960s and was the founding director of the American Film Institute. In the 1970s, he helped create the Kennedy Center Honors.