DIRECTOR PETER BOGDANOVICH DIES AT 82
UNDATED (AP) – Director Peter Bogdanovich, known for his 1970s black-and-white classics like “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon,” has died. He was 82. His daughter says Bogdanovich died of natural causes early today at this home in Los Angeles. Considered part of a generation of young “New Hollywood” directors, Bogdanovich was heralded from the start. His turbulent personal life was also often in the spotlight, from his well-known affair with Cybill Shepherd while he was married to the murder of his Playmate girlfriend Dorothy Stratten and his subsequent marriage to her younger sister.
ARREST WARRANT ISSUED IN YOUNG DOLPH SHOOTING DEATH
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities in Tennessee had been looking for months to name a suspect in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph. And now they have one. An arrest warrant is out for a Tennessee man in connection with the rapper’s death on Nov. 17. The rap star was gunned down in a daylight ambush at a popular cookie shop in Dolph’s hometown of Memphis. Named in the first-degree murder warrant is Justin Johnson, age 23. Police have a $15,000 reward out for information leading to an arrest in the case.
SEBASTIAN STAN PORTRAYS TOMMY LEE OF MOTLEY CRUE IN MINISERIES
NEW YORK (AP) – For many actors, it would seem to be fun to play a popular musician in a TV miniseries. But the actor playing Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says doing the role was “scary.” Sebastian Stan says one challenge is that he isn’t “inked-up” like Lee is. Stan also says he had to drop a lot of weight for the role in “Pam and Tommy,” which streams on Hulu next month. So, Stan says he’s gotten positive feedback from fans on the internet.
REMY MA JOINS CAST OF “QUEENS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Add another diva to the mix on the ABC series “Queens.” The latest to join the cast, which already features Brandy, Eve and Naturi Naughton, is Remy Ma. She will have a recurring role on the show. Her new song, “Lady Z Strikes Back (Can’t Stop You”) aired on Monday’s episode.
RYAN SEACREST’S NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT WINS RATINGS BATTLE
NEW YORK (AP) – Who says “losers” never win? Nielsen reports ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve telecast from Times Square was the clear winner in the ratings battle the last night of 2021. It reached 19.6 million between 11:30 Friday and 12:30 Saturday. That blew away the competition, which included the boozy pairing of Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN. During the show, a drunken Cohen dissed Seacrest viewers as “losers.” He has since apologized, blaming his rip of ABC viewers to having been drunk.
2021 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR WALLEN, ADELE AND VINYL
NEW YORK (AP) – New data from the music industry confirms what a lot of people suspected: 2021 was a very good year for Morgan Wallen, Adele and vinyl. MRC Data’s year-end report, presented in collaboration with Billboard, shows that Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” ended 2021 as both the top country album of the year and the most popular album across all genres, with 3.2 million equivalent album units earned during the year. That’s despite Wallen being rebuked by the music industry after a video showed him blurting out a racial slur. Adele’s “30” recorded the highest album sales debut in four years. AND vinyl sales surpassed CDs as the most-sold physical format for the first time since MRC Data started measuring music sales in 1991.