ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER RELEASES VIDEO MESSAGE TO RUSSIAN PEOPLE
UNDATED (AP) – Arnold Schwarzenegger has told Russians they are being lied to about the war in Ukraine. The actor known for his “Terminator” movies sent the message through a video posted on social media. Schwarzenegger told Russians the Moscow government has lied to its citizens, from the origins of the invasion to the number of Russian troops dead in battle, which Schwarzenegger says is already in the thousands. In the address, Schwarzenegger also addressed Russian president Vladimir Putin directly, telling him he started the war – and should end it. Schwarzenegger is big in Russia. And he’s apparently popular with Putin. The Russian president’s Twitter handle only follows 22 accounts – one of them is Schwarzenegger’s.
TREVOR NOAH AND THE GRAMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s one thing that people say they hate about the Grammys or other awards shows: celebrities stepping up to the mic to champion a political cause, instead of just taking their trophies and sitting down. The host of this year’s Grammys says there’s no reason people shouldn’t be able to do both. Trevor Noah, who also hosts “The Daily Show,” says he expects musicians will say something about the Ukrainian invasion. But he says artists should remember the Grammys are made to be “a break from everything that’s happening.” The Grammys are in Las Vegas on April 3.
PETE DAVIDSON TO MISS SPACE FLIGHT
NEW YORK (AP) – Pete Davidson is a “no go” for that trip to space he was supposed take later this month. The “Saturday Night Live” star has decided to skip the flight, which is now set for Mar. 29. The change comes just days after it was announced that Davidson would be one of six passengers on the next Blue Origin flight. It was set for next Wednesday – but it’s now pushed back to March 29 to allow for more testing. But Davidson can’t do the makeup date. Blue Origin says it will name a replacement for Davidson soon.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT?
CHICAGO (AP) – Jussie Smollett has his freedom. But entertainment world insiders say it’s unlikely he can get his career back to where it was before his January, 2019 claim that he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay beating. A Chicago jury determined he lied about that and he was sentenced to 150 days in jail until an appeals court freed him on Wednesday. Though he’s free, some publicists his courtroom actions make it hard for him to revive his career. The judge said he found Smollett’s testimony “pure libel.” And even after he was sentenced, he insisted he was innocent. Publicist Eric Rose says people will forgive those who own up to their mistakes – but Smollett’s denials in the face of the evidence against him will make that hard.