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February 4, 2019

‘YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ ACTOR KRISTOFF ST. JOHN DEAD AT 52

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Young and the Restless” actor Kristoff St. John has died at age 52. Officials say Los Angeles police were called to his home on Sunday and his body was turned over to the Los Angeles County coroner. The cause of death was not available. St. John had played Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera since 1991, earning nine daytime Emmy nominations. He won a Daytime Emmy in 1992 for outstanding younger actor in a drama series and won 10 NAACP Image Awards.

SUPER BOWL, AUDIENCES, AND CORD-CUTTERS

ATLANTA (AP) — OK, so the Super Bowl wasn’t exactly a barn-burner, unless you’re fan of defense. And we’ve been hearing for years that watching the NFL has fallen into disfavor with TV viewers. And — there are people who have cut the cord with cable and satellite carriers in favor of streaming services. But in the end, the Super Bowl continues to thrive as the one show that a huge chunk of the TV viewing audience will watch year after year. The final numbers haven’t come in yet. But when they do, they are likely to show the Super Bowl as the highest-watched show of the year. Of the 10 highest-rated TV programs in TV history, nine are Super Bowls. The only one that wasn’t is the series finale of “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H(asterisk)” Even those who’ve opted for streaming still make room for the Super Bowl — in many cases deciding to stream the game directly to their sets, rather than miss it.

MAROON 5 - HALFTIME SHOW

ATLANTA (AP) — You know the feeling one might have after eating a good hamburger and realizing they could have had a juicy steak, instead? It’s much like those who watched last night’s Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5. The show was fine on its own, by most accounts. But many who have been following the controversy over the game couldn’t help but thinking who else might have been performing instead of Adam Levine and his band along with Travis Scott and Big Boi. The event had all the flash, glitter and glitz of a usual halftime show. But with bigger names that turned down the gig, many viewers no doubt felt like throwing some “what if” shade on the performance.

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CARDI B: WHY SHE TURNED DOWN SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW

ATLANTA (AP) — Cardi B says it would have been cool to accept an offer to do the Super Bowl halftime show. She declined — but has “mixed feelings” about spiking the request. Cardi B says it was especially hard because her husband, fellow rapper Offset, is a football fan. But Cardi B says she turned down the offer, in order to support ex-NFL-player Colin Kaepernick. She says she felt obligated to “stand behind” Kaepernick because he “stood up” for people by taking a knee during the national anthem. Cardi B says while her rejecting the Super Bowl gig may have cost her, Kaepernick “sacrificed his job” by protesting police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick was a free-agent during the offseason, but didn’t get a single offer — even from teams with injured, inexperienced or just plain bad quarterbacks. Other top music acts, including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Pink reportedly turned down offers to do this year’s halftime show.

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY SUGGESTS NEXT SUPER BOWL MUSICAL PERFORMERS

ATLANTA (AP) — Keegan-Michael Key says he has an idea for a musical guest at the Super Bowl that will cover all the bases. Key says he hopes one day the NFL will invite Beyoncé to both sing the national anthem and do the halftime show for the same game. He says “that would be awesome.” Key says he doesn’t think that would be too much stress on her, noting, “I mean, she’s Beyoncé.” Beyoncé has performed twice at the Super Bowl halftime show, in 2013 and in 2016.

HARRISON FORD, FOREST WHITAKER: SUPER BOWL ADS

NEW YORK (AP) — For a change, “the force” was with Harrison Ford’s dog. The veteran actor’s co-star -- a Boston terrier -- was one of the star performers from the crop of Super Bowl ads unleashed on us. Ford and the dog were in an ad for Amazon aimed at showing some of the ideas rejected for the Alexa voice system. Ford’s dog ends up ordering a truckload of stuff using his Alexa-activated dog collar, despite his owner’s wishes. In the ad, Forest Whitaker is victimized by his Alexa-powered electric toothbrush. One ad that got negative reviews: the one for Mint Mobile. It tried to show its $20-a-month plan was “right,” compared to other companies’ higher-rates. The ad said other carriers’ plans were as “not right” as “chunky milk.” But the images of chunky milk looked gross, especially after many viewers had gorged themselves on traditional Super Bowl party fare.

JAMIE FOXX TAKES SELFIES WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ICONS

ATLANTA (AP) — Jamie Foxx got a dose of history along with celebrity at Super Bowl 53. Before the game, he was seen taking selfies with civil rights pioneers John Lewis and Andrew Young on a sideline at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. After taking the photos, Foxx shook both hands with Lewis and Young — and told them how much they’ve inspired him. Foxx says he has been to a number of Super Bowls — and that each one is a “different experience.”

NFL COMMERCIAL - DIRECTOR

ATLANTA (AP) — It was one of the most interesting ads during the Super Bowl — and definitely the longest. And the man who directed the NFL’s ad for the game last night is calling work an “emotional and satisfying” experience. Peter Berg directed “The 100-Year Game,” which features past and present NFL stars like Tom Brady, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Dick Butkus, Deion Sanders and Patrick Mahomes. The ad featured tuxedo-clad players engaging in a free-for-all when a football tumbles to the floor during a speech by Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’). The two-minute ad kicks off a yearlong campaign to mark the NFL’s 100th season, which starts in September.

“CORNY” BEER ADS CRITICIZED

NEW YORK (AP) — The corn industry is feeling a little “cob-smacked” over ads Bud Light ran during the Super Bowl. The light beer trolled rival brands, saying they use corn syrup in their brews, while Bud Light doesn’t. That isn’t sitting well with the National Corn Growers Association.” It says the nation’s corn farmers are “disappointed” in Bud Light, while thanking Miller Lite and Coors Light for supporting the industry. MillerCoors is in a corn battle of its own, tweeting that none of its products use high-fructose corn syrup — while many Anheuser-Busch products do.

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rams were not the only Los Angeles-based team to come up short this past weekend. The movie industry scored about as well with audiences as the Rams did against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. It’s believed when the final numbers come out today, this past weekend will rank as the lowest-earning Super Bowl weekend in nearly two decades. Like yesterday’s game, no matter the performance, someone had to win. And when it comes to the movies, that “somebody” was “Glass,” which holds the top spot for a third straight week. Number two — again — is “The Upside.”

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DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA - AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its 70-year history, the Directors Guild of America has honored one of its own as best at calling the shots in a movie. In all but seven of those times, the winner went on to win the Oscar for best director. So, Oscar night might be disappointing for Spike Lee, Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly — because the DGA named “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron for its top honor this year. That solidifies his status as front-runner on Oscar night.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Another Sundance Film Festival is in the books. And a fictional film about a prison warden on death row duty is the big winner. “Clemency,” starring Alfre Woodard, won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Drama. “One Child Nation” won for best documentary. The 2019 Sundance festival ended yesterday, with the top prizes awarded the day before.

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT DOES WEEKEND PERFORMANCE IN L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jussie Smollett says there are some things he wants to set straight about the beating he suffered last week in Chicago. And he got some of those things off his chest as he performed in Los Angeles this Saturday. He said while he was bruised, he didn’t suffer cracked ribs, as some reports said. He says he saw a doctor, but wasn’t hospitalized. And, Smollett adds, that he “fought the (expletive) back” against the two masked men who attacked him. He described himself as “the gay Tupac.” Smollett’s appearance was his first since he was beaten last week. Police continue to search for suspects in what’s being investigated as a hate crime. Smollett is black and gay — and says his assailants mentioned both of those things as they beat him.

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RAPPER 21 SAVAGE TAKEN IN BY FEDS IN ATLANTA AREA

ATLANTA (AP) — 21 Savage is a rapper who’s up for a Grammy this Sunday. But there’s a chance he’ll be in custody — or out of the country — by then. He was arrested and taken into federal immigration custody yesterday. A spokesman for ICE says the rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 but overstayed his visa and is now here illegally. He was also convicted of felony drug charges in October 2014. Since his arrest, he’s being held in the federal immigration court system — and is under deportation proceedings.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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