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August 22, 2018

IDRIS ELBA DENIES HE’S THE NEXT JAMES BOND

LONDON (AP) — Idris Elba stirred fans’ hopes, then left them shaken. The British actor helped fuel speculation that he will be the next James Bond last week when tweeted a selfie and wrote “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” echoing the famous 007 catchphrase. Many Elba fans have campaigned for the star of “The Wire” and “Luther” to be the first black Bond. But now Elba has denied he’ll be replacing Daniel Craig as 007. Asked by a reporter from ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” if she was looking at the next Bond, Elba promptly replied: “No.” Craig has starred in four Bond films and is set to return in the still-untitled “Bond 25.” On Tuesday, Craig and the producers announced that director Danny Boyle had left the film due to “creative differences.”

NAVY SAYS “TOP GUN” SEQUEL FILMING IN NORFOLK

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun” is filming this week aboard a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier. Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht tells The Virginian-Pilot a 15-person crew from Paramount Pictures and Bruckheimer Films went aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Sunday. Hecht says the crew will remain through Saturday. Hecht says no actors are aboard and the crew is shooting footage of air operations on the flight deck, including landings and takeoffs. A publicist with Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television declined to provide the newspaper any details about the production. The movie is scheduled for release in July 2019.

SINGAPORE AUTHORITIES SAY “CRAZY RICH ASIANS” AUTHOR SKIPPED SERVICE DUTY

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s government says the author of the book that inspired the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians” failed to register for national service as required. According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the U.S. since then. There was no immediate response Wednesday from his publisher to a request for comment. Male Singaporean citizens are required to spend two years, in most cases, in a uniformed service as young adults. The government said in a statement that Kwan was wanted for “defaulting on his NS obligations” for failing to register as required in 1990, and for staying abroad without a valid exit permit. It said authorities rejected his application in 1994 to renounce his Singaporean citizenship without serving the mandatory national service. It says Kwan could be fined up to $10,000 and jailed for three years upon conviction.

MUSEUM OFFICIAL BACKS OFF CLAIMS THAT ADAM DRIVER’S KKK COMMENTS WERE INACCURATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A museum official who questioned “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver’s recent comments about remembering frequent Ku Klux Klan rallies during his youth in northern Indiana now says he stands corrected. Driver made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the new movie “BlacKkKlansman.” The Indianapolis Star quoted Travis Childs of The History Museum in South Bend on Monday as saying the actor was likely misremembering his childhood in nearby Mishawaka. The South Bend Tribune reports that local Klan rallies were indeed frequent when the 34-year-old Driver was growing up. Tribune archives show five KKK rallies in the area between 1993 and 2001. Childs says he hadn’t adequately researched the Klan’s history in the area before commenting on Driver’s assertions. He says he “would have never guessed there were that many events.”

CARL REINER JOKES ABOUT EMMY NOMINATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy mastermind Carl Reiner can’t help turning his latest Emmy nomination into a punchline. The 96-year-old creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” already has 12 Emmy trophies. Reiner, the oldest-ever Emmy nominee, says winning No. 13 would create a problem: how to divide the awards evenly among his children. Reiner is nominated as the narrator of the documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” that looks at how people — including 92-year-old Mel Brooks — stay active and vibrant. The Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on NBC.

GRETCHEN WILSON ARRESTED

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after what was described as a minor disturbance on an incoming flight. Wilson has been charged with breach of peace. State police responded to Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, just after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police say while talking to Wilson she “became belligerent toward the troopers and caused a disturbance.” The 45-year-old Wilson was taken into custody. Bail was set at $1,000. A court hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but it was postponed to Sept. 13 and Wilson didn’t appear in court. Her lawyer, Rob Britt, said it would be inappropriate to comment while the court case is pending. She won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in 2004 for the song “Redneck Woman.” She was scheduled to perform an invitation-only show Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun casino.

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PHILADELPHIA WILL GIVE AWARD TO QUEEN LATIFAH

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Queen Latifah will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.” Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the rapper, singer and actress would be the latest recipient. Born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, Queen Latifah was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in 2002′s “Chicago,” and Grammy for her song “U.N.I.T.Y.” Kenney says she’s “an excellent role model and clearly well-deserving of this prestigious honor.” Previous winners include Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle and music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It will be awarded at a Nov. 20 gala.

QUEEN LATIFAH HOSTS BLACK GIRLS ROCK AWARDS

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell and Judith Jamison are among the recipients of the 2018 Black Girls Rock awards. Queen Latifah will host the show, which will be taped Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Blige will receive the star power award. Campbell will be presented the black girl magic award, while Jamison will receive the living legend award for her work in dance and choreography. Other honorees include Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe and Tarana Burke of the #MeToo movement. The program will honor Aretha Franklin in a tribute and include performances by Yolanda Adams, Tamia, H.E.R., Victory Boyd and Jacqueline Green of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. BET Networks will air the special celebrating the accomplishments of black women on Sept. 9.

ASIA ARGENTO WITHDRAWS FROM DUTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento has backed out of curating a Dutch music festival after a young actor accused her of sexual assault. Organizers of the “Le Guess Who?” festival said in a statement Wednesday that “due to the volatile nature of the accusations surrounding Ms. Argento, she has chosen to withdraw from her curatorship of this year’s edition, while these issues remain open.” Argento, a prominent MeToo activist, was one of the curators of the festival which takes place in the city of Utrecht in November. Actor Jimmy Bennett claimed Argento, then 37, sexually assaulted him when he was 17 in 2013. Argento denied ever having a sexual relationship with Bennett, whom she agreed to pay $380,000 in a settlement.

RATINGS FOR MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS DOWN SLIGHTLY

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna may have had a lousy night at the MTV Video Music Awards, but it was better for the network’s executives. MTV appears to have slowed the show’s precipitous decline in interest over the past few years. The Nielsen company estimated that some 5.23 million people watched the awards on Monday night, down from the 5.68 million who watched the year before — a drop, but not as significant as in previous years. MTV noted that it was the top-rated program across all of cable and broadcast television among viewers aged 18 to 34. And the network pointed to encouraging signs for the amount of people who experienced the event digitally, which is increasingly how young people experience traditional television. Madonna was criticized for a speech following an Aretha Franklin tribute that was more about her than the Queen of Soul.

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