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September 17, 2018

EMMYS AND POLITICS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In these politicized times, just about every major televised event ends up with someone climbing on a soap box to make their views heard. And it’s expected tonight’s Emmys will be no different. Expect President Donald Trump to be the recipient of a number of those comedic jabs, especially in the face of the ongoing Russian investigation, the plea bargain for former campaign manager Paul Manafort — and the president disputing the death toll on Puerto Rico during last year’s storms. This year’s hosts are Michael Che and Colin Jost, who do political satire every weekend on “Saturday Night Live” as anchors of “Weekend Update.” But they’ve been coy about what to expect. Jost says, “there might be some, and there might not.” Che is more direct. He says “there’s gonna be political jokes. And we’re gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure.”

The Emmys air tonight on NBC.

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EMMY AND THE “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” CONNECTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you’re unsure whether you’re watching the Emmys tonight or a long episode of “Saturday Night Live” — don’t feel bad. The show is expected to be “SNL” heavy. The hosts are “Weekend Update” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost. The show being produced by SNL’s creator Lorne Michaels. And among the presenters will be familiar SNL faces like Kate McKinnon and Tina Fey. As if that wasn’t enough, McKinnon, resident Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin and three current SNL cast members are among the nominees.

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EMMYS - DIVERSITY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before tonight’s Emmys start, they’ve made history when it comes to diversity. That was clinched with last weekend’s creative arts awards. They produced the first-ever sweep by African-Americans in the guest actor category. Stars up for Emmys tonight include Donald Glover of “Atlanta” Tracee Ellis Ross of “black-ish” and Isa Rae of “Insecure.” If either woman wins, they’d be the second black to win as best comedy actress. The first was Isabel Sanford for “The Jeffersons” — 37 years ago.

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EMMY BY THE NUMBERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some records may possibly fall during tonight’s Emmy telecast. Allison Janney could end up tying the mark for most Emmys for an actress with eight. She’s up for “Mom” — after winning in previous years for that show, as well as for “The West Wing” and “Masters of Sex.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cloris Leachman also have eight. If Peter Dinklage wins the Emmy for supporting actor, it will be his third in that category, tying him with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.” And “Saturday Night Live” can extend its mark for most awards in Emmy history. It has 71 and has three nominations this year.

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BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The scandal over the new movie “The Predator” didn’t appear to affect it at the box office. The Shane Black movie was able to ride the three-decade wave of popularity for the franchise into a box office win. The movie got attention for all the wrong reasons when it was rolled out at the Toronto International Film Festival. The studio cut a scene featuring an actor who was a registered sex offender. Co-star Olivia Munn blew the whistle on the actor — and says that made for some tense moments, especially because the actor cut was buds with the director. But none of that mattered over the weekend. It made $24 million to top all movies. Number two was “The Nun,” followed by “A Simple Favor,” ″White Boy Rick” and ”″Crazy Rich Asians.”

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SOON-YI PREVIN DEFENDS WOODY ALLEN

NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen’s wife is defending the director over what she says has been unfair treatment. Soon-Yi Previn is featured in New York magazine. And she says it was a troubled relationship with her adoptive mom, Mia Farrow — not manipulation by Allen — that led to them starting a relationship. Previn says she’s upset that old claims that Allen molested his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow are being circulated again as prominent men in Hollywood are being called out by the #MeToo effort. She says that is “upsetting” and “unjust.”

SEAN PENN-ME-TOO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn says much of the spirit of the #MeToo movement is to “divide men and women.” Penn appeared Monday in an interview with the co-star of the new Hulu show “The First” on NBC’s “Today ” show. Natascha McElhone said her character is informed by the movement. Penn disagreed. The two-time Oscar winner says he’s “very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed onto in great stridency and rage and without nuance.” Penn says he thinks “it’s too black and white.” He says it’s “really good to just slow down.” ″The First” centers on a mission to Mars. The president of the United States and three of the five astronauts are women.

ARIANA GRANDE - MAC MILLER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande says she’s sorry she couldn’t save Mac Miller from the demons that possessed him. She has posted a tribute to her ex-boyfriend, who died this month. In her Instagram post, Grande says Miller was the “sweetest soul” and laments she couldn’t take his pain away. She describes herself as “so mad” and “so sad” — she doesn’t know what to do. Grande and Miller dated for two years before breaking up earlier this year. He died Sept. 7. Grande’s now engaged to comedian Pete Davidson.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD - MISCARRIAGES

NEW YORK (AP) — For expecting parents, a miscarriage is an unimaginable ordeal. Carrie Underwood says the unimaginable has happened three times. She tells “CBS Sunday Morning” she’s had three miscarriages in two years since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, who’s 3. She says the first was in early 2017, followed by a second later that year. A third pregnancy failed early this year. She’s now expecting again — and says so far, “everything is great.”

BILL COSBY

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s wife wants a Pennsylvania ethics board to investigate the judge who is set to sentence her husband next week on felony sex assault charges. Camille Cosby is renewing allegations that trial judge Steven O’Neill had a grudge with a key witness in a pretrial hearing. O’Neill sent the case to trial afterward, and Cosby was convicted this spring. Defense lawyers have filed a similar motion in Montgomery County Court asking O’Neill to step down. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison or more at the Sept. 24 sentencing. The Cosbys say they’ve hired a former FBI agent to investigate the alleged feud between O’Neill and witness Bruce Castor, a former prosecutor who declined to prosecute Cosby a decade earlier.

RIHANNA’S DIAMOND BALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna’s Diamond Ball is doing double duty when it comes to its purpose. It’s one of the entertainment world’s biggest parties — and raises lots of money for charity. The event was held Thursday night in New York, with Childish Gambino performing and Tiffany Haddish bidding $75,000 on a pair of earrings. In all, $6 million was raised for charity for the foundation Rihanna named for her grandparents. Among those attending this year’s event were Trevor Noah, Brian Tyree Henry, Paris Hilton, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky.

BRETT YOUNG WON’T PLAY HIS SONG AT HIS WEDDING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lot of couples have used Brett Young’s song “In Case You Didn’t Know” at their weddings since it came out last year. But don’t expect him to. The singer is engaged to longtime girlfriend Taylor Mill. But he’s already nixing having his music played on their wedding day. He says it’s “such a cop-out and so cheesy and easy.” These days Young is focused on cashing in his nomination as best new artist at the CMAs in November. He won best new male artist at the ACM Awards.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen says people have been mispronouncing her last name for years, and she hasn’t corrected them. But the model took to social media on Sunday to say it’s not Teigen (TEE’-gihn), but Teigen (TY’-gihn). Off camera, her mother confirmed it with a “Yep!” The 32-year-old says she’s “tired of living this lie.” She previously wrote on Twitter that her name has been mispronounced and she “doesn’t correct people, ever.”

KIM K WINS RACE

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old filly named for Kim Kardashian has won a horse race. It happened Saturday at a $100,000 event in Los Alamitos, California. It was Kim K’s second career start — and she won it by three lengths. The manager of the ranch that owns Kim K says he named the horse after Kardashian because he admires how she — the celebrity, not the horse — has leveraged her social media popularity to help people.

METROPOLITAN OPERA - SUNDAY

NEW YORK (AP) — No more Sunday afternoons as days of rest for The Metropolitan Opera. It will start regular Sunday matinees for the first time in its century-plus history. The new schedule begins with the 2019-20 season. As part of new union deals announced Friday, the Met will also will go dark each February starting in 2020-21. The Met will open the second half of each season in March with a new opera — and the season will run a month later, into mid-June. The Met has endured slumping ticket sales in recent years.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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