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January 4, 2019

KEVIN HART RETHINKING DECISION ON HOSTING OSCARS

NEW YORK (AP) — Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he’ll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards.

Two days after he was named as host last month, Hart backed off when some of his homophobic tweets from a decade ago resurfaced. But DeGeneres, in an interview with Hart on her talk show airing Friday, urged him to go back, saying he’s apologized for his remarks and grown from the experience.

The Oscars haven’t named a replacement for Hart, who they hoped would juice ratings for the show. Last year the Academy Awards had its smallest audience ever.

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GOLDEN GLOBES-PREVIEW

NEW YORK (AP) — Dramatic period pieces will vie for the top comedy-musical awards and song-stuffed movies are poised to dominate the dramatic categories. Welcome to the 76th annual Golden Globes. Category confusion often reigns at the Globes. Remember when laughers like “The Martian” and “Get Out” competed as comedies? But this Sunday’s ceremony might feel especially upside down. Despite their copious tuneage, both “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are slotted in as dramas. That’s left a few humor-tinged dramas — “The Favourite,” ″Green Book” and “Vice” — to give the comedy/musical categories a bit more heft than usual. TV nominees boast more movie stars than the film ones, including: Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch. And one of the show’s co-hosts, Sandra Oh, is expected to win an award, too.

AN AWARDS SHOW CROSSROADS 1 YEAR AFTER THE TIME’S UP GLOBES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globe Awards last year set the tone for how the film awards season would address the #MeToo movement, and as the hours tick down to Sunday’s show, many in Hollywood are wondering what this year will have in store. Last year celebrities introduced the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund on a national level and walked the red carpet in solidarity wearing all black. But with just days to show time, there are no major statements or demonstrations planned for the show or the red carpet. But although actresses will return to donning color frocks on the red carpet again, there won’t be a full retreat to the superficial. Discourse around subjects like equality and inclusiveness are almost guaranteed to be a fixture at awards shows from now on.

STUDY FINDS ‘RADICAL UNDERREPRESENTATION’ FOR WOMEN IN FILM

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite widespread attention over gender inequality in film, a new study finds that the number of female directors in the top 250 domestic grossing movies last year dipped to 8 percent. That was down 3 percentage points from 2017, according to the 21st annual Celluloid Ceiling report released Thursday by the Center for the Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. It was even below the 9 percent level achieved 20 years earlier in 1998. The study’s author, Martha Lauzen, says such “radical underrepresentation is unlikely to be remedied by the voluntary efforts of a few individuals or a single studio.” Researchers found slight gains for women in other roles. In 2018, women comprised 20 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive directors, editors and cinematographers in the top 250 films. That’s up 3 percentage points from 2017.

ROY MOORE: AGREEMENT TO APPEAR ON COMEDY SHOW WASN’T VALID

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says he didn’t know he was dealing with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen when he agreed to appear on a television show. Moore filed a multi-million defamation lawsuit over his appearance on “Who is America?” In court filings last month, Moore argues the agreement he signed waiving legal claims is invalid because of fraud. Moore says he thought he was receiving an award for supporting Israel. Instead, Moore, who denied misconduct accusations during the 2017 Senate race, was lampooned as a possible pedophile. Moore says the agreement with Yerushalayim TV, a company registered in Wyoming, disguised who was actually behind the show. Cohen is seeking to move the lawsuit to New York where the agreement mandates disputes will be heard. Moore opposes the move.

BRITNEY SPEARS PUTS VEGAS SHOWS ON HOLD

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Britney Spears is putting her planned Las Vegas residency on hold to focus on her father’s recovery from a life-threatening illness. The pop superstar announced Friday she is going on an indefinite work hiatus. Her residency was scheduled to kick off in February at Park Theater at the Park MGM casino-resort. Spears says she is dedicating her focus and energy to care for her family. The statement announcing her decision says her father, Jamie Spears, has had a complicated recovery after becoming ill two months ago, undergoing emergency surgery and spending several days at a hospital. Refunds for “Britney Domination” shows are available at the point of purchase.

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