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January 17, 2019


MIAMI (AP) — A movie studio is making concessions to the family of victims of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida last year. Universal Pictures was to release the horror movie “Happy Death Day 2U” on Feb. 14. But that is the same date a gunman shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, killing 17 people. So Universal is moving the release date up a day, to the 13th. Also, the studio won’t be releasing the movie to theaters in the area of the school. One of the parents who requested the date be changed is Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the attack. He took to Twitter to implore Universal to move the release date.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix’s post-apocalyptic survival film “Bird Box” is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery Canadian train disaster, but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it. Netflix licensed the footage of the disaster from the stock image vendor Pond 5 and used it in “Bird Box” in an early TV news montage to set up its horrific premise. In a statement to The Associated Press, Pond 5 says the footage “was taken out of context” and the company wanted to “sincerely apologize.” But a Netflix spokesman told the AP that it plans to keep the clip in the movie.


CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s lawyer is taking issue with the finding of those who inspected the singer’s studios in Chicago. Steve Greenburg disagrees with building inspectors who say there’s evidence the industrial space that houses his studio was also being used as a residence. A building department spokesman says checking the plumbing, electrical systems and carpentry suggests some of the building set up to be living space, not work space. But Kelly’s attorney says no one was living there. He does acknowledge the studio might have a place for someone to take a nap or a break. Kelly’s life has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of that Lifetime TV series that spelled out claims that he engaged in sexual misconduct with young women and girls. The singer says he has done no wrong.


TORONTO (AP) — Over the years, a lot of recording artists have worked with R. Kelly. Now, some of them are trying to put space between them and the embattled singer in the wake of renewed allegations of sexual misconduct with young women and girls. First, Lady Gaga demanded that her song with R. Kelly be pulled from streaming services. Now, Celine Dion is doing the same for “I’m Your Angel,” a duet she recorded with him in 1998.


NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations. CBS announced the development in a filing with the Security Exchange Commission. CBS said Moonves has demanded binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision. CBS’ board of directors denied Moonves his severance after concluding that he violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The ruling came after a five-month investigation into the conduct of one of television’s most influential figures.


CHICAGO (AP) — Her name: Madison Beer. She’s a musician. And no, there isn’t a single crack you can think of about her name that she hasn’t heard — more than once. She says she tries to be polite about it, but as anyone who has a name that can be poked fun at can attest — it isn’t easy. Sometimes Beer plays along, telling people they should quit their day jobs and become comedians. Among the names she says she’s been called because her last name is “Beer” are “Madison Corona” and “Madison Bud Light.”



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Carell is getting a new TV show. And surprise — it is set in an office. But — it’s an office that focuses on outer space. Netflix says Carell is part of an office based on President Trump’s call to set up a “Space Force” to handle intergalactic issues. In the new show, Carell will reunite with Greg Daniels and Howard Klein, who produced Carell’s old NBC show, “The Office.”


NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on the campaign of Texas senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke is among the movies that will make their debut at this year’s annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Other films in the festival lineup are Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut and “Us” by Jordan Peele. Wilde’s movie is titled “Booksmart” — and is about a group of graduating high school students who are determined to cram four years of fun into a single night. The festival opens March 8.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Costas’ manager says the divorce between his client and NBC Sports was an amicable one. Sandy Montag says the split was “planned” and by “mutual agreement.” So far, all the network has said was that it and Costas have parted company. Costas is 66 and hosted NBC’s Olympics coverage from 1992 to 2016. In early 2017, he was bumped by newcomer Mike Tirico (tih-REE’-koh), who was recruited from ESPN. Costas plans to continue working on the MLB Network and is thinking about doing an interview show that focuses on both sports and news.


CHICAGO (AP) — After being offered fast food by President Trump during their visit to the White House, the Clemson Tigers are getting offers for some serious food upgrades. First, former NFL star Michael Strahan invited them to New York for lobster. Now the co-owner of a bunch of swanky restaurants in Chicago wants to feed them. Nick Kokonas says he isn’t into football, but feels the team should, as he put it “experience what an actual celebration dinner should be.” Trump’s fast food spread featuring hamburgers, fries and pizza has drawn a lot of scorn, especially online. Trump blamed the government shutdown for the stripped-down menu for the Clemson players who visited the White House college football championship win.


UNDATED (AP) — Betty White is a trending topic on social media today, but don’t panic -- she’s not dead. White is celebrating her 97th birthday today. Her representative tells Us Weekly magazine White still enjoys playing poker with her friends. The rep says White’s birthday wish is for Robert Redford to call her.



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali would have turned 77 today. And his Kentucky hometown has a special honor for the three-time heavyweight boxing champ. Louisville will name its international airport after Ali. In a news release issued by the regional airport board, Ali’s widow says she’s proud of the honor — especially that the name will go on an international airport. Lonnie Ali says her late husband was a “global citizen” who never forgot his Kentucky roots. Muhammad Ali died in 2016.

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