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March 21, 2019

DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND SHOW TO END

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Donny and Marie Osmond say they will end their Las Vegas show later this year, concluding an 11-year run on the Strip. The brother-sister duo made the announcement during an appearance on “Good Morning America.” Their final performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas is scheduled for Nov. 16. According to the casino, the duo launched their residency in September 2008, planning for just a six-week concert engagement. The casino says the residency was extended again and again, marking a decade of performances last year. The pair says they will continue performing in some fashion.

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DAVID LETTERMAN: I STAYED ON NETWORK TV TOO LONG

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he stuck around on network television about 10 years too long. He made that revelation during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show. Letterman quit in 2015 after 33 years as a late-night host on CBS and NBC, and is beginning his second season on his more leisurely-paced Netflix show. Letterman says it turns out nobody had the guts to fire him. He says it took leaving the show for him to realize that there’s more to life than asking some celebrity to “tell us about your pet beaver.”

JUDGE TO DECIDE IF R.KELLY CAN GO TO DUBAI

UNDATED (AP) — Dubai has found itself entangled in the sex abuse case against American R&B singer R. Kelly. The performer is asking a U.S. judge to allow him to come to the Arabian Peninsula sheikhdom to perform shows and “meet with the royal family.” An Illinois judge could consider it at a court hearing on Friday. The cash-strapped R&B singer wants the judge to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, saying he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex-abuse charges. As a bond condition in his sexual abuse case, Kelly must stay in Illinois unless a judge approves out-of-state travel.

Kelly’s request highlights the close political and security ties between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms. It also comes as celebrities and even world leaders on the run have chosen Dubai as a safe haven. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with the UAE. But the filing asserts that Kelly isn’t a flight risk, saying the UAE would never jeopardize its U.S. relationship by harboring a fugitive Kelly.

‘EMPIRE’ CO-CREATOR DENIELS ON SMOLLET SCANDAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the weeks since cast member Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic attack have been, in his words, “a freakin’ rollercoaster.” In an Instagram video that doesn’t refer to Smollett by name, Daniels says since “the incident” he and his cast have “experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it.” Daniels had been among the first to voice his support for Smollett after he made the report in January. Daniels says the situation nearly made him forget to tell audiences that the Fox drama returns to the air Wednesday. Daniels and other producers removed Smollett’s character from the season’s final episodes after his arrest in Chicago. Smollett has pleaded not guilty.

SCRIPTS FROM ‘DICK VAN DYKE SHOW’ TO BE DIGITALLY PRESERVED

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Hollywood producer Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center say they’re working together to digitally preserve Reiner’s collection of scripts from the 1960′s “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The scripts are full of Reiner’s handwritten changes to the dialogue. Reiner, who turned 97 on Tuesday, says creating and producing the comedy is the project he’s most proud of. His scripts for all 158 episodes have been stored away since production wrapped in 1966. The National Comedy Center says it has acquired production documents and scripts from director John Rich, who directed the first 41 episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and was the original director of “All in the Family.” The interactive comedy center opened last summer in the western New York city of Jamestown.

ARIANA GRANDE, CHILDISH GAMBINO TO HEADLINE LOLLAPALOOZA

CHICAGO (AP) — Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes will headline this summer’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Festival organizers announced the lineup for the four-day event, saying more than 170 acts will play on eight stages in Grant Park along Lake Michigan. Other performers include Tame Impala, Flume, J Balvin, The Chainsmokers, Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne and recent Album of the Year Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves. The festival runs August 1-4. Founder Perry Farrell launched Lollapalooza as a touring festival in 1991. It’s been held in Chicago since 2005 and attracts more than 100,000 people a day. The Jane’s Addiction lead singer will play with Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra. There also will be performances by Slash, Shaquille O’Neal and Tenacious D.

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME TO ADD 12 MORE

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve more video games have a shot at joining favorites like “John Madden Football” and “Pac-Man” in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The hall announced the finalists for the Class of 2019 from among thousands of nominees. They are: “Candy Crush,” ″Centipede,” ″Colossal Cave Adventure,” ″Dance Dance Revolution,” ″Half-Life,” ″Microsoft Windows Solitaire,” ″Mortal Kombat,” ″Myst,” ″NBA 2K,” ″Sid Meier’s Civilization,” ″Super Mario Kart” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee.” The winners will be inducted May 2 at the hall, housed at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. An expert committee will choose the honorees. Fans can weigh in with an online ballot through March 28.