ACOSTA GETS HIS CREDENTIALS BACK
WASHINGTON (AP) — CNN correspondent Jim Acosta is back at work covering the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to return his press credentials. Acosta’s press pass was revoked after a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during a news conference last week. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, issued his order today. More than 50 members of the White House press corps greeted Acosta as he strode through the northwest gate of the presidential compound. It’s not the end of the story, though. Trump told reporters that the White House is writing up rules on how they must behave. He says if the rules aren’t obeyed, “we will end up back in court and we will win.” Meanwhile, a lawsuit that CNN brought against the Trump administration continues.
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ARKANSAS MAN WHO THREATENED CNN’S DON LEMON, OTHERS, PLEADS NOT GUILTY
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A northern Arkansas man charged with making threatening phone calls to CNN’s Don Lemon and others is free on $15,000 bail. Benjamin Craig Matthews pleaded not guilty yesterday to 18 counts of making terroristic threats and harassing communications. Authorities say Matthews called CNN at least 40 times between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 — and made violent threats against Lemon, some of which police say were racial or sexual in nature. Matthews also allegedly called New York Senator Chuck Schumer and California Representative Maxine Matters — as well as Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti.
PUERTO RICO MAN INDICTED OVER THREATS TO CNN
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico has indicted a man accused of posting threatening messages on Twitter about wanting to bomb CNN. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has identified him as Carlos Rodriguez Vidal from the southwestern coastal town of Cabo Rojo. Authorities say he posted several messages last week, including that he hated CNN, wanted to take it off the air and blow up the 24-hour news network. Officials said the FBI searched Rodriguez’s home and arrested him after a CNN employee reported the messages on Nov. 7. If convicted he faces a maximum of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.
CICELY TYSON TO GET HONORARY OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson describes what will happen to her on Sunday as “emotionally wrenching.” The veteran actress will receive an honorary Oscar for her decades of stellar work. Tyson got her one and only Academy Award nod in 1972 for “Sounder” — but was beaten out by Liza Minnelli for “Cabaret.” Now, 45 years later, Tyson will get to clutch an Oscar of her own. During her career, Tyson she has won three Emmys — two of them in one year — as well as a Tony Award and a Kennedy Center Honor. In 2016, she was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. On top of her work in movies, on TV and on the stage, Tyson has been a tireless activist and humanitarian.
NEW YORK (AP) — The 34th Film Independent Spirt Awards have showered nominations on Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age tale “Eighth Grade,” Lynne Ramsay’s thriller “You Were Never Really Here” and Paul Schrader’s religious drama “First Reformed.” Each scored four nods in nominations announced today, including best picture. Also nominated for best picture: Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Debra Granik’s father-daughter tale “Leave No Trace.” The Spirit Awards are handed out the day before the Academy Awards and honor independent film, selecting from nominees with budgets under $20 million. That left many of this year’s Oscars contenders, like “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther,” out of the running. The awards will be broadcast live on IFC on Feb. 23.
ARETHA FRANKLIN’S ‘AMAZING GRACE’ FINALLY IN THEATERS
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking and best-selling album “Amazing Grace” has been released. Though it contains what some consider one of Franklin’s most brilliant performances, the Queen of Soul fought its release when she was alive. But her family has now given the film its blessing. The producers behind the movie say their patience paid off in getting it to theaters.
MICHELLE OBAMA-BOOK SALES
NEW YORK (AP) — First-day sales for Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts. Crown Publishing tells The Associated Press that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the memoir in hardcover, audio and e-book editions for the United States and Canada. “Becoming” was released on Tuesday, the same day the former first lady launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million. “Becoming” had the biggest opening of any books in 2018 by Crown’s parent company, Penguin Random House.
REBEL WILSON - DEFAMATION CASE
SYDNEY (AP) — In the end, Rebel Wilson didn’t end up getting as much money as she initially won in a defamation suit against an Australian magazine. But the actress says she still feels she was enriched by the experience. Wilson won the case and was initially awarded $3.4 million against Bauer Media. But in June, the company appealed — and the award was pared back. Wilson’s effort to appeal the decision was turned aside, meaning she didn’t get to keep most of the record payment the jury had awarded her. However, Wilson says it was never about the money — but that she wanted to stand up to “a bully” in the form of Bauer Media. The articles in Woman’s Day came out in 2015 — and said Wilson lied about her name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.
MAN SHOUTS “HEIL HITLER!, HEIL TRUMP” AT THEATER IN BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE (AP) — What was to be a relaxing evening at a musical ended up as a disturbing event for patrons of a Baltimore theater. The Hippodrome Theater production of “Fiddler on the Roof” was thrown into chaos Wednesday when a man began shouting “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during intermission of the play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. Panicked audience members ran for the exits, thinking the interjections were the prelude to a shooting attack. Some patrons also say they heard the man shout “MAGA,” short for the Donald Trump campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The man, identified as Anthony DerTlunas, was escorted from the theater, but wasn’t charged. The man claims, despite his shouts, he opposes President Trump. Police say he also told them he’d been drinking heavily.
DIDDY’S FORMER GIRLFRIEND, KIM PORTER, DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many people in the hip-hop world are expressing condolences on the death of Kim Porter, Diddy’s longtime girlfriend and mother of three of his children. Porter was found unresponsive at her home in Los Angeles yesterday; paramedics pronounced her dead. Authorities say the cause wasn’t immediately clear, and an autopsy will be done. Missy Elliott calls Porter’s death “heartbreaking.” And 50 Cent says Porter was “loved and will be missed dearly. The rapper says of Diddy: “I know Puff is hit up right now” because he “loved her for real.”
APPLE - MOVIES
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has taken a big step toward landing some of the scripted content it needs to compete with the likes of rival video streaming outlets like Netflix and Amazon. Sources say Apple has inked a multiyear film production deal with A24, the New York-based studio behind “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” A24 is seen as one of the most respected makers of prestige and arthouse movies in the industry. Neither Apple nor A24 commented yesterday on the purported deal. It’s unclear how many films the deal includes — or whether the movies will be released in theatres, or directly through Apple’s portal.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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