AP: CARDI B, POST MALONE WON’T COMPETE FOR NEW ARTIST GRAMMY
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B and Post Malone won’t compete for best new artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards, The Associated Press has learned. Cardi B, who earned two nominations at this year’s Grammys, was not eligible because of her previous nominations. Grammy rules say “any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer” would not qualify. A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the topic, said Cardi B and Post Malone were submitted for best new artist for the 2018 show. Since Malone never earned a Grammy nomination, he met the criteria to be a best new artist contender for the 2019 show, but he lost in a vote to compete in the category, the person said.
‘REAL HOUSEWIVES’ HUSBAND JOE GIUDICE TO BE DEPORTED
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice (JOO’-dys) will be deported back to Italy once he’s released from prison next year. Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice appeared before an immigration court in York, Pennsylvania, via teleconference Wednesday. He can file an appeal by Nov. 9. Giudice is an Italian citizen who came to the U.S. as an infant and wasn’t aware he wasn’t an American citizen. He’s currently serving a more than 3-year sentence for fraud and failing to pay about $200,000 in taxes. He’s incarcerated at FCI Allenwood, about 165 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Prison records indicate he is set to be released in March. Teresa Giudice served just under a year in prison for the same crimes. Messages were left with his and his wife’s lawyers.
STUDY: WOMEN MAKE TV DIRECTING JOB GAINS, MINORITIES LAG
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A study says more women are being hired to direct TV series episodes, but progress for minority directors is lagging. The Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday says women directed a record 25 percent of episodic television in the 2017-18 season. That’s an increase of 4 percent from the previous season. African-Americans directed 13 percent of series TV in 2017-18, unchanged from last season. There was a 1 percent increase in the hiring of both Asian-Americans and Latinos for TV directing work. The president of the Directors Guild calls it a “bright spot” that doors are opening wider for women in TV directing, but it’s disappointing the same can’t be said for directors of color.
APPEALS COURT: LYNYRD SKYNYRD FILM CAN BE RELEASED
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions. The case involves a movie called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a “blood oath” made by bandmembers not to exploit the group’s name after a 1977 plane crash that killed its lead singer and songwriter, Ronnie Van Zant. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision Wednesday, letting the movie be distributed. A lawyer for the movie’s makers called the ruling “a victory for filmmakers, artists, journalists, readers, viewers and the marketplace of ideas.” The lawsuit was brought by Van Zant’s widow and others, including founding band member Allen Collins.
GRAND OLE OPRY GIVES RARE SALUTE TO SOUL GENIUS RAY CHARLES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Grand Ole Opry gave a rare salute to soul genius Ray Charles with performances from Darius Rucker, Boyz II Men, Ronnie Milsap and LeAnn Rimes for an upcoming public television special. Charles grew up listening to the Opry, but it was his landmark two-volume set “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music,” in the early ’60s that opened up the genre to a whole new audience. Rucker, who hosted the TV special that will be airing in February, says Charles went out on a limb to record country music when others dismissed the idea. But the songs were huge pop hits and changed the image of country music for decades. Rucker says Charles deserves a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
STEVE MCQUEEN’S THRILLER ‘WIDOWS’ OPENS LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON (AP) — The London Film Festival is kicking off with the European premiere of British director Steve McQueen’s whip-smart heist thriller “Widows.” The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki as women who band together after their husbands are killed in a robbery gone wrong. This year’s festival includes David Mackenzie’s kilts-and-carnage Scottish epic “Outlaw King”; Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”; Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexico-set “Roma”; and Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.” Organizers say 38 percent of all films and 30 percent of the 225 features in the lineup have female directors, an increase on 24 percent of features in 2017. The festival opens Wednesday and closes Oct. 21 with the Laurel and Hardy biopic “Stan & Ollie.”