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June 13, 2018

TRUMP - KIM SUMMIT: THE SHOW?

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) — President Donald Trump made his name as a celebrity by hosting a reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” And, diplomacy aside, there are some observers who say this week’s summit in Singapore carried some of the same elements of a made-for-the-cameras event. During the sessions, both Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong Un made it appear they were playing to the cameras trained on their every move. Kim said through an interpreter the scene was like something out of a “science fiction movie” or a fantasy. Robert Thompson of Syracuse University says the summit’s “major purpose was to be a television production.” Trump even had the White House prepare what might be considered a “sizzle reel” of the possibilities that could come out of a peaceful alliance between North Korea and the U.S.

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TRUMP - De NIRO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that he’s back from the summit, President Donald Trump is verbally getting in the gutter with actor Robert De Niro. While Trump was away in Singapore for the summit with North Korea, the Oscar-winning actor was getting in some licks on the president, F-bombing him during the Tony Awards and calling Trump’s statements at the G7 Summit “idiotic.” Trump is now firing back — saying the actor’s words are the product of being “punch drunk” as a result of the blows he has taken on soundstages from real boxers. He also ripped De Niro as “a very low IQ individual” — and gave him the nickname: “Punchy.” De Niro hasn’t counterpunched the latest comments by Trump.

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JOHN TRAVOLTA - PIZZA

NEW YORK (AP) — You might call it the most famous eating of Italian food on the big screen since Lady and the Tramp shared a strand of spaghetti: when John Travolta’s character in “Saturday Night Fever” orders two slices of pizza — and stacks them atop each other before eating them. Since then, Brooklyn’s Lenny’s Pizza has been drawing a steady of stream of tourists who want to mimic the Tony Manero scene. The pizza joint has now named a slice after Travolta. And the actor attended the New York ceremony unveiling the wedge yesterday. Hundreds of fans also turned out for the ceremony outside Lenny’s.

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ROSE McGOWAN DRUG CASE

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — An attorney for Harvey Weinstein is challenging a claim made by Rose McGowan in connection with her upcoming drug possession trial. McGowan has said she feels the cocaine found in a wallet she left behind on a flight was placed there by Weinstein operatives in an effort to undermine her credibility as someone who accuses the movie mogul of rape. Attorney Benjamin Brafman calls that a “ludicrous claim.” A grand jury in suburban Washington has McGowan on a charge of felony cocaine possession in Virginia. Her trial is set for Jan. 15.

MEEK MILL - JUDGE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For now, anyway, the answer is no. But a judge who sits on Pennsylvania’s highest court says Meek Mill might be able to take another shot at getting rid of the judge handling his case. The state Supreme Court says it won’t remove Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley for now — despite Mill’s insistence she be kicked off the case. Mill’s reps say Brinkley has made inappropriate comments about Mill in and out of court, acting more like a prosecutor than a judge.

PROMOTER OF FYRE FESTIVAL RE-ARRESTED

NEW YORK (AP) — It just got a bit worse for the promoter of that failed music festival in the Bahamas last year. Billy McFarland is being held behind bars after being hit with new fraud charges yesterday. He will stay in custody at least until next week, when a judge sentences him in the original festival case. McFarland pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in March in a deal that called for him to serve between eight and 10 years in prison. This all stems from that bungled Fyre Festival on the Bahamian island of Exuma. It cost dozens of investors a total of $26 million — and frustrated hipsters who shelled out money only find on their arrival that plans had fallen through.

KARDASHIAN, KANYE, BEAT OUT TONY AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, people like to poke fun at the Kardashian family and the human satellites that revolve around them. But one thing you can’t argue is that they know how to draw a TV audience. That was something ABC learned last week. The network aired an episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” featuring the Kardashians and Kanye West’s clan. While artistically it would seem unable to hold a candle to the best Broadway had to offer, the game show beat out the Tony Awards in the ratings. It brought in 7.57 million viewers. By contrast, the Tonys on CBS drew 6.3 million watchers.

GUESS CO-FOUNDER STEPS ASIDE IN WAKE OF SEX ALLEGATIONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for four women who accuse the co-founder of Guess Inc. of sexual misbehavior says she’s happy Paul Marciano is stepping down as top executive of the board of directors. But Lisa Bloom says she is disappointed he will still have a hand in the business. Guess announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Marciano is resigning, effectively immediately. His brother, Maruice, takes over the reins. The investigation began when model Kate Upton told Time magazine Paul Marciano grabbed her breasts during a Guess photo shoot nearly eight years ago. She also says he harassed her by showing up at hotels where she was staying — and texting her inappropriate comments.

OPRAH TO SERVE AS GODMOTHER OF NEW CRUISE SHIP

UNDATED (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam (pronounced new STAHT’-un-dam). In a video recorded with her pal Gayle King, Winfrey recounted “sailing to Alaska last year” on a Holland America ship, adding that she is “setting sail again.” Winfrey will join a Jan. 30 three-day “Girls’ Getaway” on the cruise line’s new ship from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Passengers may attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah” onboard. Other getaway events will be hosted by editorial staff from O, The Oprah Magazine, including King, the editor-at-large. Winfrey will also christen the vessel in a private ceremony at an undisclosed date. The ship is under construction in Italy.

DISNEY RELEASES TEASTER TRAILER FOR ‘DUMBO’

UNDATED (AP) — Disney has released its first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s remake of the classic “Dumbo.” The live-action film stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Alan Arkin, Eva Green and Michal Keaton. Originally released in 1941, “Dumbo” is the story about an elephant with big ears who can fly. The trailer features clips of Dumbo taking flight and Norwegian pop star Aurora singing “Baby Mine.” ″Dumbo” is due in theaters in March 2019.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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