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December 18, 2018

PENNY MARSHALL DEAD AT 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Penny Marshall, who starred in “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75. Mashall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away in her Hollywood Hills, Calif., home on Monday due to complications from diabetes. Marshall starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley,” which aired from 1976 to 1983. As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million with “Big,” the 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks. She also directed “A League of Their Own,” ″Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Awakenings.”

043817-w-382:56-(AP correspondent Jennifer King, with Penny Marshall, actress/director, and music)-“I’m Jennifer King (music fades)”-Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at age 75 (18 Dec 2018)

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043802-a-194:16-(Penny Marshall, director and star of “Laverne & Shirley”, in archive AP audio from July 7, 1994)-“it doesn’t matter”-Publicist: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall has died at age 75 in Los Angeles from diabetes complications (18 Dec 2018)

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043801-a-166:08-(Penny Marshall, director and star of “Laverne & Shirley”, in archive AP audio from July 7, 1994)-“let me direct!”-Publicist: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall has died at age 75 in Los Angeles from diabetes complications (18 Dec 2018)

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CBS NIXES LES MOONVES’ SEVERANCE PACKAGE

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that CBS says there’ll be no more for Les — ousted CEO Les Moonves will have to figure out what his next step will be. Denied the $120 million golden parachute by his ex-bosses, he will have to decide whether to just take the punishment — or take the matter to arbitration. A lawyer for Moonves says the board’s decision to sever him from his severance was “without merit” — but didn’t say whether the former CEO will challenge the ruling. On the one hand, if Moonves prevails, he could get the money he thought he had coming to him. On the other hand, during the appeals process, the board might disclose some of the evidence it says it has on Moonves, further sullying his already battered image. The board didn’t specify why it decided to deny the severance. But earlier this month, The New York Times said a draft report from an outside investigation found that Moonves was guilty of more offenses than first alleged — and that he was uncooperative with those investigating him.

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043669-v-399:36-(Mike Gracia, AP correspondent)-“I’m Mike Gracia”-CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severance (18 Dec 2018)

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SANDRA BULLOCK-OSCARS

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Bullock has an impromptu idea for how to solve the Oscars host problem, and it involves a lot of improvisation. The Oscar-winning actress told The Associated Press Monday at a screening of her new film “Bird Box” that she thinks random actors should be pulled out of the audience and read what’s on the teleprompter to cover a segment of the show. She says it’s a genius solution and one everyone in the room is perfectly suited to handle. She says, “You’re an actor, figure it out.” Well, almost everyone — Bullock says she’s not attending next year’s ceremony, but would participate in her idea if she was. The Academy Awards have yet to announce a host for its Feb. 24, 2019, ceremony. Comedian Kevin Hart backed out of hosting the show earlier this month over backlash about old homophobic tweets.

SHIRLEY MACLAINE TO GET AARP AWARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine’s lifetime achievement honor at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year. The magazine announced Tuesday that MacLaine will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. The 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards will premiere on PBS on Feb. 15. MacLaine won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1983 film “Terms of Endearment.” She’s an Emmy winner and received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards. MacLaine says in a statement that the award “means a lot to me personally.” The actor joins previous Career Achievement honorees including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.

T.I. TO PAY FINE IN CURSING CASE

ATLANTA (AP) — A rep for T.I. says the rapper continues to claim innocence in a dustup at his gated community near Atlanta. But the spokesman says the rapper decided to pay a fine in the case “to put this matter to bed.” T.I. will pay a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law that prohibits public cursing. All this stems from a May incident in which the rapper forgot the key card to his gated community — and a guard wouldn’t let him in. Eventually he got through the gate, but later came back out to angrily confront the guard, demanding his supervisor’s name. Police were called and T.I. was arrested — but released on bond.

ALABAMA HITTING THE ROAD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Their 50th year as a recording act will see Alabama hitting the road. The country band says it will launch the tour next year. It’s the first time they’ve headed out since founding member Jeff Cook announced he has Parkinson’s disease. Cook, who plays guitar and fiddle, said the neurological disorder would limit his being able to tour. So the plan right now is for him to participate as much as he is able to, physically.

GARTH BROOKS TO ADD MINNESOTA SHOW

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sometimes, a prisoner might get a reprieve from a governor. In this case, it’s Garth Brooks who is delivering a reprieve FOR a governor. The country star is about to launch a stadium tour that will see him play a single night in a number of cities. But hours after tickets for his show in Minneapolis went on sale — they sold out. Brooks says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked Brooks to add a second show to the mix — and he agreed. Brooks says having the request come from the top person in the state was enough to get him to drop his one-night-only rule. And yes, Dayton will attend the second concert.

TONI BRAXTON FLEXES HER PRODUCING MUSCLES

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t get her wrong — Toni Braxton says she has no intention of leaving the music business. Just the same, she says he really loves “everything about film and filmmaking.” She says she’s always loved movies — and now that love has deepened now that she’s focusing on acting and producing. Braxton currently stars in “Every Day Is Christmas,” a Lifetime movie. She is also executive producer of the TV movie, the first of three she is doing with Lifetime. The combination of the Yuletide season and the production seem a perfect fit for Braxton. She says holidays make her “feel happy and festive and excited.” As for producing, she says now that she has “bitten the apple,” she wants the whole thing.

DETECTIVE SUING “MAKING A MURDERER”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former detective in Wisconsin is suing the filmmakers who produced the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Word of the suit is being reported by WBAY-TV in Madison, which says Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Detective Andrew Colborn is suing filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos as well as Netflix. Colborn helped convict Steven Avery in the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach — in a case chronicled in the 2015 run of the popular TV series. Colborn contends the series was edited to make viewers think he and others planted evidence to frame Avery.

CHARLES BARKLEY AND THE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

BOSTON (AP) — Imagine — a former NBA star and TV commentator becoming tight buds with a Chinese-born man who helped develop improvements in cat litter. It’s what happened between Charles Barkley and Lin Wang. The two met in a hotel lobby in Sacramento, California — and after some chit chat, got dinner and swapped phone numbers. Over the years, Barkley and Lin Wang would stay in touch; they’d catch basketball games together or hang out on the set of Barkley’s TV show, “Inside the NBA.” When Barkley’s mom died in 2015, Wang traveled to Alabama to be at the funeral. Soon afterward, Wang was diagnosed with cancer. He died this year. Wang’s daughter Shirley says her family was shocked when Barkley repaid the honor by traveling to Iowa to attend the funeral. Barkley told Wang’s family and friends, “the world is going to be a little less happier because he’s not here.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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