Aug. 21, 2018
MADONNA EXPLAINS ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE AT MTV VMAS
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says she wasn't asked and didn't intend to do a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star was scorched online for telling a lengthy story about Franklin on Sunday's show that had more to do with herself than the Queen of Soul, who died last week. But in an Instagram post on Monday, Madonna said she was asked to present the video of the year award and share any anecdotes she had in her career that were connected to Franklin. Madonna story was about singing a song popularized by Franklin during an audition but included much more about her own career. She wrote that she could never do Franklin justice with a tribute amid the noise and tinsel of an award show.
024722-w-342:96-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with Madonna, singer)-"I'm Margie Szaroleta"-Madonna says she didn't intend to do tribute to Franklin (21 Aug 2018)
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024627-a-169:44-(Madonna, musician)-"by Aretha Franklin"-Cardi B wins big at MTV VMA, a show that feels flat (21 Aug 2018)
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JON STEWART GIVES HOME TO GOATS FOUND IN SUBWAY
NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart has made a home for two goats found roaming along the subway tracks in New York City. A train operator on Monday alerted headquarters about "two very baaaaad boys" along the N Line in Brooklyn. It wasn't clear where the goats came from. Police arrived on the scene, tranquilized the goats, and took them to an animal shelter. That's when Stewart stepped in. In a video , Stewart is shown helping load the goats into a trailer to Farm Sanctuary. The comedian and his wife own the shelter in Watkins Glen, New York. The sanctuary says the goats are males and have been named Billy and Willy.
024704-v-362:88-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-"Warren Levinson, New York"-Jon Stewart helps aid goats found on New York subway tracks (21 Aug 2018)
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KELLY MARIE TRAN BREAKS SILENCE ABOUT ONLINE HARASSMENT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Marie Tran is breaking her silence about online harassment months after deleting her Instagram account. In an essay published Tuesday in The New York Times, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress wrote it "wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them." Tran deleted her Instagram account in June. She wrote the words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color had taught her, that she belonged "in margins and spaces." She wrote she started blaming herself and felt brainwashed into believing her existence was "limited to the boundaries of another person's approval." Tran wrote she wants to live in a world where people of all races and genders are seen as human beings. Tran will reprise her role as Rose Tico in next year's "Star Wars: Episode IX."
PETER JACKSON WILL PREMIERE NEW FILM IN LONDON
LONDON (AP) — "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson's new film — a documentary that transforms grainy footage from World War I into color — has a title and a world premiere date at the London Film Festival in October. The festival said Tuesday that "They Shall Not Grow Old" will be screened in London and at cinemas across Britain on Oct. 16, less than a month before the centenary of the war's end. The Academy Award-winning director restored film from the Imperial War Museum using cutting-edge digital technology and hand coloring, pairing it with archive audio recollections from veterans of the conflict. Jackson said he wanted "wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more."
024672-v-309:36-(Zerya Shakely (ZEHR'-yuh SHAK'-eh-lee), AP correspondent)-"Zerya Shakely, London"-Peter Jackson's WWI film to premiere at London Film Festival (21 Aug 2018)
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ERIC STONESTREET MAKES VIDEO FOR KANSAS STATE
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet is making a tongue-in-cheek video series chronicling his recruiting visit to the Kansas State football program. The 46-year-old Kansas State graduate says on Twitter that a lot of people are asking him what he will do after the 10th year of playing the character Cameron Tucker on the hit ABC sitcom. He says appearing on TV is one dream, but playing college football is another. In a preview of the series, the Kansas City, Kansas, native appears in full uniform and says: "I don't know if, God forbid I fell down on the field, if I could get up." Stonestreet says episodes of the recruiting trip will be released in weekly installments. It's unclear whether coach Bill Snyder will make an appearance.
ASIA ARGENTO DENIES SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ACCUSER
NEW YORK (AP) — The Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento says she never had a sexual relationship with the young actor whom she paid $380,000 after he accused her of sexual assault. In a statement Tuesday, Argento said reports were "absolutely false" and that she was linked "in friendship only" to Jimmy Bennett, a now 22-year-old Los Angeles actor who filed a legal notice of intent to sue Argento. As detailed in a New York Times story published Sunday, Bennett claimed Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17. Argento said the $380,000 payment was made by her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, the television star chef. Argento said Bourdain "personally undertook to help Bennett economically" under the condition that he not contact Argento again. A lawyer for Bennett did not immediately comment Tuesday.
024723-v-334:32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-"Warren Levinson, New York"-Argento denies sexual assault, says Bourdain made payment (21 Aug 2018)
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COMEDIAN APOLOGIZES TO PURDUE STUDENTS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Comedian Andy Gross is apologizing after a performance at Indiana's Purdue University angered some students and led school officials to call parts of his act "inappropriate." A representative for Los Angeles-based comedian and ventriloquist says Gross is "profoundly sorry" and regrets causing any offense or discomfort. Spokeswoman Rebecca Kaufman says Gross will no longer perform on college campuses. Some walked out of his Saturday performance and accused Gross of harassing a female student he called on stage to assist with his routine. They say he made a crude reference to his own genitalia and requested that the student touch his leg, among other comments they found distasteful. School officials say accounts differ as to what exactly happened, but that parts of the performance were contrary to the university's values.
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