TRUMP TO ADDRESS NATION ON MEXICO BORDER WALL
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tonight, President Donald Trump will have his say on national TV about why he feels the nation needs a border wall with Mexico. And Democrats will be given the chance to make their case against the barrier.
Trump’s address will be carried on all the major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — as well as on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and MSNBC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will give the Democratic response.
An impasse over wall funding has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its third week.
Pelosi and Schumer have flatly refused to pay for the wall. They said Tuesday they will deliver their response to Trump after his address at 9 p.m. EST.
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KEVIN SPACEY PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN GROPING CASE
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — An attorney for Kevin Spacey says the actor and an 18-year-old busboy engaged in “at best...mutual and consensual flirtation” in 2016. Spacey has pleaded not guilty to charges of groping the young man. The case in Massachusetts represents the first criminal case Spacey faces since a series of sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career. A former Boston TV anchor says the fired “House of Cards” star sexually assaulted her son at a bar on the island of Nantucket. At a hearing yesterday, the judge ordered Spacey to stay away from his accuser and the man’s family. The next hearing on the matter is March 4. Spacey won’t have to appear in person but the judge says he must be reachable by phone that day.
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OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND SUIT REJECTED BY SUPREME COURT
WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t say why — and it never does. But the Supreme Court has decided not to take on a case involving old-school actress Olivia de Havilland. The suit stems from the FX Networks miniseries, “Feud: Bette and Joan.” It’s about acting rivals Bette (BETT’-ee) Davis and Joan Crawford, who engaged in an extended beef back in the day. How does de Havilland fit into this? The actress, who’s 102, went to court to complain the series painted her as a vulgar gossip. She also claims her likeness was used illegally. The suit was tossed by a California court and the dismissal was upheld by a state appeals court. The Supreme Court decision not to even deal with the case gives the California appeals court the final say.
BONNAROO LINEUP ANNOUNCED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is taking shape. Among the biggest names to be featured are Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B, the Lumineers and Phish. The announcement from festival organizers says Phish will take the Bonnaroo stage for the first time since 2012 and will do two sets at the outdoor event in Manchester, Tennessee. Other acts include Solange, The Grand Ole Opry, The Avett Brothers, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile and Brockhampton. Bonnaroo, now in its 18th year, will run from June 13 to 16.
BOOSIE BADAZZ PEPPER SPRAYED
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Was a musician profiled for shopping while black? That’s the question raised in a case filed by Boosie BadAzz, who says he was pepper-sprayed by a Mississippi mall guard. The hip-hop star went into Dillard’s department store during Black Beach Weekend in Biloxi in 2017 — and some 20 onlookers entered with him. Officer Matt Howard says he was called to deal with an “unruly crowd.” Boosie says a mall guard pepper-sprayed him repeatedly. The guard says he sprayed Boosie’s assistant because he clenched his fists after being asked to leave. A store employee says the guard was known for being aggressive toward black shoppers. A preliminary hearing was held yesterday; a settlement meeting is set for next Thursday.
BROADWAY DISPUTE THREATENS UPCOMING PROJECTS
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a chance the pipeline for new Broadway musicals and plays might be shut off — because of a labor dispute. Actors’ Equity, which represents theater performers, is calling on members to stop doing developmental work with commercial producers. In these labs, actors and writers test material for shows in development. But the union says the performers aren’t being paid enough — and should get a cut of the profits if the productions make it big. The strike against lab work comes as Broadway finished last year with its highest grosses on record.
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WRITERS GUILD AWARD NOMINEES NAMED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s said movie actors would have nothing to say if there weren’t people putting their words on paper. And the group representing screenwriters is in the process of honoring those who do that. The Writers Guild of America is out with its nominees for this year’s awards. For best adapted screenplay, the nominees are “Black Panther,” ″A Star Is Born,” ″BlacKkKlansman,” ″Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” For original screenplay, the nominations are for the writers of ”″Eighth Grade,” ″Roma,” ″Vice,” ″A Quiet Place,” and “Green Book.” Winners will be announced on Feb. 17.
DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Lee are among the nominees for the Director’s Guild award for outstanding directorial achievement. The DGA announced its five nominees Tuesday in one of the most closely watched guild awards leading up to next month’s Academy Awards. Cuaron is nominated for his personal black-and-white drama “Roma,” Cooper for his “A Star Is Born” remake and Lee for his white supremacist tale “BlacKkKlansman.” The other nominees are Peter Farrelly for the interracial road trip tale “Green Book” and Adam McKay for “Vice,” his biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Among those left out was Ryan Coogler, who helmed the superhero sensation “Black Panther.”
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD-ALAN ALDA
NEW YORK (AP) — One of America’s sweethearts will hand the torch to another when Tom Hanks presents Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony. The 82-year-old Alda, a Golden Globe and Emmy-winner, will become the 55th recipient of the annual award given to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Hanks hands it to him in a Jan. 27 ceremony. Alda tells The Associated Press he had no idea Hanks would honor him, and says he was thrilled by the news. Alda is perhaps best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the television series MASH. Alda has won six Emmy Awards and was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Aviator.”
GOLDEN GLOBES - RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — A mixed bag of ratings news from Sunday’s Golden Globes. The down side: ratings were lower. The up side: the drop is only a slight one from last year. Nielsen reports 18.6 million people saw the show, compared to 19.1 million last year. That bucks the tide of audience drop-offs for awards shows like the Oscars and Grammys. But the nail-biter of a NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears may have helped goose the numbers for the Golden Globes this year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele’s “Us,” his anticipated follow-up to “Get Out,” will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. SXSW announced Tuesday that “Us” will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele’s “Get Out,” ″Us” is a socially minded horror thriller. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o as a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband and two children. On the vacation, an unresolved trauma from her past is unearthed leading to an eerie confrontation for the family with doppelgangers of themselves. “Us” will be released March 15 by Universal Pictures. Peele also produces along with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Co-stars include Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. SXSW runs March 8-17.
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is backing up a season with strong TV ratings with strong viewership numbers for the playoffs so far. The league ways the four-wild card games over the weekend drew an average of 28.4 million viewers. That’s a 12-percent increase over last year. The most-watched game of the weekend was Sunday’s clash between Philadelphia and Chicago. It averaged 35.89 million, the most-watched wild-card game on record. The audience for the Eagles-Bears game peaked at 45.1 million viewers during the final nine minutes of a game — which was decided on a last-second field goal attempt that missed after hitting both a goalpost upright and the crossbar.
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