FOO FIGHTERS - PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT
ATLANTA (AP) — It will be a couple of months longer before we know who will be playing in the Super Bowl. But we already know will be playing before the big game in Atlanta. The Foo Fighters have been picked to headline the DirecTV Super Saturday Night concert on Feb. 2. The 12-time Grammy winners will play at a temporary venue to be built at Atlantic Station. Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow on Ticketmaster. The Super Bowl will be Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
ARIANA GRANDE STARS IN YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande is the subject of a new documentary that’s on YouTube. It’s titled “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries” — and it provides an inside look at her recent concert tour as well as the making of her latest album, “Sweetener.” The streaming service says the four-part documentary will be on Grande’s YouTube channel.
MISSY ELLIOTT UP FOR MAJOR SONGWRITING HONOR
NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott says she is “so humbled and truly blessed” to be nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The rapper-producer has been an important songwriter in the hip-hop era, writing hits not only for herself but also for singers like Monica and Fantasia. Elliott says she gets a lot of song ideas from listening to her friends talk about their lives. If Elliott gets into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, she’d be the first female rapper inducted and the third rapper overall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
MANDELA CENTENNIAL TO FEATURE BEYONCÉ, JAY-Z, ED SHEERAN
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some top American musical talent will be in South Africa on Sunday — to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s birth. Among the performers lined up for the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg are Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran. Oprah Winfrey will deliver the keynote address. Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize and became South Africa’s first black president, died in 2013. He was 95.
‘AMERICAN GRAFFITI’ SCREENWRITER GLORIA KATZ DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote “American Graffiti,” helped give Princess Leia her power in “Star Wars” and penned “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” She was 76. Willard Huyck told the Hollywood Reporter that Katz died on Sunday, their 49th wedding anniversary, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling ovarian cancer.
The couple shared an Oscar nomination with director George Lucas for “American Graffiti” and secretly doctored his script for “Star Wars.” The Reporter quoted Katz as saying they shaped Carrie Fisher’s Leia into a woman who “can take command,” not “just a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved.” They later co-wrote “Lucky Lady,” ″Messiah of Evil,” ″French Postcards,” ″Best Defense,” ″Howard the Duck,” and “Radioland Murders.”
CHRISTMAS TREE IN NYC’S ROCKEFELLER PLAZA LIT
NEW YORK (AP) — One the nation’s most iconic Christmas trees is now lit. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio threw the switch last night, illuminating the tree in Rockefeller Plaza with thousands of LED lights — and a huge crystal star at the top. As part of the festivities, John Legend, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall serenaded the audience with holiday music. The event aired live on NBC.
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TRUMP LIGHTS NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump did the countdown. But it was first lady Melania Trump who threw the switch to light the National Christmas Tree yesterday evening in Washington. The tree is surrounded by 56 smaller trees. They represent each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and each of the U.S. territories.
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MAHERSHALA ALI - LIFE-CHANGING
NEW YORK (AP) — A lot of movie fans became aware of Mahershala Ali only when he won an Oscar last year for best supporting actor for “Moonlight.” But he’s been around for a while. And he says his Oscar win helped put his career on a different trajectory. Ali says winning an Oscar gave him “permission in some way to not dream bigger — but dream deeper.” He says instead of thinking in terms of what work he wanted to do, he began to think about “what type of work” he wanted to do. Ali also says if you think he was consumed with the Oscars last year — think again. Four days before he won his wife gave birth to their first child. He says after the ceremony all he could think about was getting home to his wife and baby.
“THE HANDMAID’S TALE” - SEQUEL
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been a popular book and it has been turned into a popular TV series. Now, the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is writing a sequel. Margaret Atwood says “The Testaments” will be published next September by Doubleday Books. The book is set 15 years after the final scene of Offred, narrator of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood’s novel about a dystopian society in the imagined land of Gilead was a best seller when first published in 1985. It rocketed back on the charts after Donald Trump’s election in 2016. The novel is also the basis for an acclaimed series on Hulu.
NPR CUTS TIES WITH CONTRIBUTOR DAVID EDELSTEIN
NEW YORK (AP) — New York magazine says it is reviewing its relationship with David Edelstein. And for now, he still works there. But that isn’t the case with NPR. It has cut ties with him as a contributor for cracking a joke online about rape. It happened when after the death of Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, who did “Last Tango in Paris.” In the movie there’s a scene where Marlon Brando rapes actress Maria Schneider — and uses a stick of butter for lubrication. Edelstein cracked online that “Even grief is better with butter.” Edelstein later apologized, but it wasn’t enough to save his NPR gig. Whether it will also cost Edelstein his job with New York magazine remains to be seen.
SINCLAIR DISTANCES ITSELF FROM EPSHTEYN COMMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair Broadcast Group is distancing itself from commentary by its chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn, who this week supported the Trump administration’s efforts to stop migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico. The commentary has triggered protests, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists said it is reconsidering allowing Sinclair representatives to attend its job recruitment events. Sinclair tweeted that Epshteyn’s opinions “in this segment do not reflect the views of Sinclair Broadcast Group.” The company owns dozens of local television stations across the country. Sinclair didn’t specify which Epshteyn comments it was referring to.
WISCONSIN U. REPRIMANDS CHANCELLOR FOR INVITING PORN STAR TO SPEAK ON CAMPUS
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — What one official at The University of Wisconsin thought was a way to advocate free speech may end up costing him. UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow invited porn star Nina Hartley to speak on campus Nov. 1 as part of Free Speech Week. She was paid $5,000 from a school discretionary fund for the 90-minute gig. Now the president of the university system is questioning the discretion of that decision. He has reprimanded Gow — and warned him he may not get a raise next month. Gow apologized on Nov. 13 for what he called the “sensationalistic” media attention Hartley’s visit attracted. And he says he will reimburse the school for the money the porn star was paid.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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