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January 4, 2019

‘STAR TALK’ SEASON ON HOLD AMID CLAIMS AGAINST HOST TYSON

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The current season of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” series is on hold amid sexual misconduct claims against the prominent astrophysicist. National Geographic channel said Thursday that new episodes of the science-based talk show won’t air until an investigation involving Tyson is completed. Last December, National Geographic Networks and Fox said they would examine claims that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward two women. Tyson was host of “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” on Fox in 2014, and a new edition of the series was set to air this year on National Geographic. Tyson has denied an accusation that he groped a woman and denied making sexual advances toward a production assistant at his home. He has said he will cooperate fully with what he called an impartial investigation.

WALT DISNEY JOINS SANDY HOOK-INSPIRED SCHOOL SOCIAL PROGRAM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to help expand a national educational program developed in response to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sandy Hook Promise, an organization whose founders include the parents of some of the children killed in the Connecticut shooting, announced Thursday that Disney will help fund and further develop its Start With Hello program. That is a curriculum that promotes inclusion and combats social isolation among elementary school students. The program is designed to reach children who feel marginalized and let them know that they are seen and valued. It is available to schools at no cost. Sandy Hook Promise says it expects to train 2.8 million students and adults in 6,000 schools and youth organizations in the program’s first three years.

MILEY CYRUS/LIAM HEMSWORTH WEDDING INSPIRES VIEWS OF “THE LAST SONG”

UNDATED (AP) — Interest in the film “The Last Song” spiked after the apparent wedding of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Amazon Prime Video reports streams of the 2010 movie jumped 2,000 percent in the two days after news broke the two had gotten married. Cyrus and Hemsworth met while filming it.

SANDRA OH, ANDY SAMBERG WANT LIGHT TONE AT GOLDEN GLOBES

Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg want lighter tone at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Sandra Oh says she wants to bring a lighter tone to the Golden Globes after last year’s awards show took a much more serious approach centered on the “MeToo” movement. Oh said Wednesday that she and fellow host Andy Samberg will provide a “moment of joy” at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday night. She and Samberg were first paired as award presenters during a comical set at the Emmys last year.Last year, many dressed in black at the Golden Globes in solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment. Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna says Sunday’s awards show might not be as politically charged as the previous year, but it will use its platform to honor Carol Burnett and Jeff Bridges with lifetime achievement awards.

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