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February 9, 2018

TARANTINO APOLOGIZES FOR POLANSKI RAPE COMMENTS

NEW YORK (AP) - Quentin Tarantino apologized yesterday to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for comments he made in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern. In a statement to IndieWire, Tarantino called his comments about Geimer “cavalier” and said he was “ignorant and insensitive and, above all, incorrect.” In the recently resurfaced interview with Stern, Tarantino said that Geimer “wanted to have it” and that she was “down to party.” He says that now, “Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was.” He went on to say that he “incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative.” Polanski has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor.

OMAROSA-CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former reality TV star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she would never again vote for President Donald Trump. She made the remark Thursday on “Celebrity Big Brother.” Manigault Newman was an assistant to the president until she left in December. She is now one of 11 cast members for the reality TV show “Celebrity Big Brother.” The actress met Trump as a contestant on his TV show “The Apprentice,” which aired in 2004. Her support of Trump was challenged by another Big Brother contestant, Keshia Knight Pulliam. Manigault Newman compared her loyalty to the president to that of Knight Pulliam for Bill Cosby. Previously, Knight Pulliam has said accusations of sexual abuse against Cosby don’t reflect the man she worked with as a child actress on “The Cosby Show.”

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001-a-10-(Raj Shah, White House deputy press secretary, at news conference)-“no contact now”-White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah says the administration doesn’t take Omarosa Manigault Newman’s criticisms seriously. (9 Feb 2018)

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OSCARS-SCI-TECH AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Engineers and inventors who create innovations for the movie business have their own Academy Awards. And this year’s ceremony is set for Saturday, with Patrick Stewart hosting. This year’s awardees include an advanced camera rig mount that makes aerial shots easier and several software developments critical to modern animated movies. The Presto and Premo character animation systems allow artists to see their fully rendered characters interact with other characters in real time. Since 1977, these prizes have been awarded at a dinner ceremony ahead of the Academy Awards. Unlike the Academy Awards, Sci-Tech prizes aren’t for the previous year’s work. Inventions aren’t generally considered for Sci-Tech Awards until they’ve been used in various productions.

“FIFTY SHADES FREED” ACTOR ON HOW HE GETS THROUGH INTIMATE SCENES

PARIS (AP) — Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are able to do sex scenes in the “Fifty Shades” movies because they’re close friends. Dornan says that may sound weird, but it means they can trust each other and have a laugh when it’s needed. It’s the fans who can’t separate Dornan from his character, Christian Grey, that can get difficult. Dornan says sometimes it takes a while to convince someone that he’s just an Irish guy who acts for a living. The latest movie, “Fifty Shades Freed,” opens today.

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002-a-19-(Jamie Dornan, actor, in AP interview)-“in him eventually”-Actor Jamie Dornan says his character, Christian Grey, is showing growth in “Fifty Shades Freed.” (9 Feb 2018)

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003-a-11-(Jamie Dornan, actor, in AP interview)-“up you know”-Actor Jamie Dornan says Christian and Ana’s relationship in “Fifty Shades Freed” shows it has some cracks. (9 Feb 2018)

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004-a-13-(Jamie Dornan, actor, in AP interview)-“trust each other”-Actor Jamie Dornan says he’d never be able to get through intimate scenes with Dakota Johnson if they didn’t like each other. (9 Feb 2018)

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005-a-13-(Jamie Dornan, actor, in AP interview)-“every day yeah”-Actor Jamie Dornan says some fans believe he actually is Christian Grey. (9 Feb 2018)

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STINKY, ICKY MUSEUM EXHIBIT

LONDON (AP) - London’s newest museum attraction is greasy, smelly - and a glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life. Yesterday, the Museum of London unveiled its latest display, a chunk of a 143-ton fatberg that was blasted out of a city sewer last year. The museum has lovingly preserved a shoe-box sized piece of it. It has a mottled consistency that a curator likens to parmesan crossed with moon rock. Close examination reveals the presence of tiny flies. It’s encased in three nested transparent boxes to protect visitors from potentially deadly bacteria, and from the fatberg’s noxious smell. Curator Vyki Sparkes says the lump started out smelling like a used diaper “that maybe you’d forgotten about and found a few weeks later.” But she says it’s mellowed out now to the smell of a “damp Victorian basement.” She says “It’s disgusting and fascinating. And that’s what’s been great to work with - it has this impact on people.”

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013-w-30-(Asya Fouks (AH’-sya fooks), AP correspondent with curator Vyki Sparkes)--London’s newest museum attraction offers a greasy, smelly glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life. AP correspondent Asya Fouks reports. (9 Feb 2018)

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CRONKITE-TV NEWS GRANT

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State University’s journalism school is getting nearly $2 million in funding to research the future of television news. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is the recipient of a $1.9 million grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant will go toward experiments in broadcast and digital storytelling. It will also fund the establishment of an online hub where TV newsrooms can share research and innovations. Associate Dean Mark Lodato says broadcast news companies are under tremendous pressure to keep audiences without alienating core viewers.

PRODUCER-THEATRE DIRECTOR

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City arts center that claims to be the oldest continually operating performing arts center in the country has named a Broadway producer as its new artistic director. David Binder - who has produced Broadway shows such as the 2004 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” and the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” - will succeed Brooklyn Academy of Music Executive Producer Joseph Melillo. Melillo is leaving at the end of this year after three decades at the Brooklyn arts center. BAM has a long history in New York City since its founding in 1861. The New York Times reports the nonprofit is one of the city’s leading arts centers, with an annual budget of $50 million and a yearly audience of 750,000.