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October 4, 2018

SUGE KNIGHT SENTENCING DUE TODAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has sentenced Marion “Suge” Knight to 28 years in prison nearly four years after the former rap mogul killed a man with his truck. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen handed down the sentence as expected Thursday for running over and killing businessman Terry Carter outside a Compton burger stand in 2015. Members of Carter’s family addressed the court including daughter Crystal, who called Knight “a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species.” Knight stared forward throughout. Knight avoided a murder trial that was about to begin when he agreed two weeks ago to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and accept the sentence. The Death Row Records co-founder appeared in court for the sentencing wearing orange prison attire with chains on his arms and legs alongside Albert Deblanc Jr., his 16th lawyer in the case.

031853-v-297:36-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison (4 Oct 2018)

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031854-c-147:36-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent)-“extra six years”-Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison (4 Oct 2018)

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KAVANAUGH HEARING - RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to Brett Kavanaugh and his feisty testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee — the “eyes” have it. Eyes — as the number of people who tuned in to watch, that is. Nielsen reports more people watched Kavanaugh defend himself than watched the testimony of Christine Blasey (BLAH’-see) Ford, the woman who accuses him of sexual assault decades ago. During the peak viewing hour for both, Kavanaugh drew 35 percent more viewers than Ford did — 25 million-plus to Ford’s 18.7 million. The difference, however, appears rooted more in habit than politics; more people tend to watch TV as evening approaches — as opposed to late morning.

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031774-v-357:36-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Kavanaugh had the edge over his accuser in TV audience size (4 Oct 2018)

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031775-v-263:28-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Kavanaugh had the edge over his accuser in TV audience size (4 Oct 2018)

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031776-c-76:80-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“to late morning”-Kavanaugh had the edge over his accuser in TV audience size (4 Oct 2018)

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DREW BARRYMORE - EGYPTIAN AIRLINE

CAIRO (AP) — Ever read one of those in-flight magazines featuring a celebrity interview — and find it’s some fluff piece? That wasn’t the case for people flying on EgyptAir. The national carrier’s in-flight publication has an article about Drew Barrymore that’s been described as “surreal.” For one thing, it’s riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. And it describes Barrymore as a person who has had “almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages” and says she’s been so “unstable in her relationships” because her parents divorced. Barrymore hasn’t commented. And some news reports here in the states quote her reps as denying any such interview took place. But EgyptAir has tweeted a thank you to the author for a “clarification” in which she claims the Barrymore interview was real — and that it took place in New York.

BACKSTREET BOYS - OKLAHOMA

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — What was first postponed is now canceled. The Backstreet Boys say they won’t be able to make up an Oklahoma concert date that was blown away when a storm damaged the venue. At least 14 people were hospitalized Aug. 18 when a storm took out some of the trusses holding up an entrance at the WinStar World Casino and resort in Thackerville. Those holding tickets will get refunds.

TINA TURNER - BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) — Add one to the list of jukebox musicals on Broadway. Tina Turner’s life story is being made into a production that will be on New York’s famed Great White Way soon. Producers of “Tina” say the musical will hit the boards next fall. The production made its world premiere in London back in April. Who gets to play Tina? That hasn’t been decided yet. Musicals featuring the lives and music of Donna Summer, Carole King and Cher have already have recently made their way to Broadway.

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031641-w-248:88-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Tina Turner show to join Cher, Summer and King on Broadway (3 Oct 2018)

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031642-r-482:16-(Tina Turner, performing “What’s Love Got To Do With It”)-”(music fades)”-Tina Turner show to join Cher, Summer and King on Broadway (3 Oct 2018)

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CLINTONS PORTRAYED ON BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) — “Roseanne” star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of “The Crown” are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play. “Hillary and Clinton,” by Lucas Hnath, author of “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2019. The play is set in New Hampshire during the early days of 2008 as Hillary Clinton tries to save her troubled campaign for president. Two-time Tony winner Metcalf played a Hillary Clinton supporter in the “Roseanne” reboot earlier this year and continues her role as Jackie on the spinoff, “The Conners.” Two-time Tony winner Lithgow has had notable turns on “Dexter” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

KATE HUDSON GIVES BIRTH TO GIRL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Kate Hudson, the third time was — the girl. The actress has posted on Instagram that she has given birth to her first girl, after having two sons. The star of “Almost Famous” says the new arrival is named Rani (RAH’-nee) Rose Hudson Fujikawa — and was born Tuesday. Not only is it Hudson’s first daughter, it’s her first with her boyfriend, musician Danny Fujikawa. The baby is named after her paternal grandfather, whose name is Ron.

MISCHA BARTON JOINS “THE HILLS”

NEW YORK (AP) — Mischa Barton is changing shows — and networks. The former star of Fox’s “The O.C.” will be on MTV’s reboot of its reality show “The Hills.” The revamped show, “The Hills: New Beginnings,” features original cast members Audrina Patridge, Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Whitney Port and Brody Jenner. For those keeping track, “The Hills” was a spinoff of “Laguna Beach,” which starred Lauren Conrad and her eventual replacement, Kristin Cavallari. Neither will be in the reboot, which begins airing next year.

ALAN ALDA TO GET SAG AWARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alan Alda will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. The actors union announced Thursday that Alda will accept its highest honor on January 27. The award to given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Alda’s long list of credits include 11 seasons as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on “M.A.S.H.,” TV turns on “The West Wing” and “Ray Donovan,” and roles in films such as “Manhattan Murder Mystery” and “The Aviator.” He has earned an Oscar nomination, six Emmys, six Golden Globes and three Tony Award nominations. He also founded the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Previous Life Achievement Award recipients include Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier and George Burns.

‘THE SITUATION’ WILL SEEK PROBATION ON TAX CHARGE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino is seeking probation when he’s sentenced Friday on tax charges, while prosecutors want a sentence of 14 months. The requests are part of sentencing memos obtained by The Associated Press. Sorrentino pleaded guilty in January to concealing his income in 2011 by making cash deposits that wouldn’t trigger federal reporting requirements. He and his brother were charged in 2014 with multiple tax offenses related to nearly $9 million in income. In his sentencing request, Sorrentino’s attorney argues the reality TV star had a minor role in the conspiracy and has overcome substance addiction in the time since his arrest. The government’s memo argues that a prison sentence would send the message that “tax fraud will be met with real punishment.”

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME SON SENTENCED

PHOENIX (AP) — One of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s sons has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Nicholas Francois Van Varenberg drew the sentence after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct for holding a roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Police in Tempe (tem-PEE’) say Van Damme’s son got upset at the roommate for answering the door — then grabbed a knife and kept his roomie from leaving the apartment. As part of the deal for copping to disorderly conduct, authorities have dropped drug and kidnapping charges against Van Varenberg.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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