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May 22, 2019

“RED NOSE DAY”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the stars of ‘This Is Us’ says one of the simplest things to improve the lives of young people is to “get a kid educated, to get a kid healthy, to get a kid safe.” And that’s one of the reasons you’ll see Milo Ventimiglia on tonight’s Red Nose Day USA special. The actor says he got a firsthand look at how money raised from the annual NBC event is being used. He visited an area near Nairobi, Kenya back in April. And he says while in Africa, he saw kids being given “a better shot at life.” Terry Crews will host the event, which runs Thursday from 8-10 p.m., eastern. There will be musical performances from John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton and Sting. So far the American version of Red Nose Day has raised close to $150 million.

TV RATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It seems everyone was talking about the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones.’ But when it came to ratings, the show that deserved a seat on the Iron Throne _ that is, if it hadn’t been melted by dragon fire _ was ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ In the battle between the two top rated shows, Sheldon and his geeky band of science freaks outdueled Jon Snow and his hordes. The CBS show had 18.5 million live viewers _ while the number of live viewers for Game of Thrones was 13.6 million.

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WAITING ON GEORGE

NEW YORK (AP) — So, will the new ‘Game of Thrones’ books have the same ending as the TV series that just wrapped up on HBO? The man writing them says yes _ and no. George R.R. Martin says once he finishes the last two volumes of the ‘Thrones’ books, he’ll leave it up to fans to argue about it over the internet. As for when to expect the first of the two books, don’t hold your breath. Martin says ‘The Winds of Winter’ is late and “will be done” _ he just isn’t saying when.

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SUSPECT INDICTED IN NIPSEY HUSSLE SLAYING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted the man police say gunned down rapper Nipsey Hussle. Eric Ronald Holder Jr. faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm _ charges stemming from the two others who were shot when Hussle was gunned down in March. He also faces a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could get life if convicted. Holder had already been charged with the same crimes. His being indicted now means that prosecutors can skip an evidentiary hearing _ and proceed directly to trial.

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DJ KHALED TALKS ABOUT NIPSEY HUSSLE TRACK

NEW YORK (AP) — He is leaving it up to fans to decide how beautiful the music is. But DJ Khaled (KAL’-ehd) says the time spend recording one of Nipsey Hussle’s last songs was definitely a beautiful experience. The two worked together on “Higher,” which also features John Legend. Khaled says when he and Hussle did the project, “it was all beautiful energy” _ and the rapper put that same energy into the song and the video, which was taped just days before he was shot to death in Los Angeles. Khaled is donating proceeds from “Higher” to Hussle’s children. And he says Hussle’s legacy of trying to bring people together is being carried forward by others now _ though the sad thing is that he isn’t here to see it.

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ADAM DRIVER CREDITS THE MILITARY FOR THE COURAGE TO ACT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Adam Driver, who has won an Oscar nomination for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and stars in the ‘Star Wars’ saga, credits something a bit different for his career _ his military service. Driver joined the Marines shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks and credits his time in the service for providing him the courage he needed to become an actor. He says being in the military makes the civilian world less scary. Driver is helping his fellow military veterans with his charity, Arts in the Armed Forces. He’s just been nominated for a Tony Award for his work on Broadway in ‘Burn This’.

PITT, DICAPRIO TALK TARANTINO’S LOVE LETTER TO HOLLYWOOD

CANNES, France (AP) _ Leonardo DiCaprio says he and Brad Pitt “forged a cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.” The two stars spoke to reporters at the Cannes (kan) Film Festival the day after the movie premiered at the French event. This is the first feature DiCaprio and Pitt have made together, though they co-starred in a 2015 short directed by Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH’-see). Pitt says he hopes they get to work together again. Tarantino’s film stars DiCaprio as a 1960s actor in Hollywood and Pitt as his stunt double. It’s set against the backdrop of the 1969 Manson family murders.

JAKE BLACK, OF ALABAMA 3 AND ‘SOPRANOS’ THEME FAME, DIES

LONDON (AP) _ Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened ‘The Sopranos’ and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced Black’s death Tuesday on Facebook and says it is “heartbroken.” His age and the cause of death were not available. The group wrote that Black, who performed as The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, had taken ill after performing at England’s Highpoint Festival on Friday and died at a hospital Tuesday. Black formed the group with Rob Spragg in 1995. Their song ‘Woke Up This Morning’ was featured on their 1997 album “Exile on the Coldharbour Lane.” That song was used as the opening theme music for the HBO series about a New Jersey mob boss.

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1990’S DRAME ‘PARTY OF FIVE’ REBOOT INVOLVES DEPORTED PARENTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A reboot of the 1990s teen drama ‘Party of Five’ will center on a Mexican American family with parents who have been deported to Mexico. The new series to air on the Freeform network comes as millions of Latinos in the U.S. grapple with uncertainty around deportations and aggressive immigration reform under the Trump Administration. The show’s creators say they have rejected previous reboot attempts, but says they changed their minds after reading stories about Latino family separations.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S NEW ACTION FILM GETS A TITLE, ‘TENET’

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s upcoming international espionage film has a title. Warner Bros. on Wednesday says the action epic is called ‘Tenet.’ The ensemble cast includes Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Nolan is directing off of his own script and shooting on a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film. “Tenet” is expected to hit theaters on July 17, 2020.

CHRIS SOULES SENTENCING DELAYED

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — It’s one of those legal issues that can make people scratch their heads. Former ‘The Bachelor’ star Chris Soules was to be sentenced yesterday for his role in a fatal road wreck two years ago. But the decision was delayed _ because the judge decided against hearing victim impact statements from relatives of the farmer who died when Soules rear-ended his tractor. The statements weren’t considered because Soules wasn’t specifically charged with their deaths _ rather, for leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious injury. No word on when the sentencing will be reset.

POLITICAL CRITIC ORDERED TO PAY $170K IN CHILD SUPPORT CASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Political commentator and former congressional candidate Steve Gill has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $170,000 by June, or spend 10 days in jail. The Tennessean reports that a judge has ruled that Gill must pay a total of $245,300 to Kathryn Gill. His ex-wife sued in January for the cost of supporting their children, including medical care and college expenses. The WLAC radio show host owns the company Gill Media, an online right-wing media outlet.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. OFFERING REWARD FOR MISSING SHOTGUN

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) _ Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for anyone who can find his grandfather’s missing shotgun. The singer known for hits including “Family Tradition” has posted a letter online saying he spent a lot of time growing up in south Alabama with his grandfather. The letter says he can’t locate the man’s old Remington Model 11-48 shotgun, which he wants to pass on. An attorney for Williams, Steve Smith, says the gun is believed to be lost, not stolen. Smith says the 16-gauge shotgun was likely last seen at a lake cabin or house near Cullman, Alabama. He says the reward offer has generated a few tips. Williams sang about the man who owned the shotgun in his 1973 song “Grandpa Shepherd.”

DONALD TRUMP JR HAS BOOK OUT LATER THIS YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has a book coming out later this year featuring his “views and perspectives” on the political scene and his father’s presidency. Center Street, an imprint of Hachette Book Group says that the book currently is untitled. No exact release date has been set. Trump Jr. said in a statement that he would highlight “the great achievements” of his father’s administration, and write about both those who support him and oppose him. The president’s son has spoken often on his father’s behalf over the past few years. Center Street has published other prominent Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES’).

LIONSGATE THEME PARK TO OPEN IN CHINA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to be immersed in some of the scenes of movies like ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight?’ _ and do so with loads of like-minded tourists. You’ll want to head to China, where those and other Lionsgate films will get the theme park treatment. The park will feature more than 25 rides and virtual reality experiences _ all packed into a futuristic looking bean-shaped building that stands 10 stories high. The park is set to open in July _ and is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operation.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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