SHEERAN TOP RECORD SELLER OF 2017
LONDON (AP) — Everyone refers to last year as 2017 — but a global music industry group says you could just as easily call it the year of Ed Sheeran. He’s been named the best-selling recording artist of 2K17. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says Sheeran had the world’s top selling album last year with “Divide” — and the world’s best-selling single with “Shape of You.” The group’s leader says Sheeran’s success is a testament to his ability to write and record music that reaches “a truly global fan base.” The 2016 winner was Drake; he finished second this year. Finishing behind Sheeran and Drake this year are Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY EXPECTED TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s looking more and more like the beginning of the end for The Weinstein Company. The firm’s board of directors is expected to file for bankruptcy. The move comes as the board has failed to sell off its remaining assets in the wake of the sex scandal affecting its co-founder. Harvey Weinstein was fired last fall after an avalanche of accusations that he sexually harassed and assaulted dozens of women, including top actresses. The company’s been reeling since and The Los Angeles Times quotes the board as saying it has no choice but to declare bankruptcy.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN – LAWYERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as the company he co-founded tries to regain its financial footing, Harvey Weinstein is acknowledging a misstep by the lawyers he hired to defend himself against a massive lawsuit against him. Weinstein’s attorneys used positive quotes from actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep in an effort to paint Weinstein as a less sinister figure than dozens of women claim he is. The Oscar-winning actresses called Weinstein out on it — and he says that was a mistake he promises won’t happen again. He has also apologized to Streep and Lawrence.
011-v-31-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Harvey Weinstein apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after the actresses rebuked him for letting his lawyer use their names in a court filing. (26 Feb 2018)
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010-v-33-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–Harvey Weinstein is apologizing to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports. (26 Feb 2018)
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012-c-22-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“that mistake again”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Harvey Weinstein has caught flak for what he says are his attorney’s actions. (26 Feb 2018)
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“BLACK PANTHER” – BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” has clamped its jaws on the top spot of the box office list — and is showing no signs of easing its grip. The movie has taken another $108 million in its second weekend in theaters. Only one other movie ever has taken in more money in week-two. Overall, there are just four movies that have raked in $100 million or more in each of their first two weeks.
001-w-37-(Ben Thomas, AP correspondent, with audio from “Black Panther”)–“Black Panther” continues to prove itself as one of the biggest blockbusters of all-time. AP correspondent Ben Thomas reports. ((opens with sound from trailer)) (26 Feb 2018)
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002-w-45-(Ben Thomas, AP correspondent, with audio from “Black Panther”)–“Black Panther” has scored one of the best second weekends ever with more than $108 million in ticket sales. AP correspondent Ben Thomas reports. ((opens with sound from trailer)) (26 Feb 2018)
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BRENDAN FRASER – HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION CLAIM
UNDATED (AP) — Like most of the sexual misconduct allegations that have come to light — the claim made by Brendan Fraser hinges on whose side you believe. Fraser says he was groped by the former head of the Golden Globes organization at an event in 2003. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says it’s just hearing about this and will investigate. But Fraser says tells GQ magazine he reported the incident right away. Fraser says his career disappeared after he made the claim — and blames the HFPA for that. The HFPA says Fraser’s career collapsed on its own.
007-v-30-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–The former head of the group that sponsors the Golden Globes is accused of sexual assault. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports. (26 Feb 2018)
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008-v-30-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the former head of the group that does the Golden Globes is being accused of sexual misconduct. ((note nature of information)) (26 Feb 2018)
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009-c-22-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“he came forward”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports actor Brendan Fraser says the former head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association groped him more than a decade ago. (26 Feb 2018)
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GARRISON KEILLOR – EMAILS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio says it stands by its decision to cut Garrison Keillor loose — no matter what the former “Prairie Home Companion” host is saying now. Keillor has done an interview with The Associated Press in which he says the emails he exchanged with a co-worker on the show were nothing more than “romantic writing.” He says no physical relationship came out of it. But an attorney for the woman says his client’s fear of offending her boss made it hard for her to say “no” to him.
HEATHER LOCKLEAR ARRESTED
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Former “Melrose Place” star Heather Locklear has been busted for her role in some real-life drama. Authorities in Thousand Oaks, California say the actress was arrested for investigation of domestic violence last night. The arrest came after authorities were called out to investigate a domestic disturbance — and found Locklear’s boyfriend had evidence of a physical injury, which makes the offense a felony. Authorities also say Locklear fought with sheriff’s deputies who came out — kicking and pushing them. For that part of the incident, Locklear has been hit with three misdemeanor counts of battery on a peace officer. She is due in court to deal with all of this on March 13.
TUPAC, BIGGIE MURDERS RE-EXAMINED IN NEW TV SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) — Doug E. Fresh says a new series that looks at the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls provided information he didn’t even know — and he lived through that era. The series is titled “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” It makes its debut tomorrow night on the USA Network.
016-w-31-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with sound from USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” and Anthony Hemingway, director and executive producer)–Who shot rappers Biggie and Tupac is the subject of a USA Network series debuting February 27 from the same person who helmed the Emmy-winning “American Crime Story: The People versus O.J. Simpson.” AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. ((opens with sound from “Unsolved” (26 Feb 2018)
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017-w-34-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with sound from USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” and Anthony Hemingway, director and Doug E. Fresh, rapper)–USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” attempts to solve a decades old crime involving rappers, gangs, and the police. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (26 Feb 2018)
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018-a-17-(Anthony Hemingway, director and executive producer, in AP interview)-“learn about them”-Director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway says if you think you know all there is about Biggie and Tupac, think again. (26 Feb 2018)
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019-a-16-(Anthony Hemingway, director and executive producer, in AP interview)-“for each other”-Director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway says among other things the series explores the friendship between Biggie and Tupac. ((part of cut used in wrap)) (26 Feb 2018)
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020-a-13-(Anthony Hemingway, director and executive producer, in AP interview)-“not seen before”-Director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway says he got a lot of support from people in the rap community for the series like Ed Lover, Doug E. Fresh and 50 Cent. (26 Feb 2018)
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021-a-14-(Doug E. Fresh, rapper, in AP interview)-“of destructive things”-Rapper Doug E. Fresh says there was so much in the series that kept him watching even though he knew so much of what went on then. (26 Feb 2018)
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CHRIS SOULES LOSES STATE SUPREME COURT APPEAL
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former reality TV show star Chis Soules has lost a bid to have the criminal case against him kicked out of court. The Iowa Supreme Court has his refused to hear his effort to dismiss a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Soules claimed — without success — that state law requiring a driver to wait at the scene after a fatal accident didn’t apply in his case. Soules was on “the Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s charged in a case in which his vehicle struck a tractor driven by a neighbor last April. He called 911 and waited for first responders — but left before police arrived.
MICHELLE OBAMA – BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like a lot of people want to know what’s on former first lady Michelle Obama’s mind. She has written a book, titled “Becoming.” And though it won’t be out until Nov. 13, it’s already becoming a hit. It’s in the top 20 on Amazon.com.
NANETTE FABRAY – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy winning actress Nanette Fabray (fah-BRAY’) has died. She was a singer and dancer who played Sid Caesar’s comic foil on his show. Fabray was 97.
EMMA CHAMBERS – OBIT
LONDON (AP) — Hugh Grant is remembering his “Notting Hill” co-star Emma Chambers as “hilarious and very warm person” — as well as “a brilliant actress.” Chambers has died. She was 53. No word on what happened, except her agent describes it as natural causes.
STAR BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS DIES
NEW DELHI (AP) — If you’re into Bollywood movies, you’re probably familiar with the work of Sridevi. She was the leading lady in many films during the 1980s and 1990s — and is credited as the first female superstar in that nation’s male-dominated film industry. Sridevi has died. Her brother-in-law says she suffered cardiac arrest while attending a wedding in Dubai. She was 54.
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