New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
A multimedia impeachment trial: Video takes center stage
Trump's lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video to complain about manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery. “The only question one might have is whether they repeated that effectiveness too much.”They also left room for a line of attack for Trump's lawyers. Trump's team found video of participants in the impeachment trial calling past elections into question, even digging back to find a 2005 speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a trial without witnesses, the House managers relied heavily on media reports and interviews. Ultimately, it was a fully modern impeachment trial, with hours spent in video editing rooms likely rivaling the time spent with lawyers.
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. And country star Garth Brooks, doffing his black cowboy hat, sang a soulful a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace,” his eyes closed for much of the song. While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Al Pacino, Tina Fey to appear in 'Heroes of New York' lineup
NEW YORK – Al Pacino, Tina Fey and Eli Manning will join a star-studded lineup to celebrate the selfless acts of New Yorkers. Robin Hood and iHeartRadio announced a collaboration Thursday to present “Heroes of New York,” which will air Dec. 1 on television and radio stations in New York. The show will feature musical performances from Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Andra Day. Carey will perform a medley, Bennett will sing “Smile” and Day will perform “Silent Night.”Other special guests include Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest and Tracy Morgan. In May, the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia held the “Rise Up New York!” telethon.
Veterans’ fundraiser to go virtual, with a prince and a Boss
This combination photo shows Brad Paisley, from left, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow who will participate in this years Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser on Nov. 18. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Tiffany Haddish, Iliza Shlesinger and Ray Romano. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – This year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser is going virtual for the first time and The Boss will once again be there. Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Tiffany Haddish and Brad Paisley have all signed up to participate — as well as Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, for the first time. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians and musicians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Mickey Guyton, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, Jeannie Gaffigan and Ray Romano.
Jon Stewart will be back in the host's chair for Apple TV+
LOS ANGELES – Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show” and with a new home at Apple TV+. Stewart will host an hour-long, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said Tuesday. Each season of the show will have a companion podcast to “continue the discussion,” Apple TV+ said. The platform also has a deal with Stewart and his production company that gives it first shot at other projects. Stewart, writer and director of the recent film “Irresistible" with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, is also an executive producer for CBS' “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”Stewart will be an executive producer along with host of his new Apple TV+ show, with the title yet to be announced.
Dave Chappelle accepts Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dave Chappelle accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday. The award is considered the highest accolade in comedy and recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in the vein of 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, or pseudonym, Mark Twain. Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy said in a video tribute Chappelle is the type of person who is "so much smarter than everyone." "Dave is one of the most, maybe the most, intellectual comedian ever," Murphy said. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain award include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Boundary-pushing Dave Chappelle receives Mark Twain award
WASHINGTON, DC – Dave Chappelle has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. Rapper and actor Common praised Dave Chappelle's bravery and sociological influence. Musician John Legend paid tribute to Chappelle's passion for music and determination to use his influence to spotlight different artists. At the height of his fame, Chappelle organized "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" — a movie built around an all-star concert featuring Legend, the Roots and a reunion of The Fugees. Chappelle spoke with reverence about the Mark Twain prize and the "art form" of stand-up comedy.
Trump signs 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension
(CNN) - President Donald Trump on Monday signed an act into law which authorizes the extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. "The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders knew no bounds," Trump said. The extension of the fund will ensure compensation for individuals injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermath rescuing people and removing debris under hazardous conditions. Stewart and 9/11 first responders testified to a near-empty House Judiciary Committee about the bill, catching the attention of many. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the fund's extension will cost about $10 billion over the next decade.
Rand Paul stops unanimous passage of 9/11 first responders bill
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders' health care unanimously, arguing that passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then I will object," added Paul, who voted in favor of President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut. Paul was not the only senator who objected to the attempt to pass the bill by unanimous consent on Wednesday. Paul addressed his objection later Wednesday on Twitter, arguing that he was "not blocking the 9/11 bill - simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost." John Feal, a 9/11 first responder speaking alongside Stewart, called Paul and Lee "opportunists" and "bottom feeders."
Stewart, first responders vow to keep pressure on McConnell
"Passing this in the Senate in two weeks -- and we're going to hold (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell to his word -- will be a chance to exhale. But it doesn't fix the grief and the suffering that [9/11 first responders] will continue to experience going forward," Stewart told CNN's Alex Marquardt. In June, Stewart accompanied a group of first responders and delivered an emotional plea to lawmakers about reauthorizing the fund. McConnell met with first responders, including Feal, at the end of last month, after which Feal told reporters that the Kentucky Republican had committed to holding a vote to extend the fund. "We're going to make sure that Mitch McConnell sticks to his word, and over the next week or two we're going to keep the pressure on the Senate," Feal said.
Jon Stewart Joins Mourners at Funeral for 9/11 NYPD Hero Luis Alvarez
Mourners lined the streets of New York City Wednesday as they paid tribute to retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who spent his last days fighting for others. Alvarez, who spent months digging through rubble in the aftermath of 9/11, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. Jon Stewart, who was at Alvarez's side, added: "They did their job with courage, grace, tenacity, humility ... 18 years later, do yours." Getty ImagesStewart attended the funeral at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens, Wednesday and offered a salute to his fallen friend. Inside the church, Alvarez's sister and oldest son gave touching tributes.
9/11 first responder goes off on Congress
"The chairs that they put their a**** in, the pens that they use, the pads that they write on, we pay for that s***," 9/11 first responder John Feal told reporters after meeting with McConnell. At issue is funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which provides health care and services for 9/11 first responders. You could pass this thing as a standalone bill tomorrow," Stewart said appearing on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." We will take care of the 9/11 compensation fund." Feal said McConnell used the word "urgency" in the meeting Tuesday and described this meeting as different than previous ones.
Detective who fought for 9/11 compensation dies
NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died Saturday at age 53. The bill to replenish the compensation fund that provides health benefits to police officers, firefighters and others who responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks passed the full committee unanimously. Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. He traced his illness to the three months he spent in the rubble of the World Trade Centers twin towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks. About 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.