Last Update on September 19, 2014 07:07 GMT
DARRELL HAMMOND TO TAKE OVER SNL ANNOUNCER'S ROLE FOR LATE DON PARDO
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a new gig -- and an old one -- for Darrell Hammond. The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member is now the show's new announcer, taking over the job Don Pardo had until he died earlier this year. Hammond says his goal is to get viewers to recall Pardo's voice -- without doing an impersonation of it. That wasn't the approach Hammond took some years ago -- when he occasionally filled in for Pardo. Hammond went behind the mic six times when Pardo couldn't go. NBC didn't announce the replacement -- and few people figured it out. Hammond is already the longest-running cast member of SNL. And he suggests his role may get even larger. He says he doesn't know if he will revive his impersonation of former president Bill Clinton -- should his wife Hillary decide to run for president.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Darrell Hammond will be the new announcer for NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
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Sound of the opening theme for "Saturday Night Live."
BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to stalking Kevin Spacey will get some time behind bars for her trouble -- and have to cough up a huge chunk of change as a result. Linda Louise Culkin of Quincy was sentenced yesterday to more than four years in prison -- and must pay Spacey $124,000 for bodyguards he brought on because of the stalking. Prosecutors say she took part in a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking pattern. She claims she's mentally ill.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Is Cher a racist? That's what three backup dancers are suggesting in a lawsuit. The singers claim that Cher complained her "Dressed to Kill" tour had "too much color" -- and told the choreographer not to hire any more dark-skinned dancers. Choreographer Kevin Wilson -- who is black and danced in the tour -- was fired in July. A second black dancer claims she was let go -- also for racial reasons. A publicist for Cher says the accusations against the veteran performer are "ridiculous" and "couldn't be further from the truth." The lawsuit seeks more than $10 million in damages. Cher had to postpone three weeks of shows because of a viral infection earlier this month.
Three backup dancers are suing Cher. The AP's Jamie Friar reports the dancers charge racial and age discrimination
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Excerpt of Cher, performing "Believe."
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Excerpt of Cher performing "If I Could Turn Back Time."
NICKI MINAJ-WIG SUIT
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hair today -- gone tomorrow. A federal judge in Atlanta has yanked off a lawsuit filed against Nicki Minaj. The suit was laid down by the rapper's former wig designer. Terrence Davidson sued Minaj and her company for, among other things, flipping out on launching a reality TV show and a wig line. The suit also claims Minaj swiped his design for hairpieces. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion to dismiss, claiming the suit's roots weren't solid in that the plaintiff failed to state a viable claims. The judge agreed -- and shook the case out of court.
DOWNTON ABBEY-NEW SEASON IN U.K.
LONDON (AP) -- The good news for "Downton Abbey" fans: the show's new season begins this weekend. The not-so-good news: it will be January before the season begins airing in the U.S. It airs in the U.K. first. Not to cough up any spoiler alerts, but the members of the cast say the tough economic times are starting to take their toll. Elizabeth McGovern says "all of the characters are adjusting to a changing world" -- with some being more successful at doing so than others.
Elizabeth McGovern says the economic crisis is putting a strain on her character's marriage. ((Note length of cut))
NEW YORK (AP) -- "What does a Jewish woman make for dinner? Reservations." If you thought that sounds like a joke Joan Rivers would tell -- you'd be right. It's one of several the late comedian agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food. Her brand of comedy is featured in "Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food." The book is due out in December and features foodie memories from people like Don Rickles and Itzhak Perlman. Rivers died earlier this month a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure at a New York City outpatient surgery center.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Sheen says it's easier playing Dr. Williams Masters on "Masters of Sex" than it is playing other real, but more famous people like British Prime Minister Tony Blair or TV interviewer David Frost. Sheen says he feels more freedom in playing Masters because --"very little is known about" his inner life.
September 20, 2014 07:06 GMT
On Sept. 20, 1964, The Beatles completed their first official U.S. tour by performing a benefit concert. The band also made another appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1966, George Harrison traveled to India for his first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found guilty of indecent exposure and use of profanity in connection with a concert in Miami in 1969. He was found innocent of lewdness and public drunkenness. The guilty verdicts were appealed, but Morrison died before the case was resolved.
In 1973, singer Jim Croce (CROH'-chee) and five others were killed when their plane crashed after takeoff. Croce was on his way to a concert in Texas. He was 30.
In 1975, the Bay City Rollers were the first musical guests on Howard Cosell's short-lived Saturday night variety show.
Also in 1975, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" album was released.
In 1976, The Captain and Tennille's music variety show premiered on ABC.
In 1984, "The Cosby Show" starring Bill Cosby, debuted on NBC.
In 1986, "Matlock" starring Andy Griffith, premiered on NBC.
In 2003, musician Melissa Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels held a commitment ceremony. They have since split up.
In 2005, J.D. Fortune of Toronto was chosen as the new singer for INXS (in-ex-ES') on the CBS reality show "Rock Star: INXS."
Today's Birthdays: Singer Gogi Grant is 90. Actress-comedian Anne Meara is 85. Actress Sophia Loren is 80. Bassist Chuck Panozzo (Styx) is 67. Jazz guitarist Peter White is 60. Actress Betsy Brantley ("Deep Impact") is 59. Actor Gary Cole is 58. Bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise is 50. Actress Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock From The Sun") is 47. Singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of Nelson are 47. Bassist Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden) is 46. Singer The Dream is 37. Drummer Rick Woolstenhulme (WOOL'-sten-hyoolm) of Lifehouse is 35. Rapper Yung Joc is 32.
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