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China Warns Trump With Nuclear Fly-By:
Chinese officials warned Monday that relations with the U.S. may fall apart if President-elect Donald Trump
does not respect China’s “core interests” going forward. The comments were made in response to Trump’s now-infamous phone call with Taiwan’s president. “I want to stress that the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and involves China’s core interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang
said during a news briefing. “Upholding the ‘One China’ principle is the political basis for developing China-U.S. ties. If this basis is interfered with or damaged, then the healthy development of China-U.S. relations and bilateral cooperation in important areas is out of the question.” The warning comes hours after reports emerged indicating China flew a nuclear-capable bomber over a disputed part of the South China Sea, in a move U.S. officials say was meant to send a message to Trump. The Xian H-6 bomber, at times accompanied by fighter jets, flew along the demarcation line between China and disputed territories, including Taiwan, Fox News reported, citing U.S. officials. Pentagon officials reportedly found out about the nuclear bomber’s flight Friday, though it was not immediately clear when the flight took place. Officials have warned the flight was the first of its kind in more than 18 months.
Golden Globes 2017 Nominees Revealed:
The nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning by actors Don Cheadle
, Laura Dern
, and Anna Kendrick
. Films nominated for the leading prize of Best Motion Picture—Drama were Hacksaw Ridge
, Hell or High Water, Lion
, Manchester by the Sea
, and Moonlight
. On the Musical or Comedy side of the same prize, 20th Century Women
, Florence Foster Jenkins
, La La Land
, and Sing Street
were picked. For Best TV Series—Comedy, the nominees are Atlanta
, Mozart in the Jungle
, and Transparent
, which has won the prize the last two years in a row. On the drama side of TV, the picks were The Crown
, Stranger Things
, This Is Us
, and the thrice-nominated-but-never-won Game of Thrones
. HBO’s popular new series Westworld
also snagged nominations for best lead and supporting actresses. Jimmy Fallon
will host the ceremony, which will air Jan. 8 on NBC.
Syria: 98% of East Aleppo Retaken:
Syrian troops have retaken control of 98 percent of easternAleppo, according to military officials. Government forces seized control of two large neighborhoods in the east and south of the city, including al-Fardous and Sheik Saeed, leaving rebels packed into a small enclave. Rami Abdurrahman
, of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Monday that fighting continued in the district and that rebels are enclosed an area that represents only 10 percent of what they used to control. Still, tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in areas where fighting continues. If pro-government troops succeed in driving rebels from the city, President Bashar al-Assad
will have achieved a significant milestone in the country’s civil war.
WOW! One in 6 American Adults Say They Have Taken Psychiatric Drugs:
About one in six American adults reported taking at least one psychiatric drug, usually an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication, and most had been doing so for a year or more, according to a new analysis. The report is based on 2013 government survey data on some 242 million adults and provides the most fine-grained snapshot of prescription drug use for psychological and sleep problems to date. “I follow this area, so I knew the numbers would be high,” said Thomas J. Moore
, a researcher at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit in Alexandria, Va., and the lead author of the analysis, which was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. “But in some populations, the rates are extraordinary.”
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Will Smith’s Shooter Found Guilty of Manslaughter:
The man who shot and killed former NFL star Will Smith
was found guilty of manslaughter late Sunday night. The New Orleans jury voted 10-2 to convict 29-year-old Cardell Hayes. The tow-truck driver faces as much as 40 years in prison for the April shooting, which followed a traffic dispute. Hayes claimed that Smith shot at him first, but the jury rejected his argument of self-defense. Smith, a retired defensive end, was 34.
Russian Hackers ‘Threaten’ German Election:
Politicians in Germany warned Monday that Russian hackers could undermine the 2017 German election. Wolfgang Bosbach
, a senior member of parliament in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservative party, said the election is at risk of “outside manipulation” from Russian agents. Bosbach’s remarks come amid a flurry of intelligence reports in the U.S. that contend hackers influenced the election of Donald Trump
. Kremlin officials have denied interfering with the U.S. election, but Russia has also been blamed for last year’s breach of German parliament computer networks. “There is a big danger that hacker attacks on parties and factions, and disinformation campaigns will increase,” Stephan Mayer
, of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, said. “We must grapple with this urgently and arm ourselves with appropriate laws.”
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Escapees from the Iraqi city of Mosul describe the Islamic State’s extreme dress code, which made showing so much as an eyebrow an offense punishable by the whip.
‘La La Land’ Breaks Box-Office Record:
Critically acclaimed musical La La Land
broke records in its New York and Los Angeles debut, earning $855,000 from just five theaters in the two cities. The $30 million film, which stars Ryan Gosling
and Emma Stone
, had the best earning average of all time for a prestige title debuting in just five theaters, and it earned the second-best showing for any specialty film in history, just behind Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The musical opens in 300 theaters Friday. For the rest of North America, animated musical Moana
topped its third weekend at the box office, beating Paramount’s Office Christmas Party
raked in $18.8 million from 3,875 theaters, while the new holiday ensemble comedy earned $17.5 million from 3,210 theaters. Disney’s next Star Wars film, Rogue One,
opens around the globe next weekend.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Sumner and Shari Redstonehave reversed their marching orders for CBS and Viacom, telling the two companies that they should stop exploring the merger that the family had all but demanded just three months ago. On Monday, Mr. Redstone, the ailing 93-year-old media mogul, and Ms. Redstone, his daughter, sent a letter to the boards of the two media companies stating that “after careful assessment and meetings with the leadership of both companies, we have concluded that this is not the right time to merge the companies.” ***The food safety crises that have battered the once high-flying Chipotle Mexican Grill over the last year are now taking a toll on its executive suite. Montgomery F. Moran, a co-chief executive who has long presided over the company’s operations, will step down early next year, the company announced Monday morning. It also said it would be changing the board.
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Following the election of Donald Trump, The New York Times’ public editor wrote that the paper will be making a conscious effort to not be a “an echo chamber of liberal intellectualism.” The Huffington Post reported Monday that Politico’s Glenn Thrush, who was exposed in WikiLeaks emails sending stories to Hillary Clintonstaffers before publication, will be joining the News York Times to cover the White House.
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***Hollywood talent agency CAA is tightening its belt two years after its acquisition by a private equity firm with several top-earning agents leaving the company in recent weeks. The once-undisputed Hollywood powerhouse began conversations as early as September about terminating some of its most expensive talent agents, a cost-cutting move intended to boost profit margins for owner TPG Capital, multiple individuals familiar with the agency and former employees said. Employees who have left in recent weeks include legacy agents with superstar clients like: ***Kim Hodgert
and Kami Putnam-Heist
, Margot Robbie
, Alden Ehrenreich
between them) ***Veteran lit agent Spencer Baumgarten
, Jon Favreau
) ***Nick Styne
, 25-year movie agent to pop music’s biggest names (Justin Bieber
, Ariana Grande
) and other emerging talent. ***Sean Grumman
, a heavy hitter in the TV department for nearly 15 years with clients like “This Is Us” breakout Milo Ventimiglia
and “The Walking Dead” favorite Norman Reedus
. This group of agents represents some of the highest paid at the company and in the industry. Hodgert and Putnam-Heist have pivoted to become managers at Anonymous Content. Ten of Grumman’s clients have followed him to his new home William Morris Endeavor. The status of clients of Baumgarten – who went to ICM – and Styne – who is forming his own company – is still unclear.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Drew Barrymore riding the 6 train in NYC in Ugg boots. ***After meeting with Donald Trump about climate control, Leo DiCaprio dined at Rao’s in NYC with Andrew Murstein, and told fellow patrons he believes the president-elect will do the right thing. Trump and DiCaprio are having another meeting early next year. ***Tamron Hallhaving lunch at Añejo Tribeca in NYC with NBC staffers. ***Dave Chappelle first hanging with Chris Rock and Diddy in Miami at SLS South Beach, and then at “Haute Living x Hublot” dinner at the Delano.
LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Bob Dylan couldn’t make it to Stockholm to pick up his literature award or attend the Nobel ceremonies, but he’ll be here with his band in April for a few gigs. Live Nation entertainment group says the new Nobel Prize winner will give two concerts at the Waterfront in the Swedish capital April 1-2, as well as playing in the southwestern city of Lund on April 9. ***Get ready to party all night long with Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. The singers announced Monday they are joining forces for the All The Hits Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on March 15, 2017.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at liberty to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was last recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Lawrence Grobel (Author): Saw Martin Scorsese’s and Robert De Niro’s new films, Silence and Comedian. One is boring and disappointing, and the other, Comedian, shows that De Niro is back to mesmerizing form. Good to see you back, Bob.
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***Legendary photographer Harry Benson’s
new documentary, “Shoot First,” premiered on Fridayat the IFC Center in Greenwich Village to a packed house with footage of The Beatles
, Muhammad Ali
, Michael Jackson
, Jackie Kennedy Onassis
, Ronald and Nancy Reagan
, Elizabeth Taylor
and others. The wildest squeal of all was on-screen, when André Leon Talley
— who was astonished to learn that Glasgow, Scotland-born Benson shot Truman Capote’s
famed Black and White Ball 50 years ago — spied a naked O.J. Simpson
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