LBN- Special Report – Monday January 9, 2017

Trump Slams Meryl After Golden Globes Speech:

Donald Trump on Monday launched a scathing Twitter attack on actress Meryl Streep, whom he called “over-rated,” following her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Streep featured Trump in her speech on Sunday night, attacking the president-elect over his impersonation of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who suffers from the congenital condition arthrogryposis. Trump spent a few minutes this morning typing out a three-part message that read: “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘grovelling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!” Kovaleski had previously disputed Trump’s assertion that his reporting indicated Muslims in New Jersey publicly cheered on the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. In addition, Trump gave a brief telephone interview to the Times, in which he said: “I was never mocking anyone. I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story. People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.” He added, “And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary.”

‘La La Land’ Wins Seven Golden Globes; ‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Drama:

*The record seven awards for the musical “La La Land” included for best picture comedy or musical and wins by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. “Moonlight” won for best picture drama. *Meryl Streep gave an impassioned, politically charged speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award. * Casey AffleckViola Davis, Isabelle Huppert and Tracee Ellis Rossalso won awards. Here is a list of the winners. *And in TV categories, “The Crown” and “Atlanta” were triumphant. *Wesley Morris, Melena Ryzik and Dave Itzkoff provided real-time commentary. And The Times was also on the red carpet.

ISIS Shows Preschooler Killing Victim Tied to Carnival Ball Pit:

After an end-of-the-year video showing pre-teens hunt down and kill bound prisoners in an abandoned building, the Islamic State today released an even more gory follow-up with children as young as preschool age murdering prisoners tied to broken carnival rides.The 18-minute highly produced video out of ISIS’ Khayr province in Syria was distributed through publicly accessible Islamic State media channels, social media and file-sharing sites, including Google Drive and, briefly, YouTube. It begins by showing adults training in a bombed-out building, but transitions into adults leading small children in exercises. A boy about 9 or 10 years old is shown gleefully participating in a public stoning. Like previous ISIS videos featuring children, the video argues that coalition bombing is a reason for kids to join jihad and kill Americans.

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Assad Ready to ‘Negotiate Everything’ With Syrian Rebels:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he is prepared for peace talks with rebels in Kazakhstan. “We are ready to negotiate about everything,” he said in an interview with reporters. His apparent willingness to open the floor faltered, however, when his seat as president was brought up. “My position is linked to the constitution,” he said. “If they want to discuss this point, they must discuss the constitution.” Assad added that a constitutional amendment must be put to a referendum. It would be up to the Syrian people to elect a new president, he said. Still, Assad maintained that the government’s delegation was ready to go to Astana “when the time of the conference is set.” No date has been specified on the peace talks.

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Volkswagen Executive Arrested in Emissions Scandal:

The FBI has arrested a Volkswagen executive as part of its investigation into the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal. Oliver Schmidt has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States over his tenure as one of the company’s regulatory-compliance officials between 2014 and March 2015. He was arrested Saturday in Florida and will likely be arraigned this week in Detroit, Reuters reports. According to a spokeswoman for Volkswagen, Jeannine Ginivan, the automaker “continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice” but believes “it would not be appropriate to comment on any ongoing investigations or to discuss personnel matters.” Lawsuits filed in Massachusetts and New York by the states’ attorneys general assert Schmidt played a role in the auto company’s efforts to hide emissions cheating from regulators in the U.S.

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‘Rogue One’ Dominates Box Office for 4th Week in a Row:

NASA was no match for Stars Wars this weekend, as Rogue One once again claimed the top spot at the box office—for the fourth week in a row. Hidden Figures, a drama about the blackfemale mathematicians behind NASA’s first space missions, opened in wide release Jan. 6 after previously being available only in select theaters. It trailed behind Rogue One, with an estimated $21.8 million in domestic ticket sales compared to the Star Wars offshoot’s $21.97 million. Rogue One has done equally well overseas, with $46.6 million in international sales. It also topped the Chinese box office after opening there Jan. 6, raking in $31 million over the weekend. The film, which tells the story of how the franchise’s rebels manage to steal the plans for the Death Star, is already expected to be the biggest box-office winner of 2016.

Benjamin Netanyahu Sought Deal With Hostile Newspaper, TV Report Says: 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long inserted himself into Israel’s fierce newspaper wars to bolster his grip on power. But an Israeli television station reported on Sunday that the police are looking into his involvement as part of a possible corruption case that could undermine his political future. Mr. Netanyahu was recorded in a meeting negotiating mutual benefits with an old foe, the publisher of Yediot Aharonot, a popular newspaper that is sharply critical of the prime minister, reported Channel 2, a commercial television station. In return for more positive coverage, the station reported, Mr. Netanyahu proposed helping Yediot Aharonot financially by curtailing the circulation of its main competition, Israel Hayom, and limiting its weekend supplement. While Mr. Netanyahu has engaged in open warfare with Yediot Aharonot in recent years, Israel Hayom has been broadly supportive of the prime minister.

Ex-Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Dies at 82:

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president of Iran, died Sunday at age 82. The Isna news agency said he died due to “heart complications.” Rafsanjani was considered to be a top leader in Iran’s 1979 revolution, and was an ally of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for decades until Rafsanjani began to develop more liberal tendencies. Rafsanjani was a supporter of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “The soul of a giant man of revolution, politics, a symbol of patience and strength, has ascended to skies,” Rouhani tweeted. Rafsanjani served as president for two terms, from 1989 to 1997. Iran has declared three days of national mourning.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group’s first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour – which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineersand OneRepublic rotating as opening acts – kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher‘s High Flying Birds.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Hollywood agency CAA moved its Golden Globes pre-party from LA’s once white-hot Soho House to new hot spot Catch this year. Stars at the bash included John Travolta and Kelly PrestonJames CordenLily CollinsSophie Turner and Joe Jonas. Some wondered whether Soho House has lost its luster with the Hollywood crowd.   ***The biggest star at W Magazine’s annual Golden Globes pre-party made the briefest appearance. But when she left, she found herself without a driver to whisk her away. “If you blinked, you missed her,” said a gobsmacked guest at the bash for W’s Best Performances issue when Barbra Streisand entered the penthouse at the Chateau Marmont.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine and comedian Adam Christing were at the Saban Theatre last night to hear legendary comedian and author Steve Martinspeak.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by JAMES PONIEWOZIK: The biggest presence at Sunday’s Golden Globes was a TV star who didn’t show up, didn’t win an award, was not thanked and was onlyrarely mentioned by name. Hollywood’s first awards show of the year was — like so much in today’s headlines — brought to you by Donald J. Trump. Even before Meryl Streep took the president-elect to the Hollywood-shed, he loomed over Jimmy Fallon’s monologue. The last timeMr. Trump appeared with Mr. Fallon on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” the host tousled his hair during a softball interview. Mr. Trump’s subsequent election was both an affirmation of celebrity’s power and a repudiation of most celebrities’ politics. So beyond “Moonlight” versus “Manchester by the Sea,” a big question hanging over the awards was how, or whether, Mr. Fallon would address the Republican elephant in the room.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Not long ago prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, liked to warn in apocalyptic terms about the dangers of budget deficits, declaring that a Greek-style crisis was just around the corner. But now, suddenly, those very same politicians are perfectly happy with the prospect of deficits swollen by tax cuts; the budget resolution they’re considering would, according to their own estimates, add $9 trillion in debt over the next decade. Hey, no problem. This sudden turnaround comes as a huge shock to absolutely nobody — at least nobody with any sense. All that posturing about the deficit was obvious flimflam, whose purpose was to hobble a Democratic president, and it was completely predictable that the pretense of being fiscally responsible would be dropped as soon as the G.O.P. regained the White House.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jenna Bush Hager doesn’t have bad intentions. While interviewing Pharrell Williams on the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet, she congratulated the producer on the success of Hidden Fences—which would’ve been fine, if that were a real movie. Williams produced Hidden Figures (and wrote original music for the film), while Denzel Washington directed and starred in Fences (opposite Viola Davis). Viewers, including Gabrielle Union, swiftly criticized her flub, whichinspired a parody Twitter account: @TheHiddenFences.   ***Channing Tatum is an over-sharer. On Sunday, the hunky actor, 36, opened the doors of his bedroom to share a naked photo of his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, lying in bed. “Nap time = The Best Time,” Channing captioned the black and white photo.   ***It appears a Twitter feud between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy really is going to culminate in a celebrity boxing match, and two of the sports biggest stars have signed on to train the combatants. After Soulja Boy announced that he recruited Floyd Mayweather to train him for the three-round bout – which will air on a Mayweather Promotions PPV card – rapper 50 Cent revealed on Instagram that boxing legend Mike Tyson will train Chris Brown.

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