LBN – Special Report – Sunday

N. Korea Willing To Stop Nuke Tests

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said the country was willing to stop its nuclear tests if the United States similarly agreed to suspend its military exercises with South Korea. Yong contended that the exercises were what drove North Korea to develop nuclear weapons out of self-defense. “If we continue on this path of confrontation, this will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the two countries but for the whole entire world as well,” he told the AP.

Sanders: I Lost Because of “Poor People…”

Bernie Sanders said on Saturday during a taping of Meet the Press that he lost some of the past primary contests to Hillary Clinton because “poor people don’t vote.” “I mean, that’s just a fact. That’s a sad reality of American society,” Sanders said when asked why Clinton had beaten him in 16 of the 17 states so far with the highest levels of income inequality. He said that one weakness of his voter turnout operation was getting lower-income people to the polls.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***For the opening of a concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Bruce Springsteenbelted out “Purple Rain” as a tribute to Prince, who passed away on Thursday. “Whenever I catch one of his shows I always leave humble. So, I’m going to miss that and we’re going to miss him,” Springsteen said. Springsteen has a history of playing tributes. When The Band’s Levon Helm died in 2012, he paid tribute to him in Newark with “The Weight.” When The Eagles’ Glenn Frey died earlier this year, he played “Take It Easy” in Chicago, and when Bowie died he played “Rebel Rebel” in Pittsburgh.   ***She did it again. Beyoncé, who in 2013 changed the rules for how pop superstars deliver music with the surprise simultaneous release of a self-titled album and corresponding videos, has returned with a follow-up in the same vein: “Lemonade,” the singer’s sixth solo album, arrived on Saturday night after the HBO premiere of an hour-long, conceptual short film based around the music. In a twist that played the personal off the professional, the new album and its accompanying visuals — which describe, in sometimes brutal detail, the tribulations of Beyoncé as a scorned lover — were made available to stream Saturday night exclusively on Tidal, the music streaming service owned by her husband, Jay Z. The album is not yet for sale as a download through any digital retailers. “Lemonade” is “based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing,” Tidal said in an announcement.


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Following the death of Prince at the age of 57, the music icon’s classic 1984 film Purple Rain will reenter theaters for a limited run beginning this weekend. AMC Theatres and Carmike Cinemas are among the nationwide movie theater chains that will partner with Warner Bros. to offer screenings for fans looking to remember the rock legend’s legacy with his big screen debut, a semi-biographical portrayal of Prince’s life and ascension.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Rudy Giuliani, Julie Taymor andCourtney Love at a screening of Irish critical darling “Sing Street” in NYC.   ***Robert De Niro, Danny Glover, Rachel Leigh Cook and Judy Greer at 42West for the Tribeca Film Festival Awards.   ***Audrey Gruss being honored at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s gala. The founder of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation also graces the cover of Quest magazine’s philanthropy issue.   ***Katharine McPhee hosting a baby shower for l5 gal pals at K Rico Steakhouse in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.   ***Entertainment attorney David Albert Pierce having lunch yesterday at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.   ***Rock icon Graham Nash was honored by several standing ovations at the Saban Theater last night. The Rock & Roll legend thrilled the packed house with solo renditions of his greatest songs. Personal managers Buddha and Cree Miller were in the house along with former CSN manager John Hartmann who described the show as “a classy presentation of an amazing repertoire. Graham can still hit all the notes.”


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LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bill Maher Is Tired Of Whites Self-Righteously Crapping On Themselves

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***It’s only rock and roll — but it was enough to transform Mick Jagger into a power-hungry monster. The Rolling Stones’ lead singer left a trail of tragic destruction, including ex-bandmate Brian Jones, in his “insatiable” hunger for stardom, a stunning new book on the band charges. Rich Cohen delivers the unflattering portrayal of Jagger in “The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones.” “There’s something monstrous about Mick Jagger,” Cohen writes after exhuming details from the band’s dark past.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gina Gershon’s first starring role at just 18 was going to be in Prince’s classic 1984 film “Purple Rain,” but she turned down the coveted part when she grew nervous about a nude scene, the actress said. To audition, she spent one magical day with the pop mastermind. Gershon — who was offered the role ultimately played by Prince protégéApollonia Kotero — recalled after his shocking death Thursday, “I had never done a movie before. I was 18 or something . . . I was young. At that time, I wanted to be a quote-unquote serious actress.” Looking back, “I don’t know what I was thinking — I was totally stupid, but that was my thought process.”   ***Prince was hooked for decades on powerful opioid painkillers, spending as much as $40,000 at a time on black-market Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches, according to a report. The “majorly addicted” star secretly took the drugs to combat anxiety and stage fright, a man who identified himself as Prince’s dealer from 1984 until 2008 told the Daily Mail. “He’d buy large supplies of both drugs — I think the most he ever spent was around $40,000 at one time” for a six-month supply, said the self-described LA-based drug dealer, calling himself “Doctor D.”

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