Rush Limbaugh, voice of American conservatism, has died
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who ripped into liberals and laid waste to political correctness with a gleeful malice that made him one of the most powerful voices in politics, influencing the rightward push of American conservatism and the rise of Donald Trump, died Wednesday. Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for sarcastic, insult-laced commentary. “We’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters,” Limbaugh told his listeners the next day after the Jan. 6 attack. AdRush Hudson Limbaugh III was born Jan. 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the former Mildred Armstrong, and Rush Limbaugh Jr., who flew fighter planes in World War II and practiced law at home. It was there in the early 1980s that Limbaugh really garnered an audience, broadcasting shows dripping with sarcasm and bravado.
Leslie West, guitarist of rock band Mountain, has died at 75
West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several 70s rock anthems including Mississippi Queen with the popular band Mountain, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)LOS ANGELES – Leslie West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several '70s rock anthems including “Mississippi Queen” with the popular band Mountain, has died. His spokesman Steve Karas said West died Wednesday in Palm Coast, Florida. Karas said West died from cardiac arrest after being rushed to the hospital. West and Pappalardi ended up starting the hard rock band Mountain, which was named after West’s debut solo album.
Q&A: Clooney on 'Midnight Sky' and his twilight as an actor
“The Midnight Sky,” which Clooney directed and stars in, is an apocalyptic sci-fi drama with some striking solitude. Debuting Wednesday on Netflix, “The Midnight Sky,” based on Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel “Good Morning, Midnight," is Clooney's seventh film as director and his biggest scaled production yet. ___AP: You finished shooting “The Midnight Sky” in February, right before the pandemic began. AP: What drew you to “The Midnight Sky”? I know people who are older -- older than me, even -- who live with real regret.
SiriusXM, Howard Stern sign five-year contract extension
NEW YORK – Howard Stern has reached a five-year deal with SiriusXM to continue making his show for the satellite radio company through the end of 2025. The company has nearly 35 million subscribers now, and Stern is clearly the marquee talent. Stern has two separate channels on SiriusXM, and his empire has expanded to include video content. On his show Tuesday, Stern talked about how going to satellite radio liberated him from his “toxic relationship” with more traditional radio companies. “I've been proven right about satellite radio over and over again.
Barrymore sets high standard in her models as talk show host
NEW YORK – Drew Barrymore is setting a high standard for herself as she joins the world of daytime talk show hosts on Monday. “We’re all human beings on this planet going through our lives and our journeys and there’s a way to connect through that,” Barrymore said. I’ve never lived in that space.”“The Drew Barrymore Show,” retrofitted for the coronavirus era, is being distributed by CBS Television. Bill Carroll, a veteran television consultant and expert in the syndication market, said he’s impressed that Barrymore is shooting high. Yes, some may regard Barrymore as slightly loopy and hippie-dippie (“we’re all human beings on this planet”), but it’s more endearing than annoying.
Howard Stern Addresses Resurfaced Blackface Sketch From 1993
Howard Stern is addressing a New Year's Eve special from 1993, in which he appeared in blackface and used the N-word multiple times. Footage from the comedy sketch resurfaced this month, after Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., re-tweeted an article that included video of the performance. Stern addressed the skit during his SiriusXM show on Monday, saying, "The s**t I did was f**king crazy. As a young man, I wanted to succeed on the radio and I wanted to go f**king crazy," he added. They think I'm a sellout and I'm not doing a good show anymore.
Street gatherings bring joy in Hell's Kitchen in pandemic
Police officers on patrol check on a small crowd outside a bar in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York, Friday, May 29, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The street has been blocked off from traffic to allow residents to gather in open spaces with some social distancing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK On a late Friday afternoon, there is joy and fraternity found on a blocked-off street in Manhattans Hells Kitchen neighborhood. It's Cheers but in Hell's Kitchen," he says referencing the popular 1980s sitcom. Following that, police placed a barricade, on occasion, to block traffic traffic and allow for street mingling.