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STIMULUS - From YahooMoney: Here's who gets a payment under Biden's $1,400 stimulus check proposal
From Truthout: As part of his COVID stimulus package, President Biden wants a $15 minimum wage.
COVID-19 - From YahooNews: Coronavirus death toll tops 2 million worldwide
MOVIES - From Deadline: Even more stars, including Robert De Niro and Chris Rock, join David O. Russell's new untitled film for New Regency.
TELEVISION - From TVInsider: Jared Padalecki, formerly of the long running, "Supernatural," will star in The CW's "Walker," a reboot of the long-running CBS series, "Walker, Texas Ranger." Padalecki was initially developing the series for his Supernatural co-star, Jensen Ackles, before taking the lead himself. He says that Jensen may still be involved in the series.
TELEVISION - From TCM: To commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday 2021, TCM has scheduled a day of reality-based films to document and celebrate the Black Experience.
MOVIES - From EW: Here is a first look at the R-rated reboot of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise.
AWARDS - From Variety: Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" tops the 2020 Gotham Awards. At the virtual ceremony, Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman tearfully accepted the tribute to her late husband, Chadwick Boseman, that was delivered by actor Andre Holland.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Zoe Saldana and Oscar-winner Rami Malek join director David O. Russell's untitled New Regency film. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington are already on board.
POLITICS - From YahooNews: The U.S. House of Representative impeaches President Donald... again. This time it is on one charge, "incitement to insurrection." He becomes the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.
From LATimes: 232 to 197 - 232 is the largest numbers of votes ever tallied to impeach a U.S. president.
From RSNWashPost: Don't forget when President Donald called the Georgia Secretary of State and berated him to change the vote...
TELEVISION - From Deadline: OWN and Tyler Perry's drama, "The Haves and the Have Nots," will end after its current eighth season. It is the last series created under Tyler Perry's deal with OWN.
BOND - From Deadline: The upcoming James Bond film, "No Time to Die," is moving again - from Easter weekend 2021 to some time in the fall not yet specified.
BIDEN! - From Deadline: Oscar-winner Tom Hanks will host the primetime "Celebrating America" special that will culminate the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021.
COVID-19 - From PageSix: Action movie icon, Bruce Willis, asked to leave a Rite-Aid pharmacy in Los Angeles after he refused to wear a mask. He left without making a purchase.
STREAMING - From THR: Netflix says its 2021 slate will feature "a new movie every week."
CULTURE - From BET: "Brough Brothers Distillery" in Louisville, Ky. made history in 2020 as the first Black-owned whiskey distillery in the state. On New Year’s Eve, the three brothers, Victor, Christian, and Bryson Yarbrough produced their first 5-gallon barrels, according to Whisky Advocate."
SPORTS - From YahooSports: The University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team beat the Ohio State University Buckeyes 52-24 to win the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. It is Alabama's third title in the College Football Playoff era, and its sixth national title in 12 years. By Alabama's count, this is their 18th national college football championship. The Crimson Tide finish the 2020 season with a 13-0 record.
From YahooSports: Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach has won his seventh national championship with Alabama's 52-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. He has won six with the Tide: 2009, 2011, 2012 2015, 2017, 2020. His first national title was in 2003 as head coach of the Louisiana State University Tigers.
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: The winner of the 1/8 to 1/10/2021 weekend box office is "Wonder Woman 1984" with an estimated take of 3 million dollars.
STREAMING PREVIEW - From BleedingCool: Apple TV has released the first teasertrailer for "Cherry," a new film from brothers Joe and Anthony Russo ("Avengers: Endgame") and starring Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland.
ASSAULT ON THE CAPITOL:
From Buzzfeed: BuzzFeed News spoke to two Black officers who described a harrowing day in which they were forced to endure racist abuse — including repeatedly being called the n-word — as they tried to do their job of protecting the Capitol building...
From NBCNews: Some Democrats in Congress are worried their colleagues might kill them
From Truthout: At least 28 law enforcement officers from 12 states have been identified as attendees of the so-called “Save America” rally in support of Donald Trump that sparked the storming of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6
From RSNWashPost: President Donald watched TV while the U.S. Capitol Building was under siege.
From YahooSports: A so-called "Olympic hero" was part of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th. Swimmer Klete Keller won silver and bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Games; gold and bronze at the 2004 Athens Games; and gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Now, he has won Nazi gold for appearing at the white supremacist games.
From RSNNewYorker: What Should We Call the Sixth of January 2021?
From Truthout: The Right Is Planning More Armed Coup Attempts, According to the FBI
From NBC2: Police found a pickup truck full of bombs and guns near Capitol, feds say
From YahooNews: Arnold Schwarzenegger invokes Nazi Germany in powerful video denouncing Capitol Hill riot
From Fox5DC: A second police officer who responded to the Wednesday, Jan. 6th Trump-incited riot at the U.S Capitol building. Some media outlets are reporting the death of Howard Liebengood, 51-years-old, as an "off-duty" death. The local Fox affiliate, "Fox 5" TV station, is among those reporting Liebengood's death as a suicide connected to the riot.
From YahooSports: Former NFL player, Tim Lester, has died at the age of 52, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from complications of COVID-19. Lester was a running back/fullback and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1992. He played from 1992 to 1999 for the Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys. Lester was best known for his four-year tenure with the Steelers (1995-98), where he blocked for legendary Steeler, Jerome Bettis, for three of those seasons.
From YahooLATimes: British film director, Michael Apted, has died at the age of 79, Thursday, January 7, 2021. One of the most prolific English directors of his generation, Apted may be best known for the groundbreaking "Up" documentary series — which chronicled the lives of 14 British men and women starting at age 7 in seven-year increments, from 1964's "Seven Up!" to 2019's "63 Up." He also directed such films as "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), "Bring on the Night" (1985), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), and the James Bond movie, "The World is Not Enough" (1999), to name a few.
From LATimes: Retired Major League Baseball pitcher and manager, Tommy Lasorda, has died at the age of 93, Thursday, January 7, 2021. Lasorda, of course, is best known as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976 to 1996. He managed the team to eight division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships (1981 and 1988).