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'SNL' takes on government shutdown with 'Deal or No Deal' parody

The government shutdown got the game show treatment as "Saturday Night Live" returned to TV screens this weekend.

>> Government shutdown: Senate to take up Trump plan this week

Saturday's episode, hosted by actress Rachel Brosnahan, didn't waste any time tackling the issue, pitting Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump against parodies of Democratic leaders in a "Deal or No Deal" spoof.

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"We decided to do this in the only format you can understand – a TV game show with women holding briefcases," Kenan Thompson, playing Steve Harvey, told Baldwin's Trump as the game began. 

>> Trump offers deal to end shutdown in Saturday speech

The fake Trump opened with an offer to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and "release the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids" in exchange for $5 billion toward a border wall. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) wasn't having it.

"OK, $1 billion and you say, 'Nancy's my mommy,'" she countered, opening a briefcase bearing the same words. 

Baldwin's Trump refused, then called on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

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"My offer is whatever you want," Moffat's Schumer said before changing his offer to, "$15 and a pastrami on rye."

Baldwin's Trump also turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) and Democratic U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) before accepting a deal from a Clemson football player (Pete Davidson) with a box of fast food.

"Hamberders," it read – a reference to a spelling mistake in one of Trump's tweets.

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UK police speak to Prince Philip about not wearing seatbelt

British police have spoken with Prince Philip after the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was photographed apparently driving without wearing a seatbelt — just two days after he was involved in a serious car crash.

Norfolk Police said late Saturday "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver".

The police spoke to Philip after British media on Saturday published a photograph showing Philip, 97, driving a new Land Rover near the royal residence at Sandringham.

Police said the advice given to Philip was "in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence."

On Thursday Philip was driving another vehicle when he was involved in a violent collision in which two women in the other car, a Kia, suffered minor injuries. A 9-month-old baby boy in the Kia was unhurt. Philip was not injured.

One of the women who was injured in the crash has complained to the British press that she has not been contacted by Philip or the queen since the accident occurred.

The accident is still being investigated and no one has been arrested or charged. But the incident — and Philip's subsequent driving apparently without using a seatbelt — is raising questions about his continued use of roadways.

Buckingham Palace says Philip has a valid driver's license. There is no upper age limit for licensing drivers in Britain, although drivers over 70 are required to renew their licenses every three years and tell authorities about certain medical ailments that might raise safety issues.

He passed a vision test administered Saturday as part of the investigation into the accident.

The palace said Friday that Philip and the queen had privately contacted the other people in the crash and exchanged good wishes, but Emma Fairweather, 46, told the Sunday Mirror this was not the case.

"I still haven't had any contact from the royal household," she told the newspaper. "Maybe he should prioritize that over test driving his new car."

Fairweather suffered a broken wrist in the accident.

She said "it would mean the world to me" if Philip offered an apology.

Police have not disclosed who was at fault for the crash, which happened after Philip drove onto a main road from a side road in a rural part of eastern England near one of the queen's favored retreats, the Sandringham estate.

The queen and Philip have been on an extended Christmas break in Sandringham, their holiday tradition for many years.

Philip has been in generally good health despite his advanced years and was photographed in December driving a horse-drawn carriage.

He has largely retired from public life but still is occasionally seen at family occasions with the queen.

'Green Book' takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards

The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama "Green Book" drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like "Roma," ''A Star Is Born" and "Black Panther."

"When you make 'Dumb and Dumber' you never expect to get an award," said "Green Book" producer and director Peter Farrelly as he accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills. He laughed that not only is this his first PGA awards, but that it's the first time he has even heard of them.

"I'm so grateful to be in this business," Farrelly said.

Ten films were up for the honor, including "BlacKkKlansman," ''Bohemian Rhapsody," ''Crazy Rich Asians," ''The Favourite," ''A Quiet Place" and "Vice." In the broader awards race, the PGAs are a closely-watched event. The Darryl F. Zanuck Award winner has gone on to win the best picture Oscar 20 out of 29 times, including last year with "The Shape of Water."

"Green Book" has had a rollercoaster awards campaign, weathering its share of both praise and backlash. But the film has with its PGA and Golden Globe wins emerged stronger than ever going into Tuesday's Academy Award nominations.

The Fred Rogers film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" won for documentary, and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" collected the animation award to much applause.

"We tried really hard to make a movie that was good enough for Miles Morales and his family to be in," said "Spider-Verse" producer and co-writer Phil Lord.

The producers of nine television programs were also recognized, including "The Americans," for drama, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," for comedy, "RuPaul's Drag Race," game and competition television, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," for non-fiction television, and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" for limited series. "Sesame Street" won for children's programming, "Being Serena" for sports program and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" for short form.

The awards were almost a backdrop, however, to the multiple special honors bestowed throughout the evening to people like Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Jane Fonda, "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Bradley Cooper got to thank Emmerich for taking a chance in letting him, a first-time director, make the fourth remake of a movie ("A Star Is Born") with a star who had never been in a movie before.

"I'm so proud to have been your wingman on your maiden voyage," Emmerich said accepting the Milestone Award. "Please count me in on many more journeys."

Robert Downey Jr. was on hand to introduce Feige, the David O. Selznick Achievement Award recipient, who he said "MEDVACed me from the top of insurance-risk mountain and delivered me to the upper-middle of the Forbes list."

Feige thanked Downey Jr., but noted that he "hasn't aged a day" since they made the first "Iron Man" over 10 years ago.

"I on the other hand look like I picked the wrong grail," Feige said. "It's an 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' reference!"

Barris would also reference Feige's oeuvre when accepting the Visionary Award, speaking about how Norman Lear taught him as a kid about "the importance of representation and seeing yourself."

"Black Panther," he said, did something similar.

"You always hear the notion that black movies don't travel," Barris said. "They told an African fairytale, and it's the third biggest movie of all time. What that said to me was that humanity translates. Telling good stories to people anywhere from your heart translates."

Norman Lear, who was there to introduce Barris, but did not present the award named after him to Sherman-Palladino, was also an oft-mentioned name.

"He taught sitcom writers how to write sitcoms," she said.

Lear, later, said that listening to her talk about him made for "the most delicious evening I can remember."

But it was perhaps Jane Fonda who had one of the best moments of the evening, getting up to accept the Stanley Kramer Award, and noting that she actually knew all the guys the awards were named after.

"It is fun to be old" she said. "It is so hard to be young."

Sociologist and intellectual, Nathan Glazer, dead at 95

Sociologist Nathan Glazer, who assisted on a classic study of conformity, "The Lonely Crowd," and co-authored a groundbreaking document of non-conformity, "Beyond the Melting Pot," has died. He was 95.  

Glazer's daughter, Sarah Glazer, confirmed her father died at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Saturday morning.

A longtime professor at Harvard University, Glazer, was among the last of the deeply-read thinkers who influenced culture and politics in the mid-20th century. Starting in the 1940s, Glazer was a writer and editor for Commentary and The New Republic. He was a co-editor of The Public Interest, and wrote or co-wrote numerous books. With peers such as Daniel Bell and Irving Howe, he had a wide range of interests, "a notion of universal competence," from foreign policy to Modernist architecture, subject of one his latter books, "From a Cause to a Style."

A radical in his youth, he was regarded as a founding "neo-conservative," a label he resisted. His most famous projects were the million-selling "The Lonely Crowd," primarily written by David Riesman and a prescient 1950 release about consumerism and peer pressure, and the landmark "Beyond the Melting Pot," which countered the core American myth of assimilation.

Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan examined five racial and ethnic groups in New York City — blacks, Italian-Americans, Jews, Puerto Ricans and Irish-Americans — and concluded that even as languages and customs from the old world faded, new styles and traditions emerged that reflected distinct identities. "It was reasonable to believe that a new American type would emerge, a new nationality in which it would be a matter of indifference whether a man was of Anglo-Saxon or German or Italian or Jewish origin," the authors wrote. "The initial notion of an American melting pot did not, it seems, quite grasp what would happen in America."

The book was published in 1963 to immediate and continuing debate over its refutation of a blended society, over the authors' belief that blacks' struggles could not be blamed on discrimination alone and that blacks would eventually achieve the kinds of advances enjoyed by immigrant populations. "Melting Pot" has been widely taught, and remains a standard reference for urban and ethnic studies, whether the subject has been civil rights, education or city politics. Glazer, a chronic re-assessor, questioned his assumptions in a 1970 reissue of the book and after. He had hoped for a post-ethnic, post-racial country, but in a 1997 release, "We Are All Multiculturalists Now," Glazer resigned himself to multiculturalism, infuriating conservatives but bringing praise from others.

"Glazer is a gentleman, always ready to concede, at least rhetorically, the sincerity of his opponent's feelings," James Traub wrote in a review published in Slate.

Glazer was the last survivor of those featured in "Arguing the World," a 1998 documentary about four former students at the City College of New York: Glazer, Howe, Bell and Irving Kristol. His many jobs included working in the editorial divisions of Random House and Anchor Books in the 1950s, serving during the Kennedy administration in what is now the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and teaching education and social structure at Harvard.

He was married once married to writer Ruth Gay. Glazer is survived by his second wife, Sulochana (Raghavan) Glazer, three daughters, Sarah Glazer, Sophie Glazer and Elizabeth Glazer, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The son of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants, Glazer was born in New York and raised in working class neighborhoods in the Bronx and East Harlem. He followed a similar path to Kristol and other neo-conservatives — from socialism in his college years to liberalism as a young man to an increasing turn right.

He began attracting attention in his mid-20s. Glazer's work in Commentary was noticed by Riesman, a visiting Yale University professor who thought his "incisive critiques" would be useful for a planned book about social behavior, "The Lonely Crowd," which sold millions of copies and helped define fears that independence and individuality were being lost in the post-World War II economic boom.

Glazer himself would prove unhappy with the new thinking of the 1960s. As a faculty member in 1964 at the University of California at Berkeley, he was appalled by the student Free Speech Movement and condemned its "enthusiastic and euphoric rejection of forms and norms." He and Kristol soon helped launch a seminal neo-conservative journal, The Public Interest, which Glazer edited from 1973 to 2002.

A deep skeptic about the effectiveness of government, Glazer was a critic of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society domestic programs and especially opposed to affirmative action. His 1975 book, "Affirmative Discrimination: Ethnic Inequality and Public Policy," became a prime text for the "reverse discrimination" movement. He would, characteristically, challenge his own conclusions. In 1998, he filed an amicus brief in support of an affirmative action program at the University of Michigan. While he still believed in a colorblind, merit-based society, he wrote in The New Republic that "the reality is that strict adherence to this principle would result in few African Americans getting jobs, admissions, and contracts."

Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children's hospital

Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children's hospital.

Timberlake took a break from his "Man of the Woods" tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare's Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio.

A video of the kids was widely shared all week, with many in their hospital beds as they danced to Timberlake's hit "Can't Stop The Feeling" with its refrain of "got some sunshine in my pocket." The kids held up signs that read "JT See me!" and on Friday afternoon JT obliged.

One girl in a picture with Timberlake held up a sign that read "JT saw me!"

The 37-year-old pop star recently resumed his tour after canceling several dates because of bruised vocal chords.

Pope puts Sistine choir under aide's eye after scandal

Pope Francis has put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal.

The Vatican said Saturday that the all-male ensemble, believed to be the world's oldest choir, is now being led by Monsignor Guido Marini, who assists Francis during church ceremonies. Francis named another monsignor, Guido Pozzo, to handle the choir's finances.

The Vatican last year began a probe of alleged diversion of funds by choir directors. The Holy See's press office said Saturday that the investigation is continuing into the "economic-administrative aspects" of the choir, and that it would release information about it when it is done.

Meanwhile, the choir's director continues at his post, now answering directly to Marini, who will oversee all aspects of the choir, including its musical activity, the Vatican said.

The choir's much-heralded 2018 summer tour of the United States was canceled without official explanation.

In May, the choir performed for celebrities at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual VIP-studded Gala.

Francis noted in his apostolic letter announcing the changes that church choirs must perform at liturgical ceremonies with "sincere piety."

Thom Browne goes for spectacle at Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne provided the biggest spectacle on a relatively quiet day at Paris Fashion Week as some fashion houses decided to switch presentation dates or showing times to avoid Saturday's yellow vest protesters who took to the streets in the French capital and beyond.

Here are some highlights of the day's fall-winter menswear shows in Paris.


Dior Men quietly moved their Saturday-listed show to Friday after the Paris Fashion Federation held top level meetings with police over the threat posed by yellow vest protesters.

It was the movement's 10th consecutive week of demonstrations but the first Paris Fashion Week date to coincide with them since they began Nov. 17. In previous weeks, yellow vest protesters had brought parts of France to a standstill and smashed luxury Parisian boutiques.

The protesters — known for the neon safety top they don — began demonstrating against President Macron's fuel tax hike but shifted to encompass broader complaints against the French political system and the country's elite.

Thom Browne moved its Saturday afternoon show to the morning, as did Rochas.



An off-kilter universe awaited guests at Thom Browne's ever-inventive show that was covered in bubble wrap.

A highly-styled model with a giant white quiff, a sort of bubble version of Edward Scissor Hands, stepped out in an all-white, tight layered sartorial look consisting of a suit and tie, turned up pants and brogues.

He marched slowly past a long line of bubble wrapped dolls on sticks to an eccentric soundtrack that included the lyrics: "We wish we were a bubble man."

What ensued in the 38-piece show was a motely array of designs.

Figure-hugging woolen dresses with fur cuffs bore trompe l'oeil images of a suit, shirt and tie. Deconstructed checks from several different-colored suits were sewn together, unraveling over the shoulder.

Cricket whites morphed into a skirt-and-pinstriped suit.

Little seemed to make sense in the gender-defying display but the sheer eccentricity of the proceedings somehow made it work.



Federico Curradi, the creative director of Rochas menswear, was in an arty, literary mood this season.

On Saturday, the Italian designer led guests around an atelier space in Paris' Left Bank for an immersive presentation of the fall-winter collection.

Editors walked past models who stood on books atop a table and saw objects such as wrapped-up sculptures, an old-fashioned print or a vintage candelabra that had melted wax to evoke writing into the wee hours.

The layered clothing styles had a softness and a dandy-like vibe. Literary quotes were written inside garments and Parisian scarves hung limply below a beret and above dark leather boots.

A long gray velvet jacket was ruffled nonchalantly at the sleeves, which caressed a pair of paint-flecked workers' pants. A pocket hung down, as if slightly torn.

Curradi said he was inspired by the Paris-based artists Modigliani and Brancusi who worked and created masterpieces in settings just like this.



Hermes has become a byword for simple, unpretentious luxury. Veteran menswear designer Veronique Nichanian proved this again Saturday in a classy, color-rich and masculine showing for fall.

There was no far-flung muse or gimmick, unlike in many Paris shows, simply because none was needed.

Nichanian has been at the helm of this family run business since, incredibly, 1988, and is an expert at letting the clothes do the talking.

A loose coat in midnight blue was paired tastefully with shimmering blue leather pants. Elsewhere, yellow leather pants in a carrot shape looked soft against a marl knit sweater.

Geometric motifs on leather bomber jackets, sexy sheeny shirts and sweaters were this season's added ingredient. This geometry recurred in large, square utilitarian pockets on outerwear, oversize zippers or as motifs on bags.

It was on-trend, but never heavy handed.


Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_K

Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.

Wray eventually took all that rage of his early years and crafted a 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" using a distinct, distorted electric guitar sound that would influence rock 'n' roll musicians from Iggy Pop and Neil Young to Pete Townshend of The Who and Slash of Guns N' Roses. Though the song had no lyrics, it was banned in the 1950s for allegedly encouraging teen violence.

Wray is one of many Native Americans musicians whose stories are featured in a documentary set to air on the PBS series "Independent Lens " showing how Native Americans helped lay the foundations to rock, blues and jazz and shaped generations of musicians. "RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World" will be broadcast online and on most PBS stations Monday.

The film is the brainchild of Apache guitarist Stevie Salas, who has performed with the likes of Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger. It was during a tour with Stewart that the Oceanside, California-raised Salas began to wonder about other Native American rock musicians who came before him. "I was there with Rod Stewart and thinking, 'Am I the only Indian to have ever played at (New York's) Madison Garden?'" Salas told The Associated Press. "So I started to investigate."

Soon Salas, now 54, stumbled upon Wray, a musician he'd admired but had no idea he was Native American. Then he found out about the Norman, Oklahoma-born Jesse Ed Davis, a guitarist of Kiowa and Comanche ancestry who performed with John Lennon.

The hobby searching for Native American rock musicians eventually launched an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, then a film.

"People need to know about Link Wray. People need to know about Jesse Ed Davis," Salas said.

But rock musicians aren't the only popular performers "RUMBLE" seeks to highlight. The documentary touches on blues pioneer Charley Patton, an early 20th Century Mississippi Delta guitarist of Choctaw and African-American ancestry. The film shows how some of Patton's music preserved on rough vinyl recordings is similar to traditional American Indian songs. Those traditions were fused with black music.

Legendary bluesman Howlin' Wolf would say he learned to play the guitar from an "Indian man" by the name of Charley Patton.

The film also introduces viewers to the largely forgotten jazz vocalist Mildred Bailey. A member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe in the Pacific Northwest, Bailey began singing ragtime in the 1920s and developed a swing style that blended traditional Native American vocals with jazz. She became known as the "The Queen of Swing" who performed at speakeasies and had a style so unique that young Italian-American aspiring singers Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra began copying her form.

"She was one of the great improvisers of jazz," Bennett said on the film. "I was completely influenced by Mildred Bailey. She sang perfect, for me."

The film also explores the career of Robbie Robertson, a Canadian musician of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, who performed with Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s before forming his own group called The Band.

"Be proud that you're an Indian," Robertson said he was told as a child, "but be careful who you tell."

The documentary dives into the career of Davis, lead guitarist for Taj Mahal, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose. And it goes into the momentous career of Randy Castillo, the Albuquerque, New Mexico-born Isleta Pueblo drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe, whose life was cut short by cancer in 2002.

As the Native American musicians get closer to the 21st century, the film shows that they stopped hiding their identity and began to celebrate it.

"This is a missing chapter to this history of music," co-director Catherine Bainbridge said. "Native Americans were at the center of our popular music."


Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP's race and ethnicity team. Follow Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras

Teen in cancer remission practices with Nashville Predators 

A Michigan teen battling cancer realized a dream Friday when he practiced in goal with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, fending off shots while meeting his favorite player, The Tennessean reported.

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Jacob Piros is visiting Nashville to participate in the Make-A-WIsh Foundation’s program. The 17-year-old played in goal during the Predators’ practice Friday and then had lunch with his favorite player, goalie Pekka Rinne, the newspaper reported.

Piros’ cancer is in remission, and he was given special treatment while he visited the Music City. The high school goalie was introduced before the Predators’ game Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, led the team onto the ice and stood with Rinne during the playing of the national anthem, The Tennessean reported.

Friday morning, Piros worked in net as Predators players Roman Josi, Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Hartman, Matt Irwin and RInne took shots at the teen. Piros stopped most the shots fired his way, the newspaper reported.

"I can't score on you," Rinne said after Piros made a save.

Rinne told The Tennessean that Piros’ handling of his cancer through the years was “awesome.”

"It’s a humbling feeling. It’s pretty surreal," Rinne said. "Last night I was upset about the game, but all of a sudden you realize how selfish it is. It’s just a hockey game. There’s a lot of other things going on in life.

"Great guy. He’s funny. Good sense of humor,” Rinne said. “It’s a great experience for me, too."

Piros was given five hockey sticks by Rinne, and he will attend Nashville’s game Saturday against the Florida Panthers with his parents, The Tennessean reported.

"It was fantastic," Piros’ mother, Ronda Klein, told the newspaper. "He was in his glory. He was like, 'Wow, dream come true.'"

MRI comes back clean for Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported.

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Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer.

In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said "We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ..."

Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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