ASCAP will honor five
Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards.
Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday.
The event will celebrate ASCAP’s 100th anniversary. It’s also the first fundraiser benefiting the ASCAP Foundation.
The five honorees will attend the gala, where other artists will perform in tribute. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, who recently won Grammy Awards for co-writing Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will host the event.
Maltin’s last movie guide
The closing credits are rolling for Leonard Maltin’s movie guides.
Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House, says “Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide” will be the 36th and final edition. In an introduction for the 2015 guide, which comes out next week, Maltin wrote that access to reviews online had led to an “alarming decline” in readership.
Plume spokeswoman Milena L. Brown said Thursday that the Maltin guides began in 1969 and have sold more than 7 million copies. The 2015 edition contains more than 16,000 entries, double the original amount.
Egan dropping lawsuit
A former child model accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii says he wants to dismiss the lawsuit – not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new attorney to represent him.
Michael Egan III said in a court filing Wednesday that he previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents in federal court in Honolulu. He wants the case dismissed without prejudice, which would allow him to file it again later.
He said in the latest filing that he’s unable to proceed by himself.
His former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.
Singer has filed papers saying he wants the case dismissed with prejudice, with costs and fees imposed against Egan.
Egan previously dropped three similar lawsuits against other entertainment figures.
Hamm backs protesters
Jon Hamm, a St. Louis native, says he hopes “cooler heads prevail” in the Missouri city of Ferguson and “people come through it for the better.”
Talking about the riots that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Hamm says, “It’s difficult to watch because it’s my hometown.”
But the “Mad Men” star supports the protesters. He says, “They have a legitimate reason to protest, and they’re exercising their right to do that.”
He said cities should not “be measured on how they have failed, but how they get through and how they clean up after their mistakes.”
Hamm was in London for a screening Thursday of “Million Dollar Arm.”
– From News wire services