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    Kanye West has been denied a permit to build an amphitheater on his ranch in Wyoming. The Park County Planning and Zoning Commission made the decision Tuesday after the rapper changed his plans for the structure near Cody. West told county officials he now wants to include residential space. The Cody Enterprise reports county officials also object to West already having done considerable work at the site. They told West’s representatives to stop work immediately. Kane Morris with Point Architects in Cody apologized, saying West came forward as soon as he changed his mind and will stop the work. West bought the ranch this year and plans to move the headquarters of his shoe and clothing company, Adidas Yeezy, to Cody.
  • Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival. In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some concerns” surrounding “The Banker” and needs “some time to look into these matters.” An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate. The based-on-a-true-story film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Mackie plays Bernard Garrett who in the 1950s and ‘60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds. The film is Apple’s boldest step yet into moviemaking. A theatrical release is scheduled for Dec. 6, after which it would be a part of the company’s new streaming service, Apple TV Plus. AFI said it would replace 'The Banker' with a screening of Noah Baumbach's Netflix release 'Marriage Story' as its closing-night film.
  • Charles Barkley has issued an apology for a comment he made to a female political reporter about hitting her. Axios reporter Alexi McCammond wrote on Twitter Tuesday night that when she questioned Barkley on his indecisiveness over the Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barkley told her “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.” McCammond says when she objected to his remarks, Barkley told her she “couldn’t take a joke.” Barkley, a former NBA player who works as a basketball analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, issued an apology on Wednesday through TurnerSportsPR on Twitter saying his comment was “inappropriate and unacceptable.” Barley said in the statement that “it was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.” ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described 'nasty streak' who as head of G.P. Putnam's Sons released works by Norman Mailer and Terry Southern among others and signed up Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous 'Lolita,' has died at age 96. Minton’s wife, Marion, tells The Associated Press that he died Tuesday at their home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She cited no specific cause of death. The son of longtime Putnam president Melville Minton, Walter Minton was in his early 30s when he inherited the position in 1955 after his father's death and remained until he was forced out in 1978 by corporate parent MCA. (Putnam is now part of Penguin Random House). Minton presided over an era of profit and growth, including the acquisition of the Berkley Publishing Corporation, although his abrupt style didn't gain him affection. Mailer paid an off-hand compliment when he called Minton 'the only publisher I ever met who would make a good general.' In the mid-1950s, Mailer's novel 'Barbary Shore' had flopped and raised questions about whether the author of 'The Naked and the Dead' would have a lasting career. After Rinehart & Company dropped Mailer's Hollywood saga 'The Deer Park' because of concerns about obscenity, Minton offered Mailer a $10,000 advance, a record for Putnam at the time. 'The Deer Park' became a bestseller, and Mailer would release several other works through Putnam, including his landmark 'Advertisements for Myself,' the essay collection 'The Presidential Papers' and the novel 'Why are We in Vietnam?' Other Putnam successes under Minton's leadership included Merle Miller's oral biography of Harry Truman, 'Plain Speaking,' and a pair of risque novels: 'Candy,' by Southern and Mason Hoffenberg; and a reissue of the 18th century erotic shocker 'Fanny Hill,' the object of court battles in Massachusetts and New York in the mid-1960s. One of Minton's most lucrative decisions came soon after he started as Putnam's president. 'Lolita,' Nabokov's classic about a literature professor's obsession with a 12-year-old girl, inspired shock and admiration when released in Europe in 1955. But it remained without a publisher in the U.S. Several companies turned the novel down, and an editor at Viking worried that anyone releasing 'Lolita' could be jailed. Minton's interest was accidental. Married at the time to Pauline Ehst, he became involved with a Copacabana dancer named Rosemary Ridgewell. As noted in Sarah Weinman’s “The Real Lolita,” published in 2018, Minton offered differing accounts on when and where he first heard of the novel, but made it clear that Ridgewell encouraged him to read it. 'Dear Mr. Nabokov,' Minton wrote to the author in 1957, 'being a rather backward example of that rather backward species, the American publisher, it was only recently I began to hear about a book called 'Lolita.' I am wondering if the book is available for publication.' Nabokov's European publisher, Maurice Giradios, was convinced that Minton never got around to reading 'Lolita.' But, in 1958, Putnam released the novel, which sold millions of copies despite being panned as 'repulsive' by The New York Times and shunned by other newspaper reviewers. 'There was no prosecution, except by the critics,' Stacy Schiff, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Nabokov's wife, Vera, later wrote. Minton was married two times — once to Ehst, and most recently to Marion Whitehorn in 1970 — and had three children with each wife. After leaving Putnam, he received a law degree from Columbia University and joked that he hoped to use his education to 'audit the returns to paperback houses.' Born in New York in 1923, Walter Joseph Minton was a descendent of the 18th century financier Robert Morris, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He attended Williams College before serving in the Army Medical Corps in World War II. He completed his undergraduate education at Harvard College and in 1947, joined Putnam, serving as a salesman and director of promotion and publicity before succeeding his father as president. A Minton gimmick helped Putnam land one of the bestselling books of recent times. In the early 1960s, he started a contest for the best unreleased novel in English, with the winner receiving a six-figure advance. Putnam received piles of entries and signed up numerous young authors to traditional contracts, hoping one of those books might take the prize. Contest judges never found a winner, but among the books Putnam acquired was a crime story by an indebted, middle-aged novelist who needed money for his family after his previous works flopped. The manuscript, published in 1969, was Mario Puzo's 'The Godfather.”
  • Reactions from some of the nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards: ___ “I’m beyond shocked. I’m very, very surprised.” — Tanya Tucker, nominated for best country album for “While I’m Livin’,” best country solo performance and best country song for “Bring My Flowers Now,” in an interview. “To be nominated for four awards in the 10th month of my debut year is beyond a dream come true. Thank you to my incredible team and everyone who has supported and believed in me along the way. Great to see such incredible talent nominated alongside me. I’m truly honoured to be in the category with every artist nominated - see you in January!” — Yola, nominated for best new artist, said in a statement. “‘God’s Country’ is such a powerful song and I’m so proud to be a part of it. I’m thankful that Devin (Dawson), Michael (Hardy) and Jordan (Schmidt) trusted me with a lyric that has connected so powerfully with so many people.” — Blake Shelton, nominated for best country solo performance, said in a statement. “I want to thank the fans. This is the people’s record. ‘Old Town Road’ is the people’s song. So much to be thankful for. Truly an honor. It’s a great time to be a singer/songwriter from Flatwoods, Kentucky.” — Billy Ray Cyrus, nominated for record of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best music video, for his feature work on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” said in a statement. “So very thankful today to the @recordingacademy and my peers for the nominations. ‘It All Comes Out in the Wash’ for Best Country Song and ‘Interstate Gospel’ with my sisters @pistolannies for country album. Nearly a decade of friendship and songs. 2 noms for 6 women who write their stories. Love you all @guitarleena @ashleymonroemusic @lizrose0606 @lorimckennama #hillarylindsey” — Miranda Lambert, nominated for best country album and best country song, said on Instagram. “5 NOMINATIONS!!!! WHAAAAAT. THATS CRAZY!!!! AGAAAAAINNNNNN. AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. GOD IS GREAT” — H.E.R., nominated for album, record and song of the year along with best R&B performance and R&B song, said on Twitter. “THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR MUSIC AND IM JUST SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE PART OF IT” — Lizzo, nominated eight times including album and record of the year along with best new artist, said on Twitter. “thank u for acknowledging this music my beautiful best friends and i created in just a few weeks together. the acknowledgement is truly enough on its own for me and my heart. pls allow me to bring all of my friends who made this w me so they can make sure my heart is beating.” — Ariana Grande, nominated for record and album of the year along with best pop vocal album, best pop solo performance and best pop duo/group performance, said on Twitter. “We're incredibly humbled and honored to be nominated for a GRAMMY for Best New Artist! THANK YOU!” — Black Pumas, nominated for best new artist, said on Twitter. “2 years ago.. Just gettin started.... still got a long ways to go... but thank you GOD” — YBN Cordae, nominated for best rap album, said on Instagram.
  • Ambassador Gordon Sondland says a July cellphone call with President Donald Trump “primarily discussed” rapper A$AP Rocky, who was imprisoned in Sweden earlier this year. Sondland told a House impeachment inquiry into Trump on Wednesday that testimony from U.S. diplomat David Holmes had jogged his memory of the discussion. Sondland says his July 26 call with Trump from a Kyiv restaurant mainly focused on the rapper, instead of Ukraine military aid. At the time, the rapper was in a Swedish jail awaiting trial on charges stemming from a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. Holmes previously testified behind closed doors that he overhead Sondland tell Trump that the president should let Rocky “get sentenced, play the racism card, and give him a ticker-tape when he comes home.” Trump publicly weighed in to support the Grammy-nominated rapper, who pleaded self-defense. The rapper, along with his two bodyguards, on Aug. 14 were given “conditional sentences,” meaning they wouldn’t serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense the in the future. Among those urging Trump to try to free the rapper were first lady Melania Trump, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West. Holmes testified that in the president’s phone call with Sondland, Sondland told Trump that Sweden “should have released (Rocky) on your word” but he could “tell the Kardashians you tried.”
  • A Marvel podcast series is inspiring an anthology of new adventures for some of its most popular superheroes. Actor and rapper Method Man and author Roxane Gay are among the writers being given the power to play around with characters like Black Panther and Wolverine. The comic book giant on Tuesday announced plans for a collection of one-off stories. Gay, author of “Bad Feminist,” will pen a story about She-Hulk. No other details have been released. “Marvel’s Voices #1” is an extension of the Marvel’s Voices podcast, which launched last year. The podcast features interviews with Marvel editors, writers and actors with an emphasis on diversity in storytelling. The anthology is expected to hit comic book stores in February.
  • Holly Hunter will star opposite Ted Danson in an upcoming NBC comedy set in the world of local politics. The network said Wednesday that Hunter will play a liberal Los Angeles city councilwoman in the series from writer-producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Hunter’s character is a veteran politician who’s suspicious of Danson’s newly elected mayor, a wealthy businessman who’s never served in government. Hunter is an Academy Award winner for the 1993 film “The Piano” and has three other Oscar nominations. She’s also worked extensively in TV, most recently in the HBO series “Succession,” and received six Emmy nods. Danson stars in NBC’s comedy “The Good Place,” which is in its final season. An air date for the untitled series wasn’t announced.
  • The first time Tanya Tucker was nominated for a Grammy Award, it was 1972, it was for her breakout country hit, “Delta Dawn,” and she was just a teen. Now more than 45 years later, Tucker finds herself nominated for four Grammys, including song of the year for “Bring My Flowers Now,” competing against the likes of Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. “I’m beyond shocked. I’m very, very surprised,” Tucker told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning after the nominations were announced. She was also nominated for best country album for “While I’m Livin’,” best country solo performance and best country song for “Bring My Flowers Now.” Although some may call her first album of new material in 17 years and her first Grammy nominations since 1993 a comeback, Tucker prefers to call the recognition “a start.” “I’m very grateful that I could represent the music that brought me to the dance, the country music I was raised on,” Tucker said. “But it’s a start for me to do a lot of other kinds of music and that’s what I’ve been wanting to do.” The aptly titled song was co-written by her producer, Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile, along with and Phil and Tim Hanseroth. The tune has Tucker reflecting on the long shadow of the miles she's traveled, and the regrets and joys of a life well lived. The album was also produced by Shooter Jennings. “I remember my dad telling me, maybe even before I got started, he told me, ‘Tanya, the biggest song you’re gonna have is the one you write yourself,’” Tucker said. “And here it is. It’s happened.” Tucker now has 14 nominations over her career, but no wins. Now 61, Tucker said she’s ready for a win. “I hope we get lucky this time,” Tucker said. “If I don’t, I’m still a winner. I already won. I’m still here. So I win.”
  • Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is suing Chicago for malicious prosecution and says the city should not seek payment from him to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack because it accepted his $10,000 bail “as payment in full.” Chicago filed a lawsuit in April seeking reimbursement of more than $130,000 for overtime paid to police officers who were involved in investigating the alleged January attack. Smollett’s attorneys filed a response Tuesday in federal court. It said the city should not be allowed to recover costs from Smollett because it accepted $10,000 from the actor “as payment in full in connection with the dismissal of the charges against him.” They also filed a counterclaim, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused him humiliation and extreme distress. Smollett told police that he was beaten Jan. 29 by two men who looped a noose around his neck and threw vile comments at him. Chicago police said the attack was staged, and Smollett was charged with making a false report. Prosecutors dropped the case in March. Smollett maintained his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep the $10,000 bail. Chicago’s Law Department issued a statement Wednesday saying the city will continue to pursue its efforts to recover the full cost of its investigation. “The judge in this case has already ruled in our favor once and we fully expect to be successful in defeating these counterclaims,” Bill McCaffrey, Chicago law department spokesman, said in a statement.