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    Just one day after leaving office as governor, John Kasich has signed with CNN to be a commentator. >> Read more trending news  On Tuesday, CNN announced that he would be “the newest addition to the network’s stable of commentators.” His first appearance will be on CNN tonight on Cuomo Prime Time.  In the midst of Gov. Mike DeWine’s inaugural address on Monday, United Talent Agency announced it will represent Kasich for speeches, news and broadcast appearances and more. California-based UTA represents other high profile media figures and politicos, including CNN’s Jim Acosta, former assistant U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, CBS News’ Nora O’Donnell and rapper Pitbull. “It is an incredible honor to represent one of the nation’s most unifying and inspirational political voices,” said UTA Co-president Jay Sures in a written statement. “We’re thrilled to work with Gov. Kasich as he looks to the future by brining his unique experience, wisdom and perspective to an even wider array of audiences.” The company issued a press release for 12:30 p.m. Monday — the same time DeWine was expected to holding his ceremonial swearing in.  >> Related: Kasich sees opening for a third party run for president Kasich, who lives in Westerville, Ohio, spent 18 years in Congress, eight years as governor and twice ran for president and he has written four books.
  • Bruce Springsteen made an unexpected visit to a Boston pub last week. Tommy McCarthy, owner of The Bebop, says Springsteen walked into the bar with his wife and another woman to spend some time listening to a local performer playing Friday evening. McCarthy tells The Boston Globe that Springsteen enjoyed the music and had a few drinks before he went on his way. McCarthy says the Boss told him he'd like to stop by again sometime. It was unclear why Springsteen was in Boston, although his son once attended Boston College. The Bebop is close to Berklee College of Music and McCarthy says Springsteen's visit was 'pretty amazing.' ___ Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com
  • Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her. The 30-year-old singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012. Fenty Entertainment, which advertises itself as a talent and production company, was founded in 2017. The lawsuit asks the court to order Ronald Fenty to stop using the brand name, and it seeks damages to be determined later. An email sent to Fenty Entertainment seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.
  • Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite 16 years after the Oscar-winning 'Lost in Translation' in the splashiest feature film yet announced by Apple. A24 said Tuesday that Coppola's 'On the Rocks' will be the indie studio's first project under its joint deal with Apple, which is pushing into original content. The New York-set film stars Rashida Jones as a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life father, to be played by Murray. 'Lost in Translation' earned Coppola an Oscar for best screenplay and numerous nominations including Murray for best actor. Coppola also directed Murray in the Netflix holiday special 'A Very Murray Christmas.' Apple and A24, the boutique studio behind films like 'Moonlight' and 'Lady Bird,' last November signed a multiyear production deal. Neither company has yet said if their films together with have traditional theatrical releases or debut directly on Apple's planned streaming platform. The iPhone-maker has previously acquired two documentaries: 'The Elephant Queen' and 'Wolfwakers.' Production on 'On the Rocks,' which Coppola also wrote, will begin this spring in New York.
  • As the fifth-season adventures of 'Grace and Frankie ' begin, viewers can rest assured there's more to come. Series creator Marta Kauffman and Netflix said Tuesday that the series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin has been renewed for season six, due in 2020. Kauffman said she was hopeful the comedy would keep going, given that 'we certainly feel the love' from streaming service Netflix. But the decision announced before Friday's season-five release 'is greatly appreciated,' she said. 'I don't take it for granted.' When last seen, Grace and Frankie were fleeing a retirement community in a golf cart to resume life in their oceanfront home — only to find a 'sold' sign in front of it. What's in store for the mismatched pals, who were thrown together when their respective husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen, Sam Waterson) declared they were longtime lovers and moved in together? 'Everybody said, 'Oh, that was a real cliffhanger when you lost the house last season,'' Tomlin, who plays Frankie, said. 'Well, wait until you see this season.' Kauffman also weighed in, carefully, on how Grace and Frankie will fare in the upcoming 13 episodes. 'Without spoilers, they're going to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out how to get their house back,' she said. 'But honestly, what they get to very quickly about life at that age is the idea you can finally just say (expletive) it.' 'Friends' creator Kauffman had such an epiphany of her own two years ago, at age 60, that she describes as a 'startling discovery.' It spoke volumes. 'I don't have to finish every book I start,' she said. 'There are too many books in the world. I mean that's a very small piece of it. But that that is my version of it. ... I am at a certain age and I don't have to put up with anybody's (expletive).' She was mum on how that plays out on the series, sharing only that romance may lie ahead for the women and the men will have experiences separate from the world of their exes. For Tomlin, happiness is a given. 'I'm always excited for the show. Because I love Jane, I love playing with her. We have a great family on the set,' she said. ___ Online: https://www.netflix.com/title/80017537 ___ AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.
  • Fans of Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue will have to wait a few weeks longer to take a look at the suits that are on display in the yearly special issue. MJ Day, editor of the swimsuit issue, told The Associated Press, that the magazine will be on newsstands in May instead of February because it makes sense to feature swimsuits when people are actually considering buying them. “This is where it works, this is where it’s great,” Day told the AP. “It’s always hard to think about buying a swimsuit when it’s 18 degrees out.” >> Read more trending news  It also allows the publication access to other locations to feature their models. The photographs have to be taken eight weeks before publication, the AP reported. “There’s been a whole set of places that have been off the table for us because their summers are when we’re not shooting,” Day explained. The special edition was originally published in February 1964 to fill a spot in the sports calendar, Day told the AP.
  • TV personality Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. The two-hour prime-time show airing on CBS will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Harvey hosts the daytime talk show 'Steve,' the children's variety series 'Little Big Shots' and the game show 'Family Feud,' as well as a syndicated radio show. While hosting the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, Harvey accidently named the wrong woman as the winner during the live broadcast. NFL Honors, which debuted in Indianapolis in 2012, is held in the Super Bowl host city the night before the AFC and NFC champions meet. The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be introduced during the program. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • It’s an earworm for the ages. An artist from Namibia has installed a group of speakers and an MP3  player, to play “Africa” by Toto, in the song’s namesake, Africa -- specifically in the Namib Desert. Max Siedentropf told the BBC he set up solar batteries “to keep Toto going for all eternity.” “[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa,” Siedentropf told the BBC. >> Read more trending news  Siedentropf picked a spot in the middle of the desert to set up the six speakers and the music player with a single track on it that will play over, and over, and over again. He hopes it will play for 55 million years. The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert, dating back about 55 million years, CNN reported.  But the elements, maybe even the rains down in Africa, may mute the song well before that. “Most parts of the installation were chosen to be as durable as possible, but I'm sure the harsh environment of the desert will devour the installation eventually,” he said. “Africa” was released in 1982 and is still a pop culture staple, selling more than 4 million copies in the U.S. A sample of the song was heard in the recent DC movie “Aquaman” and a Twitter bot posts lyrics daily since 2016, CNN reported.
  • The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival. Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that Mick Jagger and his band will play. Also headlining the 8-day event, which runs April 25-28 and May 2-5, are Katy Perry, the Dave Matthews Band, Al Green, Pitbull, Santana, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and gospel great Shirley Caesar. 'Fifty years is very rare and to be here, still, just as strong, just as relevant is amazing,' festival producer Quint Davis said. 'For the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry — two of the most highly produced artists — to want to come play our festival, held in a tent, during the day with the scent of BBQ and oyster po-boys wafting over the field, that's just incredible.' Perry is scheduled to perform April 27, the first Saturday, while the Stones will take over the festival's largest stage Thursday, May 2. Seeing the Stones' performance will require a special ticket good only for that day. Cost? $185. Tickets go on a pre-sale Thursday for Louisiana residents only, to buy tickets for the Rolling Stones' date. Up to two tickets can be purchased on the Plaza level of the Superdome from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday for the entire festival at 10 a.m. in New Orleans or at www.nojazzfest.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For the first time, the festival's 11 other stages will go dark when Jagger and company hit the stage. 'Even though it's going to be a full fest day, with performances on all 12 stages, we don't want the stages where the Stones aren't performing to compete for an audience,' Davis said. 'We don't want the other stages to not have any people there, so we're gonna shut them down about an hour before the Stones perform, encourage them to get something to eat, to get a good spot and enjoy the show.' Before the lineup was announced at the news conference, Davis showcased musicians who performed at the first jazz festival — Ellis Marsalis on piano, vocalist Germaine Bazzle, bass player George French, James Rivers on saxophone and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Blues great Little Freddie King on guitar, Ronnie Kole on piano, clarinetist Orange Kellin and Lars Edegran on banjo also performed. Bazzle said she can't believe 50 years have passed since she first took to a festival stage. 'It's just mind-boggling,' she said. 'It's also overwhelming and very humbling to have an opportunity to do what I love doing and work with such quality musicians. I just can't believe it. I'll believe when I'm on that stage this spring!' Davis said this year's festival, presented by title sponsor Shell, also will include at least 20 tributes honoring artists who helped shape New Orleans' musical landscape. These include performances dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and Marsalis — whose famous musical sons — Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason — will pay homage to him.
  • Former Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he's joined CNN as a political commentator. The Ohio Republican is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a potential 2020 presidential contender. Kasich announced in a tweet on Tuesday that he will begin immediately as a regular contributor on the cable news network. Kasich concluded eight years as governor on Sunday. The next day, Beverly Hills-based United Talent Agency announced they'd signed him as a new client. Since abandoning a 2016 presidential bid, Kasich has steadily criticized Trump and the Republican Party on cable and network news shows. The 66-year-old has worked with Democrats including then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Vice President Joe Biden on efforts to identify bipartisan policy solutions and to promote civility in politics.