Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer and Tracy Morgan to host ‘SNL’
“Saturday Night Live” tweeted out the names of the first three hosts for the show’s 41st season Monday. Miley Cyrus will host the season premiere Oct. 3, followed by Amy Schumer on Oct. 10 and and Tracy Morgan on Oct. 17. Morgan’s appearance is his first since his 2014 highway accident that left him severely injured and killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair. Morgan was a cast member on SNL from 1996-2003 and has hosted once before.
KFC has another new Colonel Sanders
Speaking of “Saturday Night Live,” KFC announced that comedian Norm Macdonald will be the newest guy to portray the chain’s southern mascot Colonel Sanders. This comes just a few months after Darrell Hammond — former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and current announcer — revived the role as Sanders. KFC admits that Macdonald, who used to host Weekend Update (or as he called it “the fake news”), is a unique choice to don the white suit. “Other than not quite looking like him, his voice being different, and his inability to cook the world’s best chicken, we thought Norm was the perfect choice to play the real Colonel,” said chief marketing officer Kevin Hochman in a news release, according to Eater.com.
Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter stabbed to death
E’Dena Hines, the 33-year-old step-granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, was stabbed to death over the weekend in New York. Reports say her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, 30, was charged with her murder. CNN reports that Hines was working as an actress and just started filming an independent movie. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers,” Freeman said in a statement “May she rest in peace.”
Stevie Wonder hits Joe Louis Arena this fall
Stevie Wonder is taking “Songs in the Key of Life” back out on the road this fall, including a Nov. 21 date at Joe Louis Arena, promoters announced Monday. Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with pre-sales beginning at noon Tuesday for Citi cardholders. Prices are TBA. The tour is a continuation of the last year’s successful run of shows where Wonder performed his classic 1976 album in its entirety. The tour visited The Palace of Auburn Hills in November 2014, a hometown show that had Wonder emotional and in tears at times, as he performed with some 40 musicians for more than three hours. The fall tour will mark Wonder’s final live performances of “Songs in the Key of Life,” according to a tour release.
■Flint-based musician Tunde Olaniran was mentioned in Rolling Stone’s August edition of the “10 New Artist You Need to Know.”
■Actor Emile Hirsch pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 15 days in jail Monday. He was accused of putting a Paramount studio executive Daniele Bernfeld in a choke hold at a nightclub curing the Sundance Film Festival.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Susan Whitall contributed
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