People: One America News sues Maddow for $10M

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One America News sues Maddow for $10M

A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it "paid Russian propaganda."

One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego.

The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News for conservative cable and satellite TV viewers and has received favorable tweets from President Donald Trump.

The lawsuit contends that Maddow's comment on her July 22 MSNBC show were retaliation after OAN President Charles Herring accused cable television giant Comcast of censorship. The suit contends that Comcast refused to carry the channel because it "counters the liberal politics of Comcast's own news channel, MSNBC."

A week after Herring sent an email to a Comcast executive, Maddow opened her MSNBC show by referring to a report in the Daily Beast that said an OAN employee also worked for Sputnik News, which is linked to the Russian government.

"In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda," Maddow said on "The Rachel Maddow Show."

"Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government," Maddow said.

In the lawsuit, OAN said Kristian Rouz was a freelancer for Sputnik News, not a staff employee, and his work there had nothing to do with his work for OAN.

David Lee Roth heading to Las Vegas

David Lee Roth — the high-kicking lead singer of the rock band Van Halen — is jumping to Las Vegas.

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The rocker will have a mini-residence at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He'll be performing Jan. 8, Jan. 10-11 and March 18, March 20-21, March 25 and March 27-28.

Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Roth said in a statement: "A weekend with me is interactive way beyond just music. It starts with the best food on Earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year and we all stay up way past our bedtime!"

He'll join a long list of artists with Vegas residencies that includes Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, Pitbull and Gwen Stefani.

Redmayne happy to reunite with Jones

As soon as Eddie Redmayne read the script for "The Aeronauts," he knew whom his co-star should be: His "Theory of Everything" co-star Felicity Jones.

"I read it . with Felicity in mind and the second I finished it, I called her up and I said, 'I'll do this if you do,'" the star said. "And we sort of made that very quick decision. It was a spontaneous thing."

Jones, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2014's "The Theory of Everything," said reuniting with Redmayne — who won an Oscar for the movie — "felt really natural."

"But the thing that pushed it was that the parts were so good," she said. "I mean, if one of us had read it and one part hadn't been good, it would it would never have worked. But they were both brilliantly written. They were both parts that we were ready to do at that moment. And I think it made it feel more of an adventure coming back together and it made the film feel like it was part of some kind of a narrative in some way, obviously pivoting from 'Theory of Everything.'"

Today's birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 91. Comedian Tom Dreesen is 80. Movie director Brian De Palma is 79. Actor Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls") is 61. Actress Kristy McNichol is 57. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 52. Actress Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") is 49. Rapper Ludacris is 42. Singer Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is 38. Actor Tyler Hoechlin (TV's "Teen Wolf") is 32. Actress Mackenzie Aladjem ("Nurse Jackie") is 18.

— The Associated Press


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