Green Day, Reed, Starr Into Rock Hall

The new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes the punk trio Green Day.

The group will join Lou Reed, poet of the New York underground, and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers, among others, as new members of the rock hall.

The hall announced today that it will also welcome Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock `n’ roll. And Ringo Starr will become the fourth ex-Beatle to be enshrined as an individual.

Reed won’t be the only posthumous inductee. Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan are also being honored.

Green Day made it in the group’s first year of eligibility. The Bay Area band led by Billie Joe Armstrong made the 1990s slackers anthem “Dookie.” And it hit a peak with the politically-themed concept disc “American Idiot” a decade later. Armstrong also starred in a Broadway musical based on “American Idiot.”

The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall next April 18. Public tickets go on sale Thursday.  (AP)

CBS Sets Letterman’s Last Show for May 20

David Letterman will host his final “Late Show” next May 20.

CBS and Letterman’s production company announced the exit date on Wednesday. Letterman said earlier this year he was retiring after more than 30 years as a late-night host, and the network later named Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central as his replacement.

CBS didn’t announce Colbert’s starting date on Wednesday.

CBS chief Leslie Moonves said it’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but that “we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.” (AP)

Sundance Film Festival Announces Competition Films

Films in next month’s Sundance Film Festival’s competitive categories feature such stars as Sarah Silverman, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman.

Festival organizers revealed the slate of films Wednesday by American and international directors that will be in competition at the independent-film showcase, which runs Jan. 21-31.

Silverman shows her dramatic side as a mom falling apart in the U.S. film “I Smile Back.” Fassbender appears in a drama from New Zealand called “Slow West.” Ejiofor and Pine share the screen in the American tale “Z for Zachariah.” Kidman stars in the Australian film “Strangerland,” set to play on the festival’s opening day: Jan. 22, 2015.

Sundance selections compete in U.S. and world dramatic and documentary categories.

Online:

http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival  (AP)

Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as “The Graduate,” “Angels in America” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has died. He was 83.

The death was confirmed by ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday. Nichols died Wednesday evening. Goldston said the family was holding a small private service this week.

Nichols, who was married to TV journalist Diane Sawyer, also was a groundbreaking comedy performer who teamed with Elaine May as a popular act onstage and television. (AP)

What You Can Learn From the World Series

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I can’t tell you how excited I am that the San Francisco Giants won their third title in the last five years!

This year’s series was amazing from beginning to the very last out. And that was stressful to watch! I actually hid under my pillow for two innings and just listened to the game – when it was still tied.

But once it was over, I realized I actually learned some things:

Be more like MadBum. Unlike rookie pitcher Hunter Strickland who lost his cool during Game 2, veteran Madison Bumgarner is very laid-back. And focused. During the latter part of the series, cameras would show him alone, I’m assuming, focusing on the task at hand. No one talked to him, and why should they? Do you want to be the one who distracts him? He knows what he’s supposed to do – and he mentally prepared for it.

Only after he was handed the MVP award did he say he was “tired.” Before that, he only spoke about his significance in the game during interviews. He said he’d be ready if called to pitch, and that anything can happen during the World Series, and you need to be ready. I fully agree, you only have a few chances to get it right. And that’s it. Win – or lose the championship.

Always be prepared, and on your game, pun fully intended.

It seems that that soft-spoken really won out this year. Aside from an amazing series, MadBum, as he is known, has become an instant media darling. ‘Where did this guy come from?’ seems to be the big question from everyone.

I really can’t tell you if I paid attention to him that much over the past four years. He was hidden behind Tim Lincecum’s spotlight. But maybe sometimes injuries are nature’s little push to get a great leader in place. Colin Kaepernick anyone?

Time rolls on, and someone is always there to take over. When it’s your time, you should be ready. And willing. And respect what happens when decisions are made. Sometimes people above you know what they are doing – and can foresee a positive outcome. Their experience is guiding them about you.

Also, and it’s a cliché, but true – it’s not over until it’s over. So do the best you can until ‘the end.’ Then you can be tired.

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Nielsen: 23.5 Million Saw Game 7 of World Series

An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.

The Nielsen company says more people watched Wednesday night’s contest than any series game since the 2011 Game 7 between St. Louis and Texas.

It was also 10 million more people than tuned in to any of the previous six games between the Giants and Royals. Overall, the series averaged 13.8 million viewers, second only to the Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012 as the series with the lowest viewership. (AP)

Bumgarner, Giants Beat KC 3-2 to Win World Series

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Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with another dominant performance.

After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

Pitching on two days’ rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals and earned a save to go with his two wins in the Series. (AP)

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