Monday, April 30, 2012

Rocker Ted Nugent steamed over Ft. Knox concert snub - Detroit Free Press

Uncle Ted isn't too happy now that he has been nixed from a summertime concert he was scheduled to play at Ft. Knox, Ky.

"To think that there's a bureaucrat in the United States Army that would consider the use or abuse of First Amendment rights in determining who is going to perform at an Army base is an insult and defiles the sacrifices of those heroes who fought for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights," Ted Nugent told the Associated Press.

Last week, in response to the controversial comments Nugent made about President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party at the National Rifle Association convention April 14 in St. Louis, commanders at Ft. Knox decided the Motor City Madman would not be joining acts like REO Speedwagon and Styx at the June 23 concert.

Nugent, 63, who was born in Detroit but now lives in Texas, was cleared of being a threat to the president after meeting with two members of the Secret Service in Oklahoma following the NRA convention, where he said he'd "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama wins in November.

Nugent, immediately following his sit-down with Uncle Sam, called it a "good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better."

But now that he's been scratched from the Ft. Knox show, the Nuge is singing a different tune.

"There is nothing in my spoken word or written word that could be even wildly considered by any stretch of the imagination to be a threat to anyone," Nugent said to the AP about the cancellation.

When asked to clarify the comments he made at the NRA, Nugent said: "A whole bunch of us ... believe ... we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed -- I mean criminally on the part of the government."

'Burn' honored at Tribeca

"Burn," the Detroit-made film about firefighters, won the audience award for documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, organizers announced Saturday.

Although there's no set opening date for "Burn," filmmakers Brenna Sanchez, who grew up on Detroit's west side, and Tom Putnam recently told the Free Press that they hope to screen their movie in the D as soon as possible.

For more on "Burn," head to www.detroitfirefilm.org .

"Any Day Now," the Alan Cumming-starring film about gay adoption, won the 11th annual festival's audience award for narrative feature.

On Friday Justin Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, also were recognized. The two, along with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and filmmaker and actor Ed Burns, were named winners of Disruptive Innovation Awards, honoring those changing the industry with new technologies, ideas and strategies.

Briefly

• NBC plans to run three 30-minute episodes of "Community" for the sitcom's big third-season finale May 17, TV Guide reports.

• Former cast member Will Ferrell will host the May 12 episode of "Saturday Night Live," NBC announced. Usher will be the musical guest.

Weekend box office

Although "The Avengers" won't be released domestically until Friday, the new superhero saga already is beating down box-office opponents.

The Joss Whedon-directed film featuring an A-list cast -- including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson -- rang up $178.4 million during the weekend as it opened No. 1 in 39 different markets worldwide, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Here's the domestic box office:

1. " Think Like a Man," $18 million.

2. " The Pirates! Band of Misfits," $11.4 million.

3. " The Lucky One," $11.3 million.

4. " The Hunger Games," $11.2 million.

5. " The Five-Year Engagement," $11.2 million.

6. " Safe," $7.7 million.

7. " The Raven," $7.3 million.

8. " Chimpanzee," $5.5 million.

9. " The Three Stooges," $5.4 million.

10. " The Cabin in the Woods," $4.5 million.

COMPILED BY B.J. HAMMERSTEIN, FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER. CONTACT HIM: 313-223-4528 OR BJHAMMERSTEIN@FREEPRESS.COM.

More Details: Fast takes

1. Seacrest to join 'Today'

NBC News said in an announcement that "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has signed a two-year deal with NBC Universal. As part of his role, the pop culture personality will contribute regularly on the "Today" show as a special correspondent, and he'll also expand his duties on the network's other platforms.

2. Dempsey to the rescue

Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy") came to the rescue when a car driven by a teenage boy flipped several times and landed on the front lawn of the star's Malibu, Calif., home on Tuesday, www.tmz.com reports. Dempsey helped the driver, who suffered a concussion, out of the totaled car with a crowbar.

3. Beauty queen arrested

Nicole Houde, 26, the 2010 Miss New Hampshire USA, was arrested Wednesday on charges of punching, kicking, scratching and biting her boyfriend, Scott Nickerson, 33, Manchester Police Department officials said Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

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