January 21, 2019: The Shutdown Could Still Mean Trouble for Super Bowl, 'Green Book' Wins Top Honors at P.G.A. Awards, The Razzie Awards Nominate Donald Trump


1. THE SHUTDOWN COULD STILL MEAN TROUBLE FOR SUPER BOWL: While the government shutdown isn't expected to affect security at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the Super Bowl, the ongoing partial shutdown could still have a negative impact on the event—specifically at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The shutdown already caused canceled planning meetings for the February 3 game, and if it continues, T.S.A. agents and flight controllers will be working during the game without pay. NBC News: "Dan McCabe, a National Air Traffic Controllers Association representative, told NBC News that his colleagues had been holding meetings over the past year to prepare for the surge in travelers to the area. But now the planning meetings, which included officials from his union, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Football League, have been grounded. ... The impact of the shutdown has already been on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Travelers say they have been forced to wait on security lines for up to three hours because of a shortage of Transportation Security Administration agents, who've also been working without pay." https://nbcnews.to/2MgGOfb

2. 'GREEN BOOK' WINS TOP HONORS AT P.G.A. AWARDS: Controversial film Green Book, a comedy based on a true story about a white man and a black man bonding during a road trip through the Deep South in the 1960s, won the Producers Guild of America's top award on Saturday night. The win has established the film, panned by a number of critics, as an Oscar frontrunner. Los Angeles Times: "The win represented another high point in Green Book’s roller-coaster ride through awards season. The movie has taken top prizes at the Golden Globes and Toronto International Film Festival, but has also been dogged by controversy along the way, including the resurfacing of a controversial 2015 tweet from co-writer Nick Vallelonga that supported Donald Trump’s false claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center. 'When you make Dumb and Dumber, you don’t ever expect to get an award,' said producer Peter Farelly, who also directed and co-wrote the movie. In a lengthy speech, Farrelly went on to compare his victory to 'Warren Buffett winning the lottery.'" https://lat.ms/2FMls8g

3. THE RAZZIE AWARDS NOMINATE DONALD TRUMP: President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Golden Raspberry Awards. The awards, which recognize the worst in film, nominated Trump for his appearances in Dinesh D'Souza's documentary Death of a Nation and Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. Trump won a Razzie for worst supporting actor in 1991's Ghosts Can't Do It. The Hollywood Reporter: "The president is also up for worst screen combo for himself and 'his self-perpetuating pettiness' in Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9. First Lady Melania Trump is up for worst supporting actress in Fahrenheit 11/9. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway is also nominated in that category for the same Moore film. ... The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony—created by John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy—was held March 31, 1981. This year's ceremony will be held February 23. There are 1,047 voting members from all 50 states and two dozen foreign countries." https://bit.ly/2MnoZLn

* LOCAL NEWS *

AUSTIN:  The eighth annual Moontower Comedy Festival will take place April 24-27. The festival has announced new lineup additions, including the cast of Schitt’s Creek, Amanda Seales, and Ronny Chieng. 

BOSTON:  Westin Boston Waterfront has named CSI Boston its in-house destination management company partner. 

COLUMBUS, OHIO:  The 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast takes place today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Dr. John B. King. Jr., former U.S. secretary of education, will deliver the keynote address. 

JACKSON, WYOMING:  Jackson Hole Food & Wine’s second annual Winter Fest will take place February 28-March 2. 

LOS ANGELES:  The 10th edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair will take place February 13-17 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. 

Actress Glenn Close and costume designer Betty Pecha Madden will be honored at the 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Eater: "Hollywood restaurant the Hearth & Hound closed Saturday, ending an up-and-down yearlong saga for what was at one time among the most anticipated openings in Los Angeles. The Sunset Boulevard restaurant only opened in December 2017." 

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Café La Rova, a bar and restaurant from Julio Cabrera, will open January 28 in Little Havana. The Cuban concept will feature two bars, a restaurant, and a walk-up coffee bar and window. 

NEW YORK:  The 18th annual Architectural Digest Design Show will take place March 21-24 at Pier 94. The event is co-located with Diffa’s Dining by Design. 

Sauce Pizzeria’s second location has opened at 84 Rivington Street. The restaurant, managed by Everyday Hospitality, seats 12. 

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO:  The 23rd annual Canada Blooms flower and garden show will take place March 8-17 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. This year’s event theme is “A Family Affair.”

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