Entertainment briefs, June 28

Tiffin University is to host TU Day at Cedar Point July 6

 The community is invited to spend a day in the park or at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark for a discounted rate of $48 per person July 6.

Community members can take advantage of this special TU rate by purchasing tickets online at www.cedarpoint.com/afflilate, Username: TiffinAlum, Passcode: summer2018, or by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement/Alumni Relations at (419) 448.3282.

Tickets can be picked up or mailed (mail will cost an additional $3 processing fee).

 All tickets are subject to availability and no refunds or exchanges will be allowed.

Daylily Tour announced

FINDLAY — The third annual Flag City Daylily Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6-7 and noon-6 p.m. July 8.

The tour is to feature six Findlay-area gardeners with their gardens. Participating gardeners this year are Mike and Denise Anders, Ann and George Brickner (Perennial Plant Peddler), Sharon and Ron DeCooman, Richard and Robin Hopkins, Keith and Becky McClelland (McClelland’s Daylilies) and Linda and David Spahr.

For more information, call (419) 889-8827 or visit the Daylily Tour Facebook page.

Disney’s $71.3 billion bid for Fox clears US antitrust hurdle

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. Wednesday won U.S. antitrust approval for its $71.3 billion bid for Twenty-First Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

Disney first must sell its 22 regional sports networks, the Department of Justice said. The company has 90 days to sell the networks, with an option to extend for another 90 days.

Fox’s assets have been the target of bidding war between Comcast and Disney. Comcast offered nearly $66 billion for Fox’s assets, which include the FX network and the studio that houses the X-Men franchise.

Fox has the option to consider other offers and Comcast could raise its bid.

The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They are amassing ever more programming to better compete with companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars. The news comes on the heels of AT&T buying Time Warner for $81 billion.

NBC Sports hires former ref McAulay as on-air rules analyst

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Sports has hired former NFL official Terry McAulay as an on-air rules analyst for its coverage of “Sunday Night Football” and Notre Dame football.

McAulay retired recently after 20 years as an on-field NFL game official, and a college football officiating administrator for the past 10 seasons.

McAulay is to be onsite at “Sunday Night Football” and Notre Dame games, moving between the broadcast booth during the game and the studio set for pregame and halftime shows.

McAulay was a referee for 17 of his 20 NFL seasons (1998-2017), previously serving as a side judge and a field judge. He led the officiating crew in three Super Bowls and worked 15 additional NFL playoff games.

Also, he was the American Athletic Conference’s coordinator of football officiating since 2008 (the Big East Conference from 2008-13). As an on-field college official, McAulay was the referee for the Nebraska-Tennessee national championship game in January 1998.

Robert De Niro to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway are among the newest group of celebrities who will be honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame selection committee Monday announced the class of 2019.

“Murphy Brown” star Candice Bergen, chef Guy Fieri and Alvin and The Chipmunks were among those selected for their work in television.

Pink, Michael Buble and Faith Hill were some of the music honorees.

Idina Menzel, Cedric “The Entertainer,” Judith Light and Paul Sorvino were picked for their work in live theater and performance.

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