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With nominations ready to be announced a week from Tuesday (12/7), the L.A. Times’ Steve Hochman looks into his Grammy crystal ball and sees definite noms for the likes of Bob Dylan, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Mary J. Blige, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, Carrie Underwood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more...

MONDAY MORNING LEFTOVERS

Happy Feet Rules BO, Jay-Z Rules in Brooklyn, Jimmy Iovine Feted, Grammy Picks, Universal’s Buyer’s Remorse on Bruno
Had enough turkey yet? USC beats Notre Dame and climbs back into the BCS race, the football Giants drop a stunner, America shops until it drops and Michael Richards is signed by Judith Regan for his new book, If I Were a Racist, This Is What I’d Say. With Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s just three more weeks until we close up shop for the year…and don’t say you thought we’ve been shuttered since July.

Those dancing penguins proved resilient as Happy Feet topped the weekend box office for the second straight week with $37.9m gross, the 15th film of the year to go over the $100 million mark, followed by Casino Royale ($31m), Déjà Vu ($20m), Deck the Halls ($12m) and Borat ($10.4m), which also went over the $100 million mark in its fourth week of release. Industrywide ticket sales were off only a smidgen from the same weekend a year ago, when the blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fueled a huge box-office turnout. Year to date, box-office revenue is up 5.5% at $8.4 billion vs. $8 billion in 2005 and attendance has climbed 3.9%.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Universal is getting cold feet over its $42.5 million commitment to Sacha Baron Cohen for his next project, a film based on his Austrian fashionista character Bruno here. The story says, despite the fact Borat has gone over the $100 million mark at the box office, the lawsuits engendered by the film for civil rights violations and the gay subject matter of the new movie could turn people off.

Jay-Z returned to his hometown for a sold-out show at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For the N.Y. Times take, go here.

To read veteran L.A. Times critic emeritus Robert Hilburn’s rather fawning profile of Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, go here.

With nominations ready to be announced a week from Tuesday (12/7), the L.A. TimesSteve Hochman looks into his Grammy crystal ball and sees definite noms for the likes of Bob Dylan, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Mary J. Blige, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, Carrie Underwood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. See his picks here.

The N.Y. TimesJeff Leeds contemplates the effects of AARP’s sponsorship of 80-year-old legend Tony Bennett’s current tour here.

HITS’ own Roy Trakin received the boldface treatment in the N.Y. Post’s prestigious Page Six over the weekend. No, he wasn’t canoodling with Nicky Hilton or blackmailing Ron Burkle. Check here.

MUSIC ON TV: Tom Waits on Letterman (CBS, 11:35 p.m.), Katherine McPhee on Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m.), Driveblind on Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m.) and Jet on Conan O’Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m.)

ON THIS DAY:

In 1964: The Beatles released “I Feel Fine” in the U.K., performed on the British show Ready Steady Go! 

In 1964: Mick Jagger was fined $18 for reckless driving in England.

In 1967: The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour.

In 1969: The Rolling Stones played Madison Square Garden, a show recorded and released as Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! During the performance, Janis Joplin joined Tina Turner on stage and sang a duet.

In 1970: George Harrison released All Things Must Pass.

In 1971: Led Zeppelin IV entered the Billboard album chart at #36.

In 1981: The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead canceled a show at Orlando’s Tangerine Bowl because only 10,000 tickets had been sold to the 60,000-seat arena.

In 1995: The Beatles Anthology I set a first week sales record, with 1.2 million copies sold in the U.S.

In 1997: A memorial service was held for the INXS Michael Hutchence in Sydney.

In 2003: Billboard reported that the Rolling Stones' Licks tour was the second-highest grossing tour of all time, making a total of $300 hundred million dollars.

In 2004: Lil Jon got married in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

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