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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am


Peele earns Guild honor for 'Get Out'

Associated Press

 Jordan Peele's social satire horror “Get Out” and James Ivory's adaptation of the coming-of-age novel “Call Me By Your Name” have won the top honors from the Writers Guild of America.

Peele won the prize for best original screenplay and Ivory for adapted at the Writers Guild Awards held in Los Angeles and New York Sunday night.

“Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” are also nominated for original and adapted screenplay Oscars.

The Writers Guild also gave Brett Morgen the best documentary screenplay award for “Jane.”

In television, “The Handmaid's Tale” won best drama series and best new series, “Veep” got best comedy series. “Big Little Lies” won best adapted long form.

Priest guitarist ailing

Parkinson's disease has forced legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton to drop out of the upcoming Judas Priest tour.

The British rockers say Tipton is stepping down from touring due to the ailment, which began to afflict him a decade ago.

“I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead, and that I am not leaving the band; it's simply that my role has changed,” Tipton said. “I don't rule out the chance to go on stage ... when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future, I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”

Tipton was the lone remaining original member of Judas Priest's twin-lead guitar attack that powered solos on tracks including “Electric Eye” and “Hell Bent For Leather.”

Tipton's bandmates Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Scott Travis and Richie Faulkner called Tipton “a true metal hero.”

Last month, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring, also citing Parkinson's. 

Book honors

Erin Entrada Kelly's “Hello, Universe,” a nuanced account of a diverse group of middle school students and their unexpected encounters, has won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children's book of 2017. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for best illustration went to Matthew Cordell and his near-wordless story of a girl and the wolf pup she saves, “Wolf in the Snow.”

The awards were announced Monday by the American Library Association.

Woodson who received the Laura Ingalls Wilder award for lifetime achievement and Nina LaCour's “We Are Okay” was given the Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult literature. Angie Thomas' “The Hate U Give,” won a William C. Morris Award for best debut book for teens and an Odyssey Award for best audiobook.

Renee Watson's “Piecing Me Together” won the Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding book by an African-American.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 85. Actor George Segal is 84. Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork is 76. Actress Stockard Channing is 74. Talk- show host Jerry Springer is 74. Singer Peter Gabriel is 68. Actor David Naughton is 67. Singer Henry Rollins is 57. Actress Kelly Hu is 50. Actress Mena Suvari is 39.