Sweden’s prison board says U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky won’t be able to perform in the Swedish prison where he was held until convicted of assault in a June street brawl in Stockholm.

Citing logistical and security issues, Vilhelm Grevik of Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service told the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet on Wednesday, that the prison board won’t be able to organize a concert in the Kronoberg prison.

In August, A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was convicted of assault. The rapper and his two bodyguards were given “conditional sentences,” meaning they won’t serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense in the future.

Mayers who wanted to entertain inmates at the Kronoberg prison, is due to perform Dec. 11 at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe arena.

‘Irishman’ honored

The New York Film Critics Circle named “The Irishman” the year’s best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese‘s mob epic its second such honor in two days.

It’s the second time Scorsese has received the top award from his hometown’s critics following 1990’s “GoodFellas.” They also named him best director in 2006 for “The Departed.”

The win added more momentum to the awards-season campaign for “The Irishman,” which on Tuesday was also named best film by the National Board of Review. The New York critics additionally bestowed best supporting actor on Joe Pesci‘s performance in the film.

The critics selected Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) for best actress and Antonio Banderas (“Pain & Glory”) for best actor. Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her performances in both Noah Baumbach‘s “Marriage Story” and Greta Gerwig‘s “Little Women.”

Best director went to a pair of native New Yorkers: Josh and Benny Safdie, whose upcoming “Uncut Gems” stars Adam Sandler as a dealer in Manhattan’s diamond district.

The New York Film Critics Circle will hand out the awards for their 85th ceremony on Jan.7.

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Little Richard is 87. Actor Jeroen Krabbe is 75. Singer Jose Carreras is 73. Singer Jim Messina is 72. Actress Morgan Brittany is 68. Actor Brian Backer is 63. Singer Ty England is 56. Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik is 54. Singer Gary Allan is 52. Comedian Margaret Cho is 51. Actress Paula Patton is 44. Actress Amy Acker is 43. Actor Nick Stahl is 40. Singer Keri Hilson is 37. Actor Gabriel Luna is 37. Actor Frankie Muniz is 34. Actor Ross Bagley is 31.



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