9/27/21 Entertainment News
— Broadway’s biggest night is in the books. “Moulin Rouge!” took home the biggest prize from the first Tony Awards in 27 months. It won best musical and nine other awards. Best play went to “The Inheritance” with star Andrew Burnap winning best leading actor in a play. Mary-Louise Parker won best leading actress in a play for “The Sound Inside” and “A Soldier’s Play” took best revival of a play.
— Actress Lois Smith is making Tony Awards history. The New York Times reports on Sunday, the 90-year-old became the oldest person to win a Tony Award. She took home a trophy for best actress in a featured role in a play for her character Margaret in “The Inheritance.” During her acceptance speech, she said she loves the process of live theater.
— Global Citizen Live is over, after 24-hours of performances from big names around the world. The show, broadcast from multiple locations, brought musicians, actors, celebrities, and world leaders together to push for an end to vaccine inequality and raise awareness about the need for climate action. It kicked off Saturday with Elton John in front of the Eiffel Tower. Acts including BTS, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, the Fugees and Cyndi Lauper joined in to broadcast from remote locations. Organizers and speakers made a plea for governments to plant a billion trees, donate a billion coses of COVID-19 vaccines to the poorest nations and donate millions of meals to fight hunger. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke during the event in New York City, calling for COVID vaccines to be treated as a basic human right.
— The Rolling Stones are back on tour. The legendary band kicked off their No Filter tour yesterday in St. Louis. It’s the first time on the road for the band since drummer Charlie Watts died last month at age 80. Mick Jagger told the crowd they’re going to miss Charlie both on and off the stage. The tour had originally been scheduled for 2020 but was delayed by the pandemic.
— Jury deliberations resume today in R. Kelly’s federal racketeering trial in New York. The panel began deliberating on Friday following a six-week trial. Kelly was indicted in 2019 on racketeering charges accusing him of recruiting women and underage girls for sex. The R&B singer faces decades in prison if convicted of the main racketeering charge. The trial featured dozens of witnesses, including the testimony of a number of alleged victims who claim that Kelly manipulated and controlled them and forced them to have sex with him and others.
— “Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton is on the mend after collapsing at a celebrity golf tournament last week. He took to Instagram to share a video thanking fans for their well wishes after a “scary episode” in Wisconsin on Thursday. The 34-year-old then broke out into song in case his fans were still worried.
(Undated) — “Dog the Bounty Hunter” is joining the search for Brian Laundrie. On Saturday, Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, visited the Florida home of Laundrie’s parents and knocked on their door. He left after no one answered the door. This comes after Laundrie went missing in the middle of the investigation into his partner, Gabbie Petito’s, whereabouts. Her body was found last week and Laundrie was named a person of interest. Chapman told Fox News Digital he was in the area on his honeymoon when people started reaching out to him to help find Laundrie. He said he wants to help because he knows what the Petito’s are going through.
— Actor William Shatner is headed for the final frontier. TMZ reported late Friday that the Star Trek actor is expected to officially announce sometime today that he’s going up on a Jeff Bezos Blue Origin rocket in October. The trip would make the 90-year old the oldest person to head out into space. There is still no word on who else will accompany Shatner.
— Marvel is suing comic book creators and their heirs from reclaiming copyrights to characters. The lawsuits are in response to heirs of five Marvel authors who are trying to terminate dozens of notices with the U.S. Copyright Office. Canceling these notices would not prevent Marvel from using characters like Spider Man and Doctor Strange, but the studio would be required to make payments to the heirs. The lawsuit argues the characters were created under “work for hire arrangements” and the heirs cannot claim the copyrights. Marvel is asking for a declaration that it owns the valid copyrights and is not asking for any damages.
— Hollywood actor Chris Pratt is getting slammed on social media for being the voice of Mario in a new Super Mario movie. Nintendo announced Thursday that Pratt will star in a new animated feature film based on the Mario Brothers video game franchise. The film will also star Charlie Day as the voice of Luigi, Anna Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. The movie is already getting mixed reviews on social media, where many are wondering why Chris Pratt was cast to play an Italian character.
— An autopsy performed on actor Michael K. Williams concludes ‘The Wire’ actor died of an accidental drug overdose. The 54-year-old Williams was found dead September 6th in his penthouse apartment in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. New York City’s medical examiner ruled the official cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin. Williams played stick-up man Omar Little on the HBO drama “The Wire,” a character former President Barack Obama once said was his favorite on television.
— A motions hearing is scheduled for Thursday at the Santa Monica Courthouse in connection with Judy Huth’s lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The Canyon Lake woman alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15-years-old. Huth is one of several women across the U.S. who accuse the 84-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. Jurors in April 2018 found Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home. He was imprisoned until his conviction was vacated this year by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for violations of Cosby’s Fifth and 14th amendment due process rights.
— “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is now the highest-grossing movie of the pandemic era in the U.S. and Canada. The Marvel Studios martial arts saga has earned just over 196-million-dollars in North America since its release four weeks ago. “Shang-Chi” remains in the top spot this weekend with just over 13-million-dollars. Coming in second is the film version of the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” with seven-and-a-half-million-bucks. Rounding out this week’s Top Five are “Free Guy,” “Candyman” and the Clint Eastwood movie “Cry Macho.”