EMMY NOMINATIONS COME OUT TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Emmys, the awards that honor TV’s best, will be unveiling this year’s crop of nominees today – but online and not on TV. The usual announcement ceremony at the TV academy in Los Angeles was canceled because of the coronavirus, with Leslie Jones instead hosting a virtual event to be found at Emmys.com. How the Sept. 20 ceremony on ABC will play out is anybody’s guess, but we do know that Jimmy Kimmel will host. As for the contenders, with last year’s winners “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag” having hit the road, there’s room for fresh faces including the comedies “Ramy” and “Insecure.”
LAWYER CLAIMS DEPP WAS MISOGYNISTIC ABUSER OF EX-WIFE HEARD
LONDON (AP) – A lawyer for British tabloid The Sun says Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard during their relationship, committing acts of violence fueled by misogyny and unleashed by addiction to alcohol and drugs. Attorney Sasha Wass was summing up Monday at Depp’s libel case against the newspaper, which accused him of abusing ex-wife Heard. The case is a high-stakes celebrity trial in which the reputations of both former spouses are at stake. The Sun’s defense relies on 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016. He strongly denies being violent to Heard. But Wass said the newspaper’s defense “is one of truth — namely that Mr. Depp did indeed beat his wife.” The case is due to end today, but judge Andrew Nicol is not expected to deliver his ruling for several weeks.
SOPHIE TURNER, JOE JONAS GREET FIRST CHILD
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have had their first child. The 24-year-old “Game of Thrones” star Turner and the 30-year-old singer Jonas announced the birth Monday. In a joint statement released by his label Republic Records, the two said only that they are “delighted to announce the birth of their baby.” They gave no further details on the child. Turner, who played Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones” for eight seasons, and Jonas, who came to fame in a band with his brothers on the Disney Channel, began dating in 2016 and married last year. They live in Los Angeles.
OCTAVIA SPENCER: CAST MORE ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES
BOSTON (AP) – Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer says Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities. The star of “The Help” and “Hidden Figures” is part of a new video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month. Spencer says casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive and unjust. She says the industry needs to recognize that “nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation.” The campaign was launched by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based organization that advocates for people with disabilities.
TOM HANKS AND WIFE GET GREEK CITIZENSHIP FOR WILDFIRE AID
ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A point of pride for Greece has been touched by controversy, as the country’s prime minister is being criticized by an opposition party for using a military helicopter during a trip to celebrate with Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson on being granted Greek citizenship. In an Instagram post on Sunday, Prime Minister Kyriakos shared a photograph showing him and his wife at a meeting with Hanks and Wilson, who were holding up their new Greek passports. Greece offered citizenship to Hanks, Wilson, and their two children, in recognition of the family’s help in raising funds for victims of a deadly wildfire near Athens in 2018.
CHLOE ZHAO’S ‘NOMADLAND’ TO PREMIERE ACROSS FALL FESTIVALS
NEW YORK (AP) – Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, will premiere across the major fall film festivals in an alliance forged by the Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride festivals. “Nomadland,” Zhao’s follow-up to her acclaimed “The Rider,” is the first movie announced in the new partnership that has brought together the fall’s biggest movie launch pads, which typically compete against each other for world premiere rights. Venice, Toronto and New York are all prepping primarily virtual editions. Telluride was forced to cancel entirely, but it will carry on in drive-in screenings in Los Angeles.