‘CHARIOTS OF FIRE’ STAR BEN CROSS DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ben Cross, an actor who starred in the Academy Award-winning film “Chariots of Fire” and “Star Trek,” has died. He was 72. His representative Tracy Mapes said Cross died Tuesday after a short illness. The actor’s daughter, Lauren Cross, said her father died in Vienna, Austria. A family statement called Cross a born showman and entertainer, and a walking encyclopedia of music who could “sing anything.” Cross was a veteran actor who broke through with the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire,” which won the Oscar for best picture. He had the leading role as Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in the true story about two British athletes at the 1924 Games.
LAWSUIT: ACTOR CUBA GOODING JR. RAPED NEW YORK WOMAN IN 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – A new lawsuit says actor Cuba Gooding Jr. raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed Tuesday. Last week, the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor appeared in Manhattan state court, where he has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse. State prosecutors say more than two dozen women have made claims against Gooding since allegations first arose. A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer for the 52-year-old actor. In state court, he has pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse. If convicted, he faces up to a year behind bars.
‘TENET’ TO SCREEN EARLY AT THEATERS IN SOME U.S. CITIES
UNDATED (AP) – Some U.S. moviegoers will be able to see Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” a few days early. Warner Bros. on Tuesday said that it would be offering early access screenings starting Aug. 31 as a gesture of support to many domestic theaters that are reopening after five months of being closed because of COVID-19. The $200 million spy thriller starring John David Washington will open more widely in the U.S. on Sept. 3. “Tenet” is the first major new Hollywood movie to be released in theaters since most locations shuttered in mid-March. Its arrival could not come soon enough for the ailing businesses, many of which are opening this week.
TELEVISION VIEWERSHIP DOWN FOR UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTION
NEW YORK (AP) – Nielsen says 19.7 million people watched the first night of the virtual Democratic convention on one of 10 different television networks. That’s down from nearly 26 million who saw the first night of Hillary Clinton’s nominating convention four years ago. MSNBC and CNN, the two networks that aired the Democrats’ infomercial-like show in its entirety, had the biggest audiences. The Biden campaign claimed some 10 million people watched a livestream of the event, although those numbers could not be independently verified. The coronavirus pandemic has forced both political conventions into never-before-seen formats.
’60 MINUTES’ LEADS QUIET WEEK IN NIELSEN RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – During a quiet, mid-August week in television, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the most popular program. Nine of the 20 most popular programs last week were news or commentary, eight of them on Fox News Channel. Only two of the 20 most-watched programs were scripted series, and they were repeats of “NCIS” and “FBI” on CBS. CBS was the most popular broadcast network in prime time. Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network of the week, followed by MSNBC. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was in its customary spot atop the evening news ratings.