OBAMA, JOHANSSON AND MORE REACT TO DEATH OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN
NEW YORK (AP) – Tributes continue to pour in for actor Chadwick Boseman. Those honoring the “Black Panther” star include former President Barack Obama, who met the actor at the White House, and Boseman’s Marvel Studios co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Boseman died Friday at age 43, four years after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Flags will be placed at half staff on Sunday in the actor’s home state of South Carolina. Boseman’s roles included playing Jackie Robinson in the biopic “42,” James Brown in “Get On Up” and the ruler of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda in Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” and “Avengers” films.
MTV VMAS HONOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN: ‘HIS IMPACT LIVES FOREVER’
NEW YORK (AP) – “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, whose death from colon cancer shocked fans, was honored as a real life hero at the MTV Video Music Awards. Host Keke Palmer says Boseman’s death at the age of 43 on Friday was “a devastating loss.” Boseman had previously been honored by the awards show in 2018 for his role as the comic book character. Palmer said Boseman was “a true hero, not just on screen but in everything he did.” On screen, Boseman played Black icons such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
HAMILTON DEDICATES F1 POLE POSITION TO CHADWICK BOSEMAN
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) – After clinching the record-extending 93rd pole position of his distinguished career, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stood proudly on top of his all-black Mercedes and crossed his arms in memory of a hero of his own. He dedicated his latest exceptional drive at the Belgian Grand Prix to American actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 43. Hamilton said “a superhero died last night so that was really weighing heavy on me.” Hamilton set a track record at the 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) circuit located in the Ardennes forest. He finished .511 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and .526 clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN’S DEATH LEAVES SADDENING MARK ON ROUGH 2020
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The deaths of Chadwick Boseman, Rep. John Lewis and Kobe Bryant have left saddening marks in a year marred with deaths of popular Black icons. Their deaths have come at a time filled with racial tension and protests against the police brutality of unarmed Black people. All three were viewed as leaders in their respective fields of sports, politics and film. But for many, losing another major figure such as Boseman is taking a toll. Scores of prominent figures from the Rev. Al Sharpton to LeBron James are expressing sorrow and frustration after Boseman died Friday from colon cancer at the age of 43.
‘TENET’ LAUNCHES WITH $53M IN OVERSEAS GAMBIT AT BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) – The first wave of big new movies released since the beginning of the pandemic, including Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and the long-delayed “X-Men” spinoff “The New Mutants,” arrived in theaters over the weekend, testing the waters of a radically different theatrical landscape. Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” opened with an estimated $53 million overseas in 41 markets, including most of Europe, South Korea and Canada. “Tenet” will open this week in the U.S. and China, the two largest markets. In the U.S., the conditions remain far from ideal. About 60% of theaters are currently open.
FANS HOPE MARVEL COMIC BOOK IMPROVES NATIVE REPRESENTATION
UNDATED (AP) – Native American comic book fans hope a new Marvel anthology by Native artists and writers will jump-start authentic representation in mainstream superhero fare. “Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices (hash)1” is expected in November during Native American History Month and will revisit some of its Native characters. Marvel says the project was planned long before the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice, which has prompted changes like the Washington NFL team dropping its Redskins mascot. The lead artist for the comic book says the series is correcting a decades-old problem of Native American or Indigenous representation in the medium.
BRAGGING RIGHTS TO BIDEN OVER TRUMP IN TELEVISION RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – In a competition for attention at their conventions, Democrat Joe Biden has scored a victory over President Donald Trump – but it was close. The Nielsen company says that 23.8 million viewers watched the final hour of the Republican convention on Thursday night, when Trump was giving his acceptance speech from the White House grounds. A week earlier, Nielsen said 24.6 million people watched Biden deliver his speech. The Democratic convention outrated the Republicans for three of the four nights, with Tuesday’s second night the exception. Nielsen said 9.2 million people watched Trump on Fox News Channel.
JUDGE WON’T RELEASE FULL REPORT ON HANDLING SMOLLETT CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has refused to release the full report on how an Illinois prosecutor handled the case against former actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself. Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin said Friday much of the material compiled by special prosecutor Dan Webb on the actions of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is similar to what has already been widely published in the case. In his report released earlier this month, Webb criticized Foxx and her staff for how they decided last year to toss charges against Smollett.’