AIRING OF “BLACK PANTHER” PRODUCES RATINGS BOOST FOR ABC
LOS ANGELES (AP) – What started out as a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman turned out to be a ratings bonanza for ABC. The Disney-owned network drew nearly 6.3 million viewers to their flat-screens for Sunday’s airing of “Black Panther.” Nielsen reports a special on the life of Boseman that piggy-backed on the movie drew an audience of nearly 5 million. Boseman died this past Friday of colon cancer. He was 43 years old.
KANYE WEST SUES WEST VIRGINIA OVER PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Kanye West isn’t giving up his effort to get on the West Virginia presidential ballot. He’s suing the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office for ruling that he lacked enough valid signatures to get on the ballot. West’s lawsuit claims he didn’t get a chance to challenge the decision before a drawing was held to determine in which order names would appear on the ballot. The lawsuit requests an emergency hearing – and a ruling that would let West be put on the ballot. West – who’d been supporting President Donald Trump – joined the presidential race in July. Since then, he has been scrambling to get on the ballot in several states.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TODAY
VENICE (AP) – The Venice Film Festival kicks off today, marking a comeback for in-person movie events in the coronavirus age. And appropriately, one of the first films screened was by an Italian director who documented the emptiness of Venice during the lockdown. Andrea Segre says the festival is sending the message that “we need theaters for cinema.” Segre says movies need big screens to succeed – and that asking filmmakers to put their movies on small screens is like forcing a painter to display their work only on the web. The 77th edition of the world’s oldest film festival is not business as usual. The public is barred from the red carpet, most big Hollywood stars and films won’t be on hand – and face masks are required indoors.
NBA’S MILWAUKEE BUCKS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION OVER WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks are playing in Florida. But they are keeping up on political news in the state the franchise calls home. Both players and their head coach are irked that the Wisconsin Legislature declined to pass police reform measures. The lawmakers didn’t move on reform bills during a special session Monday called by Gov. Tony Evers. And Bucks guard Kyle Korver says that is “disappointing.” Coach Mike Budenholzer agrees, saying “there’s work to be done” to end police brutality and other social ills – but lawmakers are “not doing it.” The Bucks lost the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night to the Miami Heat. Game 2 is tonight.