PRODUCTION ON “THE BATMAN” SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CASE
UNDATED (AP) – No sooner than it got restarted, work on the latest movie in the “Batman” series has stopped. And the pause in production is because of the same reason it shut down: the coronavirus. Warner Bros. says a person working on “The Batman” tested positive for COVID-19 – and that means production in the U.K. has been suspended. A rep for the studio says the infected individual is in isolation. The movie, starring Robert Pattinson, was one of the first projects to resume production after a nearly six-month stoppage because of the pandemic.
KANYE WEST BARRED FROM ARIZONA PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT
UNDATED (AP) – The state of Arizona has 11 electoral college votes for president. And we can say with certainty that Kanye West won’t get a single one when votes are cast on Nov. 3 – because he won’t be on the ballot. A judge has barred West from running, agreeing with a lawsuit by a voter who challenged the rapper’s eligibility. One of the lawsuit’s claims is that West is a registered Republican, and that means he can’t run because President Donald Trump is already on the GOP ballot. Arizona also has a rule that prevents third-party candidates – which West claims he is – from getting on the ballot if they’re considered to have little chance to win.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN REMEMBERED IN HOMETOWN
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) – Before he became a movie star, Chadwick Boseman did his growing up in the town of Anderson, South Carolina. And his hometown has given the late star of “Black Panther” a big send-off. There was a public memorial for Boseman last night – and it feature a screening of his most popular movie. The event was held at an outdoor amphitheater – where people practiced social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavius. Most who attended wore face masks. Others, most of them kids, dressed in Black Panther costumes. Boseman shockingly died last week at age 43 – after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.
JEOPARDY! PREPARES TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER SEASON, ITS 37TH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fans of “Jeopardy!” have drawn closer than ever to host Alex Trebek as he continues his gallant battle against pancreatic cancer. But when the show returns for its 37th season, contestants on the game show will be keeping their distance – because of the coronavirus. When the show resumes, you’ll notice the players will have greater distance among them – and all three will be positioned further away from Trebek – to model social distancing for viewers. Meanwhile, Trebek says he’s been responding well to his cancer treatments – and expects he’ll be around to mark his two-year survival next February.
HILARY SWANK HAS NEW SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Hilary Swank says as a kid, she was one of those stargazers who dreamed of blasting off into space. She gets the chance to do that in make-believe – in a new series that makes its debut tonight. The Netflix series “Away” sees Swank play an astronaut commander named Emma Green, who leads a international crew on a voyage to Mars. Swank says the new role fits both her childhood ambition – and her disposition. She says she just loves adventure.