“KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS” GOING OFF THE AIR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – TV fans of the Kardashians will have to find someone else to keep up with. E! says “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is going away. The show has been on the air since October, 2007 – and it will go away after just two more seasons: the one that starts this month and the one set for next year. The family says in a statement says they are leaving the show “with heavy hearts.” As for why the show is ending, the family didn’t say, other than that they “decided as a family” to do so.
OSCARS RAISE BAR FOR INCLUSION FOR BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
UNDATED (AP) – The Oscars are becoming more “woke” when it come to films being considered for best picture. The motion picture academy is tweaking its rules to urge more inclusion in nominees for its top award. The academy is asking members to consider the number of minorities and under-represented groups on films, both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. The new rules go into effect starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.
LUPITA NYONG’O WRITES TRIBUTE TO CHADWICK BOSEMAN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lupita Nyong’o has written a stirring tribute to her late “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman. In a message posted to her social media accounts yesterday, Nyong’o says Boseman is a man whose power will “reverberate for generations.” Even as she praised Boseman as an actor and a man, Nyong’o said she wrote that her words, quoting here, come “from a place of hopelessness” because Boseman was “a man who had great hope.” Boseman died late last month from colon cancer. He was 43.
COURT: R. KELLY WON’T BE RELEASED WHILE AWAITING TRIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Looks like R. Kelly won’t be going anywhere for a while. An appeals court in New York has ruled the disgraced singer must stay behind bars as he awaits multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states. The appeals court ruling upholds an earlier one that says Kelly must remain behind bars without bail. Kelly’s lawyers had sought to get the musician released while awaiting trial so he can help prepare his defense. They also cite another inmate’s attack on Kelly last month as reason for letting him out.
KANYE WEST MAKES IT ON MISSISSIPPI BALLOT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Score one more state for Kanye West as he continues his quest to get on enough presidential ballots to make him a factor in November. The rapper has been approved by officials in Mississippi, now that elections officials signed off on his bid. It’s been an up-and-down affair for West since he announced his candidacy in July. He has qualified to appear as an independent candidate in several states – but has failed in several others.
ELLEN DeGENERES TO RETURN – AND DISCUSS STAFF CONTROVERSY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When Ellen DeGeneres returns to her show – she says she will talk about the “elephant” in the studio. While the show prepped for its 18th season, it was rocked by allegations that DeGeneres fostered or tolerated a toxic workplace. Last month, three show producers left after complaints that workers were subjected to sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks. The new season starts Sept. 21 – and in a statement, DeGeneres says, “yes, we’re gonna talk about it.” The first show of the new season will be taped at Warner Bros. – without an in-studio audience, because of the continuing pandemic.