LOS ANGELES (AP) – Like your televised awards shows with a side order of chaos? You’ll want to check out the Emmys on Sunday. The awards for the Television Academy will be the first to try to stage a live but socially distanced broadcast during the coronavirus era. And even those in charge of keeping everything running smoothly say that may prove to be a challenge. Co-executive producer Ian Stewart says there will be more than 100 people taking part through internet connections from home – combined with a live feed from the Staples Center hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Stewart says one plus to the potential for confusion is that Kimmel “loves live TV and loves chaos” – and Stewart says he thinks Kimmel is “actually hoping things do go wrong.” With all the moving parts – plus a live llama involved in the show – there’s a pretty good chance he will get his wish.
“MELROSE PLACE” ACTRESS SENTENCED TO NEW PRISON SENTENCE IN FATAL DRUNKEN DRIVING CASE
UNDATED (AP) – An attorney for former “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane calls yesterday’s decision to send his client back to prison “outrageous.” James Wronko is mulling his next move in his effort to keep Locane from having to return to lockup over a fatal drunken driving case. He can either appeal the new ruling – or wait to see if the New Jersey Supreme Court will hear a defense claim that Locane’s return to prison constitutes double jeopardy. A judge sided with prosecutors in ruling that Locane’s original sentence in the case was too light. As part of her reasoning, Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski ruled Locane still refuses to fully acknowledge her level of guilt in the crash that killed a 60-year-old woman – and nearly killed the woman’s husband.
JERRY HARRIS OF “CHEER” DOCUSERIES ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
CHICAGO (AP) – The star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer” will spend the weekend in custody, as he awaits a detention hearing Monday. Jerry Harris was arrested yesterday on felony charges of producing child pornography. The bust by federal authorities comes days after the mother of twin boys filed a civil lawsuit against Harris – alleging he’d been pushing them to send him sexually explicit photos online. That led to an FBI investigation of his home near Chicago. The probe led to an interview with federal agents who say Harris copped to hitting on at least one of the boys – and soliciting child porn from as many as 15 other minors. Harris is 21. He became the breakout star of “Cheer,” which followed the cheerleading team from Navarro College in Texas as it sought a national title.
WINSTON GROOM, AUTHOR OF “FORREST GUMP” NOVEL, DIES
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) – It’s the dream of many novelists: to write a book that gets made into a major motion picture – and make a killing off the movie’s huge profits. That is basically what happened to Winston Groom, who wrote “Forrest Gump,” which was made into the 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks that won the Oscar for best picture. Except the fortune part. Groom got $350,000 for the rights to “Gump,” plus a 3% cut of the net profits. But he got into a big fight with Paramount Pictures when the studio told him the film – which earned more than $600 million – lost money after expenses. Groom said years later he wasn’t bitter – in part because the book became a big best-seller because of the movie – and he got a sweet deal for a follow-up Gump novel. Winston Groom has died. He was 77 years old.
TWISTED SISTER SINGER CONDEMNS ANTI-MASKERS WHO PLAYED SONG FOR PROTEST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The head of a flash mob that stormed a Florida Target store says he will keep using the Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – even though the group’s singer calls the group’s anti-mask crusade “moronic.” Dee Snider went on social media to condemn the anti-masking effort. The flash mob blared the Twisted Sister hit as they traipsed through the Target, ripping off their masks and encouraging shoppers to do the same. Despite Snider’s objections, the protest group organizers say the song perfectly fits their agenda because it’s “a great anthem about freedom and overcoming oppression.”
VAN MORRISON RELEASES ANTI-LOCKDOWN TUNES
LONDON (AP) – Van Morrison has spent most of his life speaking his mind through his words and music – and is doing so again. The Irish musician is releasing three songs calling for the end of government lockdowns to stem the spread of COVID-19. In one, “No More Lockdown,” Morrison complains the curbs “enslave” people, calls the British government “fascist bullies” – and condemns fellow celebrities for telling people how they should feel and act. The other titles, “Born To Be Free” and “As I Walked Out,” express similar sentiments.