ACTOR THOMAS JEFFERSON BYRD SHOT TO DEATH IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA (AP) – Thomas Jefferson Byrd is dead. Police in Atlanta say the actor was gunned down over the weekend. Authorities say they got a call early Saturday morning and found the 70-year-old actor unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds to his back. An investigation into the shooting continues. Byrd starred in several Spike Lee films, among them “Clockers,” “Chi-Raq,” “Bamboozled” and “He Got Game.” Lee is among those mourning Byrd’s death, offering condolences to his family on Instagram. Also expressing grief is Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis. She called him a “fine actor” – and added in her tweet, “Oh no!!! 2020! Whaaattt!!!”
CINEWORLD CONSIDERING CLOSING THEATERS IN U.S., BRITAIN
LONDON (AP) – A cinema chain that operates in both the U.S. and Great Britain is considering some drastic action to ride out the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Cineworld says it may end up temporarily closing all its theaters here and in Britain. The chain owns 543 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 128 venues in the U.K. and Ireland – that go under the Cineworld brand. Cineworld says the temporary closing is being considered in part because a new James Bond movie has been postponed, leaving a huge hole in its schedules. Last week, producers said the 25th Bond thriller, “No Time to Die” is being held back until April, 2021. It had been due to open in November.
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” DOES PARODY OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Before President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the biggest news of this past week was his over-the-top performance at the first of a scheduled three presidential debates. And when “Saturday Night Live” aired, the long-running comedy series focused on the debate. Alec Baldwin returned to the show to play Trump – and Jim Carrey took on Joe Biden’s role. In the sketch, Baldwin’s Trump took over the debate the same way Trump did Tuesday, trying to trip up Biden by interrupting and insulting him. Saturday marked the 46th season of the NBC series, which returned to its Manhattan studio after the coronavirus pandemic halted live production.
DISNEY SAYS ABOUT 1/4 OF LAYOFFS WILL BE IN FLORIDA
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – We’re learning more about Disney’s plans to lay off workers at its theme parks because of the coronavirus pandemic. A letter the company filed with Florida says at least a quarter of the 28,000 layoffs will come from the Sunshine State. The letter says at least 6,390 non-union Disney workers in the state will be furloughed starting in early December. But the company says the number could grow – as it negotiates with a group of unions that represent 43,000 workers at Disney World.
FASHION DESIGNER KENZO TAKADA DIES
PARIS (AP) – Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81. His family says in a statement to French media that Takada died from complications from COVID-19.