MOVIE RELEASES THINING OUT BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS
UNDATED (AP) – It’s a continuing double whammy for would-be moviegoers: the pandemic has made people afraid to go to theaters – and the number of movies people might want to see is shrinking. Warner Bros. is out with the latest changes to its release schedule. The sci-fi movie “Dune” is delayed until next October. It was due out in December. Another blockbuster, “The Batman,” was pushed back to March, 2022. Despite that, AMC says it will be there for movie fans. The theater chain says it will stay open, despite the lack of big releases. Earlier this week, Regal cinemas announced it is temporarily closing. AMC is the nation’s largest movie chain. Regal is number two.
AWARD SET FOR LEADS IN ACTOR’S SHOOTING DEATH
ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities in Atlanta are offering a reward to help find the person who killed actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd. Police hope the $10,000 bounty will produce leads in the shooting death of Byrd over the weekend. Byrd’s bullet-riddled body was found early Saturday morning on Atlanta’s southwest side. Police haven’t identified a suspect – or possible motive. Byrd, who was 70, was in several of Spike Lee’s movies, including “Clockers,” “Chi-Raq,” “Bamboozled” and “He Got Game.”
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SET FOR TONIGHT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Usually people don’t pay much attention to vice presidential debates. But that may change tonight when Vice President Mike Pence faces Democratic challenger California Sen. Kamala Harris. The debate comes after a week that seemed to be highlighted by the debate between President Trump and rival Joe Biden. But that clash was eclipsed two days later when Trump and his wife tested positive for COVID-19. The president was hospitalized over the weekend and returned to the White House Monday. To guard against coronavirus, there will be clear partitions on the debate stage between Harris and Pence, who has tested negative for the virus.
SNL “DEBATE” – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – The “Saturday Night Live” presidential debate didn’t outdraw the real one between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. But the NBC spoof can claim it got the biggest laughs. SNL posted its biggest season premiere audience in four years with this past weekend’s show, featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump and Jim Carry as Biden. The broadcast drew the NBC show’s second largest audience in 12 years. Helping the ratings was the decision to air the show live on the East Coast at 11:35 p.m., meaning SNL aired on the West Coast in primetime.
“BABY SHARK” LEADS TO CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST JAIL OFFICIALS IN OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Being forced to hear “Baby Shark” repeatedly on blast – while handcuffed and forced to stand against a wall? Sounds like it should be a felony, right? It isn’t, but investigators in Oklahoma have charged two former jail employees and their supervisor with misdemeanor cruelty charges in connection with the kids’ song. Authorities say jail officials twice forced inmates to listen to the song on loop – and at full volume. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he would have liked to charge the three with felonies, but couldn’t find a law to match the case. “Baby Shark” was made popular a couple of years ago after a video by Pinkfong was released online. The clip has been seen more than 6.5 billion times.