TEXAS GRAND JURY INDICTS NETFLIX FOR PROMOTING “CUTIES”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The film “Cuties” has generated a lot of controversy. And now it has also generated a criminal charge against Netflix. A Texas grand jury has indicted the streaming service for promoting the film. The indictment claims Netflix broke the law by publicizing a project the grand jury felt featured lewd visuals of children. It’s an escalation of the criticism of the French film, which has been blasted for what critics say is its sexualization of young girls. Even before “Cuties” was released, its poster drew criticism because it showed young females in provocative poses. So far, Netflix hasn’t responded to a request for comment from The Texas Tribune, which reported on the indictment.
“JURASSIC WORLD” SEQUEL PUT ON HOLD BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CONCERNS
UNDATED (AP) – It has already been delayed by its studio because of the coronavirus. And now work on the new “Jurassic Park” movie is on hold – also because of the coronavirus. Director Colin Trevorrow says there have been “a few” positive COVID-19 tests among those working on the movie. And he says even though those who tested positive tested negative shortly afterwards, production will stop for two weeks. Word of the positive tests comes a day after Universal said the release of “Jurassic World: Dominion” won’t be until 2022 – a year later than it had been expected to hit theaters.
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” DROPS COUNTRY SINGER FROM SHOW BECAUSE HE FLOUTED COVID-19 RULES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Saturday Night Live” is a comedy. But it’s serious about keeping those who work on the show safe from the coronavirus. That is apparently what led to the decision to drop this week’s scheduled musical guest, Morgan Wallen. The country star says he was dumped after being seen on TikTok drinking and partying at a crowded bar and at a house party this past weekend in Alabama. He didn’t wear a mask in either place. Wallen is owning his mistake, saying he understands why NBC kicked him off the show. No word on who will replace him.
ANNA KENDRICK CONSIDERED MOST DANGEROUS CELEB TO SEARCH FOR
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – If you search online for Anna Kendrick – you might find trouble. That’s the conclusion of a popular computer security company. McAfee says the actress tops the list of most dangerous celebrities to search for online in the U.S. Kendrick was number four last year – but moves up three notches. Second on the 14th annual list is P. Diddy, followed by Blake Lively, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift. Others on the list include Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Roberts and Kate McKinnon. McAfee warns that searching those names tends to generate results that could land people on sites that can install malware on their devices – often without a user’s knowledge.
NEW YORK (AP) – More is better, at least when it comes to TV ratings for postseason baseball. Nielsen reports ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC drew an average of 1,836,000 viewers for the whopping 16 broadcasts that aired during Major League Baseball’s expanded wild-card round. On the other hand, the per-game average for the best-of-three playoff rounds played this season because of the pandemic is down, compared to those posted by the single, winner-take-all playoff games held in years past.
BROADWAY SHOWS TO BE PRESENTED ONLINE
NEW YORK (AP) – Miss catching a Broadway show – but want to miss the chance of catching COVID-19? The New York City theater industry has your back. Producers are putting together a series of new online productions of classic stage shows. Among the stars involved are Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Patti LuPone, Laura Linney and David Alan Grier. The first of the shows is Oct. 14 on Broadway’s Best Shows. Ticket buyers can score virtual “seats” through the TodayTix site. Tickets start at $5, with proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund.