“SOUL” TO BE RELEASED DIRECTLY TO DISNEY PLUS
NEW YORK (AP) – Disney has made a big decision about one of its upcoming big movies. It says the Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters – and go right to its streaming service, Disney Plus on Christmas Day. Soul is one of the last major movies due out this year – and its move onto Disney Plus is another major blow to theaters, which have tried to reopen without a steady flow of hit movies people might want to go out to see. Just last week, the James Bond film “No Time to Die” was pushed back from its scheduled release next month. Right now, the only major movie in the pipeline is “Wonder Woman 1984,” which is set for Christmas Day – at least it is right now.
TRUMP SAYS HE’S READY TO HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AGAIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – A week ago Saturday, President Donald Trump was in the hospital, being treated for COVID-19. But he says he wants to return to the campaign trail – because he feels “perfect.” Trump told Fox Business News he’s ready to go back to hosting rallies. He says he hopes to do three campaign events before next Thursday, when his second debate with Joe Biden is set. Meanwhile the bickering over that event continues. The commission that runs the debates says the next one will be virtual. But Trump says he wants to do it in person.
BILL COSBY APPEAL DATE SET
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – December 1. That’s the date the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Bill Cosby’s appeal of his felony sex assault conviction. The comedian is serving a 3-to-10-year prison term but hopes the state high court review will flip the case in his favor. The high court in Pennsylvania will look at two key issues Cosby and his attorneys have been harping on. One is the trial judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers to testify about incidents in which they say Cosby drugged and molested them. Another is whether the jury should have heard Cosby own acknowledgement that he had a past practice of giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to bed.
“SESAME STREET” URGING CHILDREN TO STAND UP AGAINST RACISM
NEW YORK (AP) – “Sesame Street” is trying to make sure kids are “woke” when it comes to racism. The children’s show is airing a special half-hour program to encourage anti-racism. The show, “The Power of We” helps kids define racism – and shows how it can be hurtful. The program will feature a song titled “How Do You Know? – which tackles the subject of bias head-on. Sesame Workshop says it hopes kids and parents will watch the episode together.
TARAJI. P. HENSON ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
UNDATED (AP) – “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson is being honored for her work to put the spotlight on mental health. The actor has been honored by by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation for her efforts to end the stigma around mental illness. Henson has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression – even as she has achieved wealth and acclaim including an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win. In an email exchange with The Associated Press, Henson urges people who are struggling with mental health – especially during the pandemic – to “tell someone” because there is strength in vulnerability. She adds, “It’s OK to not be OK.”