ACTRESS SELMA BLAIR SAY SHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Film and TV actress Selma Blair announced she is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In a post Saturday on her Instagram account, Blair, 46, says she was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system on Aug. 16. Blair says she is struggling with the disease’s effects on her: “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS.” She adds, however, that thanks to the support of the cast and crew of a Netflix show she is filming, as well as her friends and family, “we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.” Blair has co-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including the 2001 hit “Legally Blonde.”
BRUCE DERN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER FALL WHILE JOGGING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor Bruce Dern has been released from the hospital after a fall during his daily jog in Los Angeles. A representative for the 82-year-old Dern says he was released Friday evening following his fall earlier in the day. The Oscar-nominated actor’s representative says he is in good spirits. No further details were released. Dern starred in the 2013 film “Nebraska” as the character Woodrow T. “Woody” Grant, earning him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He also played in films “Coming Home,” ”The Hateful Eight,” ”Black Sunday” and “White Boy Rick.” His representative says Dern just finished filming Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The actor is currently filming Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “Black Monday.”
AMY SCHUMER: NO SUPER BOWL ADS IN SUPPORT OF KAEPERNICK
UNDATED (AP) – Amy Schumer says don’t look for her in a Super Bowl commercial this time around. She’s sitting this one out in support of Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism. The comedian and actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: “Otherwise how are you not complicit?” Schumer says she told her team she wouldn’t appear in any ads for the big game. She says she realizes that “must sound like a privilege…sacrifice but it’s all I got.” Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered support in comments. In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, “Raise One to Right Now,” during Super Bowl 50.
NETFLIX CANCELS “LUKE CAGE”
UNDATED (AP) – The Marvel universe just got a slice smaller on Netflix with the cancellation of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” after two seasons. The news Friday surprised fans and came a few weeks after Netflix axed another live-action Marvel series, “Iron Fist.” Both are part of The Defenders world. Netflix didn’t explain the Cage cancellation in a joint statement with Marvel. They thanked creators, cast and crew – and fans of the Harlem Hero. An email request for additional comment from Netflix was not immediately returned Saturday. The Cage series made a splash when it was released because it featured a rare black superhero in a standalone vehicle. Mike Colter starred as the bullet-proof hero for hire. The second season dropped in June.
“HALLOWEEN” LEADS BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. “Halloween” has opened in first place with an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters, according to Universal Pictures on Sunday. David Gordon Green directed the “Halloween” sequel which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers. It’s the second highest horror opening of all time, behind last year’s “It.” It was also enough to bump the comic-book film “Venom” out of the No. 1 spot and into third place in its third weekend in theaters with $18.1 million. Meanwhile “A Star Is Born” held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million.
LENA DUNHAM SHUTTING DOWN ONLINE FEMINIST NEWSLETTER
NEW YORK (AP) – Lena Dunham is shutting down her online feminist newsletter. The author and creator of “Girls” announced Friday that the publication she co-founded three years ago, Lenny, had reached its “final chapter.” In a message to readers, Dunham wrote that there was “no one reason” for the decision and said she was proud that Lenny had provided a forum for “new voices.”
YARA SHAHIDI URGES FIGHT AGAINST ‘IDENTITY BLIND NARRATIVE’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN awards as she warned against an “identity blind narrative” in the struggle for acceptance of all. The 18-year-old “grown-ish” star said Friday that everyone should feel “deserved and supported” in expressing “our whole selves.” She picked up the LGBTQ advocacy group’s Gamechanger award in Beverly Hills, California. Shahidi was honored by the youth-focused Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her work on behalf of girls’ education, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Communities, she said, must not separate themselves but celebrate differences, including those of race, religion and gender. That includes schools. Shahidi said educators should promote a more inclusive history and greater respect for all nuances and identities. GLSEN was founded in 1990.
‘REDNECK HOUSEWIVES OF ALABAMA’ SET TO PREMIER
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – TV viewers longing for a reality show featuring housewives who shoot guns and love the outdoors are in luck. “Redneck Housewives of Alabama” is set to make its premier next month in Huntsville. Al.com reports that the show features eight truck-driving, gun-toting, beer-swilling, family-raising women. A trailer for the pilot made its debut in August on YouTube, showing cast members doing everything from working on a farm to mudbogging to getting a tattoo. It’s unclear if the series has hooked a network deal or not, but updates on the show are posted on the official website and Facebook page.