NYPD PROBING DETECTIVE CONDUCT IN HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Police Department says it is investigating allegations that a detective improperly coached a witness during the Harvey Weinstein investigation. Prosecutors dropped part of the sexual assault case against Weinstein on Thursday after a witness said Detective Nicholas DiGaudio had coached her to stay silent about evidence partially contradicting the account one of the film producer’s accusers. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says an internal probe of the detective’s conduct began a week ago. He says that as of now, DiGaudio has “no active role” in the Weinstein investigation but remains on duty. A message left on a phone used by the detective in the past wasn’t returned.
AMAZON’S ‘THE ROMANOFFS’ IS A CLASSIC TV ANTHOLOGY SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ambitious, lavishly produced television series are routine in the era of big-spending streaming platforms. But the latest entry, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs,” tests viewers with its classic TV format. It’s an anthology series made up of eight self-contained episodes, a contrast with the season-long narratives of other recent anthologies including “American Crime Story.” The element connecting the tales of “The Romanoffs” is the ancestral link that its main characters claim to the Russian imperial family assassinated in the early 20th century. The first two episodes debut Friday, with Aaron Eckhart in “The Violet Hour” and “The Royal We” with Corey Stoll and Kerry Bishe.
PAUL GREENGRASS ON CONFRONTING THE ALT-RIGHT IN ’22 JULY’
TORONTO (AP) – With handheld cameras in tow, British filmmaker Paul Greengrass has headed straight into real-life horrors to make visceral, immersive fiction films. After movies about a North Ireland 1972 massacre and the September 11 terrorist attacks, Greengrass’ latest, “22 July,” recreates the 2011 attacks in Oslo and at the Norwegian summer camp Utoya where 77 were killed and 1 10 were injured by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. While Greengrass opens “22 July” with the bombing and shooting, the movie is really about the attack’s aftermath. Breivik’s trial – and the intolerant, anti-multiculturalism ideology he espouses – tests Norway’s democracy. Greengrass says his film “is about Norway then but it’s actually about us today or tomorrow.” “22 July” debuted Wednesday on Netflix and in select theaters.
FILM-BLACK PANTHER SEQUEL-RYAN COOGLER
NEW YORK (AP) – Ryan Coogler isn’t leaving Wakanda: The filmmaker will write and direct the sequel to “Black Panther.”
A person close to the production who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to announce the deal confirmed Coogler’s return to the Marvel franchise on Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter first reported Coogler’s widely expected involvement in the “Black Panther” sequel.
Neither a start date nor a release date has yet been announced.
“Black Panther” earlier this year grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide, including $700 million domestically – a new record for a Marvel release.
Coogler is also a producer on the upcoming “Creed 2,” a sequel to the Coogler’s 2015 Apollo Creed film.