WARREN BEATTY WILL BE PALLBEARER FOR JOHN MCCAIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the pallbearers for Arizona Senator John McCain will be Warren Beatty. In spite of their differences in political ideology, McCain and Beatty were friends for years. Other pallbearers include former Vice President Joe Biden, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and former Senators Phil Gramm, Gary Hart and Russ Feingold. A national memorial service will be held in Washington tomorrow. McCain will be interred at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday.
LAWYER DENIES RAPE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GERARD DEPARDIEU
PARIS (AP) – Gerard Depardieu’s lawyer says the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime. Attorney Herve Temime tells France’s BFM TV Depardieu is “shaken” by the “groundless accusations.” A woman filed a complaint against Depardieu on Monday with French authorities. Temime declined to give details on her connection to Depardieu. French media identify her as a 22-year-old comedian and dancer.
STUDY: TV SERIES HIRING MORE DIVERSE FIRST-TIME DIRECTORS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A new study says that the TV industry’s hiring of first-time female directors and directors of color hit record highs for the second year in a row. According to a Directors Guild of America study out Thursday, women represented 41 percent of first-time TV episode directors in the 2017-18 season. That’s 8 percentage points higher than the previous season, the guild said. The study found that directors of color represented 31 percent of first-time hires last season, up from 27 percent in the 2016-17 season. But the Directors Guild said the picture is complicated by hiring practices. Writers, actors or others already connected with a TV series can be “gifted” one-time directing jobs, blocking career progress for directors of diversity, the guild said.