LIGHTS WILL DIM ON BROADWAY IN MEMORY OF NEIL SIMON
NEW YORK (AP) – The lights of Broadway will go dim to pay tribute to playwright Neil Simon, who died on Sunday. The Broadway League has called for theaters in New York will dim their lights at 6:45 P.M. Eastern time on Thursday for one minute. Simon was nominated for 17 Tony Awards and won three times.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN SURPRISES SCHOOLKIDS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Students from a private school in Alabama’s capital got a surprise visit from actor Michael B. Jordan, who dropped in when he spotted them exercising in the midday heat. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Jordan was in Montgomery on Monday to begin filming “Just Mercy,” which is based on the memoir of attorney and criminal justice advocate Bryan Stevenson. The “Creed” and “Black Panther” star was instantly recognized when he surprised the 15 students from Valiant Cross Academy. One asked if he was, indeed, Michael B. Jordan. Another shouted: “You’re from ‘Black Panther’!” Jordan said in an Instagram post he was driving when he spotted the students doing jumping jacks. He wrote: “The sight of them inspires me & reminds me why I do what I do!”
BEN KINGSLEY PLAYS ADOLF EICHMANN IN “OPERATION FINALE”
NEW YORK (AP) – Ben Kingsley says he didn’t portray Adolf Eichmann out of love or admiration. Rather, he wanted to “nail him to the gates of Auschwitz.” The Oscar-winning Kingsley has tackled historical figures before, including Mahatma Gandhi, Otto Frank and Simon Wiesenthal. Playing Eichmann in “Operation Finale” produced an entirely different feeling in him. The story takes place fifteen years after the end of World War II. A team of Mossad agents travel to Argentina with the extremely dangerous mission of smuggling Eichmann out of the country to bring him to justice in Israel. Kingsley has dedicated his performance to Holocaust survivor and activist Elie Wiesel. The film hits theaters Aug. 29. It also stars Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll and Melanie Laurent.