“NASHVILLE” ACTRESS BARBARA HARRIS DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Barbara Harris, who starred in films including “Nashville” and “Freaky Friday,” has died. She was 83. Longtime friend Charna Halpern says Harris died early Tuesday of lung cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona. Harris was among the performers in the first cast of Chicago’s Second City and was a Broadway star in the 1960s. She won a Tony award for “The Apple Tree,” which was directed by Mike Nichols. She played the mother who switched bodies with Jodie Foster in the original “Freaky Friday” in 1976, the same year she starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s final film, “Family Plot.” But it was Robert Altman’s 1975 “Nashville” that would become her best-known film with her memorable performance of “It Don’t Worry Me” in front of a shell-shocked crowd after the violent climax.
ADAM DRIVER TALKS KKK PRESENCE IN INDIANA
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) – “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver has raised some eyebrows in his northern Indiana hometown after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood and that some of his neighbors were Klan members. The Indianapolis Star reports the Mishawaka native made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the new movie “BlacKkKlansman.” The KKK had a tight grip on Indiana in the 1920s. Historians estimate that nearly a third of Indiana’s native-born white Protestant men were members at one point. Indiana University professor emeritus James Madison says he has no doubt Driver was exposed to the KKK but doubts he saw many, if any, rallies. The Southern Poverty Law Center says there was a KKK rally in nearby South Bend around 2001, when Driver was a teenager. Driver’s representatives didn’t return the newspaper’s messages for comment.
DANNY BOYLE OUT AS JAMES BOND DIRECTOR
NEW YORK (AP) – The next James Bond movie has lost its director. Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, along with star Daniel Craig, announced Tuesday that Danny Boyle has exited the project over “creative differences.” Boyle, the director of “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting,” earlier this year confirmed that he would direct the 25th 007 film. Boyle and his regular collaborator John Hodge were working on the script. Production on the film, often referred to as “Bond 25,” was to begin in December. The movie is to be Craig’s fifth outing as James Bond, though endless speculation on his successor has been ongoing. Most recently, Idris Elba alluded to rumors of his casting by tweeting “Elba. Idris Elba.” The 25th Bond film is scheduled for U.S. release on Nov. 8 next year.
“CRAZY RICH ASIANS”: A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY?
SINGAPORE (AP) – The film “Crazy Rich Asians” has gotten praise for promoting diversity. It’s also being criticized for its lack of diversity. “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first majority Asian-cast film in more than two decades to be released by a major Hollywood studio. Critics say it is inaccurate in its portrayal of Singapore’s ethnic diversity. The majority of Singapore residents are Chinese, but a quarter of its population are Malay, Indian or Eurasian. A spokesperson for the Singapore Tourism Board says the film should not be about just opulence and luxury, but “Singapore’s actual richness in terms of our diversity.”
NEW YORK JETS STRIKE DEEAL WITH DEF JAM, MARVEL
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – The New York Jets have announced partnerships with Def Jam Recordings and Marvel Entertainment to enhance game-day experiences for fans at MetLife Stadium this season. Def Jam will create a Jets anthem that will be played during home games and be part of the team’s pregame ritual as it takes the field. A video series featuring Def Jam artists and Jets players is also being produced. The first episode show safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye visiting rapper Jadakiss’ studio in Yonkers, New York. The Jets’ deal with Marvel Entertainment will include Marvel-themed features for fans at the stadium. That includes a “Green Out” for the Jets’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 21, highlighted by a Hulk-themed bobblehead and a 16-page Hulk vs. Thor comic book written by Marvel Comics contributor Fabian Nicieza, who’s a Jets fan and New Jersey native. Marvel will also produce an eight-page, digital comic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jets’ Super Bowl win over the Colts.