MARGOT KIDDER’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – When Margot Kidder died in May, her manager said the “Superman” actress died peacefully in her sleep. That was true, to an extent. But now her death has been ruled a suicide. And her daughter now says it’s a relief to finally have the truth come out. The coroner’s office in Park County, Montana says Kidder died of “a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.” The coroner says no further details would be released on how that conclusion was drawn. Kidder’s daughter, Maggie McGuane, tells The Associated Press in a phone interview she knew her mom killed herself the moment she was taken to her home near Yellowstone National Park. She says “it’s a big relief that the truth is out there” – adding that being open and honest about her mom’s cause of death would keep there from being what she called “a cloud of shame” over the case. Kidder’s death is one of several high-profile suicides this year that include celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.
TERRY CREWS – SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – It’s Aug. 9. But Terry Crews says his calendar tells him it’s “the summer of freedom” for him and others who have gone public with accounts of sexual abuse and molestation. The actor and former NFL player says as a result of the (hash)MeToo movement, victims “can now tell our truth” – without seeing their lives upended for doing so. Crews says as a result of so many coming forward, the entertainment industry and other industries will be safer for men, women and children.
BRAD PITT RESPONDS TO COURT FILING IN DIVORCE CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brad Pitt is challenging the claim by his soon-to-be ex-wife that he was stingy in caring for the children from their busted marriage. The actor has filed court papers saying he has given estranged wife Angelina Jolie Pitt more than $1 million – and lent her another $8 million – since their separation two years ago. Pitt says that counters Jolie’s claim that he has paid “no meaningful child support.” He says the $8 million loan was for her to buy her current home – and that he shelled out another $1.3 million in bills for Jolie Pitt and their six children. Pitt’s lawyers also say Jolie Pitt’s filing was unnecessary and an effort to spin media coverage of the split in her favor. The couple announced two years ago that they were divorcing – but the case is still turtling its way through the courts. Part of Jolie’s filing asks that the split be finalized by the end of the year.
SPIKE LEE – ESSENTIAL AGAIN?
NEW YORK (AP) – Spike Lee says – echoing Mark Twain – the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. The veteran filmmaker says he’s heard talk that people consider him as having become irrelevant in Hollywood. But he says his new movie should hush that kind of talk. The release “BlackkKlansman” is due in theaters this weekend – and given the current racial climate in the nation, it’s bound to get attention. Lee says the movie will be even more powerful given that we’re at the anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left a woman protester dead. After the violence, President Donald Trump said there were bad people “on both sides” of the dispute. Lee says that indicates that Trump will be remembered as being on the wrong side of history in this situation.
DAVID SCHWIMMER – “WILL AND GRACE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former “Friends” star David Schwimmer has a new gig. He will appear on “Will & Grace” as a new love interest for Debra Messing’s character. The reboot of “Will & Grace” will launch its second season on Oct. 4. Schwimmer won’t be the only familiar face showing up in season two. Others who have signed on as guest stars include Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Handler and Mary McCormack were previously announced guest stars.
OSCAR CHANGES IN THE OFFING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards. And they’re aimed at getting more than just the die-hard movie fan to perch in front of the TV for the annual awards ceremony. Academy Award officials are adding an award category for popular film. They also vow that future ceremonies will be shorter. And starting in 2020, the date for the show itself will be earlier. Next year’s Oscars will be Feb. 24 – but the following year, it will Feb. 9. The date for the 2019 show, Feb. 24, remains unchanged.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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