CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST ALLEGED THIEF OF MCDORMAND OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Charges against a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette from an Academy Awards after-party have been dropped.
The trial for Terry Bryant was to begin Tuesday, but Los Angeles prosecutors said in court that they were unable to proceed with the case against the 58-year-old. A judge then granted a defense motion to dismiss it.
The district attorney’s office gave no explanation, and Bryant’s attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment.
McDormand won the award for best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on March 4, 2018, and lost the statuette after having it engraved at the post-show the Governors Ball.
Associated Press video shows Bryant leaving the party holding an Oscar.
Bryant’s attorney argued in court hearings that there was never any intent to keep the award.
NEW ‘MATRIX’ FILM SET WITH KEANU REEVES AND LANA WACHOWSKI
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski are returning to the world of “The Matrix.”
Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich says that a fourth “Matrix” is in the works.
Reeves will be reprising his role as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Trinity in the film that will be co-written, directed and produced by Wachowski, who co-created “The Matrix” with Lilly Wachowski.
Lana Wachowski says in a statement that the ideas of “The Matrix” are more relevant than ever now and she’s happy to have the characters back in her life. Emmerich says Wachowski is a true visionary.
The first film hit theaters 20 years ago and spawned two sequels that cumulatively made more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.
No release date has been set.
LARRY KING SEEKS DIVORCE FROM SEVENTH WIFE AFTER 22 YEARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Larry King is seeking a divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King, after 22 years.
The 85-year-old talk show host filed a petition to end the marriage Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Larry King and Shawn King, then a singer and TV host, married in 1997 and have two adult sons, Chance and Cannon.
They both filed for divorce in 2010 but later reconciled.
Larry King has been married eight times to seven different women and has five children. He married and divorced Alene Akins twice.
He has overcome several serious health issues in recent years, including a bout with lung cancer two years ago.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN WANTS TO MOVE TRIAL OUT OF NYC
NEW YORK (AP) – A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has asked that the disgraced movie mogul’s upcoming criminal trial be moved out of New York City, saying he can’t get a fair trial.
In a longshot motion filed with the state appellate court on Friday, attorney Arthur Aidala suggested the trial be moved to upstate Albany County or Suffolk County on Long Island.
Aidala cited the intense media coverage and the circuslike atmosphere surrounding Weinstein’s past court appearances in Manhattan.
The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty and has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Weinstein is free on $1 million bail. The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 9.
MINDY KALING, ‘FOUR WEDDINGS’: OPTIMISTIC WITHOUT APOLOGY
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Mindy Kaling believes there’s room for hopeful entertainment in a field of bleak TV shows and films.
Kaling and fellow producer Tracey Wigfield are offering up “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” now running on Hulu.
The romantic comedy series is an updated version of the 1994 big-screen movie of the same name. The series stars Nathalie Emmanuel of “Game of Thrones” and Nikesh Patel of “London Has Fallen.”
Kaling says writers and actors are drawn to darker material because it’s prestigious and gets awards, but sophisticated actors know comedy is harder than drama and want to do such work.
Kaling says the diverse cast of “Four Weddings” touches on tougher issues such as racism.
“FRIENDS” MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH COLLECTIBLES
NEW YORK (AP) – For $60, you can have your own version of the Central Perk coffee shop from the TV comedy “Friends” in Lego form.
Beginning Sept. 1, Lego will sell the collectible set, complete with the six main characters and Gunther, the coffee shop manager. It’s to mark the 25th anniversary of “Friends.”
Other items that will commemorate the anniversary are “you’re my lobster” or “how you doin'” charms from jewelry maker Alex and Ani. Pottery Barn will sell “Friends” towels, doormats, wall art and the apothecary table Rachel tried to pass off as a flea-market find to Phoebe.
Fathom Events will show more than a dozen “Friends” episodes with never-before-seen extras in movie theaters on Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Oct. 2.
‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ CONTINUES SUMMER DOMINANCE FOR NBC
NEW YORK (AP) – “America’s Got Talent” wasn’t content with just the top spot in the Nielsen company’s rankings of the most popular television programs last week. This time it took the top two.
First place is familiar for NBC’s talent competition. It has been the most-watched summer series for six straight years, and the No. 1 alternative series for all 14 years that it has been on the air.
“Talent” has remained dominant even though its viewership has slipped by 18% over last summer. It still averages nearly 4 million more viewers than the second-ranked show, ABC’s “Bachelorette.”
Nielsen’s summer ratings also illustrate how scripted series continue to fade away for the networks.