MARVEL DIVERSITY REACHES BEYOND THE CAMERA
LOS ANGELES (AP) – These days, there are many examples of diversity on the nation’s movie screens – but not quite as many examples when it comes to those working behind the scenes. Marvel is among the studios trying to boost the numbers in both areas. This past weekend at Comic-Com, Marvel announced five superhero movies – and only one is to be directed by a white man. It’s no accident, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. He says the effort is part of bring “fresh voices and new voices” who can steer the Marvel Cinematic Universe into new places.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON – MARVEL DIVERSITY
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Scarlett Johansson says searching for a female director for the upcoming Marvel movie “Black Widow” wasn’t as easy as it might seem. The actress says one of the biggest challenges was finding a female director who has “had the opportunity to have the experience to sit at the helm of something huge” like a major film. And she says that limited the number of choices available. Johansson says that, in her words, “sucks.” Cate Shortland has been hired to call the shots for “Black Widow,” due out in May of next year.
SHANNEN DOHERTY – “RIVERDALE”
NEW YORK (AP) – Shannen Doherty will put in a guest star appearance in the premiere of season of “Riverdale.” And her being there is part of an effort by the late Luke Perry to have her on the show. Perry – who played Fred Andrews on the show – died in March. And show insiders say he had been angling to have Doherty work with him since production on the first season began. Perry and Doherty were love interests in “Beverly Hills 90210.” The Riverdale episode – which is designed to be a tribute to Perry – will air Oct. 9 on The CW.
“THE WIRE” STAR FACING DRUG CHARGES
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – An actress who played a detective in the HBO series “The Wire” has found herself on the opposite side of the law in real life. Sonja Sohn is facing charges of felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The sheriff’s office in Dare County, North Carolina says Sohn was arrested early yesterday morning in a town on the state’s Outer Banks. Authorities say the car in which she was a passenger was pulled over for a traffic stop – and a police dog sniffed out drugs. A search turned up a purse containing cocaine and drug paraphernalia. She’s due to be arraigned today on the charges.
DAVID HEDISON – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An actor who starred in the original science-fiction classic “The Fly” has died. David Hedison was 92 – and a representative says he died last Thursday in Los Angeles with his daughters at his side. Hedison played scientist Andrew Delambre – who turned into a fly in the 1958 film. He was also in two James Bond movies, “To Live and Let Die” and “License to Kill.” Hedison’s TV credits also include roles in “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and the daytime drama “Another World.”
MAN INDICTED IN “RHONJ” CAST MEMBER HOME INVASION
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – A man has been indicted in the home invasion of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member. The suspect, James Mainello, faces charges of robbery, aggravated assault and other offenses in an indictment handed up by a grand jury in New Jersey yesterday. Prosecutors say the suspect and another man ambushed Dina Manzo and her then-fiance David Cantin as they entered their home in May, 2017. Both were beaten, Cantin with a baseball bat – and the couple was bound with zip ties before the intruders left with Manzo’s engagement ring and cash. Manzo and Cantin have since married.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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