BOB NEWHART MARKS HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY, CALLS LAUGHTER THE KEY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Newhart is celebrating his 90th birthday on Thursday, and he’s got big plans. He’s spending the day with his wife of 56 years, Ginnie, and their children.
Newhart had offers to mark the milestone on stage but decided he’d rather spend it in the company of his family.
The comedian and actor considers laughter the key to longevity in marriage and in life.
He says humor gets people through difficult situations and laughter is as “vital as breathing.”
His career is enduring as well, starting with his hit debut album, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” in 1960. He had sitcom successes in the 1970s and ’80s, and a 21st-century Emmy-winning turn as Professor Proton in “The Big Bang Theory.”
911 AUDIO DETAILS SCENE AFTER CRASH THAT INJURED KEVIN HART
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 911 call describes the moments after Kevin Hart was seriously injured after his muscle car crashed on a mountainous Southern California roadway.
The witness describes a man believed to be Hart and telling a dispatcher that he “looked like he’s hurting.”
The eyewitness account is part of 911 audio recordings released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A California Highway Patrol collision report says the actor was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment early Sunday.
The report says the crash also included passenger Rebecca Broxterman and Jared Black, who was driving.
The CHP says Hart and Black suffered “major back injuries.” Hart’s wife has said the actor-comedian will be fine.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON STANDS BY WOODY ALLEN: ‘I BELIEVE HIM’
NEW YORK (AP) – Scarlett Johansson says that she’s standing by Woody Allen because, “I believe him.”
Much of Hollywood has distanced itself from the filmmaker since the MeToo movement prompted a re-examination of child sexual abuse allegations from his now-grown daughter, Dylan. Michael Caine, Timothee Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are among the actors who have publicly expressed regret over working with him.
“I love Woody,” Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
Allen helped boost Johansson to the A-list. He directed her in “Match Point,” “Scoop” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She said she has spoken to Allen about the accusations and he maintains his innocence. He has never been criminally charged.
Johansson is active in women’s issues and was among early supporters of Time’s Up.
SCENE FROM ‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ INSPIRED BY REAL-LIFE EVENT
BANGOR, Maine (AP) – Moviegoers from Maine who watch “IT: Chapter Two” this weekend might recognize a scene that draws on a painful event from the state’s history.
The scene involves a gay character being attacked by teenagers and his subsequent encounter with the killer clown, Pennywise. The scene is based on real-life Bangor resident Charlie Howard, who was attacked and thrown off a bridge in 1984.
Stephen King tells the Bangor Daily News that the killing was fresh on his mind when he was writing the book on which the movie is based. He says he was “outraged.”
The scene is not included in the 1990 TV miniseries, but that changes with “IT: Chapter Two” with the character of Adrian Mellon being portrayed by actor Xavier Dolan.
RAH! RAH! ABC WINS RATINGS DUEL DUE TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NEW YORK (AP) – The opening of college football’s season was welcome news for ABC in an otherwise quiet week for television.
The Nielsen company says ABC won the week’s ratings competition on the strength of games that took over the network’s prime-time schedule on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Auburn had a last-minute win against Oregon on Saturday, and Oklahoma dominated Houston on Sunday.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is approaching its end for the season but dominated the prime-time landscape with the week’s two most popular programs.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” continued its dominance of the evening news ratings.
MARGARET ATWOOD RETURNS US TO GILEAD IN ‘THE TESTAMENTS’
TORONTO (AP) – Just months shy of her 80th birthday, Margaret Atwood has never been more in the spotlight.
The longtime Toronto resident has written the year’s most anticipated novel, “The Testaments,” the sequel to her classic “The Handmaid’s Tale” and a Booker Prize finalist. Its contents are so guarded that early review copies were sent under a different title for fear of their being stolen.
In December, Atwood will be honored in New York by the Center for Fiction, which has given its first ever On Screen Award to her and to Hulu executives for the Emmy-winning adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Praised by The New York Times as a “compelling sequel,” “The Testaments” was in the top 10 on Amazon.com a week before its September 10th publication and will become a million seller if only a fraction of “Handmaid’s Tale” readers buy it.