CARS FRONTMAN FOUND DEAD IN NYC APARTMENT
NEW YORK (AP) – Ric Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a New York City apartment. The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. They said there was no sign of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death. The Cars chart-topping hits in the late 1970s and 1980s included “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up” and “Drive.” In May of 2018, model and actress Paulina Porizkova announced on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage. The pair first met while filming the music video for “Drive.”
TONY WINNER, WOMEN’S HEALTH ADVOCATE PHYLLIS NEWMAN DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Phyllis Newman, a Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who later fought for women’s health, has died. She was 86. Newman’s son, Adam, says his mother died Sunday of complications from a lung disorder. Newman won the 1962 Tony for best supporting actress for the musical “Subways Are for Sleeping,” which had lyrics co-written by her late husband, Adolph Green. She earned a second Tony Award nomination in 1987 for her performance in the Neil Simon’s play “Broadway Bound.” In recent years she focused on fundraising and founded the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. Her work earned her the 2009 Isabelle Stevenson Award from the Tony Awards.
HUFFMAN SAYS SHE ACCEPTS COLLEGE SCAM PUNISHMENT
BOSTON (AP) – “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman says she takes full responsibility for her role in the college admissions scandal and deserves her punishment.
A federal judge in Boston sentenced the actress on Friday to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation.
Huffman was stoic in court, telling the Judge she “betrayed” her daughters and her actor husband, William H. Macy.
After her sentencing, she said via email: “I accept the court’s decision today without reservation.”
Huffman’s lawyer, Martin Murphy, argued that her crimes were less serious than those of her co-defendants. Huffman pleaded guilty in May to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT exam answers in 2017.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen had pushed hard for a full month’s imprisonment. Rosen says there was “simply no excuse” for Huffman’s actions.
‘CRAZY EX’ STAR RACHEL BLOOM WINS EMMY, ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rachel Bloom has won an Emmy for writing music and lyrics, and soon she’ll be singing lullabies.
The “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star announced backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night that she and husband Dan Gregor are expecting a baby. She was going to announce it on Instagram but thought the event was a far better venue.
Bloom won the Emmy, her sixth, along with Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal,” from her CW series that ended in April after four seasons.
Bloom told reporters backstage that “I’m pregnant, that’s what’s next for me.”
She says she’s three months along and she’ll be able to tell her child that “she was with me when this happened.”
DISCOUNTED MOVIE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE MOVIEPASS SHUTS DOWN
NEW YORK (AP) – The movie ticket subscription service known as MoviePass that allowed subscribers to purchase up to three movie tickets per month for a small fee has temporarily shut down.
MoviePass shut down Saturday with its future unclear.
Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, said it was interrupting service for all its subscribers because efforts to seek financing have not been successful.
They also say they’re unable to predict if or when MoviePass will continue. The company says it will study all options including the sale of the company in its entirety.
MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, initially luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved unsustainable, and the company was forced to make changes but were not able to stop the losses.
‘GHOSTBUSTER’ SEQUEL TO FOCUS ON A FAMILY OF ORIGINAL FILM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The upcoming “Ghostbuster” sequel will focus on the descendants of the original ghost-catchers who rushed around New York City in proton packs and jumpsuits.
Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd revealed details of the new film, saying it is expected out next year and will star Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and McKenna Grace.
Reitman directed the original 1984 film and Aykroyd co-wrote and co-starred in it. Reitman’s son, Jason, is directing the new movie.
MARVEL’S KEVIN FEIGE HONORED AT 45TH SATURN AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards that was streamed live for the first time.
Feige said in a video message Friday night that he is “humbled” after accepting the inaugural Stan Lee Builder award, named after the late Marvel Comics mastermind.
The awards show was simulcast for the first time on several platforms including YouTube and Pluto TV.
Aisha Tyler hosted the event, created in 1973 to recognize horror, sci-fi and fantasy films that typically don’t get recognized at major award shows.
“Iron Man” and “Lion King” director Jon Favreau and Marvel executive Jeph Loeb also received honorary awards.
“Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis received a standing ovation after winning best actress in a film.
‘JOJO RABBIT’ WINS TORONTO’S SOUGHT-AFTER AUDIENCE AWARD
NEW YORK (AP) – Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany-set satire “Jojo Rabbit” has won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has historically been one of the most ironclad predicators of Academy Awards chances.
Since so many of the top fall movies play in Toronto, the festival’s audience award is nearly prophetic. For more than a decade, every People’s Choice winner has gone on to score a best-picture Oscar nomination. Last year’s winner, “Green Book,” won best picture.
“Jojo Rabbit” is a coming-of-age comedy about a 10-year-old boy growing up in World War II Germany. His imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, played by Waititi. The film earned mixed reviews in Toronto but was cheered by audiences.
The runners up were Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite.”
WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, JANE FONDA
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my-YOR’), actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are among the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s latest honorees.
They and eight others are being celebrated this weekend in Seneca Falls, New York, for their advocacy and activism.
The Class of 2019 also includes activist Angela Davis, attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski.
Composer Laurie Spiegel is being recognized for her electronic music and molecular biologist Flossie Wong-Staal for her work that helped prove that HIV is the cause of AIDS.
Two inductees are being honored posthumously: Former New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who died last year, and artist and suffragist Rose O’Neill, who died in 1944.
WOMEN RECREATE HOMER SIMPSON’S NEW ORLEANS GOBBLE TOUR
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Two Swiss women have recreated Homer Simpson’s gourmandizing tour of New Orleans, snarf for snarf, finger-wiggle for finger-wiggle.
Biz New Orleans reports that it took Janine Wiget of Zurich and Katrin von Niederhausern who now lives in Stockholm, a week to duplicate the segment, which covers 54 restaurants in 1 minute, 27 seconds.
The side-by-side video created by the 30-year-old illustrators and graphic designers has attracted more than 1 million views since it was uploaded Aug. 23.
The women duplicate every action and camera angle in the sequence from “Lisa Gets the Blues,” which first aired April 22, 2018.
Tourism officials are delighted. New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. president and CEO Mark Romig says it’s priceless publicity.
“IT” IS TOPS AGAIN; “HUSTLERS” FULL OF FLASH AT BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It wasn’t quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of “Hustlers” topped even its high expectations at the weekend box office.
“It: Chapter Two” brought in $40.7 million to keep the top spot in its second week and has earned a total of $153.8 million. The original had earned more than $200 million at the same point two years ago.
“Hustlers,” riding stellar reviews, festival buzz and Oscar talk for Lopez, earned $33.2 million, a record for a film from STX Entertainment, which was launched less than five years ago.
Gerard Butler’s “Angel Has Fallen” finished third in its fourth week of release.
Newcomer “The Goldfinch” landed with a thud, bringing in just $2.6 million and finishing in the eighth spot.