BRIAN TARANTINA OF ‘THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL’ DEAD AT 60
NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Tarantina, a character actor most recently known for his role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” has died in his Manhattan home. He was 60.
The New York Police Department says officers responded to the apartment on West 51st Street shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.
They found Tarantina on his couch, fully clothed but unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death is still being determined by the medical examiner. According to his manager, Tarantina had recently suffered a severe illness.
Tarantina had roles in a number of television shows and movies, including “Gilmore Girls” and “BlacKkKlansman.”
RUDY BOESCH, EARLY FAN FAVORITE ON ‘SURVIVOR,’ DIES AT 91
UNDATED (AP) – Rudy Boesch (BAHSH), a retired tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of “Survivor,” has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.
The Director of operations for the Seal Veterans Foundation said Boesch died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Boesch joined the Navy in 1944 and retired in 1990. He completed two tours in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star.
He was 72 when he took third place on the CBS show “Survivor.” He proved to be so popular as a no-nonsense but loveable character that he was invited back for the eighth season, “Survivor: All Stars.”
Gonzalez called Boesch a “legend in the SEAL Teams.”
JANE FONDA SPENDS NIGHT IN JAIL AFTER DEMONSTRATION ARREST
WASHINGTON (AP) – Actress and activist Jane Fonda spent a night in a Washington jail after her fourth arrest in as many weeks while participating in a climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill.
The 81-year-old Oscar winner was among more than 40 people arrested Friday while sitting in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. A spokesman for Fire Drill Fridays says Fonda was the only one who spent the night in jail, her first as part of the ongoing demonstration.
Arlook says Fonda appeared in Superior Court about 1 p.m. Saturday and was released.
Fonda has said she plans to get arrested every Friday as she advocates for reducing the use of fossil fuels. Participants hold a rally with speakers on various climate-related topics just before the civil disobedience.
SONY SETS ‘INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’ SEQUEL FOR 2022
NEW YORK (AP) – The inventive, animated Spider-Man remix “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is getting a sequel.
Sony Pictures scheduled a follow-up to the 2018 Oscar-winning hit for an April 2022 release. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also celebrated the announcement on Twitter and signaled that they, too, are returning.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” grossed $375.5 million worldwide. Its deconstructionist approach to Spider-Man earned some of the best reviews of any recent superhero film, and won the Academy Award for best animated feature.
Sony and Marvel Studios recently parted ways on “Spider-Man” before making up. Marvel is set to produce the third film in the live-action “Spider-Man” series.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN’S FINAL ‘GREASE’ ENSEMBLE FETCHES $405K
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Two collectors said you’re the one that I want to Olivia Newton-John’s iconic “Grease” leather jacket and skintight pants at an auction Saturday in Beverly Hills.
Julien’s Auctions says the combined ensemble, which Newton-John’s character Sandy wears in the closing number of the 1978 film, fetched $405,700 total. The leather jacket sold for $243,200 and the pants, which Newton-John famously had to be sewn into, went for $162,500.
Other “Grease” memorabilia included a Pink Ladies jacket that went for $50,000 and a poster signed by Newton-John, John Travolta, director Randal Kleiser and producer and songwriter John Farrar (FAR’-uh), which sold for $64,000.
The proceeds from the jacket and pants, as well as a portion of the other items sold, will go the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia.
THEATER OWNERS: ‘THE IRISHMAN’ ‘DESERVED BETTER’ RELEASE
NEW YORK (AP) – Martin Scorsese’s (skor-SEH’-see) crime epic “The Irishman” landed in theaters Friday, but not nearly enough of them say theater owners.
Netflix was unable to come to terms with the largest movie theater chains on “The Irishman.” The traditional theatrical window is 90 days, something Netflix has declined to follow.
That has left Netflix films essentially boycotted by the majority of multiplexes. Netflix has instead carved out a roughly three-week exclusive run in independent theaters.
On Friday, John Fithian (FITH’-ee-uhn), president and chief executive of the National Association of Theater Owners expressed disappointment over Netflix’s rollout of one of the year’s most acclaimed films, from one of cinema’s top filmmakers. Fithian says Scorsese “deserved better.”
A Netflix executive who spoke to The New York Times about the company’s “Irishman” strategy said the company cares about box office, but also wants viewers to watch films the way they want.
‘TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ IS NO. 1, BUT IT’S NO WINNER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It might be judgment day for the Terminator franchise.
Despite generally favorable reviews and the return of star Linda Hamilton and producer James Cameron, “Terminator: Dark Fate” has opened well below expectations at the box office. Studios on Sunday estimate that “Dark Fate” earned only $29 million from over 4,000 North American locations. The film from Paramount Pictures cost a reported $185 million to produce.
It was enough to win the top spot at the box office, however. Second place went to “Joker,” with $13.9 million, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” which added $12.1 million landed in third place.
Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet” performed better than expected, earning $12 million from just over 2,000 theaters to take fourth place.
Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” opened in ninth to $3.7 million.