The death of comedian John Witherspoon.
‘FRIDAY’ ACTOR-COMEDIAN JOHN WITHERSPOON DIES AT 77
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died. He was 77.
Witherspoon’s manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released.
The actor had a prolific career, appearing in three “Friday” films, appearing on “The Wayans Bros.” television series and voicing the grandfather in “The Boondocks” animated series.
Goodman referred to a family statement issued to the website Deadline that said the family was in shock over Witherspoon’s death.
The statement says Witherspoon, who was born on Jan. 27, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.
LOS ANGELES PROSECUTORS REJECT KEVIN SPACEY SEX BATTERY CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles prosecutors have rejected a sexual battery case against Kevin Spacey because the accuser has died.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced the decision Tuesday. The case stemmed from a masseur’s allegations that Spacey inappropriately touched him during a massage session at a home in Malibu, California, in October 2016.
The decision states that the allegations against Spacey could not be proven without the masseur’s participation. The man also sued Spacey under the alias John Doe in a case that remains pending in federal court.
An email sent to Spacey’s lawyer Alan Jackson was not immediately returned.
Massachusetts prosecutors in July dropped a criminal case against Spacey filed after accusations that he groped an 18-year-old man at a bar on the resort island of Nantucket in 2016.
‘TARZAN’ ACTOR’S SON UNARMED WHEN FATALLY SHOT BY DEPUTIES
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say the son of actor Ron Ely (EE’-lee) was unarmed when he was fatally shot earlier this month at the “Tarzan” star’s home.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department says four deputies fired 24 rounds at Cameron Ely, who was being sought on suspicion of fatally stabbing his mother on Oct. 15. The agency said the 30-year-old told deputies he was armed and made motions like he was drawing a weapon when he was shot outside his father’s home near Santa Barbara.
Three of the deputies who fired on Cameron Ely have more than 12 years of experience apiece; the other deputy has two years of law enforcement experience.
The younger Ely was suspected of stabbing his mother, Valerie Lundeen Ely, multiple times and killing her. No motive for the slaying has been released.
AL PACINO MISTAKENLY THINKS RAY ROMANO WORE A FAT SUIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ray Romano has Al Pacino to thank for his new workout plan.
Romano and Pacino both have roles in the new film, “The Irishman,” which uses technology to make the actors appear at different ages.
Romano says for scenes where his character was 75, he only wore makeup and a fat suit, with no special effects. He says after lunch one time, Pacino was confused what era they were about to film and said, “Ray, I didn’t know you were wearing the fat suit.” Romano replied, “I’m not, Al.”
Romano says they both had a laugh and then he started doing P90X.
“The Irishman” opens in theaters on Friday. It debuts on Netflix on Nov. 27.
SCORSESE, DE NIRO AND PACINO ON TIME AND ‘THE IRISHMAN’
NEW YORK (AP) – Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH’-see) says that cinema should be about more than fan service.
In an interview, the director says big-budget movies have come to be about “servicing the audience and not challenging them.” He wants films not to “make the audience adolescent or childlike.”
Scorsese earlier caused waves by saying that Marvel comic book movies are “not cinema.” He says he believes challenging audiences will enrich them.
His latest, “The Irishman,” opens in theaters this Friday and debuts on Netflix on Nov. 27.
NIELSEN SAYS WORLD SERIES IS A SNOOZE FOR MOST TV VIEWERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Fans in Washington and Houston may be excited, but the rest of the country is reacting to the World Series with a collective yawn.
The Nielsen company says through the first five games, the Fall Classic averaged 11.6 million viewers. The sixth game was Tuesday in Houston.
Sports led Fox to an easy victory for the week in prime time, averaging 10.9 million viewers. CBS had 6.54 million viewers, NBC had 6.45 million, ABC had 4.3 million.
Fox News Channel was the week’s most-watched cable network, averaging 2.44 million viewers in prime time.
Nielsen says the least-watched World Series ever came in 2012, when an average of 12.6 million people watched San Francisco beat Detroit.
NIELSEN’S TOP PROGRAMS FOR OCT. 21-27
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten shows by viewership in the week for Oct. 21-27, according to Nielsen.
1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Kansas City, NBC, 18.32 million.
2. NFL Football: Washington at Minnesota, Fox, 13.77 million.
3. World Series Game 1: Washington at Houston, Fox, 12.28 million.
4. World Series Game 3: Houston at Washington, Fox, 12.22 million.
5. World Series Game 2: Washington at Houston, Fox, 12.01 million.
6. “NFL Pregame Show,” NBC, 11.87 million.
7. World Series Game 5: Houston at Washington, Fox, 11.39 million.
8. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.35 million.
9. NFL Football: New England at N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 11.33 million.
10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.22 million.