ROBERT FORSTER, OSCAR-NOMINEE FOR ‘JACKIE BROWN,’ DIES AT 78
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Robert Forster, the handsome character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar-nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” has died. He was 78.
Forster’s agent, Julia Buchwald, says he died Friday at home in Los Angeles of brain cancer.
A native of Rochester, New York, Forster made his film debut in the 1967 John Huston film “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” starred in the television series “Banyon” and in Haskell Wexler’s “Medium Cool.”
But it was Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film “Jackie Brown” that put him back on the map. He lost the supporting actor Oscar that year to Robin Williams for “Good Will Hunting.”
Forster also appeared recently in the “Twin Peaks” revival and the “Breaking Bad” spinoff film “El Camino” that debuted on Netflix Friday.
SCORSESE SAYS HE’S OPEN-MINDED ABOUT NETFLIX FILM REVOLUTION
LONDON (AP) – Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH’-see) has said video streaming services have brought a cinema revolution, as his Netflix-backed mafia epic “The Irishman” closes the London Film Festival.
The director said Sunday that streaming was “an even bigger revolution than sound brought to cinema” because it “opens up the original conception of what a film is” and how it should be seen.
Scorsese told reporters he was keeping an open mind about the change, but thought it was still important that movies be experienced communally.
He said, “Homes are becoming theatres too but it’s a major change and I think one has to keep an open mind.”
“The Irishman,” about the reflections of a former Jimmy Hoffa associate and hitman, is due to have a theatrical run before its Nov. 27 release on Netflix.
QUEEN LATIFAH TO RECEIVE HARVARD BLACK CULTURE AWARD
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.
Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on October 22nd, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
Other honorees include poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners.
The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.
‘WHITE BOY RICK’ SCHEDULED FOR EARLY FLORIDA PRISON RELEASE
DETROIT (AP) – A one-time FBI informant-turned-Detroit drug lord will be released from a Florida prison earlier than expected.
The Detroit News reports that Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. is scheduled to be freed Aug. 17, 2020. His original April 2021 release date has been moved up for good behavior.
The 50-year-old Wershe spent three decades behind bars in Michigan on drug charges. He was paroled in 2017 and sent to Florida to serve time for a 2006 conviction involving a car-theft ring while he was imprisoned.
Wershe was already an FBI informant at age 14 and helped convict several Detroit drug kingpins. But he was arrested in 1987 with 317 ounces of cocaine and $30,000 cash.
His story is told in the 2018 movie “White Boy Rick” starring Matthew McConaughey.
‘JOKER’ TOPS BOX OFFICE AGAIN, BEATS ‘ADDAMS FAMILY’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Joker” kept winning at the box office.
The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers like the animated “The Addams Family” and the Will Smith action pic “Gemini Man.”
Studios on Sunday estimate that “Joker” added $55 million from North American theaters, down only 43% from its record-breaking debut.
“The Addams Family” exceeded expectations and took second place in its first weekend in theaters with $30.3 million.
“Gemini Man” stumbled out of the gates. The Ang Lee film about an assassin on the run from a younger version of himself opened in third place with $20.5 million. It cost a reported $140 million to make.
“Abominable” and “Downton Abbey” rounded out the top five.
JENNIFER ANISTON, MARIAH CAREY HONORED AT WOMEN’S EVENT
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Brie Larson, Awkwafina and Chaka Khan are being celebrated for their charitable endeavors and contributions to the entertainment industry at a women’s event in Beverly Hills.
The 11th annual Variety Power of Women luncheon held Friday boasted an A-list roster of honorees and presenters including Ellen DeGeneres, Natalie Portman and Ryan Murphy.
Aniston says she never actually thought about herself as powerful, but has been reconsidering that and her own platform in the past two years since the rise of (hash)MeToo and the rebalancing of the scales in the entertainment industry.
The event was tamer than in years past when celebrities used their platforms to talk about everything from politics and the patriarchy to Harvey Weinstein.