KEVIN HART ON HARTS VINTAGE MUSCLE CAR CRASH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Investigators say a man driving Kevin Hart’s vintage muscle car accelerated recklessly on a Southern California highway, causing the September accident that left Hart seriously injured. A California Highway Patrol report released Thursday says Jared Black lost control while driving the comic actor’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with Hart and the driver’s fiancee as passengers Sept. 1 near Malibu. The car went down an embankment into a tree. The CHP says it appears no one was wearing a seatbelt and that 40-year-old Hart had major back injuries. Hart released a statement later Thursday saying he has nothing but love for Black and wishes him a speedy recovery.
WILL SMITH SAYS “GEMINI MAN” CLONE IS “A 100 PERCENT DIGITAL CHARACTER”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the new film “Gemini Man,” Will Smith interacts with a younger version of himself.
So how did they do it? Smith says the filmmakers did not simply make his face look younger — they created “a 100 percent digital character.”
Smith says the filmmakers used scenes from his previous work to create the character, including “Bad Boys,” “Men in Black” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Smith says it was eight months from the time he filmed his parts to when he saw the scenes with his digital clone. He calls it “spectacular” and “a little freaky.”
“Gemini Man” opens today.
GEORGE CLOONEY CALLS TRUMP’S QUIP ON KURDS ‘PRETTY SHOCKING’
HELSINKI (AP) – George Clooney says he was appalled U.S. President Donald Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria by stating Kurds “didn’t help us with Normandy” during World War II.
The politically active Hollywood actor, director and producer told a business seminar in Finland’s capital on Thursday that he found Trump’s words from a day earlier “a pretty shocking statement.”
Clooney accused Washington of leaving the allies of U.S. forces in Syria to deal alone with Turkey’s military offensive.
He said: “I’m horrified at the idea we would say that after having Kurds fight our battle for us – because we don’t want to send troops there – and then say, ‘OK, you’re on your own.'”
Clooney was interviewed at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki.
TOM HANKS RETURNS TO NEW MEXICO TO FILM ADVENTURE SAGA
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Tom Hanks is in New Mexico working on another film.
The New Mexico Film Office announced Wednesday that Hanks is co-producing and starring in “News of the World,” a post-Civil War adventure saga that is filming in and around Santa Fe through November.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film is based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles