WONDER WOMAN TO GET A MIXED RELEASE
UNDATED (AP) – It will be a hybrid release for the last remaining Hollywood blockbuster of the year. Warner studios says when “Wonder Woman 1984” comes out Christmas Day, it will be in theaters – and on a streaming service. The streaming service will be HBO Max, where it will be available to subscribers for free for the first month. After that, Wonder Woman will be in theaters for another few weeks – before going to rental on demand. The hybrid release is being done to let those willing to see the movie in theaters do so – while making it available to those still leery about going to a theater in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED IN NAYA RIVERA DROWNING
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over the drowning of “Glee” actor Naya Rivera – who died in July while boating with her 4-year-old son on a California lake. The suit is being filed against Ventura County and those who manage the boating concession at Lake Piru (py-ROO’) – where Rivera rented a boat the day she died. The suit claims the concession didn’t provide enough safety equipment on the rental. It also says officials should have posted signs warning swimmers about dangerous conditions. More than two dozen people have drowned in the lake since it opened in 1959.
APPLE REVERSES COURSE, WILL PUT CHARLIE BROWN SPECIALS ON FREE TV
NEW YORK (AP) – Charlie Brown fans, rejoice. After being denied the chance to see The “Great Pumpkin” animated special during Halloween, the Peanuts specials for Thanksgiving and Christmas will be on free TV. The animated shows are licensed to Apple TV-Plus – which is available by subscription. That irked fans who had become used to seeing the classics on broadcast stations over the decades. After online complaints mounted, Apple relented. It will put the specials on PBS – where they will air free and without commercials.