TYLER PERRY FOOD GIVEAWAY DRAWS THOUSANDS
ATLANTA (AP) – It’s a sign of how tough things are for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Tyler Perry Studios held a food giveaway – and thousands of people jammed roads for miles to pick up boxes of food and gift cards donated by the entertainer and filmmaker. The studio said it had enough stuff for 5,000 families – and ran out of food by 10 a.m. News reports say the line began forming on Saturday – and at one point, it stretched for 5 miles south of downtown Atlanta.
ACTOR RICKY SCHRODER DONATES TO GET PROTEST SHOOTER FREED
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – “Silver Spoons” actor Ricky Schroder is being credited with helping obtain the release on bond of the teenager charged with killing two people during a social justice protest in Wisconsin this summer. Kyle Rittenhouse was released Friday after posting $2 million bond. Afterward, he was seen in a Twitter photograph with his lawyer and Schroder. The attorney later tweeted that Schroder donated money to help Rittenhouse bond out. He’s due back in court next week for a preliminary hearing in the case.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES STRIKES DEAL WITH ANOTHER MOVIE CHAIN
UNDATED (AP) – Universal Pictures has made it three-for-three. The studio has now reached a third deal with a major movie chain to tweak the way movies are distributed. The agreement with Canada’s Cineplex is similar to the “dynamic window” deal it struck with Cinemark last week and AMC this summer. The arrangements narrow the window during which movies can stay in theaters before moving to video on demand. It’s an effort by both sides to survive a time when people are avoiding going to theaters because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“WIPEOUT” CONTESTANT DIES AFTER COMPLETING GAME SHOW’S OBSTACLE COURSE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We’re still waiting to hear more details about the death of a contestant on the game show “Wipeout.” Authorities in Los Angeles and sources close to the production reported the death last week. But the cause of death hasn’t been released – and the contestant hasn’t been publicly identified. After the player’s death, production on the TBS reboot of the show was halted last week. No work on it is scheduled this week.
N.Y. GOVERNOR TO RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York governor Andrew Cuomo is getting an award that may give him some bragging rights over his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. The governor will be getting an International Emmy for the televised briefings he did during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will give out the award today in a live-streamed ceremony. Chris Cuomo won an Emmy for reporting when he worked on “Good Morning America” as a correspondent years ago, according to his CNN bio.