‘B.A.P.S.’ STAR NATALIE DESSELLE REID DIES AT 53
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Natalie Desselle Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry in the 1997 movie “B.A.P.S.” and on the sitcom “Eve,” has died. She was 53. Reid’s death on Monday was confirmed by Je’Caryous Johnson, the CEO of Je’Caryous Entertainment, which was planning a stage adaption of “B.A.P.S.” The cause of death has not been officially released. In the movie “B.A.P.S,” Reid and Berry played the roles of two waitresses at a Georgia food diner who decided to fly to Los Angeles for a music video audition. But the tandem ends up living a luxury lifestyle as “Black American Princesses” while caring for an elderly Beverly Hills millionaire.
‘THE UNDOING’ CREATOR LURED BACK TO NETWORK TV FOR ‘BIG SKY’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Writer-producer David E. Kelley gifted network TV with three decades of hits, including “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.” Then he switched to a new canvas, premium cable, to make HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “The Undoing.” But he’s back on network TV with “Big Sky,” a crime drama based on a C.J. Box novel airing on Tuesdays. Kelley says he was promised that he could make the series without network interference and that’s been the case. “Big Sky” stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury as an ex-police officer and private detective searching for two sisters missing in Montana. ABC has ordered six more episodes of the show.
GARY OLDMAN ON FINDING THE FREQUENCY OF ‘MANK’
NEW YORK (AP) – David Fincher’s “Mank” is such a dense and dazzling Hollywood time machine that all the conversation it’s spawned has sometimes overlooked the incredible balancing act at its center. Gary Oldman’s performance is always teetering on the edge, poised between inebriation and lucidity, ’40s-style zip and modern-day naturalism. In an interview, Oldman says he had to draw on his own “muscle memory” as an alcoholic. In crafting the portrait of “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, Fincher wanted Oldman as himself. No wigs, no special costume. For Oldman, who won an Oscar for his Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” that made him nervous.
“ALABAMA SNAKE” TO TELL STORY OF SNAKE-HANDLING PREACHER
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A movie premiering on HBO Max will tell the true story of an Alabama preacher who is in prison after being convicted of trying to kill his wife with a snake. “Alabama Snake” will begin showing Wednesday on the service. It’s about Glenn Summerford, who remains imprisoned after being convicted of trying to murder his wife nearly three decades ago. Summerford pastored a snake-handling in Scottsboro. His wife was bitten twice by a snake in 1991 after her husband forced her to stick her hand inside a cage of snakes. Summerford had accused of her having an affair with another preacher.