WENDY WILLIAMS SUBJECT OF BIOPIC AND DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) – Wendy Williams says the projects about her life that began airing this past weekend are the real deal, as far as she’s concerned. Netflix is streaming an authorized biopic and a documentary about the daytime talk show host – who has become a “hot topic” in her own right in recent years. Williams says she told producers to make sure everyone who spoke about her was told not to “sugarcoat” anything – and be open with their views about her. There’s been a lot to talk about in Williams’ life. In 2019, she announced she had been living in a sober house due to addiction struggles and also filed for divorce from her husband, who produced her TV show. And Williams was diagnosed with Graves disease, which forced her off the air last spring to rest.
QUESTLOVE’S MOVIE ON 1969 HARLEM CONCERT AT SUNDANCE
NEW YORK (AP) – Questlove says he couldn’t believe his eyes – or ears. The “Tonight Show” bandleader says he didn’t know how he could not known – about a series of concerts in Harlem in 1969 featuring Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone. Questlove says he was in denial about it until he saw the footage – and was blown away by it. He obtained the rights to the clips and turned them into a concert film that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last week. Questlove says he was able to obtain the footage just before the family of the journalist who shot it was ready to throw it out – because no one seemed to want it.
NBC UNIVERSAL TO EXPAND AUDITIONS FOR ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A second media company has answered the call to add more actors with disabilities to what we see on TV, movies and on streaming. NBCUniversal says it will issue calls for actors with disabilities for each audition it does for its outlets, including Universal Pictures, the NBC Network and the Peacock streaming service. NBCUniversal joins CBS Entertainment in making the pledge; CBS did so in 2019. The pledge was made in response to calls by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which says it it will also like to see other outlets like Disney, Sony, Netflix and Amazon hop on board.