OPRAH INTERVIEW WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – Prince Harry says he was “trapped” in the royal family before Meghan helped free him. Oprah Winfrey asked Harry in their interview airing Sunday night whether he would have stepped down from his royal duties if he had never met Meghan. Harry replied that “I wouldn’t have been able to, because I myself was trapped as well” until “the moment that I met Meg.” Harry said his family cut him off financially in early 2020. Harry said “we did everything we did to make it work” and would never have left had the palace been supportive of Meghan.
RACE, TITLE AND ANGUISH: MEGHAN AND HARRY EXPLAIN ROYAL RIFT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan and Harry has produced several revelations, from Meghan saying she experienced suicidal thoughts, Harry saying he felt “trapped” in royal life and the couple revealing the sex of their second child, a girl. Meghan, who is biracial, told Winfrey in the interview airing Sunday night in the U.S. that there were discussions among the royal family about how dark her son’s skin would be. Both Meghan and Harry were critical of the royal family and those who work for them, but both refused to criticize Queen Elizabeth II. Meghan says the queen has “always been wonderful to me.” The interview special aired on CBS and will be shown the following day in Britain.
GOLDEN GLOBES VOWS REFORM AMID SCRUTINY ON DIVERSITY
UNDATED (AP) -Facing heightened scrutiny around its membership and practices, the group behind the Golden Globe Awards says that it is committed to immediate “transformational change” and reforms. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said in a statement Saturday that it would focus on adding Black and other underrepresented members to its organization in addition to increasing transparency around its operations. The Time’s Up organization issued a statement in response expressing skepticism that the HFPA would fix its problems and demanding more specific details, timetables and firm commitments. Time’s Up president and CEO Tina Tchen said that “the clock is ticking.”
TONY HENDRA DIES
WASHINGTON (AP) – The man who played band manager Ian Faith in “This Is Spinal Tap” used to flinch when people would quote lines of the movie to him, because he did not know what they were talking about. Tony Hendra said in a 2000 Associated Press interview a lot of the script was improvised, so he did not remember even his own lines. He said he re-learned his lines from fans because they quoted them so much. His favorite line, though, was Boston is “not a big college town,” because he considered it an inside joke with Harvard from when he was an editor of the National Lampoon magazine. The New York Times reports Hendra died Thursday in Yonkers, New York, of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 79.
AUDIENCES HOLD BACK, EVEN AS MORE MOVIE THEATERS OPEN
UNDATED (AP) – Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases like Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” and Lionsgate’s Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley action flick “Chaos Walking,” according to studio estimates Sunday. “Raya and the Last Dragon” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. The well-reviewed fantasy adventure is also available for Disney+ subscribers to rent and stream at home for $29.99. “Chaos Walking,” meanwhile, debuted with $3.8 million. Approximately 80% of the domestic market is currently allowed to operate with limited capacity.