ACTOR GORGE SEGAL DIES AT 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He started his entertainment career as a banjo player. But before it ended, George Segal became a well-respected actor who was nominated for an Oscar and is remembered by generations of movie and TV fans. Segal died yesterday in California at age 87. His wife says he succumbed to complications from bypass surgery. Segal was up for an Oscar for the 1966 movie, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He stayed active in Hollywood for decades, working into his 80s on the ABC sitcom as the grandad in “The Goldbergs.”
NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY ADDS 25 NEW WORKS
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s a celebration, for sure, for Kool and the Gang – not to mention Janet Jackson, Nas (NAHS), Labelle and even Kermit the Frog. Those acts have had their material added to the National Recording Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 new works to the archive. This year’s entries include Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” and Kermit’s “The Rainbow Connection.” Non-music additions to the archive include a 1947 clip from the soap opera “The Guiding Light” – and Phil Rizzuto’s call of Roger Maris’ 61st home run in 1961, breaking the record held at the time by Babe Ruth.
PRINCE’S ASHES GOING ON DISPLAY ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – If you’re thinking about making a pilgrimage to see Prince’s ashes on the fifth anniversary of his death, you’re already too late. The website offering 1,400 people the chance to see the urn holding the musician’s cremains shows all the slots for April 21 filled. There is a wait list, however. The ceramic urn with Prince’s symbol on top was put in the middle of the Paisley Park atrium when it opened as a museum in 2016. Prince’s family objected and it was removed from public view. Paisley Park officials will mark the five-year mark of Prince’s death to put the urn back on display that day. Prince died in 2016 at age 57.
POSSIBILE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN BOBBY BROWN JR.’S DRUG DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The parents of Bobby Brown Jr., say they want to see someone held accountable for their son’s drug overdose death. And authorities in Los Angeles say there’s a chance criminal charges might be filed in the case. Singer Bobby Brown and Kim Ward note the autopsy report mentioned the 28-year-old had fentanyl in his system when he died last November – and the substance often ends up in counterfeit, street versions of opioids. The autopsy says the younger Brown had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
REGAL CINEMAS TO REOPEN NEXT MONTH
NEW YORK (AP) – The second largest movie theater chain in the U.S. will reopen next month. Regal Cinemas says it will let customers back in starting April 2. But attendance will be limited to between 25-and-50% capacity. Meanwhile, Regal’s parent company has struck a deal with Warner Bros. to limit the time a movie can be in theaters. It’s been cut in half from 90 days to 45. Movie studios have been cutting similar deals with theater chains as Hollywood tries to recoup losses from the pandemic.
PRINCE HARRY JOINS CORPORATE WORLD AS MENTAL HEALTH ADVISOR
NEW YORK (AP) – Prince Harry has joined the corporate world, taking a job with the employee coaching and mental health firm BetterUp. His has a title with the company, but it’s not Prince. It’s Chief Impact Officer. No word on how much Harry will make at his new gig.