LEVAR BURTON GETS SHOT AT GUEST-HOSTING “JEOPARDY”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Who is LeVar Burton? For more than a quarter-million people, it’s the correct answer to: “This star of “Roots” and “Reading Rainbow” wasn’t asked to be an interim “Jeopardy!” host.” Burton’s fans are being given credit for getting him a chance to be the full-time replacement for Alex Trebek, who died last year. Burton wasn’t one of those originally asked to fill in. But when fans launched an online petition on his behalf, “Jeopardy!” producers saw it – and invited him. No word when Burton’s audition will be taped – or aired.
VIDEO GAME-BASED MOVIES MAKING A COMEBACK
NEW YORK (AP) – Video games are popular. Movies are popular. Movies based on video games? Not so popular. But after a string of failures, that equation may be changing. Tomorrow, Warner Bros. releases a new movie adaptation of “Mortal Kombat.” It comes 26 years after the first movie version on the martial arts fighter. At the time, it was just the fourth videogame-based movie ever made. Since then, the appetite for game-based movies has grown, as shown by the success of 2019’s “Detective Pikachu,” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” released last year. That movie was the highest-grossing film using a videogame character as its star.
PART OF OSCARS CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT ICONIC L.A. TRAIN STATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Oscars are Sunday in Los Angeles. And one of the buildings that will be in the spotlight is one many of us have seen in movies and on TV shows, though it isn’t as famous as other L.A. landmarks. Part of the ceremony will be at Union Station. The historic downtown site is also an active transportation hub. While it has never been used for the Oscars before, Union Station has been a popular “set” since it was finished in 1939. Among the movies shot there include “Blade Runner” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Union Station has also been seen in car ads, reality shows and TV dramas like “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
PRINCE FANS MARK 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) – It was where Prince worked. It was where Prince lived – and five years ago, it was the place where he died. But yesterday, Paisley Park was the place where fans of the late musician gathered for a special event to mark his passing. There were 1,400 people allowed in to tour the complex. Those who couldn’t get the coveted free invitations gathered outside to leave tributes at Paisley Park’s gates. Prince was 57 when he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.