DE NIRO INJURED MAKING MOVIE, MAY MISS TRIBECA FEST
NEW YORK (AP) – A leg injury may keep Robert De Niro from strutting his stuff during the Tribeca Film Festival. The two-time Oscar winner was hurt last week filming a movie in Oklahoma. De Niro had to return to New York, where he’ll need surgery to repair a “ripped” ligament” in his quad. He says the the ligament must be reattached to his knee. In an interview promoting Tribeca, De Niro suggested he might have to miss some or all of the festival because of the injury. Tribeca kicks off June 9.
PRELIMINARY HEARING SET FOR DANNY MASTERSON’S RAPE TRIAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prosecutors in Los Angeles will present evidence they feel should compel a judge to order Danny Masterson to stand trial for rape. After today’s preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if the actor should be tried. Masterson, who starred in “That 70s Show,” has pleaded not guilty to charges of raping three women. He’s been out on bail since his arrest last June. If convicted, he could do a max of 45 years in prison.
AT&T – DISCOVERY DEAL STRUCK, TO TAKE EFFECT NEXT YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – Come next year, there will be a new soldier in the streaming wars, thanks to a deal announced yesterday. AT&T is collecting all its media assets under one umbrella and joining forces with Discovery Inc. The corporate marriage will bring companies like CNN and HBO in union with HGTV and Oprah Winfrey’s network. The $43 billion deal isn’t likely to close until next year. Even after it’s consummated, industry insiders don’t expect it to have an immediate effect on what most of us will see on our TVs, computers, tablets or smartphones.
BASKETBALL ANNOUNCER MARV ALBERT TO RETIRE
NEW YORK (AP) – He’s been calling basketball and other major sports for nearly 60 years. But Marv Albert is hanging up his headset. He will retire after calling the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. Albert has been around since the 1960’s, when he did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and Rangers. But he’s best known nationally for his ties with the NBA, which he covered for NBC and Turner. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Albert’s voice was “the soundtrack for basketball fans” for decades.
FORMER MLB STAR DEREK JETER SELLS TAMPA WATERFRONT DIGS
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former New York Yankee superstar Derek Jeter has sold his waterfront mansion in Tampa, Florida. The cost: $22.5 million, down from his $29 million asking price. The sale might also cost Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback had been renting Jeter’s digs during his first year in town, a year that saw him win the Super Bowl. Brady has bought land on an exclusive island off Miami – and is having a home built there.
NY GOVERNOR CUOMO TO GET AS MUCH AS $5 MILLION FOR BOOK
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making serious bank from his book deal. He says he got a $3.1 million advance to write it – and will rake in another $2 million on his memoir the next two years. That should give Cuomo’s accountant lots to work with – but it also gives ammunition to his growing number of critics. The book focuses on how he led the state during the coronavirus pandemic. But critics say it’s inappropriate for him to enrich himself with a book deal – even as the state has had to fight off a resurgence in infections last fall.