KELLY OSBOURNE REVEALS RELAPSE
NEW YORK (AP) – Many people struggled with substance abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly Osbourne counts herself among them. She says her relapse came not during the first part of the COVID-19 lockdown – but more recently. She tells “Red Table Talk” she fell into a new wave of alcohol abuse in April, breaking nearly four years of sobriety. She says she spotted a couple sipping champagne by the pool and thought she could handle a glass. She says the next day, she had two glasses of bubbly – and “after that, it was bottles.” You can see more of what she said in the newest edition of “Red Table Talk.” It’s on Facebook Watch today at noon, eastern time.
PART OF SIGN AT ELVIS BIRTHPLACE STOLEN
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The people who run the facility at Elvis Presley’s birthplace are offering a $1,000 reward to find out who took the word “Elvis” off the landmark’s sign. Officials at the tourist attraction say they discovered part of the sign missing over the weekend but aren’t sure when it was swiped from the Presley Birthplace, Museum & Chapel in Tupelo, Mississippi. It’s been a rough go of it for the museum lately. Three months ago, someone took the whole sign – and it was just recently replaced. And last month, the complex that includes the home where Presley was born dodged a tornado.
AMC RAISING MONEY FROM STOCK SALE
UNDATED (AP) – The nation’s largest movie theater chain is betting on us returning to watch movies at a multiplex. And it’s betting on itself with its own money. The chain has raised $230.5 million by running a 8.5 million share sale. It’s part of the meme stock frenzy that has swept other companies like Game Stop. So far the move has paid off. AMC stock prices rocketed more than 1,100% this year alone. AMC says it will use the money from the stock sale to pay for new leases and improve existing theaters.
BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS VIE TO BE FIRST TO REOPEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Die-hard theater fans hope to be first in line to catch the first show to reopen on Broadway after the pandemic. And show producers are jostling to see who will be the first to open its doors to fans. Right now “Pass Over” has leapfrogged to the front of the line, saying it will open Aug. 4. That’s weeks earlier than other shows. Since Broadway has been shut down more than a year, producers want to be first to open so they can capitalize on the media attention – and potentially, boost ticket sales.
FANS, PLAYERS, MEDIA WEIGH-IN ON OSAKA’S DECISION TO SKIP FRENCH OPEN
UNDATED (AP) – The leaders of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments say they will try to do more to accommodate players’ mental health needs. The decision comes after Naomi Osaka shocked the sports world by pulling out of the French Open. She says she doesn’t feel her mental health will allow her do post-match interviews. When she blew off an interview session after her first-round victory Sunday, she was fined $15,000 – and threatened with being disqualified or suspended if she skipped another interview. Officials with The French Open, U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open now say they will work closely with players to handle what they call the “unique pressures” they face.