PRODUCTION OF “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” HALTED BY POSITIVE COVID TEST
LONDON (AP) – The production of Tom Cruise’s seventh “Mission: Impossible” movie is on hold – after someone tested positive for coronavirus. Paramount Pictures says the shutdown will be temporary, running at least until June 14. The studio isn’t saying whether it’s a cast member or crew member who tested positive. The movie is due out next year.
CELEBRITY ATTORNEY F. LEE BAILEY DIES
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – One of O.J. Simpson’s legal “dream team” has died. F. Lee Bailey was 87 – and was part of the defense team that tipped the case in favor of the ex-football star and actor charged with double murder. It was Bailey who cross-examined Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, who said he found a glove at Simpson’s home matching one found the murder scene. But that testimony was blunted when Bailey asked Fuhrman if he’d ever used a racial slur. Fuhrman denied it. But the defense played a tape in which he was heard doing just that. Bailey also defended kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst and the man who said he was the Boston Strangler.
AVENGERS FEATURES BEING ROLLED OUT AT DISNEYLAND
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Visitors to Disneyland in California will have some new stuff to see as it fully reopens. The park will feature new attractions based on the Avengers comic book series. One is a Spider-Man ride that lets visitors blast bad guys with virtual webs shooting from their bare hands The other lets you interact with the royal guard that protects T’Challa in “Black Panther.” Disney’s Anaheim parks reopened with restrictions in April – and will reopen at close to normal on June 15.
OSAKA’S SPONSORS STICK BY TENNIS STAR
NEW YORK (AP) – Some corporate sponsors are proving to be “woke” when it comes to Naomi Osaka, the tennis star who has disclosed having mental health issues. Backers like Nike and Sweetgreen have put out statements supporting Osaka after she quit the French Open because she couldn’t handle the news conferences. Osaka says she has anxiety in public situations and has had “long bouts of depression.” One marketing expert says Osaka’s disclosure makes her more authentic – and more valuable – to sponsors.