“MOD SQUAD” ACTOR CLARENCE WILLIAMS III DIES
UNDATED (AP) – Actor Clarence Williams III has died. The veteran performer is best known for two roles: the undercover cop on TV’s “The Mod Squad” and playing Prince’s father in “Purple Rain.” His manager says Williams died this past Friday at his home in Los Angeles, after battling colon cancer. He was 81 years old.
BOX OFFICE NUMBERS REBOUNDING
UNDATED (AP) – It’s something we haven’t seen in more than a year now: a box office race. But it’s something we’re experiencing again, with more movies hitting theaters and COVID restrictions easing. After dominating the Memorial Day weekend, “A Quiet Place Part II” lost 59% of its week-one box office take. That paved the way for a new number one. That honor goes to “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” which did $24 million in ticket sales. It’s also the biggest R-rated opening of the COVID era. Meanwhile, the “Quiet Place” sequel had $19.5 million in ticket sales.
“DRAKE & JOSH” STAR FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES
CLEVELAND (AP) – Another star of another kids show is facing criminal charges. This time, the negative spotlight falls on Jared “Drake” Bell. He used to be on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh.” But authorities in Cleveland say he’s charged in a case regarding a girl he met online and who attended his 2017 concert in Ohio – when she was just 15. He has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of attempted endangering children – and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Bell faces a court hearing on June 23.
ACTOR LISA BARNES HOSPITALIZED AFTER NYC HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT
NEW YORK (AP) – Her manager says Lisa Barnes has suffered “substantial injuries” in a hit-and-run incident in New York. The manager says the star of “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl” was struck by either a scooter or motorcycle in Manhattan Friday evening. She was hit crossing a street on her way to visit the Julliard School, her alma mater. Barnes is 65. Among her many TV credits include “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex” and “NCIS.”
PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE WELCOME SECOND CHILD
UNDATED (AP) – And baby makes four for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They have announced the birth of their second child. It’s a girl and is named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The names pay tribute to Harry’s mom, Princess Diana and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who’s called Lilibet by her family. In a statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thank the public for its “continued kindness and support” during what they call a “very special time.”