VETERAN ACTOR NED BEATTY DIES AT 83
NEW YORK (AP) – Ned Beatty has died. His manager says the Oscar-nominated character actor best known for his work in the movies “Deliverance,” “Network” and “Superman” died yesterday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast as Bobby Trippe in “Deliverance,” which came out in 1972. The scene in which his character is brutalized and forced to “squeal like a pig” became the most memorable in the movie – and sealed Beatty’s reputation as an actor whose face people recognized, even though relatively few knew him by name.
NED BEATTY EARNED OSCAR NOMINATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – During his more than 50 years as a performer, Ned Beatty scored a single Oscar nomination. It was for best supporting actor in “Network.” Beatty played corporate executive Arthur Jensen in the movie scripted by Paddy Chayefski and directed by Sidney Lumet. Beatty’s appearance was relatively brief – but was a key part of the movie. His three-minute monologue to TV anchor Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, includes the memorable line, “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it!” Beatty also played Otis, henchman of Lex Luthor, in the first two “Superman” movies. He was also in “White Lightning,” “All The President’s Men,” “The Front Page,” “Nashville,” and “The Big Easy.”
“IN THE HEIGHTS” DISAPPOINTS IN DEBUT WEEKEND
NEW YORK (AP) – Hold the party. Just when Hollywood thought it was ready to bust loose from its pandemic doldrums, there’s been a bump in the road. It was expected “In The Heights” would be the new number-one movie. But the new musical stumbled out of the gate. It took in just $11.4 million, well below the forecast for the Lin-Manuel Miranda project. That left room for “A Quiet Place Part II” to hold the top spot. However, the margin between the two movies is so small, there’s a chance the box office race could flip once final figures are released later today.
DENMARK SOCCER STAR “WAS GONE” BEFORE RESUSCITATION AFTER COLLAPSE
COPENHAGEN (AP) – Denmark’s team doctor says Christian Eriksen’s heart stopped and that “he was gone” after he collapsed during a match Saturday. The 29-year-old player was revived with a defibrillator after falling face-down just before halftime of the tilt at the European Championship. It’s unclear what caused the midfielder to collapse. Eriksen is listed in stable condition at a hospital in Copenhagen – and was well enough to speak with his teammates on a video link yesterday.