AP Entertainment

AP Sports
October 25, 2021
Alva “Sue” Denney Friley
October 25, 2021
AP Entertainment

 

Entertainment:

 

JAY BLACK OF JAY AND THE AMERICANS DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Singer Jay Black of Jay and the Americans has died at the age of 82. The band says Black died of pneumonia on Friday. Black was not the original Jay. He replaced Jay Traynor in 1962. His name was not even Jay Black — it was David Blatt. Black auditioned for Jay and the Americans with the song “Cara Mia,” which became one of their hits. With Black singing lead, Jay and the Americans also had hits with “This Magic Moment,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” and “Let’s Lock the Door (And Throw Away The Key).” When the group broke up in the early 1970s, Black retained the rights to the name. He filed for bankruptcy and was forced to sell the rights in 2006. The purchaser was Sandy Yaguda, AKA Sandy Deane, one of the original members of Jay and the Americans. The band says in a statement they shared “both wonderful and very contentious times” with Black, “and much like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we created.”

 

TRAVIS TRITT SINGS ANTHEM AT BRAVES’ STADIUM
ATLANTA (AP) – Travis Tritt says it was an “honor” to perform the national anthem before game 6 of the NL Championship series Saturday in Atlanta, the same week he canceled concerts over COVID-19 mandates. Tritt performed before a crowd of about 41,000 at Truist Park. The Braves have allowed full capacity most of the season with no requirements for masks, vaccinations or negative tests from fans. Tritt announced last week he was calling off four shows because of COVID-19 mandates at the venues.

 

ED SHEERAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 JUST AS ALBUM IS COMING OUT
UNDATED (AP) – Ed Sheeran will promote his new album from home because he tested positive for COVID-19. Sheeran writes on social media he will do his planned interviews and performances from his house as promotion for his new album, “Equals,” which comes out Friday. His representatives have not said which appearances Sheeran will do from home or cancel. He was just announced as the musical guest for the Nov. 6 edition of “Saturday Night Live.”

 

OZZY AND SHARON OSBOURNE’S STORY GETS FILM TREATMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A movie is in the works based on the lives of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Variety reports the as-yet-untitled feature film will be written by Lee Hall, who wrote “Rocketman,” the film based on Elton John’s life. Sharon Osbourne says her relationship with Ozzy has been “often wild, insane and dangerous,” but it’s their undying love that keeps them together. Two of their children, Jack Osbourne and Aimee Osbourne, will join Sharon as the film’s producers.

 

NIKKI SIXX GIVES UPDATE ON VINCE NEIL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says singer Vince Neil is “on the mend” after suffering broken ribs from falling off a stage. Sixx tells Billboard magazine the crew at the Monsters on the Mountain festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, did not put reflective tape down to mark the edge of the stage. Neil was performing a solo set there a week ago when he fell. Sixx says Neil told him he was lucky he had a guitar that broke his fall, because otherwise Neil could have landed on his head. Sixx says Neil expects to be healed when Motley Crue starts a tour in June.

 

JESSE McCARTNEY MARRIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Jesse McCartney has gotten married. He tells People magazine he married actor Katie Peterson at a nature preserve in Carmel, California, on Saturday. Their dog, Bailey, was a flower girl. Among the 147 guests was Hunter Hayes, who became friends with McCartney when they competed on “The Masked Singer” last year. McCartney and Peterson had dated for seven years before getting engaged in 2019 but had to delay their wedding because of the pandemic.

 

YOUNG THUG NOTCHES ANOTHER NUMBER-ONE ALBUM WITH “PUNK”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Young Thug’s “Punk” is the top album in the nation this week. It moved 90,000 units in its first week of release, making it number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake is second. The Mac Miller mixtape “Faces” debuts at number three, while “Music of the Spheres” by Coldplay debuts in fourth. The number-five album this week: “Let It Be” by The Beatles. Yep, that’s right — it has been reissued as a deluxe edition, 51 years after it topped the album chart for four weeks.

 

CAMERA OPERATOR SAYS ALEC BALDWIN HAD BEEN CAREFUL WITH WEAPONS ON FILM SET
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A camera operator has told authorities Alec Baldwin had been careful with weapons on the set of the film “Rust” before the actor killed a cinematographer with a gun he’d been told was safe. Court records released yesterday provide details of what cameraman Reid Russell told a detective about the shooting that left Halyna Hutchins dead last Thursday. He says Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which he was to draw his gun while sitting in a church pew – and point it at the camera. Authorities say the assistant director Dave Halls had handed the weapon to Baldwin and announced “cold gun,” meaning it was safe to use. But it held live rounds, instead.

 

CREW MEMBER QUESTIONS SAFETY PRACTICES OF A.D. WHO GAVE ALEC BALDWIN GUN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Questions are being raised about an assistant director of the movie “Rust.” Dave Halls is the person who handed actor Alec Baldwin the prop gun that killed the lead cinematographer on the film last Thursday. Someone who worked with Halls says he wasn’t as safety-conscious as he should have been. Maggie Goll says she filed an internal complaint with producers of the Hulu series “Into the Dark” over Halls’ conduct. She says he often disregarded safety rules for weapons and pyrotechnics. She also says he once tried to continue filming after the supervisor of explosives lost consciousness on set. Halls hasn’t returned calls and emails seeking comment.

 

RAY LIOTTA SAYS SAFETY WITH GUNS ON SET IS PARAMOUNT
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – A veteran actor says in his experience, people around him have always been very safe when it comes to firearms used on set. Ray Liotta says there are usually extensive checks on weapons used in movie or TV shoots. Liotta says those who handle weapons before actors use them will “check it so you can see.” Liotta says weapons handlers will also give the weapon to the person an actor is to point the weapon at – and “show whoever is there that it doesn’t work.” Liotta commented at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.

 

ALEC BALDWIN MEETS WITH WIDOWER, SON OF CINEMATOGRAPHER KILLED IN GUN ERROR
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Talk about a difficult situation. Over the weekend Alec Baldwin met with the husband and 9-year-old son of the cinematographer he killed on the set of the movie “Rust.” It happened Saturday at a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico where Baldwin had been staying during filming of the movie. A photo published by the New York Post shows Baldwin and the husband of Halyna Hutchins embracing. Baldwin was also a producer on the movie, which has suspended production since the tragedy.

 

GETTING RID OF GUNS ON MOVIE SETS?
NEW YORK (AP) – These days, computer generated imagery is used in Hollywood for everything from creating the illusion of outer space to populating a scene with “people.” Now there are new calls to ban the use of prop guns after Alec Baldwin fired what he was told was a safe gun – and a live round killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. In reaction, the showrunner for the ABC police drama “The Rookie” says there will no longer be live weapons on set. Instead, replica guns will be used – and CGI muzzle flashes added in post-production. A movie maker who taught Hutchins at the American Film Institute is also calling for the end of the use of prop guns. He calls the practice “archaic,” especially when he says there are “readily available and inexpensive computer graphics” available to filmmakers.

 

“DUNE” WINS BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a choice being offered to many movie fans during the pandemic era: watch a movie in a theater or at home on a streaming service. This past weekend’s box office results indicate movie fans would still rather watch on the big screen than on their flat-screens at home. The top movie was “Dune,” which took in $40.1 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. Warner Bros. released the movie in theaters and on HBO Max. It’s unclear how many watched on stream. The box office numbers indicate those who’d opt for a theater, especially for a science-fiction like “Dune.”

 

JAMES MICHAEL TYLER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – The actor known to many for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends,” has died. James Michael Tyler was 59 – and his manager says he died yesterday at his home from prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018. Tyler was in the 1990s series “Just Shoot Me!” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” before being cast as a background player in the second episode of “Friends” in 1994. He ended up logging the most recurring appearances as a guest, playing a barista who was smitten by Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.

 

PETER SCOLARI DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Peter Scolari has died. He was a versatile character actor whose TV roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls.” His manager says Scolari died Friday in New York after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66. Scolari was a longtime bud of Tom Hanks – and the two appeared together on Broadway in “Lucky Guy.” They also teamed up on the TV sitcom “Bosom Buddies” and in Hanks’ movie directing debut, “That Thing You Do!”

 

HARRISON FORD REUNITED WITH LOST CREDIT CARD IN SICILY
MILAN (AP) – Imagine traveling abroad – and your credit card goes missing. That happened to actor Harrison Ford in Sicily – but thanks to a German tourist, he was reunited with his plastic. Authorities say the tourist found a credit card with Ford’s name on it last Thursday – and turned it in to police. Officers tracked Ford down and returned the charge plate. It’s unclear whether Ford knew the card had been missing. Either way, he was happy to get it back; Italian media ran a photo of Ford smiling, holding up the card alongside two officers and their supervisor.