SONNY OSBORNE DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Banjo player Sonny Osborne of the Osborne Brothers has died at the age of 84. The Nashville Tennessean reports Osborne died Sunday. Osborne and his brother, Bobby, formed the Osborne Brothers in 1953. Among their claims to fame was that they popularized the song “Rocky Top” when they recorded it in 1967. While they had success with other songs, Osborne told the Tennessean in 2017 for a time “Rocky Top” was so popular that they would open their concerts with it and then close with it as well.
BILL AIMS TO GRANT CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO PRINCE
NEW YORK (AP) – The full congressional delegation from Minnesota is introducing a resolution to give one of the nation’s highest civilian honors to Prince. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says in a statement Prince should get the Congressional Gold Medal because “the world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it.” The resolution needs the support of at least two-thirds of the members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before being sent to the president to sign. If approved, the bill calls for the medal to be given to the Smithsonian Institution, which may display it at the National Museum of African American History and Culture or loan it to other museums.
THE WEEKND WOWS SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Swedish House Mafia are impressed with The Weeknd’s lyric skills. Axwell of Swedish House Mafia says when they worked together on the song “Moth to a Flame,” it was almost like The Weeknd was channeling the song. Axwell asked The Weeknd if he had prepared lyrics, but The Weeknd told him, “I just looked at some text messages on my phone.” Swedish House Mafia have reunited after splitting in 2013. The group’s Steve Angello says when they were running a hundred miles an hour, they did not have time to reflect, but once they stopped, they realized the things that tore them apart have been destroyed.
“JONAS BROTHERS FAMILY ROAST” SET FOR NETFLIX
UNDATED (AP) – The Jonas Brothers are preparing for a celebrity roast that will include jabs from other entertainers — and from each other. Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas say in a video that “Jonas Brothers Family Roast” will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 23. Kenan Thompson will host. Among those who will participate are Niall Horan of One Direction, John Legend, comedian Pete Davidson and former talk show host Lilly Singh.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR “RUST” FIRED FROM 2019 MOVIE FOR LAX GUN HANDLING
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – For the second day in a row, there’s some serious finger-pointing over the shooting death of the cinematographer of the movie “Rust.” And as was the case yesterday, those fingers are being pointed at the movie’s assistant director, Dave Halls. The latest news is that Halls was fired from the 2019 movie “Freedom’s Path” after a crew member was injured in a gun mishap. A producer says “a gun was unexpectedly discharged.” The producer, who asked not to be named publicly, says Halls “was removed from the set immediately.” On Sunday, a producer who worked with Halls on a 2019 TV show said he was lax in handling weapons and pyrotechnics.
PRODUCTION OF “RUST” SUSPENDED
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Work on “Rust” won’t resume anytime soon. Producers say production on the Western is on pause, pending a probe into last week’s fatal gun accident. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died when she was shot by a prop gun held by Alec Baldwin. He was handed the gun by assistant director Dave Halls, who declared the weapon “cold,” meaning it posed no danger. But it contained at least one live round and it killed Hutchins. Director Joel Souza, standing behind Hutchins, was also hit, but survived. Cast and crew members were told production of “Rust” will likely resume at some point.
LAWYERS SPECULATE ABOUT LIABILITY IN BALDWIN SHOOTING CASE
UNDATED (AP) – When there are cases of accidental death, there will be lawyers involved, too. And the case of the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is no different. Attorneys who handle such cases say at some point, someone will likely be held accountable for the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” Most lawyers agree the matter will be hashed out in civil court, not criminal court. But they note any failure to follow standard movie industry practices on guns could cost producers – and their insurance carriers – a lot of money.
PROP EXPERT SAYS VINTAGE GUNS POSE NO ADDED DANGER ON FILM SETS
LUDLOW, England (AP) – Because the movie “Rust” is a Western, there would be vintage weapons on the set. But an expert on old-school guns says that shouldn’t have been a factor in the shooting death of the movie’s cinematographer. Diggory Hadoke says there’s nothing inherently more dangerous in using a vintage weapon versus a modern gun. At the same time, he says a film set “should not have live ammunition anywhere near it.” He says when you combine live ammo with people, “accidents could happen.”
ALEC BALDWIN TROLLED OVER FATAL ACCIDENT BY RIGHT-WINGERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Before his name was linked to the shooting death of the cinematographer of his movie “Rust,” Alec Baldwin was best known for his mimicking ex-President Donald Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He’s also an outspoken liberal. Now, some Trump supporters and right-wing backers are trolling Baldwin over his involvement with the shooting. A trending hashtag on Twitter recently has been (hash)AlecForPrison. And yesterday Trump’s oldest son was selling $28 T-shirts on his official webpage with the slogan, “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.” The post has since been removed. Authorities in New Mexico, where the shooting happened, questioned Baldwin the day of the shooting after he voluntarily went to the sheriff’s department. He wasn’t arrested – and hasn’t been charged.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA’S MOVIE RETURNS TO THE STREAM
UNDATED (AP) – “In the Heights” will soon be back in the stream. The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical about life in the Washington Heights area of New York City is returning to HBO Max. It resumes streaming starting Thursday. The movie made its debut earlier this summer in theaters. It also had a limited run on HBO’s streaming service.