BOB SAGET DEATH PROBE RECORDS TO REMAIN SEALED
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The public won’t be hearing anything more from Florida officials about the circumstances surrounding the death of Bob Saget. A judge in Florida has agreed with the late comedian’s family that photos, video or other records related to Saget’s death will remain under seal. Such records are already barred under state law from being released to the public. But some media outlets had already filed requests to see them, prompting Saget’s family to seek further protection against their release. Authorities believe Saget died after suffering a fall and striking the back of his head in his hotel room. During the autopsy and death investigation, the medical examiner’s office created graphic videos and photos of Saget’s body, as well as audio recordings to try to figure out what happened to him.
PETE DAVIDSON LANDS TRIP INTO SPACE ON BLUE ORIGIN
NEW YORK (AP) – Life just keeps getting better and better for Pete Davidson. He’s already on “Saturday Night LIve,” he’s dating Kim Kardashian while she’s on the rebound from her ex-husband Ye – and now, he’s hitching a ride into space. Davidson is one of the six passengers who will be rocketing into the sky on Blue Origin. The company, launched by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, says Davidson’s launch will take place March 23. Davidson becomes the third celebrity to take a Blue Origin flight. William Shatner was the first to go up last October. Michael Strahan flew in December. Bezos himself grabbed dibs on the his company’s first flight, going up last July.
DIGITAL SURPASS THEATRICAL MARKET
NEW YORK (AP) – The pandemic has changed a lot of things in the world of entertainment. And one of the biggest is the balance between how we watch movies. Before the pandemic, the market for movies shown in theaters and those available digitally were about the same. But last year, digital revenue topped the global box office numbers by more than three times. The numbers are in a report by the Motion Picture Association – and it points to how the streaming of movies and TV shows is now dominating the entertainment landscape. The digital surge comes at the expense of movie theaters, many of which were shuttered for long stretches during the past two years – and have had few offerings for those who chose to venture out to the multiplexes.
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOLDS CONCERT TO SUPPORT UKRAINE
NEW YORK (AP) – The Metropolitan Opera is located in New York. But last night it donned the colors of Ukraine, draping three huge yellow and blue Ukraine flags across the front of the famed opera house. Inside, the music also paid tribute to Ukraine. Last night’s concert began with a 23-year-old Ukranian bass-baritone performing a solo in front of the orchestra and chorus under the direction of music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin – starting the 90-minute program with Ukraine’s national anthem. Last week the Met dropped star Russian soprano Anna Netrebko from future shows because of her failure to condemn Russia President Vladimir Putin.