MORE MOVIE DELAYS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The coronavirus outbreak has already made a shamble of the summer movie season. And now, the pandemic is starting to make inroads into what movies will be out this fall and winter. Warner Brothers says it has delayed a batch of releases, including the new “Batman” movie and a “Sopranos” prequel titled “The Many Saints of Newark.” Batman will be pushed back four months – until October 2021. And the “Sopranos” prequel will be moved from September to March 2021. With theaters closed and production delayed by social distancing, there will likely be more changes going forward.
“SOPRANOS” PODCAST WOWS LISTENERS, CAST MEMBERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Talk about a podcast that offers inside information about a popular TV show: a member of “The Sopranos” podcast says the show is so good, he actually learned something he didn’t know about the show he was on. The podcast is called “Talking Sopranos” – and stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa (shi-RIP’-ah). It airs Monday nights. It almost didn’t air at all; producers had balked at doing it because of the coronavirus crisis. But fans urged the hosts to find a way to do it remotely – and they did.
MEGHAN AND PRINCE HARRY SHUT OUT BRITISH TABS
LONDON (AP) – Protection? Or censorship? Depends on who you believe in the running battle between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the British tabloids. Meghan and Harry say they will no longer cooperate with several British tabs, because they say they run “distorted, false or invasive” stories. The targets of the boycott are The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Daily Mirror. In a letter released by a rep, the couple says it believes a free press ”is a cornerstone to any democracy.” But the head of an editors’ group in Britain calls the boycott a form of censorship – and that Harry and Meghan “are setting an unfortunate example.”
FAMILIES OF KOBE BRYANT CRASH VICTIMS SUE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There are more lawsuits stemming from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter in January. The suits are being filed by family members of four of the passengers who died in the wreck – and were filed against the companies that owned and operated the aircraft. The suits come two months after Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, sued Island Express Helicopters and the company that owns the firm. Her suit also names the pilot, who also died in the crash that claimed her husband and daughter Gianna.
PA ANNOUNCER FOR N.Y. METS DOING CUSTOM WALK-UP CLIPS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s about any baseball lover’s dream: to hear his or her name announced as a batter in a major league game. And for some, it’s a dream that may come true, thanks to the person who does the job for the New York Mets. Colin Cosell (koh-SEHL’) is using time he would use at Citi Field announcing big-league players – to create customized intros for fans. Cosell has been giving priority to people in the medical field and other first responders in the coronavirus fight. But he says if you send him what you want him to say and include the walk-up music, he’ll hook you up. If the name Cosell sounds familiar, it should. Colin Cosell is the grandson of the late famed sportscaster, Howard Cosell.
MICHELLE OBAMA DOES KIDS’ READING
NEW YORK (AP) – Michelle Obama is doing her bit to help kids navigate their way through the coronavirus crisis. She has launched a series of online video readings for kids using the classic picture book, “The Gruffalo.” The program, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” is part of the PBS KIDS Read-Along series. It continues through May 11. You can catch it at noon, eastern time on Facebook and the YouTube pages of PBS Kids and on the Facebook page of Penguin Random House, Obama’s publisher.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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