UNREST CREATES DRAMA FOR FILMMAKERS
UNDATED (AP) – It isn’t just news crews recording the protests that have spread nationwide since the death of George Floyd. An army of filmmakers has taking to the streets to document the action. Among them are Steve James, who did “Hoop Dreams” and Alexandra Pelosi, who created “Outside the Bubble” – and is the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most of those who chronicling the protests say they think it’s important to record what’s going on – even though they’re unsure if the footage will result in film projects.
SPIKE LEE SORRY FOR BACKING WOODY ALLEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Spike Lee usually speaks his mind – but this time, he’s changing his mind. Lee is walking back comments in support of fellow director Woody Allen. In a radio interview Friday, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” As for Allen’s being shunned for allegations of sexually molesting his 7-year-old daughter in early 1990s, Lee said, “short of killing somebody,” there’s no need to, in his words, “erase somebody like they never existed.” The following day, Lee apologized, saying his words were “WRONG” – and that he doesn’t tolerate sexual harassment, assault or violence.
POPULAR BOLLYWOOD ACTOR DEAD AT 34
MUMBAI, India (AP) – Authorities in India are investigating the death of a Bollywood star. Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his home yesterday – with initial reports saying he was found hanging in his apartment. He was 34. Social media has been flooded with condolences from fans, many expressing disbelief at the news.
HEAD OF NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE QUITS
NEW YORK (AP) – The president and five other board members of the National Book Critics Circle have resigned. Laurie Hertzel’s leave-taking comes amid allegations of racism and claims of violations of privacy. It comes two days after another board member, who is black, posted on Twitter excerpts of emails that discussed a statement in support of Black Lives Matter. One board member said that black writers have benefited from “good-willed white editors and publishers” and that white people have done more to help black writers than black people have done to help white authors. Like nearly every other major publishing institution, the National Book Critics Circle is predominantly white.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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