GOLDEN GLOBES SET DATE FOR AWARDS SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When it comes to the Golden Globes, the show will go on – despite the coronavirus outbreak. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says its next ceremony is set for Feb. 28, 2021 in Beverly Hills. The date is the same one the Oscars had picked for its ceremony – before changing it to April 25 because of coronavirus concerns. Golden Globes organizers say they will announce the eligibility rules for movies and TV shows later. The hosts will be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – a decision that had already been announced.
FILMMAKER JOEL SCHUMACHER DIES AT 80
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who brought us the Brat Pack in “St. Elmo’s Fire” – and dressed Batman and Robin in those skin-tight, nipple-showing costumes has died. Joel Schumacher was 80 – and a rep for the filmmaker says he died yesterday in New York after a year-long battle with cancer. Other hits Schumacher brought to the big screen included “The Lost Boys,” “Peter Pan” and “Flatliners.”
“DO THE RIGHT THING” IS TO RENT FREE ON STREAMING PLATFORMS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Want to check out “Do the Right Thing?” You can do it all week – and it won’t cost you. The Spike Lee “joint” is free on several rental and streaming platforms. As part of the experience, there will be an online discussion with Lee about his 1989 film about racism, protests, police brutality in a New York City neighborhood. Among the venues for “Do the Right Thing” are Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Google, Redbox, Vudu and several other platforms. The chat with Lee is set for Thursday at 8 p.m., eastern on the American Film Institute’s YouTube channel.
“AMERICAN IDOL” WINNER CONTRACTS COVID-19
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) – The winner of last week’s “American Idol” competition is under quarantine at home – because of the coronavirus. Laine Hardy, says he got the diagnosis just recently – and is recovering. He says his symptoms are mild, as is the case with most who come down with COVID-19. In a tweet, the 19-year-old singer from Louisiana ended his message to fans with the admonition, “Y’all stay safe & healthy!”
TRIBECA BRINGING MOVIES TO DRIVE-INS
UNDATED (AP) – They are movies that few of us saw in drive-in theaters during their initial theatrical runs. But this summer, you can pull into a drive-in to see films like “Jaws,” “Black Panther” and “Back to the Future.” Tribeca Enterprises is teaming up with IMAX and AT&T to announce the first films in its summer drive-in series. They will run every weekend in July and August in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami and Seattle. Concerts and sports event will also be part of the mix. Drive-ins are making a comeback because they provide the thrill of watching movies with others – while maintaining the kind of social distancing health officials recommend to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II