CARL REINER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – You’ve probably heard about the stereotypical comedian – who makes everyone laugh but beneath the laughs and smiles, there’s a tortured soul. That was not Carl Reiner. The comedian, actor, writer and director is being remembered as a fun-loving, people-loving man who was warm, personable – and hilariously funny. Reiner died Monday at 98 and many of his peers say he was an architect of modern comedy. Billy Crystal calls him a “North Star” among those who make a living at making us laugh. Reiner’s son Rob followed his dad’s path, becoming an actor and director in his own right. He says in a tweet that his dad was his “guiding light” and now, his “heart is hurting.”
CARL REINER – REACTIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some of the reactions to the death of Carl Reiner:
– “I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him. When we were doing The 2000 Year Old Man together there was no better straight man in the world. So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend-nobody could do it better.” – Mel Brooks, in a statement.
– “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.” – Rob Reiner, via Twitter.
– “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.” – Dick Van Dyke, via Twitter.
– “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life.” – Steve Martin, via Twitter.
– “Not only did he make my favorite TV& movies (see:Where’s Poppa) but his humanity was beyond compare. His heart was so full of love” – Sarah Silverman, via Twitter.
– “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all.” – George Clooney, in a statement.
– “Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift. His comedy energy was one of pure joyfulness. It’s an unusual quality in our world and I’ve always tried to emulate him.” – Jerry Seinfeld, via Instagram.
– “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts.” – Alan Alda, via Twitter.
– “One of our comedy heroes. Thank you for everything you did for all of us – Adam Sandler, via Twitter.
– “Carl Reiner was a comedic giant, one of the smartest comedy minds ever. He used his voice to the very end, speaking truth to power and the insanity we are all living in.” – Ben Stiller, via Twitter.
– “He was a brilliant writer, director, playwright, actor, comedian- and he directed The Jerk! He was the nicest, best person and was an inspiration to the world.” – Judd Apatow, via Instagram.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, STUDIO BOARD, REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH (hash)METOO ACCUSERS
NEW YORK (AP) – There is a deal in the works to settle a class-action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and the studio he used to run. The Attorney General of New York State says parties to the suit have reached a tentative settlement of nearly $19 million with dozens of women who accuse the disgraced Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct. The deal, if approved by a series of federal judges, would allow accusers to collect between $7,500 and $750,000 from the settlement. In 2017, dozens of women came forward to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. The revelations gave worldwide attention to to the (hash)MeToo movement – and eventually led to Weinstein being charged in New York with rape and sexual assault against two women. He was convicted in February – and is now serving a 23-year prison sentence.
OSCAR INVITES 819 TO VOTING PARTY
UNDATED (AP) – It’s another big effort being made to make the Oscars more inclusive. The Motion Picture Academy has invited another 819 people to join the ranks of those who get to choose what movies and performers are nominated for awards. Among those issued invites this year are Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina. The list of invitees is diverse and includes people from a variety of cultures – a variety of disciplines in the movie industry. Several actors from this year’s best-picture winner, “Parasite,” are invited to join the academy. All of the invitees who accept – and most do – can vote on this year’s Oscars, which will be handed out next April.
COMPOSER JOHNNY MANDEL DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – “Giant. Genius. Gentleman.” ASCAP Chairman Paul Williams says those are just a few of the words he could use to describe composer Johnny Mandel, who died Monday at age 94. Mandel worked with many recording artists – but his music also had a big presence in the movies and on TV. For example, he was asked to write “Suicide is Painless,” the theme from “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H,” a hit movie later made into a TV series starring Alan Alda. Mandel said in a 2008 interview that director Robert Altman had two requests of him in doing the song: it had to be named “Suicide is Painless” – and it had to be as stupid as possible. Mandel said he said to himself, “Well, I can do stupid” – and the tune went on to become a piece of music many still associate with him, now that he’s gone.