GOODING’S MISCONDUCT CASE BACK ON DOCKET AFTER VIRUS DELAYS
NEW YORK (AP) – Cuba Gooding Jr. was ordered Thursday to appear in person for an Aug. 11 hearing in his New York City sexual misconduct case. A judge said the courtroom will be outfitted with Plexiglas and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has delayed the trial indefinitely. Judge Curtis Farber said on a video conference call with Gooding, prosecutors and defense lawyers that he’s looking to get the case back on track after months of pandemic-related delays. Gooding has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he violated three different women at three different Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019.
MOUSEKETEER DEATH TRIAL POSTPONED, MAN RELEASED FROM JAIL
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A man charged with manslaughter in the death of a former child actor who lived in southern Oregon has been released from jail, and his trial won’t start until at least December. The Mail Tribune reports 37-year-old Daniel Burda was ordered released from the Jackson County Jail while the Jackson County District Attorney’s office appeals a judge’s ruling this week that dramatically restricts the evidence they’ll be able to present to a jury. Burda faces second-degree manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and other charges in the death of 76-year-old Dennis Day, who was a cast member on Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” television series in the 1950s.
NETFLIX ADDS 10.1 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix tripled its normal number of new subscribers in the quarter since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Netflix says it picked up 10.1 million worldwide subscribers during the April through June period. Netflix ended June with 193 million worldwide subscribers, including 70 million in the U.S. and Canada, its largest geographic market. The pandemic has shut down Hollywood, limiting the ability of TV and movie studios to produce more entertainment to feed Netflix and other video streaming services. That could limit their appeal if viewers run out of new things to watch.
THE AUTHOR, THE ACTRESS, THE BLOWN KISS AND “THE SUNLIT NIGHT”
KEENE, N.H. (AP) – “The Sunlit Night” came to be as a movie because of a kiss blown across a park. Author Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, who wrote the book, says in 2014, she had seen the movie “Obvious Child” starring Jenny Slate, when she happened to see Slate on the phone in a park. Dinerstein Knight says she gave Slate “this incredibly dorky and sort of incomprehensible, silent round of applause.” Slate responded by blowing her a kiss. Dinerstein Knight thought that was so funny she tweeted about it, and Slate responded within a few minutes. Dinerstein Knight’s editor suggested sending the new book to Slate, who loved it. When it came time to make a movie version, the author knew she wanted Slate to star in it. “The Sunlit Night” is available on demand today.