May 15 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Julianne Moore on gender parity: ‘I believe in quotas’

CANNES, France (AP) — Julianne Moore says that for the movie industry to reach gender parity, it’s necessary to implement quotas. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Moore said measures are needed to change the culture and that she believes in quotas. Moore says efforts should be made to level the playing field for women and minorities, and that “you have to open doors.” While quotas haven’t been much discussed in Hollywood, they’re more common in Europe where filmmaking is often supported by public money. Sweden, Norway and Ireland have instituted 50-50 quotas in allocating public funds for male and female filmmakers, as has the British Film Institute. Moore spoke Wednesday at a Mastercard MasterClass event alongside Werner Herzog and Xavier Dolan.

Mick Jagger has his moves back after health problems

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s as if Mick Jagger is saying “Start Me Up.” The 75-year-old rocker tweeted a video Wednesday of him dancing around a studio in front of a mirror weeks after he underwent medical treatment , reportedly for a heart valve issue. The treatment forced the Rolling Stones to postpone its No Filter tour. Jagger was told by doctors in late March he could not go on tour “at this time.” Jagger tweeted he was “devastated” the band couldn’t tour, but said he hoped to be “back on stage as soon I can.” The Stones’ No Filter Tour was expected to start April 20 in Miami.

Falco, Perrette, Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Big Bang Theory” finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator. The network said Wednesday that its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who costarred in “Mike & Molly.” Other stars joining CBS’ 2019-20 schedule include Edie Falco in the police drama “Tommy,” former “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette in the sitcom “Broke” and Patricia Heaton in the comedy “Carol’s Second Act.” In the Lorre comedy, titled “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Gardell plays a Detroit sock salesman who falls in love with his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant. His co-star is Folake Olowofoyeku (fola-ke-olo-wo-foy-e-ku), a Nigerian-born actress who was in “Transparent.” “The Big Bang Theory” ends Thursday on CBS after 12 seasons.

‘Fire and Fury’ author has new Trump book out in June

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “Fire and Fury” has more inside stories on the Trump administration. Michael Wolff’s “Siege: Trump Under Fire” comes out June 4, Henry Holt and Company announced Wednesday. Like the million-selling “Fire and Fury,” which came out last year, “Siege” promises a juicy, behind-the-scenes look at the current White House and a president who is “volatile, erratic, and exposed.” The new book will focus on tensions amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign. According to Holt, Wolff spoke to more than 150 “sources,” although the publisher declined to say whether any are currently in the administration. “Fire and Fury” was among the first books to extensively document the ongoing conflicts in the Trump White House.

Lamar Odom regrets cheating on ex-wife, Khloé Kardashian

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA star Lamar Odom regrets cheating on his ex-wife, Khloé Kardashian, and lying to her about his addiction to cocaine during their four-year marriage. The 39-year-old tells People magazine he wishes he “could have been more of a man” and it still bothers him now, three years after they divorced. He also says he misses the Kardashian family. In excerpts from Odom’s upcoming book, “Darkness to Light,” Odom wrote he was the happiest he’s ever been after they married in 2009, one month after they met. But he eventually began having affairs and he wrote he couldn’t handle the “lethal cocktail of the spotlight, addiction, a diminishing career and infidelity.” He says Kardashian was by his side after his near-fatal overdose in 2015 and today he’s drug-free.

Poet Donald Hall’s farmhouse bought, goal is preservation

WILMOT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire couple has bought the former home of poet Donald Hall, who died last year. New Hampshire Public Radio reports Lynne Monroe and her husband, Frank Whittemore, bought the farmhouse in Wilmot for $395,000. The property is featured prominently in Hall’s work. The couple is working with a coalition of nonprofits and private individuals interested in memorializing Hall’s life and legacy in New Hampshire. Hall, who published more than 50 books, from poetry and drama to biography and memoirs, was the nation’s poet laureate from 2006-2007. Some of his belongings recently were sold at auction.

Life without parole for New Orleans rapper

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rapper Widner ‘Flow’ Degruy has been sentenced to two life terms without parole for the 2015 Memorial Day slaying of two brothers. News outlets report the 27-year-old man who had been signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label was sentenced Tuesday on second-degree murder and obstruction of justice convictions. Prosecutors said Degruy shot Kendred and Kendrick Bishop, ages 18 and 22, in retaliation for stealing $8,000 and two guns from his girlfriend. Degruy denied that, but his own mother testified against him, as did his co-defendant Jonathan Evans, who said the rapper had an issue with the Bishops. The 22-year-old Evans cooperated with authorities in exchange for 20 years in prison.


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