Sept. 5 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise adding new hate-crimes drama

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise is adding what the network calls a “relevant” new series about hate crimes. The network said Tuesday that it’s ordered 13 episodes of “Law & Order: Hate Crimes.” The drama from “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf is based on New York state’s Hate Crimes Task Force. The fictional version of the task force will be introduced in the upcoming 20th season of sister program “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Wolf said in a statement that he wants to shine a light on the wide range of crime victims in big U.S. cities and show that justice can prevail. A debut date hasn’t been announced for “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” created and produced by Wolf and Warren Leight.

Dolly Parton will be honored at 2019 MusiCares

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Parton will be the first artist from the Nashville music community honored at the annual MusiCares charity gala, which raises money for those in the musical community in times of financial, medical and personal need. The tribute will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards. The eight-time Grammy-winner is being recognized for her music and her support of numerous causes through the Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which has provided more than 100 million books to children. Parton in a statement said she was excited and humbled by the honor.

Upcoming book assails Trump’s ‘ethics deficit’ in golf

NEW YORK (AP) — The next book to take on President Donald Trump isn’t focused on Russia or tax policy. It’s about his golf game. Hachette Books announced Wednesday that Rick Reilly’s “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump” will come out next May. Hachette is calling the book a close study of Trump’s “ethics deficit” on the course and what it says about him as a leader. Reilly is a longtime contributor to Sports Illustrated and CNN. He’s basing his book on firsthand observations, along with interviews with everyone from golfing partners to caddies. Reilly has written about Trump and golf before, notably in his 2003 publication, “Who’s Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf.”

Prosecutors reject sex abuse cases involving Spacey, Seagal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have cited the statute of limitations while saying they won’t file sexual assault cases against actors Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal involving incidents in the early 1990s. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office made no comments Tuesday on the merits of the accusations. The cases were reviewed by a task force established to evaluate sex abuse allegations in the entertainment industry in the wake of dozens of women accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and others of abuse. Representatives for Spacey and Seagal did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

Woman regrets her photos of ‘Cosby’ actor working at store

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The woman who took photos of a former regular on “The Cosby Show” while he worked at a New Jersey grocery store says she’s filled with regret over the uproar they caused.Karma Lawrence tells NJ.com she took the photos on impulse and meant no ill will toward Geoffrey Owens. She shuttered her social media accounts after her photos showed up on news sites and she received a wave of negative responses. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the eldest daughter of Bill Cosby’s character on the TV show. The photos showed him at a register scanning items at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s complete with a “Geoffrey” name tag, but he no longer works there. Numerous actors and members of the public voiced support for Owens, saying there’s no shame in being a working actor.

Prince’s estate sues alleged European piracy network

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s estate is suing what it says it a European piracy network that is selling his music around the world, including his final concert. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Minnesota last week alleges that defendants in France, Belgium and the Netherlands are selling unreleased studio recordings and bootlegged recordings of his live performances without permission. The Star Tribune reports that the music includes the concert Prince gave in Atlanta a week before he died in 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The defendants didn’t immediately reply to the newspaper’s messages seeking comment. Court records don’t list attorneys for them. The lawsuit seeks $2 million for each trademark violation. Mike Sherrill, a Minneapolis copyright attorney not involved in the case, says chances of collecting are slim.