The latest on Michael B. Jordan, Naya Rivera, Jimmy Fallon, and Harvey Weinstein
Michael B. Jordan wants you to view a drive-in movie, on him
NEW YORK: Michael B. Jordan, whose breakout “Fruitvale Station” role follows a young Black man killed by a transit police officer, channeled this period’s urgency for change into “A Night at the Drive-In.”
The goal is to celebrate “multicultural and diverse voices in cinema, in hopes of ultimately bringing together communities.”
Films show through Aug. 26 and include “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther,” and classics like “Do the Right Thing” and “Coming to America.” The screenings will show in 20 cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Houston, and in smaller towns.
Attendance is free and is raising voter registration awareness.
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Autopsy confirms Naya Rivera’s death was accidental drowning, family releases statement
LOS ANGELES: An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning.
The examination showed no signs of traumatic injury or disease that might have contributed to the drowning, and gave no indication that drugs or alcohol may have played a role.
Rivera’s family members released their first public statement since her disappearance, saying they are “so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.”
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Jimmy Fallon, ‘Tonight’ show return to studio, sans audience
NEW YORK: The studio is largely empty, but Jimmy Fallon is out of his home and back to the “Tonight” show stage.
The NBC late-night host returned to NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters, saying he hoped he could provide his audience with a little more “normal” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m here to show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we keep each other safe,” Fallon said.
His backup band, the Roots, were in place. Crew members wore face shields and masks. Everyone there had tested negative for Covid-19, he said. Celebrity interviews continued remotely.
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Judge rejects tentative $19M Weinstein deal with accusers
NEW YORK: A $19 million settlement between Harvey Weinstein and some of his accusers and the state of New York was rejected by a judge.
US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Weinstein’s accusers in the proposed class-action settlement were too varied to be grouped together.
Three lawyers for several women who had opposed the deal praised what they described as Hellerstein’s swift rejection of a one-sided proposal.
“On behalf of our clients, we look forward to pursuing justice against Harvey Weinstein and his many enablers,” the lawyers wrote in a statement released by one of the attorneys, Douglas Wigdor.