MICHAEL B. JORDAN – INCLUSION RIDERS
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the stars of “Black Panther” says he’s down with the idea of inclusion riders. Michael B. Jordan says he will adopt the suggestion made by Oscar-winner Frances McDormand — by including such pledges for all of his upcoming projects. Jordan put up an Instagram post this week, saying he supports “the women and men who are leading this fight.” On Sunday, McDormand urged the industry to adopt inclusion riders — provisions making sure studios hire diverse crews and casts.
001-w-34-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor, with Frances McDormand during Oscars telecast Sunday)–A Hollywood star says he is looking to make Hollywood more inclusive. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has that story. (9 Mar 2018)
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003-c-23-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“his production company”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports shouldn’t be surprised if you hear the term “inclusion rider” a lot more going forward. (9 Mar 2018)
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002-v-34-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports one of the stars of “Black Panther” promises to make his productions reflect more accurately the way America looks. (9 Mar 2018)
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O.J. SIMPSON INTERVIEW TO AIR SUNDAY
NEW YORK (AP) — What were you thinking? It’s a question many people have asked about O.J. Simpson; in fact, the judge that sentenced him to prison actually asked him that to his face. Now, Fox is offering us a peek inside the thoughts of the man who became famous as a football star — only to become more infamous as a double-murder defendant. On Sunday, Fox will air “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” in which Simpson gives what he says is his theory about what happened the night in 1994 that his ex-wife was murdered. At the heart of the special is an on-camera interview Simpson gave to publisher Judith Regan 12 years ago as part of a promotional effort for his book, titled “If I Did It.”
“STAR WARS” SPINOFFS
NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Favreau has been given the keys to the lucrative “Star Wars” vehicle. The Walt Disney Co. says he will write and be executive producer for a live-action “Star Wars” series for the company. The production is set to be a centerpiece of Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which is due out late next year. Disney hopes to become a strong rival of Netflix with huge chunks of its programming aimed at fans of “Star Wars.” No word on what the service will be named. For his part, Favreau says if you told him at age 11 that he would be involved in telling stories that would become part of the “Star Wars” universe, he’d have thought you were kidding.
“SOPRANOS” – MOVIE?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Sopranos” — The Movie? It just might happen. Warner Bros. says New Line has bought a screenplay for a sequel to the popular HBO show that held sway for six seasons. The screenplay is from Sopranos creator David Chase — and takes a look at how the seeds of the Sopranos universe were planted in the 1960s during the riots that engulfed Newark, New Jersey. No word on when the movie might come out. And you probably want to hold off on grabbing the popcorn; no director has yet been attached to the project.
LIONEL RICHIE – “AMERICAN IDOL”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been years since Simon Cowell has moved on from “American Idol.” And one of the judges on the new revival of the show says no one has been trying to step into that role. That’s a good thing, says Lionel Richie, who will serve on the judges’ panel for the reboot of the show on ABC. Richie says no one on the panel seems intent on adopting the often-caustic style of the British judge who ruled over the show for its first several years on Fox. Richie is paired up with fellow musicians Katy Perry and Luke Bryant on the new Idol.
004-a-12-(Lionel Richie, musician, in AP interview)-“so much fun”-Musician Lionel Richie was asked how he likes working with singers Luke Bryan and Katy Perry on the new version of “American Idol.” (9 Mar 2018)
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005-a-14-(Lionel Richie, musician, in AP interview)-“gonna go through”-Musician Lionel Richie says none of the new “American Idol” judges have adopted the Simon Cowell attitude toward contestants. (9 Mar 2018)
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BARACK OBAMA – NETFLIX
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, he made American history. Now former President Barack Obama may be making TV shows or movies. The New York Times reports Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are working on a deal to produce shows exclusively for Netflix. Netflix hasn’t commented on the story — nor has a spokesman for the former president. The only indication that something like this may be in the works is a comment from an Obama senior adviser, who sent The Associated Press a statement saying the Obamas believe in the power of storytelling to inspire people — and the couple continues to seek ways to help others share their stories.
TOM BRADY – HAIRCUT
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — First he lost the Super Bowl. Now, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has lost a good chunk of his lengthy mane. Brady submitted to a buzz cut yesterday. And while the result may not have been a good look, it was for a good cause. He took part in the annual “Saving by Shaving” fundraiser for cancer research in Boston. As part of the event, he let his hair to be shorn off with a razor. Brady says it’s an honor to support the work of the cancer institute.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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