DIRECTOR JOEL SCHUMACHER DEAD AT 80
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Shumacher, who shepherded the so-called“Brat Pack” to the big screen in “St. Elmo’s Fire” and directed two 1990s-era “Batman” films, has died. A representative says the director died Monday at 80 after a year-long battle with cancer. Schumacher’s credits included “The Lost Boys” and “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “A Time to Kill” and “Flatliners.” Though Schumacher’s “Batman” films were trashed by critics and have been endlessly mocked, they’ve achieved cult status in later years as entertaining, self-aware, and playful offshoots of the Batman mythology in the spirit of Bob Kane.
D.L. HUGHLEY TESTS COVID-19 POSITIVE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Comedians always seem able to make light out of any kind of situation — and D.L. Hughley showed he is a comedian after hearing that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He passed out during a performance in Nashville on Friday night — and when he was hospitalized, it was discovered that not only did he need to be treated for exhaustion and dehydration — but he also had COVID-19. Hughley says he will keep quarantined for two weeks at his hotel in Nashville. And, in a video released online, he advises fans if they “pass out in the middle of a show, onstage, you probably need to get tested.”
BEYONCE - JUNETEENTH RELEASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s no surprise that Beyoncé’s music produces hits — but she always seems to have a surprise when it comes to when she releases tracks. She dropped a surprise single this past Friday to mark Juneteenth. The song is titled “Black Parade” — and includes the refrain, “Follow my parade.” Proceeds from the song will benefit Black-owned small businesses — and a message on Bey’s website includes a post that links to dozens of Black-owned businesses.
NOOSE FOUND IN GARAGE STALL OF NASCAR’S ONLY BLACK DRIVER
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The FBI is investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace and the governor of Alabama has condemned the act against NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver. Wallace two weeks ago successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its venues but the sanctioning body has not outlined any plans on how it will enforce the restriction. Hours after Sunday’s race was postponed by rain, NASCAR said a noose had been found in the garage stall. President Steve Phelps says security has been stepped up.
GOLDEN GLOBES CEREMONY SET FOR FEBRUARY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globes is refusing to let the pandemic get in the way of its party. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says the ceremony will be held Feb. 28 in Beverly Hills, California, with previously announced hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, The Golden Globes positions itself as the freewheeling start to awards season, set in hotel ballroom that’s arranged more like an oversized dinner party with drinks. Exactly which movies and TV shows will be eligible for honors remains to be seen, given the virus-caused delay in production that’s only now easing. Eligibility rules will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘JAWS,’ ‘BLACK PANTHER’ COMING TO THE DRIVE-IN
UNDATED (AP) — “Jaws,” “Black Panther” and “Back to the Future” are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer. Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX and AT&T on Monday announced the initial lineup for its summer series of films, comedy and football offerings running every weekend from July 2 through Aug. 2 in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle. A July 4 celebration will include screenings of “Field of Dreams,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Apollo 13.” Other films include “The Dark Knight,” “BeetleJuice,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” and “Do The Right Thing.” Tickets, which are free for essential workers, are currently on sale.
LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES DRIVE-IN CONCERT SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) — Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, months after the live music industry has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment company on Monday announced “Live from the Drive-In” — a set of nine shows to take place July 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee; Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Noblesville, Indiana. Grammy-winning singer Brad Paisley will headline shows in all three cities, while fellow country artists Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi will also perform in Nashville at Nissan Stadium. Nelly will perform in Maryland Heights, near St. Louis.
VIGGO MORTENSEN TO BE HONORED AT FILM FESTIVAL
MADRID (AP) — The career of Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn in the popular trilogy “Lord of the Rings” and a protagonist in the Academy Award-winning “Green Book,” will be honored at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. The festival announced Monday that this year’s recipient of its “Donostia Award” will be Mortensen. Mortensen will be also holding the European premiere of “Falling,” his directorial debut, at the prestigious festival in northern Spain between Sept. 18-26. A three-time Oscar nominee for “Eastern Promises,” “Captain Fantastic” and “Green Book,” the 61-year-old Mortensen has featured in around 50 movies in a career spanning over three decades.