NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Dennehy has died. The burly actor started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. Dennehy was known for his broad frame, booming voice and ability to play good guys and bad guys with equal aplomb. Among his 40-odd films, Dennehy played a sheriff who jailed Rambo in “First Blood,” a serial killer in “To Catch a Killer,” and a corrupt sheriff gunned down by Kevin Kline in “Silverado.” He also had some benign roles: the bartender who consoles Dudley Moore in “10” and the levelheaded leader of aliens in “Cocoon” and its sequel. Dennehy won two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and was nominated for six Emmys. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010. His representatives say Dennehy died last night of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 81.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Music producer Knox Phillips has died in Memphis, Tennessee. The son of renowned music producer Sam Phillips and an enthusiastic ambassador of Memphis music died Monday. He was 74. Knox Phillips grew up at Sun Studio, the recording capital founded by his father, where some of American music's most popular artists recorded. As a boy, Knox Phillips hung out at Elvis Presley's house. Later in life, he became a producer, engineer, studio owner and unabashed promoter of his father's legacy. He was instrumental in bringing a chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to Memphis. He’s also in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. He worked on records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and John Prine. His brother, Jerry Phillips, says Knox Phillips had previously suffered from cancer and had battled illnesses in recent years.
CHRIS CUOMO’S WIFE TESTS POSITIVE FOR NEW CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK (AP) — It often happens: When one member of a household gets sick, there’s a good chance a spouse, child or partner might come down with the same thing. That’s the tough reality Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) is facing with his wife now — because they both have tested positive for COVID-19. Cuomo announced on his CNN show last night that his wife Cristina is also ill. Cuomo has been sheltering in his basement, where he continues to do his show. He says it breaks his heart that his wife is infected, because the last thing he wanted was to expose his family to the virus. Cuomo says his wife is doing OK. Most of those who get the virus have relatively mild symptoms — and do recover from their exposure.
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LOLLAPALOOZA PLANS UP IN THE AIR
CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers of Lollapalooza say they hope to have a decision by the end of next month on whether this year’s music festival will go on. The Chicago event is usually held the first weekend in August. But with the COVID-19 outbreak, it seems no one knows whether stay-home orders will still be in place — or if large gatherings will be allowed at that time. Lollapalooza officials say they hope to have enough information by the end of May to decide the event’s fate.
ESSENCE CANCELS ITS ANNUAL FESTIVAL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival usually bills itself as a “party with a purpose.” But this year, the party is off — and it’s being done on purpose. The organization is the first large gathering to heed the call of New Orleans’ mayor to forgo holding big events this year — because of the spread of COVID-19. The event is usually held during the Independence Day weekend — but organizers delayed it until fall. Now, the event is off the calendar for this year. New Orleans has been hard hit by the coronavirus. And some health experts say a reason for that may be the people who filled the city during Mardi Gras in February, before social distancing became the norm because of the viral outbreak.
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RACHAEL RAY PRODUCING SHOWS FROM HOME DURING CORONAVIRUS ERA
UNDATED (AP) — For many of us, the stay-at-home orders prompted by the coronavirus outbreak gave us the chance to get cracking on the list of personal goals or projects we never seem to have time for. Rachael Ray says she had such a list — and it included things like brushing up on her Danish lessons and re-reading the classics. But instead of taking time to chill, she’s using the time to grill, not to mention sear, broil and bake. She’s been producing cooking shows twice a week at home. And she’s pressed her hubby into service as cameraman, among other duties.
PLANS FOR ‘’ALL-IN CHALLENGE” FIRMING UP
UNDATED (AP) — It’s a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and it’s being done to help ease the effects of a once-in-a-lifetime coronavirus pandemic. The All-In Challenge is a celebrity raffle where people buy chances to win up-close-and personal encounters with celebrities — or tickets to high-profile sporting events. Stars from TV, movies, music and sports are involved. All the money being raised by the effort will go to organizations that are stepping up to help feed people during the COVID-19 pandemic
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY OBSERVED IN OFF-THE-FIELD FASHION
UNDATED (AP) — We have no idea when — or even if — major league baseball will get going this season. But some big leaguers say when it does, they want to be sure there’s an on-field commemoration of Jackie Robinson. Yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the game’s shunning of black players. For a while now, all teams have been wearing uniform No. 42 on April 15 to honor Robinson. But because of COVID-19, that didn’t happen yesterday. Some players want the sport to make amends once play resumes. Pirates pitcher Chris Archer sent a tweet requesting a day where all players wear #42, adding to his plea, “pretty please.”
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AYESHA CURRY SUED OVER BUSINESS DEAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A celebrity branding company is in a legal showdown with Ayesha Curry. Flutie Entertainment is suing the wife of NBA star Stephen Curry, saying the celebrity tastemaker breached her contract with the company. The suit claims that after their 10-year union ended, Curry “gutted” Flutie by undermining its efforts to grow. Curry’s lawyers say the $10 million lawsuit is baseless.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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