NETFLIX POSTS STRONG GAINS DURING QUARANTINE
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has been a bust for many businesses. But it’s been a boon to Netflix. And you don’t need to be a money expert to figure out why. People all over the globe have been asked — or ordered — to stay home to stem the spread of COVID-19. For many people, that means more streaming TV. Netflix gained nearly 16 million subscribers the first three months of this year. That’s a record for a single quarter since the company spun off its DVD rental business and focused on streaming 13 years ago.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The ratings are in from that huge Lady Gaga-led TV special over the weekend. And they’re good. “One World: Together at Home” drew 20.7 million viewers. The show featured performances by Gaga herself, plus Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Lizzo.
BRAD PAISLEY HELPS ELDERLY WITH HELP OF INTERNS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Often interns are tasked with menial things — like coffee runs. Brad Paisley got interns at a Nashville music studio to make a more meaningful contribution to others. The country star runs a free grocery store for poor people — but found that during the coronavirus outbreak, seniors were having trouble getting food. When his producer mentioned his interns had nothing to do, Paisley says they jumped into action and made sure the seniors got the groceries they needed.
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VETERAN SOAP STAR WRITES ON BIPOLAR STRUGGLES
NEW YORK (AP) — Many people are struggling with being at home all the time because of the coronavirus. But the struggle is deeper for those with emotional issues like depression or bipolar disorder. A veteran star of the daytime drama “General Hospital” is talking about the effects of sheltering in place. Maurice Benard has bipolar disorder — and writes about it in his new book, “Nothing General About It: How Love (And Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital.” Benard says being idled from work because of COVID-19 is hard. He says his anxiety is up because he lacks a normal routine. He advises those with mental disorders to exercise and eat well during quarantine — and not dwell on negative thoughts.
PEOPLE TO FEATURE 3 GENERATIONS OF BEAUTY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The upcoming issue of People magazine will be a family affair. Make that a multi-generational family affair. The cover features Goldie Hawn, her daughter Kate Hudson, and Hudson’s daughter, Rani Rose Fujikawa. The cover shot is part of the magazine’s 30th anniversary of its “Beauty Issue.” The issue is being released Friday.
JORDAN DOCUMENTARY DRAWS BIG CROWD ON ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) — He’s no longer in the NBA. But Michael Jordan can still draw a crowd. An ESPN series about his final title run with the Chicago Bulls is a ratings winner. It’s ESPN’s largest audience ever for a documentary. Sunday, ESPN aired the first two parts of the series — and it helped slow a ratings skid. ESPN has seen its audience cut in half since January, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
A-ROD AND THE METS?
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, the New York Mets came close to getting Alex Rodriguez as a player — but didn’t. That might have changed the trajectory of the franchise. But now there’s another chance A-Rod can turn the Mets around — this time, as an owner. He and bride-to-be Jennifer Lopez are laying the financial groundwork for a possible bid for the team. Met fans have begged team owners to sell. A recent deal to sell fell through, leaving A-Rod with an opening to try.
TOM BRADY - QUARANTINE
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Being able to flash six Super Bowl rings can usually get doors opened doors for you. But not a park. At least that’s what Tom Brady learned in Tampa, Florida, where he’ll play with the Buccaneers next season. Brady went to a park to work out Monday, but it was closed by the coronavirus. In a Twitter post, the city apologized for giving Brady the heave-ho, but says he’ll be welcomed back, once stay-at-home rules ease.
ACTRESS SHIRLEY KNIGHT DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Shirley Knight has died. The Kansas-born actress was nominated for two Oscars early in her career and went on to play an astonishing variety of roles in movies, TV and the stage. Knight’s career carried her from Kansas to Hollywood and then to the New York theater and London and back to Hollywood. She was nominated for two Tonys, winning one. In recent years, she had a recurring role as Phyllis Van de Kamp in the long-running ABC show “Desperate Housewives,” gaining one of her many Emmy nominations. Knight’s daughter Kaitlin Hopkins says her mother died today in San Marcos, Texas, of natural causes. She was 83.
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