WILL SMITH FILM DEPARTS GEORGIA OVER VOTING RESTRICTIONS
NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting access. The film is the largest and most high profile Hollywood production to depart the state since Georgia’s Republican-controlled state Legislature passed a law that introduced stiffer voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limited drop boxes and gave the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials. Opponents have said the law is designed to reduce the impact of minority voters.
BROTHERS RON AND CLINT HOWARD HAVE MEMOIR COMING IN OCTOBER
NEW YORK (AP) - Filmmaker-actor Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard are brothers, former child stars and fellow Hollywood veterans. They’ll now share their unusual story in book-length form. The Howards have a deal with William Morrow for “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.” It’s scheduled to come out Oct. 12. According to William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint, the book arose in part out of public curiosity over a perennial question asked to Ron Howard: What was it like to grow up on television? The book was also inspired by the death in 2017 of their father, actor Rance Howard.
POLICE: MEMPHIS RAPPER, 23 OTHERS ARRESTED IN MISS. SHOOTING
SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee rapper was among a caravan of at least two dozen people who were arrested in connection to a highway shooting in Mississippi. News outlets report Big Boogie was taken into custody Thursday along with 20 others who were with the Memphis-based rapper on their way to a performance in Biloxi. Big Boogie’s real name is John Lotts. Senatobia police say one person was wounded in the shooting that took place on Interstate 55 near Coldwater. Police say multiple vehicles were involved in the shooting. Three additional people were arrested after police found a gun and drugs inside the victim’s vehicle. No charges were immediately announced.
PRINCE PHILIP VS PHILIP OF ‘THE CROWN’: FACT AND FICTION
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britain’s Prince Philip stood loyally behind Queen Elizabeth II, as his character does on Netflix’s “The Crown.” But how closely does the TV character match the real prince, who died Friday at 99? Philip is depicted as a man of action in “The Crown,” and he served with distinction in the navy in World War II. He was also an avid yachtsman and polo player. But the show is off-base in an aspect of his connection with religion. He was enthusiastic about founding a religious institute on the grounds of Windsor Castle, not the skeptic shown in “The Crown.” Prince Philip’s private funeral will be April 17.
HARRISON FORD, BRAD PITT JOIN OSCARS STARRY PRESENTING CAST
The Oscars are aiming to be more like a movie than a television show and enlisting A-list stars like Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon to help. Producers say they’ll be joined at the April 25 broadcast by the likes of Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Rita Moreno, Laura Dern, Zendaya, Marlee Matlin and last year’s best director winner Bong Joon Ho. After delaying two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Oscars are forging ahead with an in-person show at Los Angeles’ Union Station. The 93rd Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD TO HONOR SHONDA RHIMES, BETSY BEERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Television producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will be honored for their wardrobe efforts on hit TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bridgerton” at Tuesday’s Costume Designers Guild Awards. The Costume Designers Guild announced Monday that Rhimes and Beers will be given the Distinguished Collaborator Award. The longtime producing partners will receive the award during the guild’s 23rd ceremony, which will be shown on Twitter. Rhimes and Beers both gave credit to costume designers who have worked with them. The award honors individuals who demonstrate support of costume design and creative partnerships with designers. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Clint Eastwood and Guillermo Del Toro.