SCARLETT JOHANSSON, COLN JOST WED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As usual, Colin Jost spent this past weekend preparing to do “Saturday Night Live” and the “Weekend Update” segment. But that wasn’t the only news he produced during that time. He is now a married man. He and Scarlett Johansson were hitched over the weekend, according to an announcement from Meals on Wheels America. The organization says it was an intimate ceremony — and was done under COVID-19 safety precautions. Johannson and Jost dated for two years before they were engaged. It’s her third marriage, his first.
JUDGE JUDY MOVING INTO THE STREAM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judge Judy is banging her gavel into the stream. The TV arbiter will be taking her brand of justice to IMDb TV, the free digital service from Amazon. Judith Sheindlin had announced some time ago she was planning to end her syndicated court-fest next year — but left the door open to doing something else after that. She says she’s excited to be joining Amazon. No title or start date for the new courtroom show has been announced.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SCOUTED CELEBRITIES TO TOUT TRUMP’S COVID-19 EFFORTS
WASHINGTON (AP) — By and large, many celebrities aren’t big fans of President Donald Trump. But that didn’t stop a government agency from sniffing around to see if they could find some stars to say nice things about him. A House committee has released documents showing that a PR firm had vetted the political views of hundreds of celebrities to see if they might help in a PR blitz to put Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in a positive light. Wondering why you haven’t seen any of those ads? House documents say none of the stars agreed to participate — and the campaign is now on hold.
DUCHESS OF SUSSEX SCORES COURT WIN IN PRIVACY LAWSUIT
LONDON (AP) — It’s a win on two counts for Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex was able to score two legal victories in a British court yesterday. A judge approved her request to postpone the start of her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper publisher. That means the case won’t go to trial until at least next fall. In the other win, Markle asked the judge to keep her reasons for the delay confidential — and the judge agreed.
CARNEGIE HALL TO REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK (AP) — How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The punchline to the old joke is “practice.” But the answer in this, the coronavirus age, is “wait.” The famed New York City venue will remain closed due to the pandemic through April 5. Carnegie has been closed since Mar. 12 — and in June, the venue announced it would be closed through Jan. 6. With the reopening date pushed further back, the earliest performances could resume — will be at the end of Carnegie Hall’s 2020-21 season.