EWAN MCGREGOR JOINED “DOCTOR SLEEP” CAST BECAUSE OF STEPHEN KING
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Whatever happened to Danny Torrance from “The Shining”? The new film “Doctor Sleep” answers that question.
Ewan (YOO’-en) McGregor plays Torrance as an adult. He describes Torrance as “a rock-bottom alcoholic” who is drinking himself to death because of the psychic horror he deals with every day. He discovers another child with similar powers who is in danger.
McGregor says what grabbed his interest in the role was finding out that the story is based on a book written by “The Shining” author Stephen King.
“Doctor Sleep” is out now.
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ROBBIE ROBERTSON REFLECTS ON THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BAND
NEW YORK (AP) _ During the filming of a documentary about musician Robbie Robertson of The Band, Robertson realized a lot of it featured the brotherhood of the members.
So he wrote a song about it.
Robertson says he wrote the song “Once We Were Brothers” as he reflected on the fact that three of those guys are dead. He says he felt “a beautiful connection” to that time period, even while realizing there are big pieces missing now.
Robertson included the song on his new album, “Sinematic.” The documentary, called “Once We Were Brothers,” has played at film festivals and will hit theaters soon.
Robertson’s music also appears in the film “The Irishman.” A 50th anniversary edition of The Band’s self-titled album comes out next week.
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PETE DOHERTY DETAINED IN PARIS OVER COCAINE SALE
PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities say British singer Pete Doherty has been arrested in Paris for allegedly buying cocaine.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said the 40-year old former Libertines and Babyshambles frontman was placed in detention overnight after being stopped by police during a drugs transaction.
The office wouldn’t confirm French media reports that Doherty was carrying 2 grams of cocaine and was arrested in an area known for its late-night bars.
Since rising to fame in the noughties, Doherty, the ex-boyfriend of model Kate Moss, has been repeatedly arrested for drug offenses.
A$AP ROCKY RETURNS TO SWEDEN
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A$AP Rocky will perform in Sweden several months after he was convicted of assault in a street brawl.
Concert promoter Live Nation says the rapper will return to Stockholm “after tremendous support from the Swedish fans.” The artist is due to perform Dec. 11 at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe arena.
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was convicted of assault for a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. He pleaded self-defense, saying he tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were following his entourage.
On Aug. 14, Mayers and his two bodyguards were given “conditional sentences,” meaning they won’t serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense in the future.
President Donald Trump had weighed in to support the Grammy-nominated recording artist.
ABC CANCELS `FRESH OFF THE BOAT’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” is coming to an end after six seasons.
The network said Friday that the comedy about an Asian American family in the 1990s will wrap with an hour-long finale.
“Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park and Constance Wu and is based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke lauded the show as “game-changing” with its focus on an Asian American family.
Television shows have gradually embraced diversity, but they’ve been slow to include characters of Asian descent in the mix.
The last episode of “Fresh Off the Boat” will air Feb. 21.
PRESS GROUP SAYS DEPP-HEARD LAWSUIT COULD SET BAD PRECEDENT
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Free press advocates in Virginia are concerned that a libel lawsuit between two Hollywood stars could set a bad precedent.
The Virginia Press Association asked Friday to intervene in a $50 million lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Depp says he was defamed by an article Heard wrote in The Washington Post. She never identified Depp by name but referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The press association argued Friday in Fairfax County Circuit Court that the case could set a bad precedent for cases involving “defamation by implication.”
A judge, though, barred the press association from filing any briefs outlining its position. He said his job was to apply the law as it exists without considering the association’s policy concerns.
PLACIDO DOMINGO WON’T PERFORM AT PRE-OLYMPICS EVENTS IN TOKYO
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee says opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won’t perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.
The committee said in a statement Friday that Domingo decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera and traditional Japanese Kabuki theater and officials accepted his decision.
U.S. opera houses have canceled Domingo’s appearance following sexual harassment allegations against him.
OCTAVIA SPENCER TO RECEIVE HONOR FROM PRODUCERS GUILD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Producers Guild of America will honor Octavia Spencer for her work behind-the-camera at its 2020 awards show.
Spencer, who was among the producers of last year’s best picture Oscar winner “Green Book,” will receive the Visionary Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18.
The honor is meant to celebrate producers who create “inspiring, uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture.”
Spencer also served as an executive producer on “Ma,” a horror film released earlier this year that gave the Oscar-winning actress her first starring role .
Previous recipients of the award include Brad Pitt, Ava DuVernay and “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.
SCREENWRITERS HONORED WITH FELLOWSHIPS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters are getting their shot in Hollywood through the film academy’s stamp of approval.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored them at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards and presentation Thursday night. The five individuals each received $35,000 fellowships and had their work read live by actors Tyrese Gibson, Rosa Salazar, Amandla Stenberg and Wes Studi.
The event was held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ headquarters in Beverly Hills, California.
The selected screenplays include Aaron Chung’s “Princess Vietnam,” Karen McDermott’s “Lullabies of La Jaula,” Renee Pillai’s “Boy With Kite,” Sean Malcolm’s “Mother” and Walker McKnight’s “Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket.”