HARVEY WEINSTEIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN PRISON
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of New York state's correctional officers union says Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus. The 68-year-old former film producer, who was hospitalized with heart issues in recent weeks, was diagnosed just days after being transferred to the state’s maximum security Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo. Weinstein was previously locked up at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, which has had a spate of coronavirus cases. He is currently serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault. The state prison system confirmed that two inmates at Wende have been diagnosed with the disease, also known as COVID-19.
AP EXCLUSIVE: ALLEN HAS NEW PUBLISHER, MEMOIR OUT MONDAY
NEW YORK (AP) - Woody Allen's memoir has been released with a new publisher. “Apropos of Nothing” was dropped last month after widespread criticism. But it came out Monday by Arcade Publishing with little advance notice and when much of the world is otherwise preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic. “Apropos of Nothing” begins in the wry tone of such literary heroes as J.D. Salinger and George S. Kaufman. But it darkens and becomes defensive as Allen recalls his relationship with Mia Farrow and the allegations he abused daughter Dylan Farrow. For many, those allegations, which he denies, have defined his public image in recent years.
DAVID BYRNE'S `AMERICAN UTOPIA' TO COME OUT IN BOOK FORM
NEW YORK (AP) - David Byrne's “American Utopia” will soon be more than just a play. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating on a book adaptation with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book is also called “American Utopia” and will be published Sept. 8 by Bloomsbury. Byrne's show also is scheduled to return to Broadway in September. Spike Lee is working on a documentary about it.
JUSTICES TOSS DECISION IN MEDIA MOGUL'S DISCRIMINATION CASE
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has thrown out a lower court ruling in favor of a black media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast alleging racial discrimination. The justices agreed unanimously Monday that an appeals court applied the wrong legal standard in allowing business owner Byron Allen’s $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast to go forward. Allen has a $10 billion lawsuit against Charter Communications that the justices' decision also affects. Philadelphia-based Comcast says it's pleased with the court's decision. Comcast has said it declined to carry Allen's television channels because the programming isn’t very good. Allen’s Los Angeles-based Entertainment Studios has several networks including Cars.tv and Comedy.tv. Allen also owns The Weather Channel.
RITA WILSON SHOWS NAUGHTY SIDE
Actress and singer Rita Wilson showed off another side to her musical repertoire while riding out the virus stuck inside. The performer, married to actor Tom Hanks, posted a video on Instagram over the weekend in which she is seen reading the sci-fi novel "Ender's Game." Then the classic Naughty by Nature 1992 hit “Hip Hop Hooray” begins playing and she raps along nonchalantly. Wilson titled the video “Quarantine Stir Crazy.” Hanks and Wilson are in self-isolation in Australia, where the actor was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic when the couple received the diagnosis that both have COVID-19.
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