DR. DUHAMEL: HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR ‘TRANSFORMERS’ STAR
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel (doo-MEHL’) is soon to be a doctor in his native North Dakota. The “Transformers” star will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the University of North Dakota’s spring commencement ceremony in May. The degree recognizes his success in the film industry and his promotional work on behalf of the state tourism division. Duhamel is a Minot native who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Minot State University in 2005. Minot State doesn’t grant doctoral degrees, so the university couldn’t offer a similar honor to Duhamel. UND’s graduation ceremony is Saturday, May 11, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
TOM CLANCY’S WIDOW EXPANDS CHALLENGE OF RIGHTS OWNERSHIP
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tom Clancy’s widow says in a lawsuit that his estate is the exclusive owner not just of the novelist’s famous character Jack Ryan, but the rights to the character John Clark and several books. Alexandra Clancy has expanded her original 2017 lawsuit against the personal representative of Clancy’s estate for allowing other entities to profit from posthumous book revenues. Those profits and profits involving other characters have been divided between the estate and companies that were owned by Tom Clancy, his ex-wife and children. Citing an amended complaint unsealed last week, The Daily Record reports Alexandra Clancy says the estate should be sole owner because Tom Clancy himself owned the rights. The defendants claim interests, saying those properties were represented as “works made for hire” for tax and liability reasons.
‘SHADOWS’ SUCKS COMEDY FROM THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF VAMPIRES
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It isn’t easy being immortal. The vampires in the new FX comedy “What We Do In The Shadows” have to handle housemates who don’t clean up their bloody messes for eons, marriages that have gone stale after centuries, and Manhattan nightclubs that reject them as old and uncool. The series premiering Wednesday is based on the 2014 cult-hit movie from New Zealand, with the film’s stars and creators, Jemaine Clement (juh-MAIN’ CLEM’-unt) and Taika Waititi (ty-EEK’-uh wy-TEE’tee), staying behind the camera for the TV show. Clement, who’s best known for “Flight of the Conchords,” says they’ve moved the action and production from New Zealand to the U.S., with three new vampires sharing a house in Staten Island and living an all-night life that plays out like a macabre sitcom.