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September 3, 2018

“ER” ACTRESSS VANESSA MARQUEZ SHOT BY POLICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama “ER” and starred in the film “Stand and Deliver” was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Friday that 49-year-old Vanessa Marquez died at a hospital following the shooting at her South Pasadena apartment Thursday. Lt. Joe Mendoza says Marquez was having a seizure when South Pasadena officers arrived, and paramedics treated her. He says officers spent an hour trying to talk Marquez into getting additional help when she pointed what turned out to be a BB gun at them. Friend Terence Towles Canote says the actress was having health and financial problems but was hopeful about a career comeback.

MCCAIN, FRANKLIN SERVICES CHALLENGE TV NETWORKS

NEW YORK (AP) — Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following remembrances for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin on Friday. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, as well as the lengthy service for the Queen of Soul. It wasn’t always easy. A true TV collision was avoided when Franklin’s service started late, allowing networks to cover a Capitol ceremony in full. The sprawling, unpredictable festivities for Franklin had their own challenges for producers.

CLAIRE DANES AND HUGH DANCY ARE PARENTS AGAIN

NEW YORK (AP) — Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy have welcomed a baby boy. A publicist for the actors told The Associated Press on Friday that the couple gave birth Monday in New York. This is the second child for the 39-year-old actress and 42-year-old actor. They are already parents to their 5-year-old son Cyrus Michael Christopher. The actors have been married since 2009. Danes, the “Homeland” actress, has won three Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes. The British actor Dancy starred in the TV series “Hannibal.”

ARMSTRONG SONS, FILMMAKER DEFEND MOON LANDING IN ‘FIRST MAN’

NEW YORK (AP) — The sons of Neil Armstrong are defending Damien Chazelle’s docudrama about the moon landing after conservative pundits decried the film’s lack of emphasis on the American flag’s planting on the lunar surface. In a joint statement Friday, Rick and Mark Armstrong, along with “First Man” author James R. Hansen, denied that Chazelle’s film is “anti-American in the slightest.” Though “First Man” includes several shots showing the American flag on the moon, it does not depict the flag planting. After the film premiered earlier this week at the Venice Film Festival, some commentators on social media who hadn’t seen the movie criticized the film. They were reacting largely to Ryan Gosling, who stars as Neil Armstrong, telling reporters in Venice that the astronaut’s accomplishments “transcend countries and borders.” Columnist Bill Kristol claimed the film was “a foolish and pernicious falsification of history.” Universal Pictures will release “First Man” October 12.

ACTORS DEFEND COSBY SHOW REGULAR’S 2ND JOB AT TRADER JOE’S

UNDATED (AP) — Several fellow actors have come to the defense of a former regular on “The Cosby Show” after photos of him working a regular job at the grocery store showed up on news sites. The photos showed Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the oldest daughter of Bill Cosby’s character on the TV show. He is seen at a register scanning items at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s complete with a “Geoffrey” name tag. The woman who submitted the photos seemed stunned to see someone from such a popular show doing that type of work. But several actors pointed out they have to make a living between gigs and places that offer health insurance are especially attractive. Owens doesn’t appear to be on social media.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS HELPS RETURN OF WIGSTOCK

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, chef and actor David Burtka, have brought back a festival of glam called Wigstock — a six-hour, 50-act drag-queen spectacle staged Saturday on a New York City pier. It’s the revival of an annual end-of-summer bash for New York’s drag scene that got its start in 1984. Wigstock was held for years on a pier on Manhattan’s West Side until consecutive years of rain dampened ticket revenue and bankrupted the event in 2001. A smaller version of the festival was held sporadically in a park and on New York Harbor cruises but, short of money, the shows stopped.

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‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ BANKS ANOTHER CRAZY RICH WEEKEND

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters. Studios on Sunday say the romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again. Warner Bros. estimates that the film added an additional $22.2 million through Sunday, down only 10 percent from last weekend. Should the pace hold, it could also have one of the biggest Labor Day weekends ever. The current record sits with 2007′s “Halloween” which opened with $30.6 million. The Nazi war crime film “Operation Finale” debuted with $6 million and the sci-fi thriller “Kin,” with Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid, opened to $3 million. And the John Cho-led computer screen mystery “Searching” performed better than expected in its expansion, bringing in an estimated $5.7 million through Sunday.

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