2/28/22 Entertainment News

— The cast of “CODA” is showing the progress Hollywood has made with representation at the SAG Awards. The film about a culturally deaf family took home outstanding Motion Picture Cast at the award show Sunday. Meantime, Jessica Chastain is taking home the Screen Actor’s Guild award for Female Actor in a Leading Role her performance in biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Will Smith is celebrating his first SAG win for outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “King Richard.”

— A motions hearing is set for today at the Santa Monica Courthouse in connection with Judy Huth’s lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The Canyon Lake woman alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15-years-old. Huth is one of several women across the U.S. who accuse the 84-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. Jurors in April 2018 found Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home. He was imprisoned until his conviction was vacated last year by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for violations of Cosby’s Fifth and 14th amendment due process rights.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are paying tribute to Ukraine at the NAACP Image Awards. As the pair accepted their award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, Harry took a moment to acknowledge the people of Ukraine, saying they “urgently need our continued support as a global community.” Prince Harry went on to say him and his wife are committed “to a life of service, a responsibility to combat injustice and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”

— Season two of HBO’s hit show “Euphoria” is in the books. The title of the season finale is “All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.” Zendaya took to Instagram Sunday night with a message for fans, writing “It’s been a long but beautiful road, last euphoria day for a while…we hope you enjoy it.” It has already been announced that “Euphoria” will return for a third season.

— Season 20 of “American Idol” is now underway. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie returned to the judges’ table during Sunday night’s premiere on Fox. The show handed out its first-ever platinum ticket, which means recipients get to skip the first round of Hollywood week. A 23-year-old singer named Huntergirl was the first to receive the platinum ticker. At least seven other contestants made it through to the next round.

— More than five-and-a-half-million people tuned into the revival of “Law and Order”. Season 21 of the original series premiered last Thursday on NBC, more than ten years after Season 20 ended. According to TVLine, viewers gave the premiere an average grade of “B.” In 2010, “Law and Order’s” series finale garnered more than seven-point-six-million views.

— A ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch is taking aim at New York City’s subway woes. It started with Andrew Dimiskus waiting for an F train with Chris Redd before they walked up to a newsstand run by comedian John Mulaney. The seven-minute sketch titled “Subway Churro: The Musical” highlighted almost every plight of the MTA’s underground system, like stabbings and flashers. The entertaining bit came less than one week after Mayor Eric Adam’s subway safety plan went into effect.

— A noted children’s author is dead. Leonard Kessler passed away February 16th in Florida, according to his son. He’s known for books including “Big Red Bus” and “Mr. Pine’s Purple House.” Kessler was 101-years-old.