Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - Epilepsy was a factor in Cameron Boyce’s death, the family of the Disney star has confirmed, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, best known for his performance in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, died at the age of 20 last week.
In a statement to People magazine on Tuesday, the kin said Boyce had a seizure which led to his death.
“(His) tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy.
“We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart-wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral which in and of itself, is agonising,” the family said in a statement.
The news comes after it was revealed that Boyce’s official cause of death had yet to be determined following an autopsy that was performed on Monday.
“An autopsy was performed today and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation,” the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced on Monday in a press release.
Boyce was “found unresponsive in his home” on Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead on the scene after authorities were called, the coroner confirmed.
He became popular with his role on Disney Channel’s Jessie and in the Descendants movies. The third film in the franchise will release in August.
Boyce also lent his voice to Jake in Jake and the Never Land Pirates series.
Born in LA, Boyce made his acting debut at the age on nine with horror film Mirrors. Two years later, he appeared in Adam Sandler’-fronted Grown Ups, as one of his children.
Jessie was his breakthrough and he soon became one of the biggest Disney Channel stars.
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - David Fincher will direct Gary Oldman in a biographical drama revolving around Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, reports The Indian Express.
Oldman will play Mankiewicz in the Netflix film titled Mank, according to Variety.
The movie is based on the script by Fincher’s father, Jack, who had written the draft before his death in 2003.
Plot details are vague, but as per the sources the story will follow the troubled development of the Citizen Kane script by Mankiewicz alongside director Orson Welles.
Considered to be one of the best films of all time, the feature managed to win just one Academy Award, which was for Best Original Screenplay.
Production on the biopic, to be shot in black-and-white, is expected to begin in November.
This would be Fincher’s first feature directorial since 2014’s Gone Girl.
Fincher will back the film alongside producing partner Cean Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski.
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - A documentary on late actor Patrick Swayze is being developed by Paramount Network and Network Entertainment as part of the I Am franchise, reports The Indian Express.
Titled I Am Patrick Swayze, the film will be directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, who has previously helmed documentaries Heath Ledger and Paul Walker.
It will feature commentary from his widow Lisa Niemi and his brother Don Swayze
The documentary will tell the story of the actor who has starred in some of the hits such as Dirty Dancing, Point Break and Ghost, Paramount Network said in a statement.
It will explore his childhood in Texas and his enduring relationship with widow Lisa Niemi, whom he met as a teenager at his mother’s dance studio.
Interviews of the actor’s co-stars like Rob Lowe, C Thomas Howell, Sam Elliott, Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Kelly Lynch, and Lori Petty will also feature in the film.
I Am Patrick Swayze will have its world premiere in the actor’s home state at the San Antonio Film Festival on August 2.
It will debut on August 18, what would have been Swayze’s 67th birthday.
Patrick Swayze died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.
New York, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she's not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn't directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-blown pop project to her latest title.
There was one moment, though, where Swift may have called out Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta on Wednesday night when she headlined Amazon Music's Prime Day Concert in New York City. When singing her final song, the upbeat hit "Shake It Off," she was extra loud as she uttered the words: "Liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world."
Some viewers on social media felt like Swift was throwing shade, but the pop star seemed to shake off the drama with a fun, entertaining performance that came two weeks after she wrote that she was sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, who she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying.
Swift's die-hard fans were as loud as ever Wednesday, erupting before she hit the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom, chanting her name minutes before opened her set with a colorful performance of the song "ME!"
She sang tunes from all of her albums except her 2006 self-titled debut. She strummed her guitar while she sang "Delicate" from "reputation" and "Welcome to New York" from "1989," which won the Grammy for album of the year. She reminded the audience she was a former country singer before performing "Love Story" from "Fearless," which also won the top Grammy prize. And she whipped her head back and forth as she belted "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her "Red" album.
Swift sang her "You Need to Calm Down" live for the first time at the event, which also featured performances by singers SZA, Dua Lipa and Becky G. On the song Swift addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community. It will appear on her new album, "Lover," to be released Aug. 23.
"It's really, sort of, a love letter to love itself. And I think that love is such an inspiring thing to write about," she said of the upcoming album. "Love is complexity. Love is struggle. Love is pain. Love is joy. Love is hope. Love is equality."
Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch hosted the event, which featured clips of Amazon Prime programming between performances, from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" to "Jack Ryan."
New York, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — With one lawyer bolting amid public backlash and another saying he and his client just couldn't get along, Harvey Weinstein is recasting his defense team yet again, this time a mere 60 days before he's due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.
Lawyer Jose Baez is going to court Thursday to get a judge's permission to leave the case in the latest defection from what was once seen as a modern version of O.J. Simpson's "dream team" of attorneys.
Baez, known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony, told Judge James Burke in a letter last month that Weinstein has tarnished their relationship by communicating only through other lawyers and by failing to abide by a fee agreement.
"Mr. Weinstein has engaged in behavior that makes this representation unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively and has insisted upon taking actions with which I have fundamental disagreements," Baez wrote.
As Baez leaves, Weinstein is adding two new lawyers who've promised Burke that they won't seek to postpone the trial from its scheduled
The swap comes after another Weinstein lawyer, Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan, left in May amid backlash about his involvement.
Sullivan's involvement in the case drew protests from some students and faculty on the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus.
Buildings were defaced with graffiti that included the slogans "Down w Sullivan!" ''Your Silence is Violence" and "Whose Side Are You On?" And the university removed him from his position as head of a student house citing "concerns about the climate" within the house.
Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He denies the allegations.
Baez and Sullivan started representing Weinstein in January, when the former movie producer overhauled his legal team for the first time. That happened after his original lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, lost a hard-fought bid to get the case thrown out.
Pamela Robillard Mackey, who represented Kobe Bryant in his 2003 Colorado sexual assault case, and ex-Manhattan prosecutor Duncan Levin were also hired in January and have since left.
Weinstein's new lawyers, Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, both of Chicago, did not return phone calls on Wednesday.
They join Arthur Aidala, a New York City lawyer whose clients have included rapper 50 Cent, former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and the late Fox News chief, Roger Ailes.
Baez and Sullivan didn't respond to email inquiries on Wednesday.
Sullivan wrote about the backlash to his representation of Weinstein in a June 24 op-ed in The New York Times, noting that during the 10 years he served as a faculty dean he has represented both sexual assault defendants and accusers in criminal court and student victims in campus Title IX proceedings.
Sullivan said he was "willing to believe that some students felt unsafe" about his involvement in the Weinstein case, but that "feelings alone should not drive university policy."
"Unchecked emotion has replaced thoughtful reasoning on campus," he wrote. "Feelings are no longer subjected to evidence, analysis or empirical defense. Angry demands, rather than rigorous arguments, now appear to guide university policy."
Baez first gained fame representing Anthony, the Florida mom whose televised trial in 2011 ended in an acquittal on charges of killing her young daughter.
Baez and Sullivan teamed up to successfully defend New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez against murder charges in 2017. Hernandez, in prison for a 2015 murder conviction, killed himself five days later.
Weinstein's selection of Baez and Sullivan generated some controversy.
One of Weinstein's accusers, actress Rose McGowan, blasted Baez and Sullivan for agreeing to represent Weinstein after defending her in a drug case last year.
Actress Rose McGowan, one of the first of dozens of women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, called it a "major conflict of interest."
Baez and Sullivan denied that, saying McGowan's case had nothing to do with Weinstein. She is not an accuser in his criminal case.