Chappelle, Moreno join Oscar show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Christopher Walken, Rita Moreno and Helen Mirren are among the latest slate of stars set to appear on the 90th Academy Awards.
Oscar telecast producers revealed another round of celebrity presenters on Tuesday, which also includes Jane Fonda, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Ashley Judd and Eugenio Derbez.
Chadwick Boseman, Mark Hamill, Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya were previously announced as presenters.
Producers also said last week that all five Oscar-nominated songs will be performed live on the show by their original singers, including Mary J. Blige, Natalia Lafourcade, Andra Day and Common.
Jimmy Kimmel will host the show Sunday from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
British novelist Vincenzi dead at 78
LONDON (AP) — British writer Penny Vincenzi, whose stories of romance, rivalry and family secrets topped best-seller lists, has died. She was 78.
Publisher Headline says Vincenzi died peacefully Sunday. The cause of death wasn’t given.
Vincenzi worked as a journalist before publishing her first novel “Old Sins,” in 1989. Her 17 novels and two story collections sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Her last book, “A Question of Trust,” was published in 2017.
Her four daughters said in a statement Tuesday that she was “a true trailblazer” who broke down barriers. Fellow novelist Sophie Kinsella said Vincenzi was “like one of her own novels: once you were in her company you didn’t want to say goodbye.”
She is survived by daughters Polly Harding, Sophie Cornish, Emily Gunnis and Claudia Vincenzi.
Spacey Foundation shuts down in U.K.
LONDON (AP) — The Kevin Spacey Foundation U.K. has decided to shut down because of the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the Academy Award winning actor.
The foundation said on its website Tuesday that its trustees have concluded the work of the foundation “is no longer viable.”
The foundation helped identify young artists and provide them with training and resources as they developed careers.
Spacey has strong connections to Britain, where he served as artistic director of the Old Vic theater for 11 years. The theater said in November that it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Spacey.
Police in London said in January they were investigated three allegations of sexual assault against the former “House of Cards” star.
The foundation says it will cease operations today.