Howard sells 32-acre estate
Now that they’re empty nesters, Ron Howard and his wife have sold their nest in New York’s Westchester County for $27.5 million.
Real estate agents tell the Wall Street Journal that the price for the actor-director’s 32-acre Armonk estate is the highest home price ever recorded for Westchester County.
Howard and his wife, Cheryl, bought the land in 1991 and spent years constructing the house and outbuildings.
The main house is more than 17,000 square feet and has six bedrooms, a swimming pool and a home theater.
There’s a 2,500-square-foot guest house, a “sports barn” with a tennis court and an actual barns for horses.
The sale closed Thursday. The buyer was not identified.
The Howards have said they were selling because they travel frequently and their four children are grown.
‘Last of Us’ film announced
“The Last of Us” video game is becoming a film.
Filmmaker Sam Raimi and the game’s author, Neil Druckmann, announced the planned adaptation Friday at Comic-Con.
The 2013 action-adventure horror game follows a young woman, Ellie, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic United States plagued by sickness and zombie-like cannibals.
Raimi will produce the film, and Druckmann is writing the script. The director and cast have not yet been announced.
Lifetime drops mortuary show
The Lifetime TV network says it dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were charged with corpse abuse.
Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called “Good Grief” about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air this Wednesday.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Lifetime Networks Vice President Les Eisner says the show “has not and will not air on Lifetime.”
Business co-owners, Dondre Johnson and his wife, Rachel Hardy-Johnson, were charged last week.
‘Manhattan’ debuts Sunday
Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets.
He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs without the knowledge of Congress, the vice president or the American public.
The result is “Manhattan,” debuting at 9 p.m. Sunday on cable channel WGN America.
The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate Southwestern desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project, aiming to beat Nazi Germany to the bomb.
“I wound up shelving the modern idea, in part because it’s really difficult to write about history in the making with any kind of objectivity,” Shaw said.
– From News wire services