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Mon 02:15  Diana Ross Reigns Supreme Dodging Usual Setlist for Hollywood Bowl Opener
It’s a fairly safe assumption that by the time most superstar singers reach their 70s, they’re pretty set in their setlist ways. So there was plenty of reason to suspect that Diana Ross’ performance with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the host venue’s official season opener Saturday night would be essentially a reprise of the […]
Mon 01:46  Seth MacFarlane Says He’s ‘Embarrassed’ to Work for Fox
With the debate around what constitutes fake news continuing to make headlines, Seth MacFarlane has weighed in on how he feels about Fox News’ portrayal of other media outlets. On Saturday, MacFarlane — who has worked with Fox Broadcasting Company for nearly 20 years, beginning with the creation of “Family Guy” in 1999 — tweeted […]
Mon 00:44  China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Opening Dominates Weekend
A blockbuster opening by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” lifted the Chinese box office from one of its lowest weekends of the year to one of its strongest. The monster movie grossed an estimated $112 million in the Middle Kingdom between Friday and Sunday. It played 175,000 screenings per day according to local data provider Ent […]
Sun 23:00  Unilever Presses Digital Influencers to Drop Bots, Fake Followers
Unilever wants social-media influencers to give themselves an authenticity check. The big-spending advertiser behind such well-pitched products as Dove, Lipton’s tea and Hellman’s mayonnaise intends to announce Monday that it will no longer work with influencers who buy followers – the coin of the realm in social media. “At Unilever, we believe influencers are an […]
Sun 18:23  Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her ‘Bible’ for ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2
At Saturday’s MTV Movie and TV Awards, “13 Reasons Why” star Alisha Boe said the sexual assault case against former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner shaped her performance as a rape survivor pursuing justice against her rapist. “The Brock Turner case was my bible and what I drew a lot of inspiration from,” Boe told Variety on the […]
Sun 17:52  Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards
“Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp is supportive of Millie Bobby Brown’s recent decision to leave Twitter in response to homophobic memes made about her on social media. “I feel really bad for her,” the most frightened performance nominee told Variety on the MTV Movie & TV awards red carpet. “I think it was a smart move by her. […]
Sun 17:03  ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Steamrolls International Box Office as ‘Incredibles 2’ Begins Rollo
Dinosaurs continue to rule overseas. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” earned an additional $173.6 million in 51 international territories this weekend, including $111.8 from its launch in China. The dinosaur tentpole began its overseas rollout last weekend, bringing in $151.1 million in 48 markets. In total, “Fallen Kingdom” has made $370 million abroad. The Universal Pictures […]
Sun 17:00  Why ‘Nathan for You,’ the Scamming Show That Defined 2018, Deserves an Emmy (Column)
The Emmy category for best variety sketch series has, in its three-year existence, honored three shows at their moment of most urgent relevance. “Inside Amy Schumer” won after its breakout third season, featuring startling and brutally funny deconstructions of misogyny including “Last F—able Day” and “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer.” “Key & Peele” won […]
Sun 15:58  Why Is a Documentary About Mister Rogers a Hit? Because It Turns Him Into a Rock Star for Our Time
It’s difficult, and always has been, for a documentary to break through the clutter and beam itself onto the radar of mainstream moviegoing. When one succeeds in doing so, it’s revealing to look at why. “RBG,” an incisive portrait of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a major documentary hit, but it doesn’t […]
Sun 15:21  Martin Bregman, ‘Scarface’ Producer, Dies at 92
Martin Bregman, producer of Al Pacino films “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Scarface” and “Sea of Love,” died Saturday. He was 92. His wife Cornelia told NBC 4 he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. As producer of “Dog Day Afternoon,” he shared a best picture nomination in 1976. Bregman, who discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway […]
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