New this week: Will Smith, 'Pinocchio' and 'George & Tammy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include Will Smith’s comeback campaign in the Antoine Fuqua movie “Emancipation,” a documentary about Broadway star Idina Menzel, the video game “Dragon Quest Treasures” and a TV series exploring the tumultuous relationship between country music stars Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
Critics of Iran's regime speculate fire at Evin Prison is related to ongoing protests
Protests have broken out in more than 100 cities and towns across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini — and critics of Iran's regime suspect a recent fire at Evin Prison is related: "The countdown of the Islamic Republic has started."news.yahoo.com
Reese Witherspoon and Delia Owens on "Where the Crawdads Sing"
Delia Owens' debut novel, which has spent 166 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, was plucked from obscurity by Reese Witherspoon when the Hollywood star enthusiastically added the story of a Southern girl raising herself in the marshes of North Carolina to her Hello Sunshine Book Club. Now she's produced an adaptation of "Crawdads," one of the most eagerly-anticipated movies of the year. Owens and Witherspoon – two tomboys from the South who bonded almost immediately – talk with correspondent Lee Cowan.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Cry Macho,' McCreery and 'The Morning Show'
This week’s new entertainment releases include new music from Lindsey Buckingham and Scott McCreery, as well as the return of Clint Eastwood, who has gone back to his Western roots with “Cry Macho,” starring as a former rodeo star hired to bring a young man in Mexico back to his father in the U.S. Fans of TV's “The Morning Show” will also get to see Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup kick off Season 2.
‘Big Little Lies’ author has new novel out in September
This combination photo shows the cover of "Apples Never Fall," left, and author Liane Moriarty as she arrives at the second season premiere of HBO's "Big Little Lies" in New York on May 29, 2019. (Holt via AP, left, and AP Photo)NEW YORK – The new novel from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty will be a story of family, tennis and a mysterious absence. Henry Holt announced Wednesday that Moriarty's “Apples Never Fall” comes out Sept. 14. “Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? “Big Little Lies,” published in 2014, is the basis for the Emmy-winning HBO series that stars Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
Short-video app Quibi shutting down just months after launch
Short-video app Quibi is shutting down just six months after its early April launch after struggling to find customers. But the service struggled to reach viewers, despite a 90-day free trial, as short videos abound on the internet and the coronavirus pandemic kept many people at home. Part of the appeal of the service, which started at $5 a month, was supposed to be that you could watch short videos while out, without access to a TV. Being stuck at home made TV more desirable than watching on a phone, and Quibi only later and slowly rolled out TV options. Mobile research firm Sensor Tower estimates 9.6 million installations of Quibi’s mobile app since its launch; that doesn't mean those are actually users.
Barrymore sets high standard in her models as talk show host
NEW YORK – Drew Barrymore is setting a high standard for herself as she joins the world of daytime talk show hosts on Monday. “We’re all human beings on this planet going through our lives and our journeys and there’s a way to connect through that,” Barrymore said. I’ve never lived in that space.”“The Drew Barrymore Show,” retrofitted for the coronavirus era, is being distributed by CBS Television. Bill Carroll, a veteran television consultant and expert in the syndication market, said he’s impressed that Barrymore is shooting high. Yes, some may regard Barrymore as slightly loopy and hippie-dippie (“we’re all human beings on this planet”), but it’s more endearing than annoying.
Fresh comedy faces, 'Modern Family' farewell seek Emmy nods
This image released by Hulu shows Ramy Youssef in a scene from "Ramy." Nominations for the next Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 28. Last year's best series winners Game of Thrones and Fleabag called it a wrap, clearing the path for others to prevail. The Handmaids Tale, which took the best drama trophy in 2017, is vying for its third nomination in the category. Big Little Lies, last year's winner for best limited series, is hunting for a drama series nod for its second season.
Stars react to nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards
Washington was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Erin Simkin/Hulu via AP)LOS ANGELES Stars such as Kerry Washington, Christina Applegate and Rachel Brosnahan have expressed excitement after being nominated for the upcoming 72nd Emmy Awards. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in the HBO film Bad Education." He is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for Black Monday.___Im grateful for the continued love for all corners of our Maisel family. She is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Dead To Me.___This one strikes differently.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippes Son Deacon Releases Romantic First Single Long Run: Listen
Deacon Phillippe is a musician in the making! The 16-year-old son of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe shared his first song, "Long Run," which features vocals by Nina Nesbitt, on Friday. philz (@RyanPhillippe) July 9, 2020And Witherspoon later posted about the single on her Instagram account, writing, "New Song of the Summer! Famed manager Scooter Braun, who works with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and more, commented on the song release on Instagram, writing, "Congrats!!" For more from Deacon, watch the clip below:RELATED CONTENT:Reese Witherspoons Son Deacon Teases His First SingleReese Witherspoon Is Mistaken for Carrie Underwood -- See Her ReactionReese Witherspoon Says Daughter Ava's College Applications Felt Like an Arrow in the Heart
Coppola and Henson companies get loans for winery, puppetry
A statue of Kermit The Frog stands at the entrance to The Jim Henson Company, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The U.S. government's small business lending program sent pandemic relief money into unexpected corners of the entertainment industry. The Muppet makers say they received about $2 million to keep their 75 workers employed through the coronavirus shutdown. While legendary names like Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Henson hardly evoke the image of small business, the leaders of modestly sized companies that bear their names say the funds have been essential to keeping ordinary workers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jim Henson Co. employs about 75 people, company spokeswoman Nicole Goldman said in a statement.
Reese Witherspoon Is Mistaken for Carrie Underwood and Both Their Reactions are Pretty Great
Reese Witherspoon was out and about on Sunday when a fan approached her, but not for the usual reasons. "To the woman in the parking lot who just asked me if I was Carrie Underwood: You officially made my day!" To the woman in the parking lot who just asked me if I was Carrie Underwood : You officially made my day ! Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) June 28, 2020Witherspoon wasn't the only one excited by the mix-up. Haha, I swear when I walked away I was like wait, that was totally Reese Witherspoon!
Janelle Mone Encourages Black Lives Matter Allies to Keep Having 'Those Tough Conversations'
Janelle Mone is opening up about how we can all push the Black Lives Matter movement forward and enact real change. "This is an interesting time and an important time for all of us to check our perspective," Mone said. "For me, I'm trying to figure out how to channel my anger. One of the things that I learned about me is that I'm not settling for those who say that they're allies. "Have those tough conversations of why we are even saying Black Lives Matter as though Black people are objects and not subjects to study until the end of time.
Hollywood power publicist and pal to stars Nanci Ryder dies
Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Rene Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrigs disease in Los Angeles. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for Judy earlier this year. Stints at Goldberg-Ehrlich Public Relations and Management and Michael Levine Public Relations followed, before she formed Nanci Ryder Public Relations in 1984, with Fox as her first client. In 1987, she co-founded the firm BWR Public Relations with Paul Baker and Larry Winokur. This spring, the firm's parent company, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, shut down BWR Public Relations, moving staffers or laying them off.
Truex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Martin Truex Jr. cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the first race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway. Truex won the Martinsville grandfather clock on the paperclip-shaped track at just 0.526 miles. Already outspoken on social causes in NASCAR, Wallace denounced the flag and his message spread throughout sports. Boston tweeted questions about the race and seemed to enjoy the action at Martinsville: Do yall be pinned to the TV. Martinsville capped a stretch of seven straight Cup races since it resumed without fans at the track.
Flag ban fallout: Now comes the tricky part for NASCAR
Well try to do that the right way, NASCAR executive vice president Steve ODonnell told SiriusXM on Thursday. It was really cool to see what Bubba was able to do, 2018 NASCAR champion Joey Logano said. And now comes the publicity surrounding the flag ban. As far as the optics, NASCAR didnt have a choice, NASCAR historian Dan Pierce said. But the cynical person in me, especially when youre dealing with NASCAR, is, did they get the OK from their sponsors ahead of time or from NASCAR?
Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor To Write 'Legally Blonde 3' Script
Legally Blonde 3 is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor have been tapped by MGM to pen the script for the long-awaited sequel project, ET has confirmed. Kaling -- best known for creating The Mindy Project and her work on The Office -- starred alongside Witherspoon in the 2018 fantasy adventure A Wrinkle In Time. Legally Blonde came out in 2001, with the sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, coming out two years later. RELATED CONTENT:Luke Wilson Shares an Update on 'Legally Blonde 3' Talks and Where He Sees Elle & Emmett Now (Exclusive)Jennifer Coolidge Shares 'Legally Blonde 3' Update, Says She 'Would Love' to Be Part of It (Exclusive)Reese Witherspoon Reveals Status of 'Legally Blonde 3': 'I'm Having a Great Time Working on It' (Exclusive)
Little Fires Everywhere director Lynn Shelton dies at 54
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, director Lynn Shelton poses at the premiere of the film "Laggies" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed Humpday and Little Fires Everywhere, has died at age 54. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed Humpday and Little Fires Everywhere, has died. Sheltons publicist, Adam Kersh, said in a statement Saturday that she died Friday in Los Angeles from an unidentified blood disorder. He was a frequent collaborator with Shelton, starring in her 2009 film Humpday, which was a depiction of male sexuality through a female lens.
Luke Wilson Shares an Update on 'Legally Blonde 3' Talks and Where He Sees Elle & Emmett Now (Exclusive)
Luke Wilson has a soft spot for Legally Blonde. "Never anything official about them doing another Legally Blonde, but I'd love to do another one. Legally Blonde came out in 2001, with the sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, coming out two years later. While he hasn't "heard anything official," about Legally Blonde 3, he does have an idea of what Elle and Emmett would be up to. RELATED CONTENT:Luke Wilson Is Ready to Reunite With Reese Witherspoon in 'Legally Blonde 3' (Exclusive)Jennifer Coolidge Shares 'Legally Blonde 3' Update, Says She 'Would Love' to Be Part of It (Exclusive)Reese Witherspoon Reveals Which OG 'Legally Blonde' Stars Could Return for 3rd Movie (Exclusive)
Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine
Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine Reese Witherspoon is not just an Oscar-winning actress; she is also a major Hollywood influencer. Her media company, Hello Sunshine, has been behind stories that put a female perspective front-and-center, such as the TV series "Big Little Lies" and "Little Fires Everywhere." Correspondent Rita Braver talks with Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine executives Sarah Harden and Lauren Neustadter about their philosophy, and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting production.cbsnews.com
‘Little Fires Everywhere’ should be your next quarantine TV binge
Before we dive in on how this TV show is a masterclass on race, class and motherhood, let’s talk about how it came together. Based off the book by the same name by Celeste Ng, the TV adaptation stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as two mothers who live in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The co-stars are also executive producers on the show, having a heavy hand in the choices made to adapt the book into a TV series. The first few episodes are a slow burn as we get introduced to the residents of Shaker Heights, but by the middle of episode three, you are completely hooked and it becomes difficult to stop watching. and you can’t fathom watching another season of “The Office,” take a look at “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu.
'Just the beginning,' activists say after cheering Weinstein guilty verdict
(Reuters) - The guilty verdict in the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Monday energized Hollywood celebrities and activists who said it was just the start of their movement to hold abusers accountable. Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Courtroom during his ongoing sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020. One hurdle has been the reluctance of women to go public with accusations, and the Weinstein trial showed that they will continue to face tough grilling in a court of law. Defense lawyers questioned women who testified against Weinstein about their appearance at the time of the alleged attacks, their drinking habits and whether they used Weinstein to land a Hollywood acting job. Though today a man has been found guilty, we have to wonder whether anyone will care about the rest of us tomorrow.feeds.reuters.com