'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
AP Was There: The surreal first day of the pandemic
On the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Koloud “Kay” Tarapolsi reflected the views of many people when she told an Associated Press reporter: “If we avoid each other and listen to the scientists, maybe in a few weeks it will be better."
Tom Hanks and Tina Fey Do Their Best to Salvage SNL’s COVID-Stricken 2021 Finale
NBCThe situation at 30 Rock’s Studio 8H was a fluid one fraught with uncertainty.Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the New York Post reported that there had been a COVID outbreak of sorts among the Saturday Night Live cast, with “a set insider” telling the paper “that ‘four actors’ have tested positive for coronavirus—and ‘three others’ have called out because they are now ‘fearful’ about coming to NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center, where the weekly sketch show is filmed in Midtown.” SNL subsequently anews.yahoo.com
Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting
Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fired a fatal gunshot from a prop gun that he had been told was safe, seven camera crew members for the movie he was filming walked off the job to protest conditions and production issues that included safety concerns.
That boat in the Suez Canal is unstuck and the internet is so happy for it
Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship blocks the Suez Canal almost a week after it got stuck sideways in the crucial waterway, Monday, March 29, 2021. Engineers on Monday "partially refloated" the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be fully set free. After what seems like eternity (OK, it was only six days), the massive shipping boat -- that has been blocking traffic in the Suez Canal in Egypt -- is now unstuck. Some pointed out that the giant ship is basically a metaphor for our lives now. * — Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) March 29, 2021Happy trails, giant cargo ship!
Oscars surprises, snubs include Glenn Close, ‘Da 5 Bloods’
It’s a rare year when most of the Oscar nomination surprises are good ones, but 2020 was also a rare year for moviegoing and awards campaigns. Here’s our rundown of the snubs and surprises in the 93rd Academy Award nominations. FEMALE DIRECTORS GET THEIR SHOTFor 92 Academy Awards, only 5 women had ever been nominated for best director and never more than one in the same year. This year, the dubious honor goes to Glenn Close for her portrayal of Mamaw in Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, the film was well received, but seemed like a long shot for the major Oscars categories.
After pandemic year, weary world looks back — and forward
The country of 60 million people has had more than 1.5 million confirmed cases, including more than 50,000 deaths. They probably have that virus.”AdMore than once during the pandemic, Kuo and others in her family encountered that kind of racism. Kuo recalls being constantly stressed; it seemed grocery store shelves were always out of basic foods and toilet paper. Or her 1½-year-old brother, who has grown from an infant into a toddler in the course of the pandemic, opens her bedroom door. A year from now, on March 11, 2022, she pictures herself doing all the things she missed in this endless pandemic year.
The Latest: Alaska opens vaccines to all 16 or older
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker shows Alaska leading states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Larry Hogan said Tuesday, citing improving COVID-19 health metrics and increasing vaccinations. It was unclear what authority state officials might be able to exert on federal facilities. — County health officials in Wyoming have detected the coronavirus variant that originated in South Africa. Another 16 million doses are expected to be shipped by the end of the month.
Academy Museum to honor Sophia Loren, Haile Gerima at gala
Director Haile Gerima appears at the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 2, 2008, left, and Sophia Loren arrives at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2019. Loren and independent filmmaker Haile Gerima will be honored with special awards by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. (Photos by Andrew Medichini/AP, left, and Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is assembling a star-studded cast for its opening gala in September. Italian screen legend Sophia Loren and independent filmmaker Haile Gerima will be honored with special awards, and Tom Hanks, Annette Bening and Bob Iger are being saluted for their efforts to raise $388 million for the long gestating museum, the organization said Monday. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the historic Saban Building.
Fonda says Hollywood needs more diversity after Globes honor
In this video grab issued Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, by NBC, Jane Fonda accepts the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. (NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – Just like in her career, Jane Fonda used the Golden Globes’ platform to speak on deeper issues calling for greater diversity in Hollywood while praising the “community of storytellers” as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. While wearing an all-white suit, Fonda raised the Globes’ highest honor above her head Sunday before commending storytellers for their vital role in troubled times. She is the daughter of Oscar winner Henry Fonda, who died in 1982, and sister of Peter Fonda, who died in 2019. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
William McRaven adapts bestseller 'Make Your Bed' for kids
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas. McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is continuing his career as an author. McRaven is adapting his best-selling Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World for younger audiences. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced Monday that McRaven's Make Your Bed With Skipper the Seal will come out Oct. 12. William McRaven is adapting his best-selling “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World” for younger audiences.
Kate Hudson in, Spike Lee out and more Golden Globe chaos
From the Kate Hudson movie that no one has heard of to the very awkward shut out of Spike Lee, here’s a look at some of the biggest surprises of the morning. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t surprised to hear Kate Hudson’s name announced among the best actress nominees. Lee’s acclaimed Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods” was expected to be a shoo-in for any number of categories: Best picture, best director, best actor for Delroy Lindo or supporting actor for Chadwick Boseman, who died last year. The Globe nominations also tested our understanding of what constitutes a film with some interesting categorizations and nominations, putting Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology film series in a television category. The filmed “Hamilton” performance on Disney+, meanwhile, was eligible in the film categories and picked up two nominations.
Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award
FILE - Actress Jane Fonda appears at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 12, 2018. The Golden Globes will bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Fonda during the 78th annual awards show next month. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Jane Fonda cemented herself into Hollywood allure as a chameleonlike actor and social activist, and now the Golden Globes will honor her illustrious career with its highest honor. Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 78th annual awards ceremony on Feb. 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
"The Simpsons" yet again made eerily accurate predictions – this time about Inauguration Day
Many people couldn't help but draw similarities between Inauguration Day 2021 and the past. In the episode, Lisa Simpson, who becomes president, wears a purple jacket and pearls. On Inauguration Day, Vice President Kamala Harris wore the same outfit. Vice President Kamal Harris wore an eerily similar outfit to President Lisa Simpson on her first day in office. The parallels between the animated universe and Inauguration Day don't end there.cbsnews.com
"Celebrating America": A primetime special hosted by Tom Hanks
"Celebrating America": A primetime special hosted by Tom Hanks Tom Hanks hosted "Celebrating America," a primetime special that included musical performances and guests after President Biden and Vice President Harris took the oath of office.cbsnews.com
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. He had performed during the inaugural celebration for Obama in 2009, but turned down a chance to perform for Trump in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The celebrity component only increased over time, and one of the starriest inaugurations was that of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
An inauguration unlike any other amid a pandemic, unrest
Final preparations are made ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. What to watch for on Inauguration Day:THE SWEARING-INBiden's oath of office is the only essential. Others say the first eyewitness account of a president using those words came at Chester Arthur’s inauguration in 1881. Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will read an original poem, “The Hill We Climb.”THE SPEECHA president’s inauguration speech is designed to set the tone and the policies the new administration will pursue. The National Mall is closed and just a fraction of the tickets usually handed out for an inauguration will be distributed.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Tom Hanks plays Civil War veteran from San Antonio in engaging new film News of the World
click to enlarge Universal PicturesTom Hanks stars as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Confederate veteran who takes responsibility for a 10-year-old orphan. The former owner of a newspaper printing press in San Antonio, Kidd now earns a living as a news reader. “When [the war] was over, it was all gone,” Hanks’ Kidd says in the film. “Cities often overwhelm me, [but] San Antonio is different,” Jiles told Texas Monthly during a 2016 interview. That would be 11 years after News of the World takes place.sacurrent.com
Upcoming Western film sets Tom Hanks on a journey to Castroville, Texas
click to enlarge Universal PicturesUniversal Pictures just released the trailer for Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass’ new film,. Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles, the film stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks () as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a widowed Civil War veteran who is entrusted to take a young girl to live with her aunt and uncle in Castroville, Texas.Set in the 1870s, Hanks’ character is a news reader – someone who traveled from town to town reading newspapers to townsfolk for a dime to keep them abreast of what was happening in the world. During one of his trips, he comes across a 10-year-old girl who has just been released by a Native American tribe after four years in captivity.Prior to, Greengrass was nominated for an Academy Award for his incredible 2007 drama– the story of the hijacking of the 9/11 flight that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers rushed the hijackers to try to retake control of the airplane. Greengrass also worked with Hanks on the 2013 dramatic thriller– the true story of a 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.Hanks’ last film was the war movie, which hit Apple TV earlier this year. After, he is scheduled to star in the post-apocalyptic dramaand an untitled Elvis Presley movie directed by Baz Luhrmann ().is set to hit theaters Christmas Day.sacurrent.com
Sony sold theater-bound 'Greyhound' to Apple for $70 million, but this deal won't become the norm for the studio
Sony Pictures may have sold the Tom Hanks-helmed "Greyhound" to Apple for $70 million, but that doesn't mean that the studio is shifting away from movie theaters. In the midst of "tremendous unknowns" in the movie industry due to coronavirus, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra opted to sell the film to Apple's streaming service. "We are completely dedicated to the theatrical world, but this is an opportunity that arose and we took it." The deal was approved by Hanks and gives Apple the streaming rights to the film for 15 years. "We think that theatrical release is vitally important to the film industry and to generating the most revenue and profit," Vinciquerra said.cnbc.com
Apple-Sony deal for Tom Hanks movie was driven by coronavirus shutdowns
Apple just made its biggest-ever movie acquisition for its AppleTV+ service "Greyhound," the World War II battleship drama starring and written by Tom Hanks and produced by Sony. Sony will retain the right to distribute the movie in China, where it could eventually put it in theaters, these people say. A source close to the situation tells me that the studio shopped the film to Netflix and Apple, but Apple was willing to pay more. Bloomberg reported earlier on Tuesday that Apple is looking to buy old TV shows for Apple TV+. Industry insiders say that with production stoppages, shows are being shopped around to all the streamers.cnbc.com
Utopia novelist pens new book
Diane CauseyCorrespondentPoignant and unforgettable stories of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in tragic times is a statement often used to describe the writings of poet and novelist Paulette Jiles. Although her writings are fiction, many are based on actual events or real characters from early Texas. Some Utopia friends had an ancestor who traveled to the frontier towns reading the newspapers for a few extra pennies and dimes. Jiles used this character to create her novel, News of the World, named one of the top five best books in the National Book Award for fiction in 2018. The ladies at Main Street Utopia will host a book signing on Friday, May 15, at the store location 282 Main St. in Utopia.uvaldeleadernews.com
Coronavirus live updates: Virus reaches all 50 states, stock futures fall, Pentagon sending respirators and ventilators
This is CNBC's live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. "In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Blue | Getty ImagesThe NBA's Brooklyn Nets said four players tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and one player is exhibiting symptoms. Ned Lamont told CNBC he's concerned that the number of ventilators in the state wouldn't be enough to handle a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. He said they are necessary to ensure a flattening of the curve essentially trying to limit the surge of coronavirus cases.cnbc.com
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson released from hospital after coronavirus treatment
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. The couple left hospital and were in self-quarantine, son Chet Hanks said in a video message on his Instagram account. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been released from an Australian hospital after being treated for the new coronavirus. Hanks announced last Thursday on Instagram that he and his wife had come down with the virus. The couple were released from the Gold Coast University Hospital and are now quarantining themselves in their rented Queensland home, media reports say.cnbc.com