Family-Branded Films On Fire At The B.O.: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Embraces $89M+; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $40M
3rd Writethru, Saturday 11:45PM: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster.
After a $38.6M Saturday that saw a 64% spike over Friday, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is now looking at $89.7M in its second run at No. 1, followed by Lionsgate’s theatrical reboot of 1990s franchise Saban’s Power Rangers which is looking at $40M.
Granted, Beauty and the… Read
‘Westworld’ Team On The Series’ Super-Engaged Fan Base, Music Hints & Being Part Of The Solution – PaleyFest
As the 34th annual Paleyfest winds toward its conclusion, The Paley Center for Media has saved some of the best panels for last, with an evening session Saturday for hit HBO series Westworld. Based on the 1973 film directed by Michael Crichton, the sci-fi series has embraced the mysteries at its core, dropping clues for viewers as to the future of the Westworld amusement park and its androids coming to self-awareness, and generating record ratings and serious fan… Read
Boris Epshteyn, Donald Trump White House Press Official, To Leave Post
White House press office official Boris Epshteyn is leaving his post at the White House, reports The New York Times. Epshteyn had been known for his tumultuous relationship with TV producers and argumentative style on television.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast And EPs Talk “Huge Twist” And Final Episodes – PaleyFest
The Pretty Little Liars stars greeted excited fans at Saturday's PaleyFest event, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding, as well as creator and showrunner I. Marlene King and executive producer Joseph Dougherty were in attendance to dish on the last 10 episodes of the hit Freeform series, which comes to its conclusion this summer after its seven-season… Read
Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”
Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat.
The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… Read
Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike
Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration.
There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read
Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update
UPDATE The livestreamed memorial service has closed.
UPDATE with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams.
Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… Read
Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’ Producer Was 76
Richard A. Roth, producer of the romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42, died March 17 at his home in New York City. He was 76.
His death was announced by his family.
He was a producer of 1975’s Gene Wilder-directed The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.
According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the Summer of ’42 screenplay from a slush pile. He borrowed… Read
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters: Tom Holland Slings Through New York
Spider-Man: Homecoming showed some more Big Apple love today, tweeting a new poster image depicting the Marvel superhero on his New York City turf. The poster, depicting Spidey scaling a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway sign, comes a day after two others were tweeted.
In yesterday’s posters, he’s spider-walking up the Avengers’ building with the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in the background, and lounging in a park, with the Avengers’ and Chrysler buildings… Read
SAG-AFTRA Blasts Local Spanish-Language Radio Stations for Not Paying Minimum Wage
Accusing local Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and La Mega of multiple violations of state and federal labor law – including paying some on-air talent less than minimum wage – SAG-AFTRA today urged the stations to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract.
The stations' on-air talent voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the union last August, but the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on what would become the first on-air union… Read
‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman Defies An Empire
Nicole Kidman embodies trailblazer Gertrude Bell — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, political officer and spy for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century – in Werner Herzog's upcoming drama Queen of the Desert.
Based on the true story of the extraordinary woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East, the film follows Bell (Kidman) as she chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it… Read
NCAA Basketball Tops Friday Ratings; ‘The Originals’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Tick Up In Demo
CBS scored with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage on Friday. In the non-time adjusted fast affiliate ratings, the network’s sports coverage drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 and 7.92 million viewers. That was up from Thursday’s NCAA telecast (2.0 in 18-49), from last Friday’s (1.5, 4.9 million), and the corresponding Friday last year (1.6). CBS was the dominant No.1 for the night in 18-49, equaling the 18-49 fast national deliveries of the other four English-speaking… Read