MTV Video Music Awards: Beyonce Trounces All Comers
MTV’s annual Video Music Awards wrapped tonight in New York City, with Beyonce taking home the most awards of any single contender. The Lemonade singer took home 8 moon men, 7 for her video “Formation,” and 1 for “Hold Up,” a total that didn’t just dwarf the competition, it trounced it, as only Fifth Harmony and Calvin Harris took home more than one trophe, two each as it happens. Beyonce was of course an easy favorite, as even other contenders – like Kanye West – wanted… Read
MTV VMAs: Kanye West Talks Violence, Taylor Swift & More In Fun But Rambling Speech
It wasn’t on the level of “imma let you finish”, but Kanye West once again sent jaws straight to the floor tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards with the debut of the video for his single “Fade.” A video far too weird to describe, but just know that it features singer Teyana Taylor and her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert, in various stages of weirdness including, at one point, her with the face of a cat. Before the video however, Kanye came out on stage to introduce it… Read
‘Westworld’ Full Length Trailer: There May Be Something Wrong With This World
We’ve known for a while that HBO’s upcoming tv series remake of Westworld is going to differ from the 1973 Michael Crichton film on which it’s based, but the full length trailer that debuted tonight makes those differences explicit. This time out, the problem facing guests of high priced theme park Delos isn’t just a virus causing the androids to spin out of control: it’s that the Androids have gained awareness of their situation, and aren’t remotely happy about it. See… Read
Werner Herzog’s “Rogue” Filmmaking Lessons Questioned By Father Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Killed On Set
UPDATE Richard Jones, father of Sarah Jones – the 27-year-old camera assistant killed two years ago on the Georgia set of Randall Miller’s Midnight Rider – tells Deadline he would like a face-to-face meeting with German filmmaker Werner Herzog in response to the director’s comments that he teaches students “rogue” filmmaking techniques. Jones will be in Los Angeles next month for a September 25 Safety For Sarah walkathon, kicking off at the Santa Monica Pier, to benefit… Read
Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Stirs Day-Long Debate; Spike Lee Says “I Support My Brother”
UPDATED WITH SUNDAY RESPONSES Spike Lee, Montel Williams and Chuck D were among the celebrities speaking out today both for and against the national anthem sit-down protest staged by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Friday. Kaepernick says he’ll continue the protest throughout the season. For a sampling of responses, see below.
PREVIOUS San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he’s ready for the backlash after his refusal to stand for the… Read
‘Bourne’ Back At #1 & ‘Ice Age’ Skates To $300M+, Both With China Assist; ‘Pets’ Passes $700M WW – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Summer is coming to an end in many markets around the world, but that didn't put a massive damper on the box office weekend internationally. Across the Top 10 titles, this frame saw a 46% increase versus last year, buoyed by the performances of Universal’s Jason Bourne and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course out of China.
Bourne rode back to the top of the international box office this weekend, coming off of a $50M start in China which broke records for… Read
Harry Fujiwara Dies: WWE’s Mr. Fuji Was 82
Harry Fujiwara, best known as the professional wrestler Mr. Fuji, whose 31-year career spanned sports entertainment’s growth from regional niche attraction to cultural mainstream, died this morning, World Wrestling Entertainment has announced. He was 82.
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, passed away this morning at the age of 82,” the organization said in a statement. “His career will be remembered by different… Read
‘Team Thor’: See What The God Of Thunder Was Up To During ‘Captain America: Civil War’
Marvel’s Comic-Con 2016 presentation was, by a Galactus-sized distance, the best of Saturday’s Hall H presentations. Along with footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one of the biggest highlights was Team Thor, a hilarious mockumentary put together by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi that shows what the god of thunder was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Unfortunately for those of you who couldn’t make it down to… Read
Cars Damaged During ‘Leisure Seeker’ Shoot In Atlanta: Production Says It Will Pay Deductibles — Update
UPDATED, Sunday, 10:31 AM: The management of The Leisure Seeker film let crew members know today that they will provide rental cars for those whose cars are unusable for the duration of the shoot “as a courtesy” and also “would like to cover” auto insurance deductibles for cars that need repair.
This is a similar response that management for the production of Paramount Pictures’ Rings did for their crew when cars were flooded out in the same spot in the same parking lot… Read
‘Southside With You’ Has Solid Debut Weekend Date: Specialty Box Office
Roadside and Miramax's fairly wide opener Southside With You had a mostly solid start in the final weekend of August. The Sundance 2016 debut grossed over $3 million in 813 theaters – many more locations than other newcomers – making it by far the biggest grosser among the new Specialty releases Friday to Sunday. Among other titles making their bows, the restored re-release of Howards End managed to score the highest per theater average as of Sunday morning. The Cohen… Read
Charles Osgood Announces Retirement: Mellow-Voiced Anchor of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Ends 22-Year Run September 25
Charles Osgood has announced his retirement as anchor of CBS Sunday Morning, calling an end to a remarkable 22-year reign of the popular, quietly eye-opening program. Osgood, who has been at CBS for 45 years, has set September 25 as his final broadcast as anchor of Sunday Morning, and CBS plans a celebration of his career during the episode.
The network says Osgood, 84, will continue as the anchor of The Osgood File on CBS Radio Network and various stations, and he’ll… Read
‘Don’t Breathe’ Screams $26M+, Gives Sony 3rd Summer Cash Cow After ‘Sausage Party’, ‘Shallows’: Sunday Update
7TH Update, Sunday AM Sony Screen Gems/Stage 6’s Don’t Breathe is on its way to a $26.1M opening after a fantastic Saturday. Don’t Breathe‘s opening not only gives Screen Gems its best August opener ever following 2010’s Takers ($20.5M), but it’s the third in a string of profitable Sony summer titles after The Shallows ($17M cost, $85M global B.O.) and Sausage Party ($19M cost, $86M global B.O.), all driven by heavy digital marketing campaigns. Don’t Breathe‘s opening… Read