Golden Globes TV: ‘Will & Grace’ Returns, ‘SMILF’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Big Little Lies’, ‘Feud’ & ‘Sinner’ Join Race
Thirteen years after Will & Grace landed its last Golden Globe nominations, the multi-camera comedy is back in awards contention with two Globe nominations, best comedy series and best actor in a comedy series, Eric McCormick. While the rest of the series’ ensemble — all multiple Golden Globe nominees — were left out, this is a strong return for the 1990s staple in an era where multi-camera sitcoms are largely shunned in awards races in favor of single-camera comedies.
Golden Globe Movies Analysis: Wide-Open Oscar Season Just Got A Lot Wider
Here is what this morning’s Golden Globes nominations tell us about momentum this awards season and Oscar chances:
After a very slow start with critics groups, Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water is the real deal, gaining a leading seven Globes nominations in every category in which it had a chance. This comes on top of its leading 14 nominations in last week's Critics' Choice Awards. It is definitely a strong contender to keep up the heat at this point.
Bitcoin Arrives On Wall Street, Bringing Good News For Blockchain Entertainment
Bitcoin, the digital currency based on blockchain technology, exploded in price last week, shooting up to a high-water mark of $19,000 per single coin. It has since retraced to the $15,000 level, but is holding firm in that territory.
If some observers can be believed, this week’s run-up in price is a prelude to bitcoin hitting heights undreamed of when it was selling for several cents. In fact, John McAfee, the founder of the computer anti-virus software that bears his… Read
BBC’s Global Production Shakeup: An Analysis
The BBC's merger of its global commercial division BBC Worldwide and its production arm BBC Studios will free up the British pubcaster to compete against the likes of Netflix and Amazon in the digital age, but also will lead to several short-term road bumps.
The move is the latest in a long line of "seismic" decisions made by the corporation to future-proof it and comes less than a year after BBC Studios was launched as a commercial subsidiary to allow it to make shows… Read
AT&T-Time Warner Merger Antitrust Review Casting Pall Over Fox Talks
As a growing list of potential buyers explore talks with 21st Century Fox, any deal will hinge on the actions of a powerful player that’s not present at the negotiating table: the Justice Department.
The outcome of the DOJ’s antitrust review of AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner may determine whether media conglomerates like Comcast or Verizon make a bid for some of Fox’s entertainment assets.
If the Trump Administration moves to block the AT&T-Time… Read
Fox-Disney Deal Would Redraw Battle Lines: “Content Is The Weapon Of Choice”
Personalities, egos and dollar signs never can be discounted when sizing up major media business maneuvers, but one motivation above all others led 21st Century Fox and Disney to the negotiating table: the rapidly shifting media landscape.
With streaming services like Netflix luring away cable TV subscribers with increasing speed and threatening traditional business models, distributors such as AT&T and Comcast have gained leverage through consolidation. This new reality… Read
New Republic Publisher Hamilton Fish Quits Amid Harassment Allegations – Update
2ND UPDATE, 5:40 PM: Hamilton Fish has resigned as president and publisher of The New Republic magazine, amid allegations of harassment and inappropriate behavior with women who reported to them. The magazine’s owner, Win McCormack, broke the news Friday in a memo to staffers. The resignation comes days after Fish was asked to take a leave of absence pending an investigation. “This won’t mean an end to the inquiry we’ve commissioned,” McCormack said, “as we want to… Read
Broadway Box Office Takes A Nosedive But ‘Come From Away’ Is Flying High At $1.3M
UPDATE Tuesday: The average price paid for Come From Away tickets last week was $156.12.
EARLIER: A slowish week at the Broadway box office didn’t have much impact on the established order of things (see Top 5 below), but it did allow a few others to grab some sunshine. Come From Away, the feel-good holdover from last season, continues to rock at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre. The musical took in $1.33 million last week, a nifty 6% above its gross… Read
Boss Boosts Broadway B.O. With $2.3M Draw, $500 Ducat
It didn’t take long for one Jersey boy to take Broadway by storm, filling the void left when Jersey Boys shuttered in January after 12 socko years. Bruce Springsteen began previews of his solo show last week at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr and guess what? He didn’t displace Hamilton from the top-grossing spot, yet – but then again he only did five performances; give him another week (Springsteen on Broadway officially opens Thursday).
The rest of his numbers may pale in… Read
Moody Broadway Box Office Slips 10% As ‘Cats’ Yowls With $187K Scratch
The Jewish High Holy Days are upon us and public schools are returning to disorder, which can only mean one thing, Broadway-wise: There were lotsa butts somewhere – just not not in Theater District seats. Nearly 20 percent of the inventory went unspoken for and the till was down 10 percent from the previous week, which wasn’t much to write home about either, unless you were waiting attendance on Bette Midler returning from vacay to Hello, Dolly!.
The temporarily shrinking… Read
If ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Brings A Movie Laugh, It Won’t Be A Minute Too Soon
Here's a sobering thought (as if we needed one): Fox's action-comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, opening Friday, could do as well as its 2015 predecessor and this still would be the worst year for live-action screen comedy since, possibly, ever.
As of this week, only one live-action comedy has cracked the year's top 20. That would be Girls Trip, which has taken in $114.5 million since Universal released it in July, putting it at or near the No. 19 spot, just… Read
With Lectures & Political Reprimands, Hollywood’s Angriest Awards Season Has Begun
It's hard to recall a season when Hollywood has been so harshly at odds with so much of its potential audience. On Wednesday, Robert Redford became the latest in a growing string of celebrities to pepper the summer/fall film promotions with reprimands and recrimination.
"We've lost our moral foundation," the Oscar winner told Esquire, speaking of the year-ago presidential election in an interview keyed to the upcoming Netflix release of Our Souls at Night, in which the… Read