Anne Hathaway, Julie Taymor Spin Bleak Magic In Searing Drone Drama ‘Grounded’
Rarely has the phrase “torn from the headlines” burned with as much relevance as it does with Grounded, the mesmerizing show that opened Sunday at the Public Theater. George Brant’s one-woman play about America’s shift to drone warfare may have been written four years ago (and performed elsewhere around the country), but its divisive subject is as current as the front page of today’s New York Times.
And its relevance is heightened by the fact that a war perceived… Read
Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN
While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men.
“The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read
Bruce Jenner Interview: ABC News Launches Conversation Tonight
In just a few hours, the world will know how to talk about Bruce Jenner again.
Diane Sawyer's much ballyhooed sit-down with the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner-turned-Kardashian patriarch is scheduled to air tonight at 9 PM ET, ending weeks of speculation, not as to what he will say, but how he will say it, at what point in the two-hour interview he will say it, what he'll be wearing when he says it and myriad other questions too embarrassing and/or idiotic to… Read
Dr. Oz Blasts Doctors Demanding His Columbia University Ouster
Dr. Oz today blasted the “10 mysterious doctors” who’d signed the “brazen letter” calling for his dismissal from his post at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The letter to the school's Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, said Oz repeatedly has shown “disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," of “promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain,” and of having “misled and endangered” the… Read
New Study Finds Old Stereotypes Still Keeping Female Directors Down
Men outnumbered women 23-to-1 as directors of the 1,300 top-grossing films since 2002, according to a new study conducted by Women In Film and the Sundance Institute, which found gender stereotyping to be one of the main reasons for the disparity.
"Having completed this three-year study, we now know that female filmmakers face deep-rooted presumptions from the film industry about their creative qualifications, sensibilities, tendencies and ambitions," said Cathy Schulman… Read
Ben Affleck Names His Slave-Owning Ancestor After PBS Show Debacle
One day after Ben Affleck wrote on Facebook that he had lobbied PBS’ Finding Your Roots producer to withhold revealing he has a slave-owning ancestor, the actor took the high road and tweeted information about the relative:
Lots of people have been asking who the guy was. His name was Benjamin Cole – lived in Georgia on my Mom's side about six generations back.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 22, 2015
In marked contrast, Finding Your Roots producer (and Harvard… Read
Fortitude Takes On Sales For QED’s Cannes Slate; What Will They Have To Sell?
Fortitude International is coming to QED Intl’s rescue just in time for Cannes with Nadine De Barros and her sales team handling sales at the market for the troubled company. De Barros and her Fortitude colleagues will handle remaining sales on QED titles Rock the Kasbah, The Family Fang, Franny, Time Out of Mind and Strange But True. Not included in the line-up are Bruce Lee pic Birth of the Dragon and Robert De Niro-Zak Efron two-hander Dirty Grandpa, both of which are… Read
David Spade Channels His Inner Britt McHenry In Mean-Boy Tirade: Funny Or Die
As ESPN’s suspension of suddenly notorious reporter Britt McHenry’s winds to a close, Funny or Die takes a look back at each breathtaking moment of the mean-girl tirade against a towing-company clerk that started it all, as interpreted by David Spade, with an assist from Jon Lovitz.
ESPN last week suspended McHenry after what appeared to be security-camera footage surfaced of her exchange with the towing-company clerk.
Even after the clerk mentioned that their exchange was… Read
No BBC Ban On Jeremy Clarkson: Shelved ‘Top Gear’ Footage Set For Air
Jeremy Clarkson is returning to the BBC — sort of. The broadcaster will go forward with airing footage from the last three episodes of Top Gear‘s most recent season. The hit motoring series was pulled in March after Clarkson was suspended for a dust-up with a producer, leaving BBC Two and other networks including BBC America scrambling to reschedule programming while Clarkson's fate was decided. Ultimately, the BBC said it would not renew the host's contract. Although not… Read
Victims’ Families Urge Media Restraint On Aurora Theater Massacre Trial Coverage
Monday brings the trial of the alleged mass murderer of patrons at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. A group representing the survivors and families of victims of nine of the worst mass shootings in American history is urging news organizations not to sensationalize trial coverage and to "to stop the gratuitous use" of the confessed killer's name and photo.
In a letter sent to 150 news organizations around the country, the group, called No… Read
PBS Launches Investigation Into ‘Finding Your Roots’ Censorship After Ombudsman Blasts Handling
Updated with Ben Affleck’s explanation:
PBS and WNET have launched an investigation into Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s decision to censor his celebrity-genealogy series Finding Your Roots after getting a request from one of its “megastar” subjects. PBS and WNET’s announcement today coincides with a report from PBS ombudsman Mike Getler, blasting Gates’ handling of the situation and PBS’ initial reaction.
“PBS and WNET are conducting an internal review led by our respective… Read
L.A. Theater Actors Vote 2-To-1 Against Minimum Wage
Stage actors in Los Angeles have voted overwhelmingly against a proposal that would require small-theater producers to pay them at least minimum wage. Local members of Actors’ Equity Association voted nearly 2-to-1 against the pay raise — 2,046 to 1,075 — but a union official noted that the vote is "only advisory" to the Equity Council, which is meeting now in New York to decide the matter.
Under the union's 99-seat waiver plan, small-theater owners in L.A. have been… Read