At some Hollyweird event where the seals applauded and cheered.
Everything old is new again in Hollyweird: reboots and revivals. Yet this time they think they are going to “appeal to those of us who elected Donald Trump.”
Another show I won’t be watching.
From Hollywood Reporter: Expect comedian Roseanne Barr to tackle Donald Trump and the current reality of ordinary Americans when a revival of her popular family sitcom debuts on ABC mid-season.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey just isn’t certain Barr will personally identify the U.S. president. “I don’t know whether Roseanne (Barr) will speak about Trump by name. But she’s going to speak very honestly,” Dungey told the Banff World Media Festival on Monday during a keynote address.
“We’re going to be tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today. I’ll leave it that,” she added. Original castmembers Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson will return 30 years after the original Roseanne comedy debuted, this time with new kids and grandchildren thrown into the mix for new story-telling.
“Now we will have three generations — Roseanne, her kids and her kids have kids who are teenagers. So we’ll bring back a point-of-view that has really been missing on the air,” Dungey said. By that, the ABC Entertainment boss is talking about a push by her network to deliver TV shows that speak to U.S. audiences as a whole, including those that elected Donald Trump as the U.S. president, and not just to the coasts.
“Certainly, that something in our development that we’ve been trying to look at more directly,” Dungey said. Roseanne as a sitcom about a working-class family was on air from 1988 to 1997, and will return to ABC for an eight-episode run.
Dungey said the Roseanne reboot is the right TV show for the Trump era. “Roseanne is an established show. It’s an established family, it has an established character. Thirty years ago, Roseanne was speaking very openly about her life and her challenges. And it’s a perfect time to have that voice back to talk about the realities now,” she told Banff delegates.
Dungey said ABC as a broadcaster by nature tries to appeal to a broad audience, but that need has never been more acute than after the recent U.S. election. “What the election revealed was that there’s parts of our country that didn’t feel heard, that they didn’t have a voice (au contraire, Trump was elected!). When you look at how the polling data went in the run-up to the election, it was kind of big surprise to many people that the election turned out as it did,” she recalled.
Apparently guns are only cool when used in make believe Hollyweird acting gigs.
From Daily Mail: They are using their fame to raise awareness of gun violence. Kristen Stewart, Chelsea Handler and January Jones all turned up at the Brady Center’s Bear Awards Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood on Wednesday to support its fight to end the tragic deaths.
Kristen, 27, was co-chair of the starry event that honored the 42-year-old comedienne for speaking out against the issue, while Chelsea’s friend January, 39, presented the award.
The Twilight star showed off her slender figure in a black crop top that gave a glimpse of her tummy paired with an elegant white, tea length skirt with a colorful flower pattern and a ruched pink netting overlay. And the beautiful blonde posed happily with January and Chelsea.
The comedienne, dressed in a shimmering gold strapless dress, was typically frank in her acceptance speech, telling the audience to get over their ‘f*****g fatigue’ about shooting deaths and take responsibility, according to People.
‘I’m not married, I don’t have kids, because I’m smart, I don’t owe anybody anything,’ she joked. ‘Finally I’m at a place in my life where I can stop bitching and moaning for myself and I can start bitching and moaning for other people. I feel really good about that, I do.’
And she added: ‘I don’t ever want to look back at this time and think, “Why the f**k was I sitting there on my bed? Why didn’t I do anything?” ‘
January, best known for her role in Mad Men, donned a red satin dress emblazoned with white stars with a black, statement necklace and matching black shoes.
Kristen explained that one of the reasons she had joined up with the Brady Center was because she wanted to ‘shatter the idea that it’s cool [for children] to play with toy guns.’
‘Little kids grow up thinking that’s going to protect and empower them,’ she added.
The Bear Awards are given in memory of Jim ‘Bear’ Brady to honor those who carry on his legacy in the fight against gun violence. He was in President Ronald Reagan’s administration and was disabled from a gunshot wound during the attempted assassination of Reagan in 1981. He devoted the rest of his life to gun control advocacy, before his death in August 2014 age 73.
Imagine my despair…
From NY Post: Tinseltown’s hopes for a $5 billion summer are already fizzling, with a couple of flicks crashing out of the gate.
Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur” and Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” both disappointed this month, and movie analysts are warning this summer’s box office won’t be as hot as last year, when Disney’s “Finding Dory” was the biggest hit.
When it comes to striking cinema gold, no one needs it more than Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Paramount, which just tapped a new chief executive and got a fresh injection of cash from its China financing deal, needs to find its mojo, and quickly. The studio lost $136 million in 2016 and has paid out steep restructuring and severance charges.
Paramount is behind the upcoming “Baywatch” movie and is releasing a new “Transformers” feature. “If ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ flops, Paramount is in big, big trouble,” said Jeff Bock at Exhibitor Relations, which tallies ticket sales. “They need a billion-dollar hit.”
Sony, meanwhile, is set to roll out “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in partnership with Disney’s Marvel. “They’re planning multiple spinoffs” for Spider-Man, according to Bock. “But you need the flagship firing on all cylinders.” Sony also is releasing “The Emoji Movie” in July, for which expectations are already set low.
The inclusion of the Iron Man character will help juice interest in “Spider-Man,” but “it’s the third reboot in 15 years,” Bock notes.
Last year’s summer box office was $4.4 billion. Anything under that number is going to have Tinseltown in a tizzy, according to the analyst.
A survey conducted by online movie ticketing service Fandango suggests that Warner’s “Wonder Woman,” out on June 2, is the most anticipated movie of the summer, followed by “Spider-Man.”
A strong first quarter at the box office and promising. However the summer sorts out, executives on the lots can always plead their newbie status.
Viacom’s Bob Bakish, who took over as acting CEO in October last year, hired new Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos in March. Twentieth Century Fox has a new chief in Stacey Snider. Sony Pictures Entertainment this month named as its new CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who starts in June. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. parent Time Warner is in the midst of being acquired by AT&T. Only Disney and Universal have left their top executives in place this year.
“I don’t think anyone will judge [Paramount’s] Jim Gianopulos based on this summer,” observes Cowen & Co. entertainment analyst Doug Creutz. “Warner really needs to do well. They had one issue with ‘King Arthur,’ and they have ‘Dunkirk’ coming out, it’s a prestige picture.”
Warner is launching the most original movies versus sequels, and will likely be the biggest spender on marketing this summer.
Keep in mind this womyn is worth $8 million and is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood. But playing the victim card gets you a cover on Glamour magazine to whine about sexism.
The actress opens up about her experience in the industry, as well as what advice she would give to women stepping into that world, for the cover story of Glamour’s June issue (out May 9).
“It’s a scary place,” she says. “You will be rejected. I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway.”
“I’m still used to being paid – like most actresses around the world – a lot less than the boys,” she continues. “We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that’s not the only thing we have.”
“So there are so many things that you will be told,” she adds. “It’ll be scary. There will be strife. But women have incredible endurance and incredible strength. Your ability to deal with it is within you.”
Chopra, 34, moved to the United States to live with her aunt and uncle when she was 12, but moved back to India during her high school years after experiencing serious bullying. “There was this girl who was a major bully. I think she didn’t like me because her boyfriend liked me, or some high school dynamic,” says Chopra. “She made my life hell. She used to call me names and would push me against the locker.”
“High school’s hard for everybody, and then there’s this woman,” she continued. “I asked my mom, What do you think about me coming back?’ She flew down and picked me up.”
Being an Indian woman in the U.S., Chopra believes that many don’t “understand what Indians are.”
“And that’s our fault, a little,” she says. “We tend to forget our roots a bit. As kids [we think], If I’m too Indian, I’ll be put in a box, and people will think of me as different. They’ll think I’m weird, because I eat Indian food or my name is difficult to pronounce.”
“That girl in school used to call me curry,’ ” she adds. “You’re scared of those things. We’re afraid of letting people see the glory of who we are.”
And while she admits we’re living in “an extremely scary time,” Chopra argues that no one should be afraid to be themselves.
“Maybe I, being on the platform that I am, can say this louder than the kid who has to get on the subway and go to school: You don’t need to be afraid of who you are,” she says. “I don’t want any kid to feel the way I felt in school. I was afraid of my bully. It made me feel like I’m less – in my skin, in my identity, in my culture.”
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Hathaway is a proggie. Shocker, not.
Via The Wrap: Anne Hathaway’s latest film, “Colossal,” has been praised for its exploration of how women often face misogynist behavior from men who use their supposed generosity to get what they want.
While talking the film with ABC News, Hathaway talked about another kind of misogyny she’s dealt with in her career: the kind she internalized against female directors.
When asked to name a movie she learned the most from, Hathaway picked the 2011 drama “One Day,” directed by Lone Scherfig. She said that she didn’t trust Scherfig during filming as much as she should have, and to this day that still bothers her.
“I am to this day scared that the reason I didn’t trust her the way I trust some of the other directors I work with is because she’s a woman,” she said. “I hope people understand that it’s hard to admit.”
Hathaway went on to explain that in hindsight, she thinks she didn’t give Scherfig what she needed for the film because she was “resisting her on some level.” She says her reflection on filming “One Day” has impacted how she looks at future films directed by women.
“When I get a script, when I see a first film directed by a woman, I have in the past focused on what was wrong with it,” Hathaway said. “And when I see a first film directed by a man, I focus on what’s right with it. I focus on where he could go with the next one, and I focus on where she failed to go.
“I can only acknowledge that I’ve done that and I don’t want to do that anymore … I, before I realized this, had actively tried to work with female directors,” she continued. “And I still had this mindset buried in there somewhere.”
Hathaway said she planned to call up Scherfig after the interview to discuss her remarks. Scherfig, who directed the Best Picture-nominated film “An Education” in 2009, is currently in pre-production on her next project, “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room.”
“I’ve never apologized to her about it,” Hathaway said. “It wasn’t an issue of professionalism, it wasn’t an issue of … nothing. I hold her in such a dear place in my heart and I think she does for me too.”
Hathaway can be seen costarring with Jason Sudeikis in “Colossal,” which is now playing in select theaters.