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The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dies at 53 After Brain Cancer Battle
The group announced the news via their website and Facebook page with a message from the rocker’s family.
“Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.
“Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips. »
- Stephanie Petit
Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head
Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producer accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.
More to come...
- Lesley Goldberg
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel
Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”
Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”
A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »
- Kate Erbland
Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed
Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.
The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:
Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).
Continue reading Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Riz Ahmed in talks to bring modern-day Hamlet to Netflix
Riz Ahmed has had a stellar year, with breakout roles in HBO’s The Night Of, being part of the cast of Rogue One, and winning an Emmy for his work on the former, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so. The actor is riding high and is using some of that well-earned clout to tackle his dream project, which involves playing the lead in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest »
- Matt Rooney
Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.
The movie is »
- Dave McNary
Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84
Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.
Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”
Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”
Her 1959 essay »
- Pat Saperstein
‘Fox & Friends’ Defends Trump’s Call to Soldier’s Widow: ‘Not Something You Should Be Complaining About’
The set on “Fox & Friends” moved into damage control on Wednesday after reports that President Donald Trump told the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier that “he knew what he signed up for.” Co-host Ainsley Earhardt chided the president’s armchair critics and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who claimed Tuesday that she had heard the president’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. Johnson was one of four special-services soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. “Out of all the things you want to complain about the president, this is not something you should be complaining about, »
- Jon Levine
Lifetime and NeueHouse to Launch Luminaries Screening Series With ‘Flint’
Lifetime has partnered with NeueHouse Madison Square Women’s Forum on a screening and panel series that will showcase the network’s upcoming movies from “Flint” to “I Am Elizabeth Smart.” Dubbed the “Luminaries” screening series, the goal is to showcase a slate of films that celebrate women and their impact on today’s world.
“Women are powerful storytellers and the female perspective needs to be amplified,” said Jamie Singer, CEO Ussie and head of the NeueHouse Madison Square Women’s Forum. “Lifetime has brought together some of the most inspiring women in Hollywood to share their stories. I am honored that we get to support them with NeueHouse as well as learn from them privately through this partnership.”
The screening series will debut on Oct. 23 with “Flint” starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland, followed by “I Am Elizabeth Smart” with Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden on Nov. 13. Other films in »
- Rebecca Rubin
Gord Downie, Tragically Hip Frontman, Dies at 53
The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died. He was 53. Downie died on Tuesday night, per his family, with his children close by. His passing was not unexpected. “Gord said he had lived many lives,” the Downie Family said in a statement to the media. “As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies.” Also Read: 'Project Runway' Alum Mychael Knight Dies at 39 “At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend,” it continued. “No one worked harder on every. »
- Tony Maglio
MGM Resorts Slammed for ‘Sick and Disgusting’ #VegasStrong Ad
MGM International is being slammed online for a new television commercial released this week just weeks after the deadly mass shooting at the company’s Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino earlier this month. “I saw an ad for MGM properties on TV using the tragedy as a reason to spend money with them…. Sick And Disgusting!!!!” wrote one commenter on Twitter. “Are you monetizing off a mass shooting?” wrote another. Also Read: Las Vegas Gun Show Canceled A rep for MGM did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. The 30-second spot, titled “Together We Shine,” creates a »
- Jon Levine
A TV Executive Sexually Assaulted Me: A Critic’s Personal Story
I told a lie in 2015. A lie to save my life.
I wrote a post in May of that year telling people I was taking two months off to deal with family issues. It wasn’t entirely a falsehood. My father had died about a year earlier and my mother was dying (she passed away last fall). The last few years were a difficult, grindingly draining time that changed me enormously.
Still, my parents’ illnesses and deaths didn’t break me. The television executive who sexually assaulted me in 2014 broke me.
And that was the real reason I took that leave in 2015: I needed to heal, mentally and spiritually, and I had to think about whether I even wanted to stay in this industry.
I look around at what occurred with Harvey Weinstein (and Cosby, and Ailes, and so on), and I have agonized over whether I made the right decision.
In the summer »
- Maureen Ryan
David Letterman Is Tired of Conan Complaining About His Literal Gift Horse (Video)
David Letterman is a gift-giver, which really works with his new Santa look. The former “Late Show” host joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Brooklyn on Tuesday, where the bushily bearded legend was just happy “to be out of the house,” he said. But Letterman had a bone to pick with another of their late-night brethren: Conan O’Brien. You see, Dave sent the TBS personality a horse — yes, a real, live one — and Conan’s having a tough time with the upkeep. That was also the topic of conversation when O’Brien visited Stephen Colbert’s show — Letterman’s old »
- Tony Maglio
‘Morning Joe’ Slams Trump’s ‘Complete Disconnect’ From Humanity After Call to Combat Widow
“Morning Joe” opened up its first hours Wednesday on a somber note, reacting to a report that Donald Trump told the grieving widow of a fallen U.S. solider that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” “Put this into a long list of strange bizarre interactions that the president has on a daily basis. We could find 10 or 11 or 12 yesterday of public record that just again shows a complete disconnect from the rest of humanity,” said host Joe Scarborough. “A complete disconnect from compassion, a complete disconnect from basic human emotions that we teach our children from »
- Jon Levine
Watch David Letterman Return to Late Night TV on 'Kimmel'
Two years after retiring from The Late Show, David Letterman returned to late night television Tuesday when he visited Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition to a 15-minute interview, Letterman also reunited with his former bandleader Paul Shaffer, who's serving the same role this week while Jimmy Kimmel's show films in Brooklyn.
"Paul, you didn't tell me you work here now," Letterman yelled over to Shaffer upon sitting down at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Over the course of the interview, Letterman discussed his upcoming Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony, »
Women Powered Summer Box Office Successes, New Data Shows
Women and millennial men were two key audience segments responsible for the summer’s most successful films, according to a new study released by marketing data analytics firm Movio.
Although the summer season overall was one of the worst in recent history — a 14.6% drop in domestic grosses from last summer — the study focused on the summer films that performed the best, rather than those that flopped. There were, after all, several major successes, including “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s smash hit “Dunkirk,” and comedy breakout “Girls Trip.”
The Movio research examined those who go to the movies fewer than four times a year (deemed “infrequent moviegoers”) who typically make up about 14% of a movie’s audience. Many of the summer’s most successful films, it found, pulled in a larger percentage. For example, the audience for “Girls Trip” — which grossed $115 million domestic off a relatively low budget — was 25% infrequent moviegoers.
More specifically, »
- Seth Kelley
Harvey Weinstein Timeline: The Awards and the Accusations
The Weinstein brothers found Miramax, named after parents Miriam and Max.
Paula Wachowiak, production assistant on The Burning, says Weinstein was nude in front of her, signing checks.
The concert film The Secret Policeman's Other Ball is the company's first success.
Weinstein rapes British actress Lysette Anthony in her home in London, she alleges.
Aspiring actress Tomi-Ann Roberts encounters Weinstein naked in a bathtub; he asks »
- THR Staff
Harvey Weinstein in Cannes: Why the King of the Croisette Was Called "The Pig"
Harvey Weinstein embodied the essence of Cannes, a city synonymous with glamour that simultaneously struggles with corruption and criminality. For decades, he was King of the Croisette. But while publicly he was surrounded by distinguished awards and the paparazzi-driven flash of the world's most prestigious film festival, behind the glare he looked more like a crude and vulgar bully and, many women claim, a brutal and dangerous sexual predator.
Weinstein spent much of his time just outside of Cannes at the Hotel du Cap, the luxury resort on the Cote d'Azur. It was there, according to Italian actress Asia »
- Dana Kennedy
Magnolia Nabs Worldwide Rights to Obama Documentary ‘The Final Year’ (Exclusive)
Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to “The Final Year,” a behind-the-scenes look at Barack Obama’s foreign policy team, Variety has learned. The HBO documentary was directed by Greg Barker. It unfolds during the 44th president’s last year in office, following America’s top diplomats and political advisors as they grapple with the rise of Isis, try to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran, and attempt to bring attention to the issue of global warming. The film profiles several key members of Obama’s staff, including Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Adviser and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and President Obama himself.
The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at the BFI London Film Festival. It will next show as the opening night selection of Doc NYC on Nov. 9. Magnolia plans to »
- Brent Lang
Trump Denies He Made ‘Sarcastic’ Call to Fallen Soldier’s Widow: ‘Totally Fabricated’
President Donald Trump sharply denounced as “totally fabricated” a Florida congresswoman’s claim that he “sarcastically” told the widow of a U.S. soldier killed this month in Niger that he “must’ve known what he signed up for.” “Sad!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning of U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who said Tuesday that she overheard the president’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson on speakerphone. “And I have proof,” Trump added, without further detail. Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad! »
- Thom Geier
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