FROM Matthew Belloni
When healthcare became personal, Jimmy Kimmel got political Prior to this year, Jimmy Kimmel was the last late night host you'd expect to take on a political issue. Then, he had a son who needed open heart surgery. Now, Kimmel is loudly speaking out against the newest healthcare bill.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Heading into Emmy weekend, streamers Netflix and Hulu are in the game, but Amazon, not so much . Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said he wants a Game of Thrones' style hit, but so far, they haven't found it. It's been a dismal summer at the box office for everyone except Warner Brothers. Wonder Woman was a hit and now the horror movie It is heading into its second weekend and set to clobber the competition . The buzz from the Toronto Film Festival is...where's the buzz? There were a lot of fun movies, but no Oscar frontrunners yet.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Actor Ed Skrein dropped out of Hellboy in response to fan outcry about whitewashing . It's a significant move, and the first time an actor has ever willingly dropped out of a project for this reason, saying the role should go to someone whose ethnicity matches that from the source material, which in this case is Asian. With the kickoff of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, Oscar season has officially begun. It's welcome relief for film lovers who are sick of comic book movies.
Ed Skrein departs 'Hellboy' after fans call out whitewashing Actor Ed Skrein announced he'd be dropping out of Hellboy after being cast as a character who in the original source material is Asian. It's the first time an actor has ever stepped down in response to an outcry over whitewashing. Skrein has been praised for his elegant handling of the situation.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins guest host Michael Schneider to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The domestic summer box office is down 15 percent from last year, and to cap it all off, for the first time in 25 years there will be no new wide release on Labor Day Weekend. In Hollywood’s continued addiction to superheroes and franchises, there are now two Joker movies in the works at Warner Brothers. One will be a "love story" between the Joker and Harley Quinn and the other will be an origin story about the Batman villain. A recently released deposition gave a window into how Judge Judy negotiates her contract at CBS. Short answer? She doesn't. She says, every three years she writes down the amount she wants and CBS delivers. With some recent notable departures of top TV talent going from broadcast to Netflix, it's more important than ever for CBS to hang on to one of their biggest assets.
Bummer of a summer at the box office The domestic box office is stuck the summer doldrums this year. Ticket sales are down 15 percent compared to last year, and for the first time in 25 years, there's no new wide releases landing on Labor Day Weekend.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. There's soul searching in the stunt person community after two recent deaths -- one of the set of Deadpool 2 and on the set of The Walking Dead. In other, less tragic stunt-related news, Tom Cruise broke his ankle doing his own stunts for Mission Impossible 6. This will put production on hold for eight weeks -- an expensive delay for Paramount. The TV talent war is on. In a stunning move, Netflix has poached Shonda Rhimes from Disney's ABC, her home for the past 15 years. And Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new content, and that's likely just the beginning.
Stunt community asking tough questions after 2 recent deaths A motorcycle racer named Joi "SJ" Harris died on the set of Deadpool 2 this week while attempting a stunt for the film. Harris was an accomplished racer, but did not have stunt experience. Some in the stunt community are asking why she was hired in the first place, and saying that her death could have been prevented.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney throws down and says it will pull its content out of Netflix and launch two streaming services of its own -- one for sports and one for family-friendly fare -- sometime in 2019. The move represents a giant shift away from the current business model and towards a more a la carte TV future. As media companies like Disney begin to pull out of Netflix, the streaming giant continues to bulk up on originals so they can move towards owning more of their content. Its latest acquisition? David Letterman . John Stankey, the man who will run Time Warner (pending its merger with AT&T goes through) doesn't really watch television. He says he'll be relatively hands-off when it comes to the creative side of things, but some people are wondering if he'll stick to his word.
Disney pulls out of Netflix to launch its own streaming service Disney announced this week that it will pull its content from Netflix and launch two streaming services of its own -- one for sports and one for Disney properties. There are some caveats, but there's no questions that this represents a fundamental realignment of the media world.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. If you're not a major studio or a streaming service, it's awfully risky to make movies these days. Two indie production companies showed us that last week. Just 18 months ago, Open Road had a Best Picture winner in Spotlight. Now it's being bought by a Chinese company to stay alive. And another indie outlet, Broad Green Pictures is shutting down its production house and becoming just a distributor. Despite all the risk, some people are still up to the challenge. Megan Ellison, billionaire head of Annapurna Pictures is testing out the waters of producing and distributing with Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit. The movie may have an important social message, but will people rush to the box office to see it? HBO has been the victim of a major cyber attack . Unlike the Sony hack, no emails have been released -- so far. It's unclear whether the attack could have any effect on AT&T's pending takeover of Time Warner, HBO's parent company.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The annual summer gathering of the Television Critics Association is underway in Beverly Hills. But this year one of the most talked-about shows is one that hasn't even started production yet. HBO programming president Casey Bloys admitted that the way they announced the upcoming show Confederate -- via press release with no context -- may have been misguided . Amazon is dipping its toe in the waters of self-distribution with the upcoming Woody Allen movie Wonder Wheel. At $180 million, Luc Besson's Valerian is the most expensive independent movie ever made. So far, it's landed with a thud in the US, but may do better in China. Still, it looks like a lot of investors will be losing money .
HBO hit with backlash following announcement of 'Confederate' The show that created some of the most conversation at this summer's gather of the Television Critics Association is one that doesn't even exist yet. The announcement alone of a new HBO show where the South won the Civil War and slavery is still legal set off a firestorm.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. For years, it seemed like Chinese companies were buying up pieces of Hollywood. But now several of those deals are on shaky ground. And Wanda is finding when it comes to theme parks, Disney is simply unbeatable . Why are the Fox-owning Murdochs attacking Trump now ? It might have something to do with the pending deal for the very conservative company Sinclair to take over a wide array of TV stations. The ad sales at the upfronts may not spell doom and gloom after all. While ratings are still way down, an ad buy on TV is a much safer bet than digital.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.