FROM Matthew Belloni
China's dealings with Hollywood on shaky ground A year ago, it seemed like the Chinese company the Wanda Group was well on its way to buying up a large chunk of Hollywood. But several deals that felt solid before are now incredibly fraught.
Emmy nominations: HBO and Netflix dominate This year's Emmy nominations show the dominance of streaming TV. HBO led the pack, but Netflix was right on its heels. Hulu, which had critical success with The Handmaid's Tale, also did well.
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 an ongoing war between President Donald Trump and CNN. Most recently, the president tweeted a GIF of himself tackling the network, and the network fought back. Trump's fans love the anti-media sentiment, but what's the impact on the security of journalists? Sources in the White House have floated the idea that the merger between AT&T and Time Warner could be impeded because of the presidents dislike for CNN. However, Time Warner has said that the company could potentially divest assets if it helps with the deal. The two Asian stars of CBS's Hawaii Five-O are leaving the show, because they did not get equal pay to the white stars on the show. This is bad optics for CBS, which has already been under scrutiny for lacking diversity.
The symbiotic relationship between CNN and President Trump President Trump has called CNN "fake news," and last week he tweeted a GIF of himself tackling a symbol of the network. His fans vociferously hate the media and journalists are decrying the potential for violence. All of this may be good for ratings, but is it good for the American people?
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The Academy invited a record 774 new people to join its ranks this year. Of the people invited, 30 percent are people of color and 39 percent are women. Those numbers are great in terms of increasing diversity , but since some of the inductees have very thin film resumes, other people wonder if the Academy is being watered down . Fox is trying to buy the remaining portion of the British outlet Sky News that is doesn't already own. But the recent troubles at Fox News have UK regulators wondering if the Murdochs are really capable of running a legitimate news organization.
Academy invites 774 new members, a record In an effort to continue its push for increased diversity, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences welcomed a large class of new members this week, many of them women and/or people of color. But some of the names of the list have raised eyebrows because certain inductees have relatively little experience in film.
'Star Wars' stunner: 'Han Solo' movie has a new director Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original directors of the forthcoming Han Solo movie, were fired and replaced by director Ron Howard. This hardly every happens in Hollywood, especially because production was already well underway -- sources say they were four-fifths of the way through filming.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Arts and politics collide and private companies react . Delta and Bank of America have pulled funding from New York's Public Theater after a performance of Julius Caesar' included a Trump-like character in the title role. In a related story, J.P. Morgan has pulled their ads from NBC News over Megyn Kelly's upcoming interview of Alex Jones. After two mass shootings in one day, NBC pulled an episode of The Carmichael Show about a mass shooting. The network has not yet said whether the episode will air at a later date or if it will just be held indefinitely. Jerrod Carmichael lashed out at the network , saying pulling the episode "does a disservice to all of us."
Is Megyn Kelly's show the right place for an Alex Jones interview? Controversy swirls around the upcoming airing of Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The marketing of the episode has been problematic -- including a picture of the two of them smiling together in a car.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. ‘The Mummy’ opens this weekend and is supposed to kick of Universal’s Dark Universe franchise, but the reviews and box office tracking don’t look good ...at least in the U.S. Will the overseas appeal of stars like Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe be enough to save the movie? The Dark Overlord is a hacking collective that leaked episodes of an upcoming Steve Harvey game show called ‘The Funderdome.’ But they also claim to have real blockbusters, and it’s possible studios are paying ransoms to keep their material from being leaked.
'The Mummy' looks like a tough start to The Dark Universe Universal is trying to launch a monster-oriented franchise called The Dark Universe with a reboot of 'The Mummy' starring Tom Cruise. But heading into opening weekend, critics aren't loving it and the film will likely lose at the U.S. box office to Warner Bro's 'Wonder Woman,' which is in its second week.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Will Wonder Woman open the door for more women directors? The positive reviews and strong tracking at the box office are a welcome relief for Warner Brothers, which has struggled with their other superhero movies. CBS has been known to be a steady ship, but there's been upheaval recently. Scott Pelley was gracelessly pushed out of his role as anchor at CBS Evening News, and it was announced that Glenn Geller will not be returning to his job as network entertainment president after being out for medical leave. Scheduler Kelly Kahl will take his place.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. When it comes to late night ratings, Stephen Colbert has officially come out ahead of Jimmy Fallon, in terms of total viewers. It’s a shocking turnaround , especially considering how long Fallon had dominated late night and how much Colbert struggled when he first took over as the host of the Late Show on CBS. He found his footing taking on Trump, and in return, got a major ratings boost. In other surprising ratings news, Fox News fell to third place for the first time in 17 years, and MSNBC took the number-one cable news spot for the first time ever. Again, Trump is the reason. As the president continues to generate more stories, liberal viewers turn to people like Rachel Maddow for analysis, while Fox News has neglected to cover some of the stories at all. Among all the turnover at Fox News in the past year, the last of the on-air old guard is Sean Hannity. Now, his future looks uncertain as well. While he continues to pursue conspiracy theories around the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, advertisers are bowing to pressure and dropping out of his show. Hannity now heads out on vacation , but Fox News says he will be back.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?