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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.
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.
'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.
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.