FROM Kristian Harloff
Friday Film: “Fifty Shades” Drops It’s Friday, and the day before Valentine’s Day, so we can all admit what news story is on our minds today: Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters this weekend. The movie already took in nearly $9 million from midnight showings last night, and it’s expected to hit the $70 million mark by Sunday. When it comes to pre-sale tickets, Fifty Shades has already been crowned the biggest Valentine’s release of all time. So, is it any good? We talk about that and more in our regular Friday film segment.
Halloween at the Theater There’s not a lot candy at the box office. But if you’re headed to the theater this weekend - presumably to avoid all of the people in sexy carrot or zombie Waldo costumes - we’ve got your weekend movie guide.
Movie Roundup: Biopics and Superheros Marvel’s pretty much printing money these days with all of their movie efforts. Will “Guardians of the Galaxy follow suit? And a James Brown biopic hits theaters this weekend. What’s the secret to making a great biopic? All the new releases, and some casting news as well in this week’s Movie Roundup.
Film Roundup This week’s film segment takes a look at new releases and the latest biz stories out of Hollywood. On the docket: Palo Alto, Chef, Neighbors, and God’s Pocket. And why on earth do we need a movie version of 90’s kid show Power Rangers?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.