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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. 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.
Tough times for indie film producers and distributors Business in Hollywood can be boom or bust, and for independent film studios, it's more of the latter at the moment. The problem is exemplified by two struggling companies, Open Road and Broad Green Pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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?