FROM Matthew Belloni
'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.
At the TV upfronts, what's old is new again It's that time of year where all the broadcast networks gather in New York City to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. This year includes a Will & Grace reboot at NBC and a Roseanne reunion at ABC.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Sony Pictures Entertainment officially names Tony Vinciquerra its new CEO. While the film side of the company continues to struggle, the TV side has been doing well, except that Sony doesn’t have a broadcaster. As networks continue to want to buy television from their own studios, some people are wondering if Sony is preparing itself for a sale, perhaps to somewhere like CBS. Now that Sinclair has purchased Tribune Media and said it is not going to focus on expensive original scripted shows, what happens to the WGN America critical darling Underground ? Has "Peak TV" officially peaked ?
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 no writers strike this time around and members of the WGA were able to get the studio to meet many of their demands , including parental leave and a shortened hold time for TV seasons with fewer episodes. The television industry is still in the middle of a disruption. As more and more customers cut the cable cord and Hulu announced a new streaming service, traditional media stocks have been down . Netflix adds additional warning cards to its series 13 Reasons Why. The show, set in a high school, has explicit scenes involving sexual assault and suicide. Some parents and schools have expressed concern about the show being marketed to young people.
No strike, but still not quite business as usual The WGA was able to make a deal with the studios, so a strike was averted, but the industry continues to be in flux as more people cut the cord, Hulu announced a streaming service, and media stocks took a tumble.
Threat of another writers' strike looms ever closer The members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly in favor -- 96.3% -- of authorizing a strike. Now there's a very short window of time before their current contract ends on May 1.
It's official, Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News When Bill O'Reilly left for vacation after revelations of payouts related to sexual harassment allegations caused advertisers to flee his show, the big question was whether he'd come back to host The O'Reilly Factor. Now we know the answer is no.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Will there be another writers' strike ? The last strike ten years ago was bitter and divisive and largely over revenues from digital and streaming television. In the age of Peak TV, it may seem like there's plenty of work for writers, but shorter episode orders mean writers may be held on a project for a year, and only paid for 10 or 12 episodes, instead of 22, like in days gone by. For the first time ever, Cannes is showing two TV shows at the festival this year. While the lines between film and television continue to blur, it's probably no coincidence that the shows they're screening -- David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival and Jane Campion's second season of Top of The Lake -- are both by auteur filmmakers. Bill O'Reilly is on vacation -- a pre-planned vacation, he would like you to know. The question is, will he be back or is this a permanent vacation?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
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?