“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: James Hong deserves a Star on the #Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Kim said. “I’ve already started the nomination process. Who’s with me?”
Born in Minnesota to Chinese immigrants, Hong has over 500 credits to his name. He appeared in several iconic films and TV series, including “Seinfeld,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blade Runner,” “Kung Fu Panda” and the 1998 Disney classic “Mulan.”
Many personalities in the movie industry quickly rallied behind Kim’s plan to help Hong get the recognition he deserves. Comedian Ken Jeong, actor Harry Shum Jr. and American stand-up comedian Amy Hill expressed their support.
After receiving much attention to his tweet, Kim launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Hong. However, it was short-lived as the crowdfunding platform did not allow any donations for Kim’s campaign.
Sorry folks. @gofundme is not allowing donations to be made and are not responding to our emails to try and resolve the problem. So sorry to those of you who are trying to donate. We’ll keep you posted as soon as they respond!
Almost three decades after their music promised to save the universe, we’re finally going to catch up with our favorite pair of clueless rockers. We’re headed for a most excellent adventure with the Wyld Stallyns, in Bill & Ted Face the Music. No way? Yes way! What happened to Theodore “Ted” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., over the years? Which old faces will join them on their next journey? Here’s everything we know about the film… so far.
The long-awaited film, first announced by stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in a short video, will come to both theaters and On Demand on August 28, 2020, just a few days earlier than the previous September 1 release date. The August 28 date is only a week behind its original lAugust 20 release date.
Alex Winter revealed the news on Twitter, alongside a behind the scenes musical featurette. The movie’s official Twitter account also confirmed the new release date.
The third film in the franchise will be called Bill & Ted Face the Music because the middle-aged dads never delivered on the promise of their utopian-launching song. They never actually got around to writing it. Oops.
Screenwriter Ed Solomon offered insight into how they’ll try to make that right. It will involve traveling back in time to watch their younger selves. Solomon said that will include footage from the original 1989 movie that has George Carlin’s Rufus and the Circle K, where strange things always seem to be afoot.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of the now middle aged best friends as they set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends.”
The movie’s second trailer showed just how involved Thea and Bill will be in their fathers’ quest to unite the world. The teaser also offered glimpses at some of the famous musicians they’ll reach out to. Plus it gave us the return of the baddest bass player in any dimension, William Sadler’s Death.
We also love Orion’s official posters for the movie, especially the one with most of the cast.
Meet Bill and Ted’s Daughters
Bill and Ted won’t just be facing the music in their third film, they’ll be facing fatherhood. Brigette Lundy-Paine (The Glass Castle) will star as Ted’s daughter Billie Logan. Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will plays Bill’s daughter Thea Preston.
So how far will the apple fall from the Wyld Stallyns tree? In a statement, producer Scott Kroopf said, “When we saw Samara and Brigette together, it was like deja vu. It was exactly the way we felt when we first saw Keanu and Alex.” You don’t have travel to the future to know that means they will share some personality traits with their dads. Which is totally excellent.
Reeves and Winter will once again be joined by the Grim Reaper himself, William Sadler.
Amy Stoch will return to play Missy, the only slightly older babysitter-turned-step-mother of Bill S. Preston, Esq. who divorced Bill’s dad and married Ted’s dad in Bogus Journey. Hal Landon Jr., who played Ted’s dad Captain Logan, will also return.
Joining the fray is SNL stalwart Beck Bennett. Bennett will play a character familiar to fans of the series—Ted’s little brother Deacon. In Excellent Adventure, Frazier Bain portrayed the youngest Logan. Bain doesn’t act anymore, having gone on to a career behind the camera. Bennett however feels like the perfect choice to play Ted’s annoying, fairly douchey younger sibling.
We love Bill Hader’s Barry, but the HBO series might not be one of our absolute favorites without Anthony Carrigan’s NoHo Hank, the breakout star of the show. According to THR, he will join the cast in a still secret role that will see him play “the duo’s relentless adversary.” Give. It. To. Us.
We won’t exactly be bummed out if he’s related (or even the younger version) of Bogus Journey baddie De Nomolos.
Deadline first reported Grammy-winning musician and actor Kid Cudi (Comedy Bang Bang) joined the cast. He’s been seen in images and trailers with the duo’s daughters. Emmy winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice, Legally Blonde) plays The Great Leader, “the most powerful person in the universe.” She rules from San Dimas 700 years in the future.
Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, Flight of the Conchords) stars as Kelly, a messenger from the future who brings a warning to Bill and Ted.
The always hilarious Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Rough Night, Brittany Runs aMarathon) will play a couple’s therapist.
Ed Solomon has also revealed one other new character we will meet is someone named Kelly, “which is George (Carlin’)s daughter’s name.” Kelly will apparently have “a very significant role in the journey.”
Writers and Director
Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) directs, with a script from original character creators and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. The duo worked on the screenplay for ten years, but they couldn’t find funding. Most people they approached wanted to do a reboot instead of another sequel, which would have been totally bogus.
Orion Pictures’ has released some stylish official images for the film. They show the band, their daughters, Death, and Kid Cudi.
The Daily Mail released the first photos from the set. They showed Bill and Ted with their time-traveling phone booth, along with some historical figures. Among this lot are Gandhi, Pocahontas, and Jimi Hendrix. Other images of the duo’s daughters also found their way online.
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has sent a message to people who refuse to wear a mask when shopping amid the coronavirus pandemic – and he didn’t pull any punches.
Taylor was a guest on Triple M Rock Interviews when he was asked if, as one of the world’s most famous mask-wearers, he had a message to those who are not following the rules in Victoria, Australia. The state recently declared a state of disaster after a surge of new infections.
Taylor replied: “Yeah, stop whining and put your god damn mask on. This isn’t an isolated incident. My country’s loaded with these dumbasses that think it is some sort of political standpoint or some sort of partisan garbage.
“And I’m just like, ‘Are you serious?’ Just because you haven’t had anyone in your life affected by it doesn’t mean that it’s not a real thing.”
He added: “I once had to wear a full head mask for eight hours while doing Slipknot press. Eight hours straight – didn’t take it off, but these people are going to bitch and moan about wearing it for 10 minutes at the market? Get over yourselves.”
Fall camp is just beginning, but the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry is heated as ever.
During a Big Ten coaches conference call on Monday, Jim Harbaugh reportedly interrupted Ryan Day and accused the Buckeyes of breaking rules with impermissible on-field instruction, according to a report by Bucknuts.
Day reportedly dismissed the accusations, telling Harbaugh, “how about I worry about my team and you worry about yours?”
But the fire didn’t stop there.
Later that day, Day addressed the team in a meeting, telling the players that Michigan better hope for a mercy rule this year because the Buckeyes are “going to hang 100 on them.” Day’s comments were first reported by Bucknuts, and confirmed by ESPN on Thursday.
Day was asked about the comments to the team in his Thursday Zoom press conference, but elected not to answer.
“I appreciate the question,” Day said, “but I’d rather not answer that right now.”
Day’s comments seemed to rub off on his captains, who were a bit more direct than usual about the rivalry when they spoke to the media on Tuesday with both Justin Fields and Wyatt Davis saying they wanted to “beat the brakes” off the Wolverines this season.
It’s not even September and the rivalry is already in full swing. And we don’t even have to wait as long to see it all play out on the field with The Gamemoved up to Oct. 24.
Nigerians on Twitter or Twitter NG as it is popularly called, have taken to the micro-blogging site to mock Cameroonians after photos from their ongoing Big Brother reality show surfaced online. The Cameroonian reality TV show tagged Biggy237 is currently airing on Cameroonian TV. While a social media user asked if they are all staying …
The sight of gray hair doesn’t seem to bother actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict.
When her silver strands made their world debut in April, which was around the same time sales peaked for at-home hair coloring kits, the mom of two decided to show off her locks of wisdom in several Instagram posts, instead of covering them up.
The Sister, Sister star noted that “It’s a blessing to age.” And the 42-year-old is embracing the mature crown that comes with it.
On Tuesday, she shared a selfie with her beautiful bare face, natural curls, and gorgeous grays on full display. And a caption that reads, “This is me. 42.”
And although her message was simple, it was a powerful representation of self-love. And fans are enamored with the ageless beauty.
NeNe Leakes recently confirmed she’s still in negotiations.
She opened up about this recently on Instagram Live.
While discussing the hold up for her return to the show, NeNe said that Bravo hasn’t been treating her unfairly. Apparently, producers didn’t like that she left the last reunion early. NeNe felt this is ironic considering Kim Zolciak quit the show and then was given her own not too long after.
NeNe also brought up the fact that she was offered a $1 million development deal when she was going to do a show with Kim. But recently, she was only offered a $100,000 development deal for her own show.
Then of course she discussed the cameraman situation. While filming, she grabbed a cameraman by his shirt and pulled him out of her closet. The higher-ups weren’t happy about this either. But NeNe questioned why they weren’t upset about Teresa Giudice pushing Andy Cohen at the reunion.
Mariah Huq feels the same way. She recently called out the producers on her show. As the creator, she questions why she didn’t receive a contract for season 8. Mariah also accused the production company, Purveyors of Pop, of not allowing her to have a hand in the spinoffs of the franchise she created. She also said they wouldn’t allow her to wear a hijab while filming her green screen interviews. So she’s ready to go to court.
Joey King has become a household name this summer after starring in The Kissing Booth. Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of her as she’s currently in negotiations to star in Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train.
Bullet Train is based on Kotaro Isaka’s Japanese novel Maria Beetle. David Leitch is set to direct the film from a script by Zak Olkewicz.
According to sources, King will play one of four leads opposite Pitt, and she’ll be the only woman in the group. Other plot details and character descriptions are still under wraps and the production date hasn’t been set yet.
King starred in Netflix’s 2018 The Kissing Booth with Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney, which just had a sequel released on July 26. A third movie was secretly filmed and will be released in 2021.
King has also been in Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Dark Knight Rises, The Conjuring, White House Down, Independence Day: Resurgence, Wish Upon, and Slender Man. She received an Emmy nomination for her role in the true-crime drama series, The Act.
EXCLUSIVE: After earning an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks is zeroing in on another children’s favorite. We are hearing that he is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action retelling of Pinocchio.
Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal was never made, but given Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.
Zemeckis will direct the film with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing through their company Depth of Field, with Weitz penning the script.
The 1940 Disney animated classic tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Disney continues to see its live-action adaptation strategy as a major part of its pipeline, with last year’s Aladdin and The Lion King both crossing the billion-dollar milestone.
The film marks the fourth collaboration between Hanks and Zemeckis after Forest Gump, Cast Away and the Christmas classic The Polar Express.
Hanks is still filming the Elvis Presley biopic at Warner Bros, which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, fell ill with COVID-19. They have since recovered and the studio is hoping to start production again in the fall in Australia. He was most recently seen in the World War II pic Greyhound, which premiered on Apple TV + and shattered viewing records for the streamer following its release.
Disney’s live-action Mulan movie was originally planned for theatrical release in March but has been delayed multiple times during the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney will release its live-action film Mulan online through its Disney Plus service on Sept. 4, but it won’t be included as part of a standard subscription. A Mulan rental will cost $30 in the US in addition to Disney Plus‘ regular subscription fee, and it will be priced at roughly the same amount in international markets where it’ll be available online too, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in Western Europe.
Don’t get your hopes up yet that other mega-budget films — like Marvel‘s Black Widow, which has a theatrical release date set for Nov. 6 — necessarily will follow the same quick path onto your living-room TV. The company characterized Mulan‘s release as a onetime deal, though it could serve as an experiment that guides its future release decisions.
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“Mulan is a one-off,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Tuesday during a call that discussed the company’s fiscal third-quarter results. “That said, we find it very interesting to be able to … learn from it and see what happens, not only in terms of the uptake of the number of subscribers that we get on the platform but the actual number of transactions on the Disney Plus platform that we get.”
Mulan, which was supposed to open in theaters in March but had to delay the release date multiple times because of the coronavirus, will be available be available as what’s known as premium video on demand, which usually means a high-priced rental. But it will be offered exclusively through the company’s Disney Plus streaming service, seemingly holding out from other popular stores for online rentals like Apple’s TV app, Amazon Video and others.
The company will also release Mulan theatrically on Sept. 4 in markets where cinemas are open and where Disney Plus isn’t operating yet.
“We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters, while also further enhancing the value and attractiveness of the Disney Plus subscription with great content,” Chapek said.
The decision marks an unprecedented approach to releasing a big-budget movie that had been destined to be a blockbuster back when theaters were open worldwide. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered cinemas around the globe and forced studios across the board to delay big-budget films for months and years, with no certainty in sight for when theaters can reopen at large or when audiences will feel comfortable sitting in windowless, enclosed rooms for hours.
It’s also a major defection from the rigid rules that usually keep new movies only in theaters for 75 days or more, as well as a surprising change to how Disney Plus has been pitched to audiences since it launched in November. Disney Plus is Disney’s online hub for streaming almost everything the company produces, but it was marketed as an all-you-can-eat buffet like Netflix, where your subscription unlocks everything on the platform to watch. Mulan will bring an a la carte transaction to Disney Plus that its 60 million subscribers haven’t yet encountered.
Disney’s changes underscore how disruptive the pandemic has been to Hollywood studios’ meticulously planned release cycles. With theaters closed and coronavirus preventive measures keeping people stuck at home, studios have mostly decided to keep pushing back the theatrical release dates for mega-budget pictures. But with their tentpole movies in a holding pattern, studios could be setting themselves up to all release a glut of movies on top of each other, crimping ticket sales.
Already, smaller-budget films began to go straight to online rentals or streaming services, such as Disney’s decision to release its Hamilton film and its young-adult sci-fi movie Artemis Fowl on Disney Plus rather than in theaters. And Universal has released new movies like DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour and others as special online rentals.
But Universal’s Trolls World Tour online release enraged cinemas, with US chain AMC even vowing it would ban Universal movies from its screens, including its blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise. Cinemas have doggedly clung to rules that keep new movies only in theaters for months, even as audiences have grown more accustomed to watching video when they want, where they want. Then last month Universal struck a deal with AMC to patch things up, promising to give theaters three weekends of exclusivity for new movies going forward in exchange for lifting the ban on its movies, a signal that cinemas are willing to compromise.
Disney, however, has been one of the Hollywood studios most dedicated to theatrical release. It’s decision to put out Mulan online reinforces the prospect that these alternative release strategies devised in the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic may have lasting effects even after cinemas start reopening at large.
Disney Plus’ standard subscriptions costs $7 a month, or $70 a year, in the US. In Canada, Disney Plus is priced at C$9 a month, or C$90 per year.
In countries that are part of the euro zone, it is 7 euros, or 70 euros a year. In the UK, it is £6 a month, or £60 a year. In Australia, it’s priced at AU$9 a month, or AU$90 per year, while New Zealand subscribers pay NZ$10 per month, or NZ$100 per year. In India, Disney Plus Hotstar is priced at 299 Indian rupees a month, or 999 rupees a year. In Japan, Disney Plus is 700 yen a month through an exclusive partnership with Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo.
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Singer-songwriter Michael Smith, who composed the score, performing in the Victory Gardens Theater’s musical “The Snow Queen,” which debuted in 2006. | Liz Lauren
Beside writing songs including ‘The Dutchman,’ the Chicago folk music pillar wrote stage scores including Steppenwolf’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and Victory Gardens’ ‘The Snow Queen.’
When Michael Smith strummed the guitar and sang his songs, a church-like hush would fill the clubs and coffeehouses where he played.
A star of Chicago’s folk scene and an award-winning composer who toured the United States and Canada for more than half a century, Mr. Smith died Monday at 78 of colon cancer, according to his friend, singer Jamie O’Reilly.
His songs — alternately bittersweet, haunting and wry — have been covered by performers including Suzy Bogguss, David Allan Coe, the Four Freshmen, the New Kingston Trio, David Soul and Spanky and Our Gang. Jimmy Buffett recorded his “Elvis Imitators.” Bonnie Koloc did “Crazy Mary.”
“The Dutchman” — about an elderly man and “dear Margaret,” who does his remembering for him — was one of his most popular compositions. It’s been covered by performers including Steve Goodman, Liam Clancy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Celtic Thunder and Trout Fishing in America. Goodman also recorded his “Spoon River,” inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology.”
Mr. Smith didn’t want a funeral or any online RIPs. All he wanted, O’Reilly — his agent and a frequent musical collaborator — said he told her, was this: “If people sing my songs after I’m gone, they need to get the chords right.”
Bill FitzGerald, former owner of FitzGerald’s music club in Berwyn, called Mr. Smith’s music “enchanting” and “a sonic pleasure.”
“When he was onstage, it was Mike’s place,” FitzGerald said. “He would just completely capture the club, and it would get very quiet and very beautiful.”
“Goodman absolutely adored him,” longtime Chicago folksinger and former club owner Ed Holstein said. “He was a really unique writer with lyrics and music.”
Mr. Smith read constantly. The 500 or so songs he wrote reflected his love of literature and poetry.
“He was one of the most literate of guitar players,” Holstein said.
He said that when he was running the Chicago music club Holstein’s, “I just gave him any night I could give him.”
Speaking on his art in the 2016 book Mr. Smith said, “There’s a child inside you, and that child has to be very, very reassured before it can come out. The world doesn’t want the child to come out. The world wants you to pay the bills.”
Mr. Smith also was an acclaimed theatrical composer and performer. His Appalachian-flavored score for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s “The Grapes of Wrath” drew critical praise when it debuted in 1988. The play won two Tony awards, and its success inspired him to quit a day job at Time-Life Chicago.
“It was really a chance to write songs with John Steinbeck,” Mr. Smith told the Sun-Times in 1988. “What songwriter would refuse that?”
Frank Rich, a critic for The New York Times, singled out the music in a 1990 review of the Broadway production of the play, writing: “Equally astringent and evocative is Michael Smith’s score, which echoes Woody Guthrie and heartland musical forms and is played by a migrant band on such instruments as harmonica, Jew’s harp and banjo. Sometimes salted with descriptive lyrics from Steinbeck, the music becomes the thread that loosely binds a scattered society.”
“Michael, Margaret, Pat & Kate,” a 1994 play that Mr. Smith cowrote based on his Catholic youth in Little Falls, New Jersey, won four Joseph Jefferson Awards for Chicago theater. It touched on prepubescent crushes, a boyhood love of singing cowboys and his father’s death by suicide. It featured “Sister Clarissa,” a song about a nun with a strict classroom where, “Somehow you know summer’s over.” The play also showcased his sly wit in the song “Coffeehouse Days”:
George Carlin came to see me once
He said Michael outta sight
Richie Pryor said he liked me
Even though I was white
I hung out with Don DiMucci
Took lessons from Earl Klugh
Joni Mitchell ignored me
Hey she’d ignore you
At Victory Gardens Theater, he wrote the adaptation and songs for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” which premiered in 2006.
“Most memorable is Michael as a songsmith — tireless and prolific, crafting chords, melodies, harmonies, simply gorgeous,” said Jim Corti, the artistic director at the Paramount Theatre and a director–choreographer of “The Snow Queen.” “His wild wit and imagination riff on places (‘Lapland’) and characters (‘Love Letter on a Fish’) set to his wry, hilarious lyrics. I had never experienced anything like his genre of folk music storytelling — stifling laughing out loud so not to miss a word!”
Paying his dues in small clubs early on taught him “an audience is not easily deciphered,” Mr. Smith said in a 1994 Sun-Times interview. “But if you quietly believe in what you do and cling to the work — as opposed to yourself — then people come around.”
He said that, growing up, he listened to musicians as varied as Harry Belafonte, the Beatles, the Kingston Trio, Frankie Laine, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Phil Ochs, Cole Porter, Roy Rogers and doo-wop groups like the Penguins and the Five Satins.
“I was raised in a very rigid and accomplishment-oriented environment. I don’t mean my family,” he said in “I mean being Catholic and white and in America in the ’50s, when everybody had crew cuts. I think you have to get past that somehow.”
In college, he played some of his first gigs at the Hungry Brain coffeehouse in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
After Goodman recorded “The Dutchman” in the early 1970s, Mr. Smith and his wife, the singer Barbara Barrow, settled in Chicago and immersed themselves in the city’s thriving folk scene. They appeared at clubs including the Earl of Old Town, Holstein’s, No Exit Cafe, Orphans and Somebody Else’s Troubles.
They were together 52 years, until Barrow’s death in February from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
The latest instalment of the Jurassic World movie franchise will start shooting in Malta this month after the introduction of “strict COVID-19 measures”, according to the film commissioner.
Speaking with Times of Malta, Johann Grech said that the commission had been in long talks with US film production giant Universal Pictures to ensure the blockbuster was shot on the island.
The €200 million film had halted shooting just two weeks into production earlier this year due to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Film Commission visit a testing site on set in Malta.
Jurassic World: Dominion will now begin filming in Malta in the last week of August, Grech said.
It is understood that film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sam Neill will all be on the island.
Grech added that the commission had consulted with the health authorities and drafted anti-coronavirus measures in a bid to ensure against any risks of the virus spreading because of the production.
The film will see more than 1,000 crew members as well as the cast all swabbed three times every week during filming.
Some 5,000 swabs will be carried out throughout shooting, Grech said.
The film is expected to shoot scenes in various locations around the island, including Valletta, Vittoriosa, Mellieħa and Pembroke.
Originally forecast to hit the screens in June 2021, it is also being shot in Canada, Hawaii, and London’s Pinewood Studios.
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said the authorities were expecting nine international productions to come to the island this year.
“Starting with Jurassic World: Dominion, other multi million projects will follow with huge investment in our economy, creating more jobs for anyone working in the film industry in Malta,” she said.
The last Jurassic World film, released in 2018, raked in $1.3 billion worldwide.
While it was too soon to estimate the impact of the film on Malta, Grech said that last year, the film commission had generate more than €40 million into the Maltese economy, attracting a total of 21 productions.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James arrived for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday — a game that clinched the franchise’s first No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in a decade — in a black T-shirt meant to address a message bigger than basketball.
On the front, in white screen print, there was a stopwatch showing the time 8:46 on its face, with “Minneapolis” printed below it. On the back there were several stopwatches — all frozen on 8:46 — with various city names below them, including New York, Houston, Tokyo and Paris. Below the stopwatches there was a message: “The World is Watching This Time.”
James donned the T-shirt hours after body camera video surfaced of George Floyd’s arrest on May 25, before he was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis police.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on his neck while Floyd repeatedly expressed his inability to breathe. It was initially reported that the amount of time Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck was 8 minutes, 46 seconds, but prosecutors have since said the time was 7:46.
James said he had not watched the nearly 10 minutes of body camera footage that was published Monday by the Daily Mail — in which Floyd has a gun pointed at him just six seconds after officers knock on the window of his vehicle while the ignition is off and his hands are up — but he intends to.
James’ shirt was designed by Sloan and Bennett and commissioned by Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James. Sloan and Bennett is a Black-owned business founded by James Patrick Christopher, a former professional basketball player overseas and in the G League who is from Compton, California.
“You think about 8 minutes and 46 seconds, an officer having his knee on someone’s throat for that long. Video or no video, it doesn’t matter,” James said. “No one deserved to lose their life when it could have been prevented from what I’ve seen and from what the world has seen. So that’s what the T-shirt is all about: The world is watching. Everyone knows the time. Everyone knows what’s going on.”
The Lakers’ star, coming off his strongest game in Orlando, Florida, with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, said he was reminded of Floyd when the Lakers kneeled for both the U.S. national anthem and the Canadian national anthem before playing the Toronto Raptors over the weekend.
“I think it was a little bit over four minutes,” James said, echoing a sentiment recently shared by the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “And we actually as a unit, as a team, had to switch our knees over from one knee to the other knee because they started to get sore. They started to kind of start hurting a little bit. And that’s just a little over four minutes.”
Having been at the NBA’s Walt Disney World Resort campus with the Lakers for nearly four weeks on one of 22 teams invited to the league’s restart to finish a season that was interrupted for nearly four-and-a-half months because of the coronavirus, James said it is clear that coming to Orlando has aided in his and his peers’ pursuit of social change.
“There were so many conversations before we got here that this right here, the bubble, us playing basketball would take away from the main thing,” James said. “I think it’s been the absolute opposite of that. It’s given us the opportunity to every single day speak about, feel passionate about whatever is going on in your personal life, whatever is going on in society, us trying to make a change. Being dynamic. Being heard. And using this platform, which is the NBA, the most popular game in the world.
“And we’ve had that support. We’ve had that support from the league. We’ve had that support from the Union. And every player, either if he spoke out or not, has felt like they felt empowered, so if they feel like they want to say something or they feel like they want to hit on a topic, they don’t have to feel pressure. They don’t have to feel like they won’t be heard, like they won’t be supported. And that’s been a great thing to see: that we’ve been able to, as a league and as every individual, been able to voice our truth.”
James devoted more than half of his postgame media session — four of the six questions he fielded — to social justice. When the game came up, he responded with as much earnestness.
For James, who considers himself a student of basketball history, it was a significant night. The Lakers became the first team to clinch a No. 1 seed after a five-year playoff drought. L.A. will play its first playoff game since 2013 later this month, when James will embark on the fifth postseason of his career while playing for a No. 1 seed. The past two times, his team won it all.
But as much as James’ free agency decision to join the Lakers in 2018 changed L.A.’s fortunes, it was the trade for Anthony Davis a year later that put the team back in the championship conversation.
Davis, coming off a season-low seven shot attempts in a loss to Toronto over the weekend, led the Lakers with 42 points on 13-for-28 shooting against Toronto.
“When you’re a great player, you learn from one game,” James said of Davis. “You adjust. And then you turn it into something different the next game, and he absolutely did that tonight.”
Davis’ performance included a 24-point second half, marking the 20th time this season that he has scored 20 or more in half and making him the only Laker besides Kobe Bryant with 20 20-plus-point halves in a season in the past 10 years.
“It means a lot to be in a category with him. I just got chills,” Davis told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols when informed of the feat during an on-court postgame interview. “It’s tough always just talking about him, but to be in a category with him, it means a lot. And I know he’s looking down on us and cheering us on, so we want to do it for him. Like I said, it’s an honor to be even mentioned with his name.”
Bryant led the Lakers the last time they were the No. 1 seed in the West, taking them to the title from that spot in 2010.
“It’s been a long time coming for Laker Nation,” Davis said. “We’re trying to be the best version of the team that we can be. … It’s a good feeling. Obviously, we’re not done, still we’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a good accomplishment for our organization.”
Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka ruffled a few feathers in an interview with TMZ last week when he offered a simple solution for athletes who have decided to use our country’s national anthem as a pulpit for their leftist politics.
“If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag … get the hell out,” the former Chicago Bears coach said of the return of anthem protests in professional sports.
Some argued that the 80-year-old simply doesn’t get it, or that he has oversimplified a complex issue.
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Of course, Ditka’s comments also quickly saw him decried as a racist by some on social media.
This doesn’t surprise me at all. Mike Dikta traded his helmet in for a white hood as soon as he retired from football. Racism hiding behind faux patriotism is still racism. 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/0wRTpyfMhB
If you were to ask many fans of professional sports, though, the coach hit the nail on the head.
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Discussions about a perception that America’s institutions are biased against minorities are free to be had.
But those conversations shouldn’t be held on the field, the court, the diamond or anywhere else where Americans used to be able to go to forget about life for a few hours and just enjoy watching a game.
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Ditka, who coached one the greatest football teams to ever play in the NFL, the 1985 Bears, still keeps up with the game he loves.
But, like so many sports fans, he has little tolerance for the disrespect being shown to the country’s flag and anthem.
Ditka joined Fox News host Jesse Watters over the weekend to discuss the sudden collision of sports and culture.
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He offered no apology for his previous remarks and instead doubled down, explaining how he would handle such blatant disrespect for the flag that so many Americans have died for.
Asked how he would have reacted if one of his players had knelt during the playing of the national anthem, Ditka was straightforward.
“They wouldn’t have played for us,” the coach said. “It’s that simple.”
Over the past few days, reports have circulated that daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wants to quit her job as host of her show. Numerous reports about both racial and sexual misconduct on set have come to light. Now, her rumored replacement has been revealed.
DeGeneres’ Potential Replacement Is Revealed
The Sun reported that late night television host James Corden may be replacing DeGeneres after she was accused by current and former employees of turning a blind eye to racism and sexual misconduct on her set.
Sources with NBC said that Corden was seen as “the long term successor” to DeGeneres even before she found herself embroiled in these scandals.
One insider said that NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy is a “huge fan of James” and has him “‘high on his wanted list for talent and a long term replacement for Ellen.”
NBC Head Loves Corden
“This issue has fast tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today,” the source explained. “James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light. Now this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step.”
“James and his team have been trailblazers in modern TV, taking the once considered graveyard chat show slot into a cutting edge format with huge online, social media and global recognition,” the insider added. “In five years he went from unknown to A-list star and creative. Currently his CBS deal is only contracted until 2022 after he turned down a five year deal.”
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“Paul is a huge fan of what James does on screen. He already has a huge devoted audience, global appeal and is loved by Hollywood,” the source concluded. “Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition. James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era.”
However, some people aren’t thrilled with the thought of Corden replacing Degeneres, here’s one for example:
I feel like James Corden was never in line to replace Ellen and someone just decided to choose someone that everyone would dunk on and quote tweet for more clicks. Imo.
And, then there are some who can’t wait to see Corden take over:
ellen is horrible in many ways & her show is being cancelled. jimmy kimmel & jimmy fallon have done blackface.
i think we can all agree that james corden and his parents should take over talk shows. pic.twitter.com/WGSeaheLuc
DeGeneres Allegedly Wants To Quit
Another insider claimed that DeGeneres wanted to quit after months of reports alleging that she mistreats her employees behind the scenes.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” an insider at Telepictures told Daily Mail. “The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”
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But former child star-turned-movie star Drew Barrymore, whose show “The Drew Barrymore Show” premieres Sept. 14, might have beat celeb hopefuls to the punch as the incoming queen of nice. Her first promo clip — a cute mock interview with her younger self — was released Friday and has already gone viral with nearly 2.5 million views.
But not everyone is on the train to boot the one-time fave from the screen.
“Maybe Ellen is a jerk to people in Hollywood because people in Hollywood are notoriously terrible people,” wrote one defender in a thread. “#ReplaceEllen is trending and [I] just sat wondering why people feel the need to be bullies and take part in cancel culture,” wrote @thelaurajessica.
Multiple outlets reported that “The Late Late Show” host James Corden is being tapped for the coveted spot, though Twitter was sure to swat down that idea with stories of the affable redhead acting less-than-jolly when off the clock.
Another Twitter user suggested comedian Tig Notaro, a mutual friend of “Fifty Shades” actress Dakota Johnson and DeGeneres, who apparently performed at both of their birthday parties.
Quipped an unrepentant Johnson to Ellen last November, “She’s my favorite comedian.”
According to a Facebook post written by his friend and TV writer-producer Tracy Newman, Santoni died on Saturday morning. He had been “sick for quite a while.”
“Those of you who knew him know how funny he was, what a terrific actor, improviser, performer, etc.,” the post read. “So brilliant. I loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Another great one is gone. I have a lot of wonderful pictures of him, and will post them over the next week. My heart goes out to his son, Nick, who has been such a comfort to Reni over that past five years or more.”
Born in New York City, Santoni built his acting career from off-Broadway theatre, starring in “The Umbrella” and “The Mad Show.” His first significant film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker,” in which he played a junkie trying to sell a radio.
His first leading role was in “Enter Laughing” (1967), in which he played a delivery boy in New York City. Other film credits include inspector Chico González in “Dirty Harry” (1971), prison official Ramon Herrera in “Bad Boys” (1983) and detective Tony Gonzales in “Cobra” (1986).
One of Santoni’s most notable roles was on “Seinfeld” as Poppie, an unhygienic restaurateur. He had a recurring role as one of Arthur Hill’s assistants on the final season of ABC’s “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law” (1973) and played Daniel in “28 Days” (2000), starring Sandra Bullock.
Santoni is survived by his wife and stage director, Lisa James, and son, Nick.
There’s nothing better than discovering a good horror movie. The scares are new, the characters expendable and (hopefully) nothing is predictable. If you’re ready to be freaked out, we’ve compiled a list of the very best (often overlooked) horror flicks on Netflix.
Although there are plenty of classics on the streaming service — including “Friday the 13th,” “Child’s Play,” “Paranormal Activity” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” — we wanted to veer slightly off the beaten path and offer up something beyond the traditional.
Interested in monster movies? Then check out “Sweetheart,” “The Ritual,” “Red Riding Hood” or “The Monster.” Looking for something visually striking, we recommend “The Witch” or “Under the Skin.” Ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride, then consider zombie feature “Train to Busan.” Interested in bingeing flicks with similar esthetics? We suggest the Mike Flanagan triple feature: Start with “Hush,” jump into “Gerald’s Game” and finish it off with the truly terrifying “Haunting of Hill House.”
If there ever was a time to be distracted by someone else’s unimaginable plight with a ghost or vampire, it’s now.
While theaters will attempt to open later this month, Netflix is kicking off their fall schedule with The Devil All the Time, a star-studded midwestern gothic about a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff.
Set to premiere globally on September 16th, the film is brimming with big names including Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland, It Chapter One and Two‘s Bill Skarsgård, The Lodge‘s Riley Keough, and Pet Sematary‘s Jason Clarke with Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse, The Batman) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Crimson Peak).
In the film from director Antonio Campos…
“In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Pattinson), twisted couple (Clarke and Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”
Here are a few more images of the film’s cast in action.
Ciarran, who we first met on Angie Kent’s season of The Bachelorette as the loveable British larrikin who gleefully stripped down for a live drawing session, has experienced a spectacular fall from grace during his second Bach outing after his past was dredged up at a fiery dinner party.
Ciarran clothed …Source:Supplied
… and one of his frequent nude TV appearances.Source:Supplied
His ex-girlfriend Renee Barrett, from Matt Agnew’s season of The Bachelor, arrived in Fiji to reveal that Ciarran was still in touch with her while vying for Angie Kent’s heart.
Crowdfunder to buy this guy some pants.Source:Supplied
As it stands, bed-hopping Ciarran has not only dated one of Renee’s friends, Jess Brody – who he then unceremoniously flicked – but also attempted to pursue close pal Cassandra Mamone early on (at the same time as Abbie Chatfield). He is now coupled up with Kiki Morris.
Australia is about to get one more Hollywood star as a permanent resident. According to a report from TMZ, the actor wants to make Byron Bay, New South Wales his full-time home. Efron is apparently tired of Hollywood, and after spending time in Australia during the coronavirus pandemic, he’s grown fond of life there.
TMZ says the 32-year-old isn’t leaving the entertainment industry; he’s just taking a break from Los Angeles and all the paparazzi who follow him around town. In his new Netflix show, Down to Earth, Efron mentions that he wants to get out of Hollywood, so this is clearly not a brand-new development.
According to TMZ, Efron also considers Byron Bay to be a safe place to be during the outbreak of COVID-19, and he doesn’t think this crisis is going to end soon. He’s planning to put down roots where he feels comfortable.
Last month, TheDaily Mail posted photos of Efron out and about in Byron Bay. He’s reportedly been hanging out with Chris Hemsworth, his wife, Elsa Pataky, who own a $20 million-dollar mansion. He was seeing hugging a local woman named Vanessa Valladares, though she appears to just be a friend.
Efron is dating 27-year-old Halston Sage, with whom he starred in Neighbors.
If Efron really does get a home in Byron Bay, he’ll be be able to spend plenty of time in the outdoors. For Earth Day in April, he celebrated his connection with the outdoors by posting a photo of him posing with a lot of rocks.
“Happy Earth Day! I have always been in awe of the magic and mystery of Mother Nature. Exploring the unknown has always been a true passion in my life and now, more than ever, I realize how important it is to take care of our planet, our people and every living thing we share it with,” he wrote. “Please be safe, be healthy and be kind to one another. 🌍 ❤ “
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Kevin James is pretty similar to Adam Sandler in regards to the fact that most of his work is routinely trashed by critics and often falls into the “dumb comedy” category, but he’s still managed to amass a massive fanbase who’ll watch anything he’s in. Also like Sandler, though he usually seems to be phoning in most of his performances, we know that he’s capable of strong dramatic work when he wants to flex his acting chops a bit. Like we saw in the recentBecky.
But the comparisons don’t end there, as also like the Uncut Gems star, James’ efforts usually go over pretty well with the Netflix crowd, and that’s true yet again with the arrival of Zookeeper on the streaming site. Though it currently sits at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 2011 comedy has been dominating the platform all week. It arrived on July 26th and ever since then, it’s consistently found itself floating around various positions on the Top 10 most-watched movies chart.
Why is that, you ask? Who knows? But if you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know that this is far from the first time a widely panned and forgotten film has proven popular with Netflix subscribers.
The movie version of Catsmay have been released last year, but it is still very much present in our lives. In a recent interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of the original musical, he shared the same sentiment of critics when it came to the big-screen adaptation. In other words, he thought the movie had some problems — to say the least.
“The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show,” Webber told The Sunday Times in a recent interview. “The whole thing was ridiculous.”
The film, which was released last December, immediately started to garner criticism and was subject to many-a-jokes once its first trailer of bizarro photorealistic cat-human hybrids was released. Despite its all-star cast of Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Rebel Wilson and others, it was critically panned and a box office bust as Universal lost an estimated $113 million. Corden also said in an interview that he hadn’t watched the movie but heard it was terrible.
The movie adaptation hit many speed bumps with its release including a change in special effects. A different version of the movie was released after its initial debut. Shortly after it opened, Universal Pictures sent out a memo to theaters saying that they will be sending out a new version that included “improved visual effects”.
Cats also swept the Razzies, winning Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor and Actress (James Corden and Rebel Wilson, respectively), Worst On Screen Combo, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.
The Swedish music streaming and media services provider, Spotify, has been highly criticized by a growing number of artists for their royalty rates, including Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who once likened Spotify to “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.” According to a recent report, a mid-sized indie label earned just $0.00348 per stream.
In a new Music Ally interview, Daniel Ek, the Spotify CEO addressed the controversy, stating that: “Even today on our marketplace, there’s literally millions and millions of artists. What tends to be reported are the people that are unhappy, but we very rarely see anyone who’s talking about… In the entire existence [of Spotify] I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single artist saying, “I’m happy with all the money I’m getting from streaming.” In private they have done that many times, but in public they have no incentive to do it. But unequivocally, from the data, there are more and more artists that are able to live off streaming income in itself.“
He continued: “You can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough,” Daniel Ek said. “The artists today that are making it realise that it’s about creating a continuous engagement with their fans. It is about putting the work in, about the storytelling around the album, and about keeping a continuous dialogue with your fans.”