Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
Hollywood is bringing out some of its biggest and most reliable players for the 2022 summer movie season, which unofficially kicks off this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness” and runs through the end of August.
New this week: 'Ice Age,' Kevin James and 'The Gilded Age'
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from the legendary group The Temptations, the latest addition to the animated “Ice Age” franchise and a new series on HBO by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes called “The Gilded Age” and starring Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
Oscar-winning, 'irreplaceable' Cloris Leachman dies at 94
Leachman died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you,” posted Ed Asner of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show." In 1989, Leachman toured in “Grandma Moses,” a play in which she aged from 45 to 101. Phyllis was so unexpectedly engaging that Leachman starred in a spinoff series of her own, “Phyllis,” which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1977. Cloris Leachman grew up on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, where she was born in 1926.
'Never Rarely' tops Spirit Awards, 'Da 5 Bloods' leads NBRs
The film was nominated for seven Independent Film Spirit Awards including one for best feature. The 36th annual Spirit Awards, like most awards shows during the pandemic, are adjusting to the difficult circumstances. Eliza Hittman's “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a Pennsylvania's teen's odyssey in getting an abortion, racked up nominations for best feature film, best director and best female lead for Sidney Flanigan. Chloe Zhoe's “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, scored five nods, including best feature, best director and best female lead for McDormand. None of the nominees for best feature film were directed by a white male.
'Saturday Night Live' recreates debate in 46th season opener
(Will Heath/NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – “Saturday Night Live” went political with a parody of this week’s presidential debate, Chris Rock's jab at President Donald Trump and Megan Thee Stallion's message supporting Black people during her performance. The NBC late-night sketch series on Saturday night jumped into the reenactment of the recent debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The series opened its 46th season, returning to the studio this week after the coronavirus pandemic halted production. Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump before the president’s COVID diagnosis, while Jim Carrey made his feature debut as Biden. “President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, and I just want to say that my heart goes out to COVID,” he joked.
Barrymore sets high standard in her models as talk show host
NEW YORK – Drew Barrymore is setting a high standard for herself as she joins the world of daytime talk show hosts on Monday. “We’re all human beings on this planet going through our lives and our journeys and there’s a way to connect through that,” Barrymore said. I’ve never lived in that space.”“The Drew Barrymore Show,” retrofitted for the coronavirus era, is being distributed by CBS Television. Bill Carroll, a veteran television consultant and expert in the syndication market, said he’s impressed that Barrymore is shooting high. Yes, some may regard Barrymore as slightly loopy and hippie-dippie (“we’re all human beings on this planet”), but it’s more endearing than annoying.
DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return
LOS ANGELES Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. And, yes, were gonna talk about it, DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with The Ellen DeGeneres Show to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic. Stephen tWitch Boss, a longtime guest DJ on the show and among those who have publicly supported DeGeneres, will guest host some fall episodes. Last month, three of the show's producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
Mets honor Seaver with salute, jersey and dirt-smudged knee
Tom Seaver's No. 41 jersey hangs in the New York Mets dugout before the start of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in New York. Were actually family friends with the Seavers, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. When you played behind Tom Seaver, you were playing behind greatness. Comedian Adam Sandler seemed to speak for many fans and their families when he posted on Twitter: Tom Seaver.
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Adam Sandler on being fired from 'Saturday Night Live' in 1995 before achieving massive success
In 1995, Adam Sandler, then 28, was fired from NBC's "Saturday Night Live" after five years on the show. "He was talking to me, and I said 'Yeah, next year on the show, blah blah blah.' After years of refusing to go back to SNL, Sandler returned to host May. Sandler then sang a song he called "I Was Fired": "I was fired, I was fired. After SNL, Sandler co-wrote and starred other hit comedies like "Happy Gilmore" (1996) and "Big Daddy" (1999).cnbc.com
60 Minutes goes inside Adam Sandler's childhood home
60 Minutes gets a rare visit to Adam Sandler's childhood home where his close-knit family encouraged him to pursue what has turned out to be a prolific career as a stand-up comedian, cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and box-office superstar. The story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. And she'd say, 'That's not good for your stomach. The 60 Minutes profile also touches on the early disappointment when he left the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and how he's finally gotten over some of the harsh critiques of his zany films. He also takes 60 Minutes cameras to New York's Diamond District, where much of the new film was shot, and to a public basketball court he often plays at when in New York City.cbsnews.com
Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler have a lot more in common than you think
(CNN) - Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler both arrived in Hollywood in the late 1980s, but their careers quickly took different paths, with Pitt becoming an A-list heartthrob and Sandler turning into a comedy legend. According to the piece, when the actors discovered they've both worked with cinematographer Darius Khondji, Sandler told Pitt: "He couldn't help himself. Speaking of his face, Pitt revealed to Sandler that most attempts to disguise himself have failed. Pitt mentioned a story he had heard about Sandler from his days as a student at NYU, calling it his "favorite Adam Sandler story." "This is why it's my favorite Adam Sandler story, and I think it says a lot about you.
Kevin Hart makes first public appearance since car accident
One of the most surprising was Kevin Hart, who was part of a devastating car accident in September in Calabasas, California. This was the first major public appearance since his crash. "Thank God because I definitely don't have to be here," Hart said when he took the stage to accept the award for comedy act of the year. "Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more -- appreciate the things that really matter, family. "This town throws out a lot of awards but the People's Choice, this has always been special to me.
With big shows leaving service, Netflix will have to do better than comedy specials, analyst says
Netflix might need to do better than comedy specials to keep its users on the platform, according to Rosenblatt Securities. On Tuesday, WarnerMedia announced its new streaming service, HBO Max, will have exclusive rights to "Friends," stripping it from Netflix's library. These licensed series have been staples for Netflix in driving viewing hours between Netflix's original content series, such as "Stranger Things." "The Office" accounted for almost 3% of viewing hours in 2018 and "Friends" accounted for almost 2% of viewing hours in 2018, according to Zgutowicz. Despite the cautious outlook for Netflix, Zgutowicz raised his price target for the streaming service to $370 from $350.cnbc.com