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.
Cloris Leachman, Oscar-winning actor also known as TV’s Phyllis Lindstrom, dies at 94, publicist says
Cloris Leachman during "Spanglish" Press Conference with Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, James L. Brooks, Paz Vega and Cloris Leachman at Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)LOS ANGELES – Cloris Leachman, a character actor whose depth of talent brought her an Oscar for the “The Last Picture Show” and Emmys for her comedic work in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other TV series, has died. Leachman died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Millions of viewers knew the actor as the self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She also appeared as the mother of Timmy on the “Lassie” series. She played a frontier prostitute in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” a crime spree family member in “Crazy Mama,” and the infamous Frau Bucher in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”
'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' goes political in 46th season opener
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)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.
Pitt, Sandler and 'The Irishman' celebrated at NBR Awards
Roger Deakins attends the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in New York. The quick succession of the ceremonies, which this year are especially compressed, can give the NBR Awards a discombobulating feeling of deja vu. “I got sober because of this guy,” said Pitt taking the stage. “We’ll see.”The awards belonged equally to Sandler, whose performance in Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” has been one of the most celebrated of his career. Unlike some of the other winners, Bates hasn’t been a mainstay on the awards circuit.
Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Uncut Gems
Title: Uncut GemsDescribe This Movie In One Casino Royale Quote:LE CHIFFRE: Tell them I've got the money. Perhaps an uncut, 600-carat Ethiopian black opal that Howard plans to auction for a million dollars. Would an inability to easily produce lucrative crap like Grown Ups and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry mean his performances in Punch-Drunk Love and Uncut Gems would be the norm instead of outliers? The former NBA MVP (Uncut Gems takes place in 2012, when KG was still with the Celtics) is a natural in front of a camera, and concludes his arc with a surprising amoung of self-awareness and introspection. The question after the accolades he's receiving for Uncut Gems will be, will he want to?houstonpress.com
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.
Brad Pitt Shares Story About Adam Sandler's Professor Telling Comedian to Quit Acting
"This is my favorite Adam Sandler story that I heard from [director] Bennett Miller," Pitt states. "This is why it's my favorite Adam Sandler story, and I think it says a lot about you. "You crossed the picket line," Pitt tells Sandler, referencing Hollywood's initial disinterest in partnering with the streaming platform. "It was just one copy, his first copy, and you had to go to his house to read it," he shares. RELATED CONTENT: Brad Pitt on George Clooney's Space Movie Performance Ahead of 'Ad Astra' Premiere (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartNicole Kidman and Margot Robbie Consider Harry Styles, Brad Pitt and More to Date Charlize TheronBrad Pitt Is Still Single Despite Report He's Dating Holistic Healer Sat Hari KhalsaBrad Pitt Says the 'Breakup' of His Family Was an 'Eye-Opener' for Him
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.
Watch Adam Sandler and His Daughters Adorably Cover Taylor Swift's 'Lover'
Adam Sandler's daughters just wowed a star-studded crowd! As part of the fundraiser held in Malibu, California, Sandler welcomed his two daughters -- Sadie, 13, and Sunny, 10 -- to the stage to perform one of their favorite songs. Taylor Swift, holy s**t... Good lord," he marveled of watching Swift perform "Lover" and "False God" on the sketch series. Sandler, who played guitar while his daughters sang, went on to gently tease his girls' nerves, quipping, "You're knees are shaking, right? RELATED CONTENT:Adam Sandler on How He Got Adam Levine to Perform at His Daughter's Bat Mitzvah (Exclusive)Adam Sandler Had Adam Levine Perform at Daughter Sadie's Bat MitzvahTaylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Seen Hand-in-Hand Outside 'SNL' After-Party
The Weeknd Has a Whole New Look Following Rumored Split From Bella Hadid
The Weeknd had a big smile on his face when he hit the red carpet on Monday night. The 29-year-old musician showed up to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival with a whole new, dapper look. The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, traded in his trendy style for a sleek blue suit. Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThis marks The Weeknd's first red carpet appearance since reports surfaced that he and 22-year-old model Bella Hadid had split up. Here's more with The Weeknd:RELATED CONTENT:Bella Hadid Goes Full Blonde Amid The Weeknd Breakup RumorsDoes The Weeknd Diss Drakes Secret Baby in New Track 'Lost in the Fire'?
Cameron Boyce's Friends and Fans Raise Thousands for Charity in Late Actor's Name
Cameron Boyce's friends and fans are honoring him after his death. "Cameron Boyce (@thecameronboyce) worked hard to help other people through great charitable organizations like @thirstproject & @launitedway," Sandler, who started Facebook fundraisers for both charities, wrote on Instagram. We will honor #CameronBoyces legacy by fighting for this basic human right ," the Thirst Project wrote on Twitter in response to Sandler's support. "Now is the time to make a change," Boyce's dad wrote on Instagram in reference to the foundation. RELATED CONTENT:'Descendants' Star Sofia Carson Pens Heartbreaking Tribute to Late Co-Star Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce's Sister Pens Heartbreaking Note Recalling the 'Hours Before He Died''Descendants 3' Premiere Canceled: How Disney Channel Is Honoring Cameron Boyce's Death
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
Cameron Boyce's Autopsy Completed But Official Cause of Death Is Pending Further Investigation
Cameron Boyces autopsy has been completed, but his official cause of death has not been determined. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner tells ET that an autopsy was performed on Monday and that the cause of death was deferred pending further investigation. It really does help to ease the pain of this nightmare I cant wake up from. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.See more on Boyces death below. RELATED CONTENT:Kristin Chenoweth Shares Touching Story About Late Descendants Co-Star Cameron BoyceCameron Boyces Dad Says His Death Is a 'Nightmare' He Can't Wake Up FromCameron Boyce Discussed Being a 'Difference Maker' in a Final Interview