New this week: Arcade Fire, 'Hatching,' Three Mile Island
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from Arcade Fire, a documentary about Sheryl Crow that's described as an “intimate story of song and sacrifice” and a four-part documentary about the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.
SXSW plots in-person film fest with 'Atlanta,' 'Lost City'
After the pandemic forced the South by Southwest Film Festival to turn virtual the last two years, the Austin, Texas, festival is plotting a largely in-person event this March that will feature the premieres of the third season of Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” the latest from Richard Linklater and the Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum comedy “The Lost City.”.
Netflix scores streaming rights to new top Sony films
Netflix further beefed up its film catalog on Thursday in a multi-year deal that will make it the new streaming home to Sony Pictures’ top releases in the U.S. Beginning next year, Sony’s new films will stream domestically on Netflix after their theatrical runs.
Health contractors vetted stars' politics for US virus ad
This photo combination shows from left: musician Christina Aguilera in Los Angeles, March 29, 2012, comedian George Lopez in Los Angeles, Dec. 25, 2012, and actor Jack Black in Las Vegas, April 25, 2012. Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted the political views of hundreds of celebrities, including Aguilera, Lopez, and Black, for a health education advertising campaign on the coronavirus outbreak. That's according to documents released Thursday by a House committee.
US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response
Director Judd Apatow believes Trump “does not have the intellectual capacity to run as president,” according to a list of more than 200 celebrities compiled by one of the firms. “I have ordered a strategic review of this public health education campaign that will be led by our top public health and communications experts to determine whether the campaign serves important public health purposes,” Azar told the subcommittee, which is investigating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Because public health policy around the coronavirus pandemic has become so politically polarized, it’s unclear how well a confidence-building campaign from the government would play. And Trump has alienated much of the medical establishment with his dismissive comments about basic public health measures, such as wearing masks. Antony and Quaid were among just a few celebrities who were approved for the campaign, according to the documents.
Kevin Hart: Hosting MDA telethon is a ‘major level-up’
Jerry Lewis performs during the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2005, left, and Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" in Los Angeles on Dec. 11, 2017. Hart is hosting a re-imagined online fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two-hour event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Harts Help From the Hart charity. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Kevin Hart says hosting a re-imagined online fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is “a major level-up for me.”“It’s different from anything that you’ve really seen me do. And there’s a great reason behind it,” said the comic and actor, who is leading the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon online on Saturday.
Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Diego Luna, Jennifer Garner & More Team Up for a Homemade 'Princess Bride' Remake
A number of Hollywood A-listers have teamed for a hilarious and fun remake of The Princess Bride. Then there is Jonas and Turner who gender-swapped characters, with the singer wearing a blonde wig as Princess Buttercup (first played by Robin Wright) and the actress wearing a mask and playing Westley (Cary Elwes). Other scenes show Jack Black playing Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA the Man in Black and Westley) as he clings to a cliffside while Luna stars as Inigo Montoya (the swordsman played by Mandy Patinkin). Tiffany Haddish, Common, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Keegan Michael Key and many more also participate. The remake is raising funds for the World Central Kitchen charity, with Quibi starting the donations off with a $1 million contributionThe streaming service will release chapters of the movie every day for two weeks, starting June 29.
Ben Stiller Talks Being Trapped in an Escape Room With Courteney Cox (Exclusive)
Ben Stiller and Jack Black had a lot of fun bringing to life their Red Nose Day special, Celebrity Escape Room. With Black as game master, Stiller was joined by Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott as game-play members who attempt to escape the '80s high schoolthemed room within 60 minutes. "I don't remember anything because there were loud noises and it gave me amnesia," she joked. "She gets scared and she doesn't like loud noises," Cox chimed in. Celebrity Escape Room benefits the sixth annual Red Nose Day to end child poverty.
What do the critics think? A roundup of reviews for 'Jumanji: The Next Level'
When Sony sought to create a sequel to "Jumanji," the beloved 1995 classic starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, audiences and critics were initially skeptical. However, the studio was able to turn the story on its head, shifting it from a quaint board game to a larger-than-life video game adventure. In the film, the teen team of Bethany, Fridge and Martha are sucked back into the video game after Spencer escapes back into the game. Already, "The Next Level" has garnered $52 million at the box office from its international debut last weekend. Here's a rundown of what critics have said of "Jumanji: The Next Level" ahead of its opening:cnbc.com
Tenacious D Guides Houston Through the Apocalypse
The world could do much worse than turning to the Devil-battle-tested, Holy Grail of guitar picks-seeking, face-melters known as Tenacious D. Thats sort of the point of the bands latest film/YouTube series, Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto. Tellingly, they survived Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. The songs from the movie are standard definition Tenacious D, done in high-res at the live show. The band is a country duo with comedic undertones and is made up of Tenacious D guitarist extraordinaire John Konesky and lead vocalist Mike Bray from the Kyle Gass Band. Tenacious D In Post-Apocalypto Set List:POST-APOCALYPTO THEMEHOPEMAKING LOVETAKE US INTO SPACEFUCK YO-YO MADADDY DING DONGROBOTCOLORSSAVE THE WORLDPOST-APOCALYPTO THEME (REPRISE)"The D" Photo by Jennifer LakeTenacious D Greatest Hits Set List:Rize of the FenixLow Hangin FruitSax-a-BoomRoadieDude (I Totally Miss You)KickapooBeelzeboss (The Final Showdown)The MetalDioKielbasaTributeDouble TeamFuck Her Gentlyhoustonpress.com
Houston Concert Watch 10/16: Tenacious D and More
Last week's cold front was short-lived, but it made the Houston Cougars' loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday a little less painful. The duo hit it big in 2001 with "Tribute," in which Black and Gass engage in a musical duel with the devil. With four albums and a movie to their name, Tenacious D will have plenty of material to choose from when they visit Revention Music Center tonight. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July, NF visits Revention Music Center this Friday. On tour in support of their forthcoming seventh studio album, You're Welcome, ADTR will visit NRG Arena on Tuesday.houstonpress.com