Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ blows away box office expectations

(CNN)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made an estimated $185 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening. “Spider-Man gave this summer the jolt it needed,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, told CNN Business. “‘Far From Home’s’ ability to win over audiences is further proof that audiences are just looking for good movies, sequels or otherwise.” “Far From Home,” which cost $160 million to make, had strong critical reviews. It holds a 92% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The film likely had a sizable box office bump thanks to it being the follow up to “Avengers: Endgame,” which shattered box office records in April. The big opening for “Far From Home” solidifies two important things …

Can ‘Spider-Man’ save the slumping summer box office?

New York (CNN Business)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made $39.2 million on its opening day on Tuesday and it is expected to make $125 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening, according to Sony (SNE), which co-produced the superhero film with Marvel Studios. “Strong reviews, Marvel’s goodwill, and Tom Holland’s popularity as Spider-Man will obviously be major factors again, but this is ultimately Spider-Man — one of the most popular icons of comic book lore and blockbuster cinema over the past two decades,” Robbins said. “Far From Home” could do well at the box office this weekend because it’s a sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made more than $880 million in 2017. It’s also the …

WarnerMedia and Apple are reportedly in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams. Here’s why

New York (CNN Business)There is reportedly a bidding war between a Hollywood heavyweight and a Silicon Valley giant, and it’s over one of the most popular creators in film and TV: J.J. Abrams. The Variety report could not immediately be verified by CNN Business. Both WarnerMedia and Apple declined to comment for this report. The introduction of new streaming options means that the companies behind them are rushing to sign the best talent who can create the kind of content that entices subscribers, according to Greenfield. Apple and WarnerMedia both have new services that are expected to debut later this year. (WarnerMedia is also the parent company of CNN.) “Obviously, these companies want to build out their footprint in this …

Summer 2019 media preview: What to watch, hear, read, download this season

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Tuesday afternoon: The annual luncheon for Pulitzer Prize winners… Tuesday evening: “Running with Beto” premieres on HBO… Wednesday: The CBS board will convene on the same day as the company’s annual meeting… Wednesday night: “Big Little Lies” season two premiere screening in NYC… Thursday: “Rocketman” hits theaters… Thursday evening: The first of four CNN town hall events this week… The other three are on Sunday… Friday: “When They See Us” starts streaming on Netflix… Friday: “Galaxy’s Edge” opens at Disneyland in California… Sunday: NYT’s “The Weekly” debuts on FX… “Siege” soon Michael Wolff’s follow-up to “Fire and …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far

Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next week Be Right Back Season 2, Episode 1 Starring the wickedly talented duo of Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, Be Right Back was the first Black Mirror episode to tackle death and grief, topics that would pop up again in later instalments, and which are ripe for the kind of existential, brain-scrambling tales that Brooker and co do best. Atwell plays Martha, who resurrects her late boyfriend Ash (Gleeson) as a chatbot and then later as a seemingly realistic AI robot who shares Ashs appearance but sadly not the subtle details …

Why 2020 hopefuls like to announce their plans at the crack of dawn

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. When de Blasio announces his 2020 bid, he will bring “the total number of candidates to 23 with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast,” CNN’s story notes. The coveted “first TV interview” Some, like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, have gravitated toward “The View” or Stephen Colbert’s couch or Rachel Maddow’s studio for their first interview. But others have opted for morning TV rollouts. Kamala Harris entered the race on MLK Day on “GMA.” Bernie Sanders launched his campaign by giving interviews to Vermont Public Radio and “CBS This Morning.” Seth Moulton posted a …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ wins third weekend in a row as ‘Detective Pikachu’ takes No. 2

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” won the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row. The Disney and Marvel film brought in an estimated $63.1 million in North America this weekend. The superhero film, which shattered box office records with a $1.2 billion global opening last month, is the second-highest grossing film of all time. Only 2009’s “Avatar” has made more at the global box office. “Endgame” has made $2.4 billion globally. It was the fastest film in history to make $2 billion. That includes $724 million domestically, which makes “Endgame” the third highest-grossing film in North American history. Hollywood looks to end out May with a strong slate of films. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Aladdin,” …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ goes for more box office records this weekend

New York (CNN Business)It looks like “Avengers: Endgame” is not done breaking box office records. The record for biggest second weekend belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $149 million for its second weekend in 2015, according to Comscore (SCOR). “If anyone is wondering how you follow up the biggest opening weekend in box office history, it’s with the biggest second weekend ever recorded, a feat that is within reach,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, told CNN Business. Dergarabedian said the film “looks to attract more repeat business” as well as “newcomers who were waiting on the sidelines until now.” “Avengers: Infinity War,” the prequel to “Endgame,” dropped 55% for its second weekend last April. If …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ crosses the $2 billion mark in record time

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” is still dominating the box office. So where does “Endgame” go from here? The film now sets its sights on the highest grossing film in history, “Avatar.” “Endgame” had the biggest global opening in film history with an unprecedented $1.2 billion opening last weekend. That included a record $357 million opening weekend in North America. “In this post-honeymoon phase, ‘Endgame’ has proven that it is no one-weekend wonder,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore (SCOR), told CNN Business. Dergarabedian said the film “continues to engender both enthusiasm and love from audiences around the globe” who have been captivated the “story, the characters and the significance” of the Avengers’ epic finale. Can it make it …

Adam Sandler returns to ‘SNL’ with a song about how he was fired

(CNN)Adam Sandler returned to “Saturday Night Live” with a song parodying his departure from the show two decades ago. The next verse of the song continued: “I think they just hate the Jews. I was fired, not rehired. It made me sad and blue.” Then came a cameo by fellow “SNL” alumnus Chris Rock, who was on the show from 1990 to 1993. Sandler asked Rock why he left the show. “I got fired. I was fired. I was fired by NBC,” Rock sang. “Then I went on ‘In Living Color,’ three weeks later they took it off TV.” “In Living Color” was an African-American variety show that aired on Fox between 1990 and 1994. Current “SNL” cast member Pete …

Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctioned Western companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica Tiananmen Square crackdown appears to have been an extraordinary and potentially very expensive mistake. China is currently Leicas biggest growth market, told the dating back years and taking in several award-winning short films in a similar vein to the most recent one. One of the ads directors told the tank man photo that came to define the Chinese protesters peaceful showdown with heavily armed authorities. This film is dedicated to those who lend …

Here’s who made Hollywood Reporter’s list of most powerful figures in New York media

New York (CNN Business)The Hollywood Reporter unveiled its 2019 list of the most powerful figures in New York media on Thursday and this year it’s composed of some of the most influential people in the news business. From the morning network news programs, ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, GMA co-host Michael Strahan, CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson, as well as Today show co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Craig Melvin made the list. From the network evening newscasts, there is David Muir, Jeff Glor, and Lester Holt, anchors for ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, respectively. Television news executives on the list …

What Fleabag did next: future looks bright for Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Creator of hit sitcom not short of offers and hints Fleabag could return when she is 50 It has been described as a near perfect work of art with an ending that Fleabag, her next step is being eagerly anticipated by viewers and industry insiders alike. The BBC Three show ended on Monday after two series with a climactic episode that provided a definitive coda to the will-they-wont-they relationship between Waller-Bridges eponymous millennial neer-do-well and Andrew Scotts troubled, if much lusted after, priest. The episode and the series as a whole has received rapturous reviews from critics, with the Daily Mail describing it as redemptive, unsentimental and beautiful and the Metro declaring it a masterpiece. With the shows conclusion which …

Coca-Cola and Disney partner for new ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ land

Anaheim (CNN Business)Disney and Coca-Cola, two of the most recognizable brands on earth, are going to be together in a galaxy far, far away. The lands, which are set to open at Disneyland in California on May 31 and on August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, will act as a fully immersive experience that feels like being in an actual “Star Wars” film. The Coke partnership is just another aspect of that. The “Star Wars” packaging of the cola products help to maintain the illusion of the land and its story for guests. The new lands will include interactive rides like Smuggler’s Run, where guests can fly the Millennium Falcon, and feature bars and restaurants like Oga’s Cantina. …