The Weekly Standard is shutting down...it went full anti-Trump.
SAG Awards get it right; Globes chime in; Oscar host nonsense
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2019 - The Zombies, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks, among them...
* My thought all along is that Netflix and streaming services ruin the movie-going experience, and Hollywood is helping them do it. The shrinking of the window between movie theater launch and on TV like Netflix is narrowing. "Roma" was released on Netflix, and in only about 600 theaters.So, who really will see it? - - Variety - Read full Variety story here... Alfonso Cuaron says #Roma is better in theaters
* The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS) met Tuesday night to talk host. The idea now is to NOT have one. Now, the hosts for the Oscars should not be the central focus of the show. Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were emcees. That is what is needed - an emcee. No need for rude jokes, etc. Or elaborate musical numbers with the host involved. Let the movies win the night. From The Wrap: Female-Led Films Rule Box Office; FEMALE-LED FILMS EARN MORE THAN MOVIES STARRING MEN IN THE LEAD, STUDY FINDS
* Fox News top cable news outlet for 22 years straight; tops in all cable for three years and had its highest viewership year yet in 2018. So, the headlines scream MSNBC has highest viewers ever - - yes, it did but that is still not good enough to overtake Fox News.
* Oh, by the way, "Baby It's Cold Outside" won an OSCAR. Yes, it is an Oscar winning song. It was written by Frank Loesser for the movie "Neptune's Daughter." Meanwhile, it was only one radio station in Cleveland that banned it. Now, others jumped on the bandwagon and asked for listeners to chime in. It really is a silly argument. To me, it is a dumb song but not something to be banned. I do not see it as a Christmas song - - it is more of a winter song.
* This is an example of something that is really not needed. So, let the media complain that it is canceled but it is a perk. A big, sloppy perk to the press. It creates too cozy of a relationship with administrations and the press. Let those days be long gone now. Trump Cancels White House Press Christmas Party...‘You’re a mean one’! Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press, and the left can’t deal
* This is an example of a nice, human interest story that is perfect for "Ellen" and shows like it. I cringe when I see it on straight news. It is a lifestyle piece at best for a newspaper.
NYDaily News - Couple that lost engagement ring in Times Square subway grate gets it back in surprise TV visit on "Ellen" from cops who found it https://nydn.us/2EwCJSU
UPDATE: She was not on 12/13/18 - "family event" Mika Brzezinki Refers to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo as a ‘Wannabe Dictator’s Butt Boy’ on Live Television MSNBC is having to deal with another one of its hosts making homophobic remarks. This one came on live television. Today, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski referred to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “a wannabe dictator’s butt boy." Read more » ...
"Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski apologizes for homophobic slur against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo https://nydn.us/2EsqtDa * Now, let's see how this plays out. Kevin Hart has to back from a hosting gig and the Heisman winner is forced to apologize for Tweets he made at 14-15 years old. Mika is a TV host of a major morning show on MSNBC.
Box Office Mojo: 'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut
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* Will ABC stick with "The Connors" despite the low ratings? For this show and the money it must pay its stars, that will be brutal. If the ad rates stay up then it will not be axed. If they dip, say goodbye. But, if they promised advertisers Roseanne-like ratings, they are in deep trouble. But, ABC will renew because they say it has strong ratings. Huh? The fall finale saw 6.67 million viewers. That is high to ABC. Sad.
* "Bohemian Rhapsody" has passed "Straight Outta Compton" as the highest-grossing biopic. I put this on last weekend and was waiting for others to note this and it never happened. Hmmm. On 12/13/18, they finally did it. So, they waited for global take. But, since "Straight Outta Compton did less overseas than it did in North America, this still does not make sense. The movie passed "Straight Outta Compton" in North America last weekend (12/7-9).
* "Vice" looks like a movie that will be so funny we forget to laugh. In other words, only certain people will like it. But, Hollywood will and the public will not.
* If you look for it, you can tell what films the media is pushing versus the one's that the public want to get nominated. The do push smaller, rarely seen films. I did that, too. But, I always went with the big films, too. The balance is important. Jut because a movie is seen and the movie is a blockbuster does not mean it it is a bad film. The best of both worlds is when a film is a blockbuster and it a great film. Ye, that happens. The critics just will never admit that.
* The Kevin Hart debacle was messy from the start. As Hart steps away from his Oscar hosting gig, I wonder if he was actually officially in. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never put out an official press release noting Hart would be host. All they did was put Hart's Instagram message stating he was honored to be host. But, then some past Tweets appeared and now Hart backs away from his gig.
* Over the years, one of the major complaints is that the Grammys have too many categories. True. But, did you know that Dick Clark started the American Music Awards because he felt the Grammys short-changed American artists? The Grammys also cut down the number of categories but still, it feels like anyone who has ever sung in the shower gets nominated over the years.
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