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Warner Bros Debates Whether 'Wonder Woman 1984' Should Skip Theaters for Streaming (Exclusive)

Warner Bros Debates Whether 'Wonder Woman 1984' Should Skip Theaters for Streaming (Exclusive)

The discussion at Warner follows Universal’s plan to distribute “Trolls World Tour” on streaming platformsWith movie theaters closed across the globe for an indefinite period of time, Warner Bros. is discussing whether to take its upcoming DC Comics tentpole “Wonder Woman 1984” directly to streaming and bypass theaters altogether, two knowledgeable individuals told TheWrap.The discussions are still preliminary and have remained close to Warner Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and his top advisers, according to one individual with knowledge of the conversation. Even director Patty...

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Sharon Waxman
March 21, 2020
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AMC's Credit Rating Downgraded by S&P With Recovery Unlikely

AMC's Credit Rating Downgraded by S&P With Recovery Unlikely

S&P Global on Thursday downgraded its credit rating for AMC Entertainment to CCC- from B, which takes the company from “Highly speculative” to “Default imminent, with little prospect for recovery.”AMC has been rocked as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has forced all movie theaters to close and Hollywood studios to either push film releases past the pivotal summer months or take them off the slate for 2020 altogether.“While there is a high degree of uncertainty about the rate of the coronavirus’ spread and when the pandemic will peak, some government authorities estimate...

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Trey Williams
April 3, 2020
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Joel McHale to Host 'Tiger King' After Show on Netflix

Joel McHale to Host 'Tiger King' After Show on Netflix

Netflix is not done with “Tiger King.” Joel McHale will host an after show for the popular Netflix docuseries called “The Tiger King and I.”It will debut on April 12 and feature new interviews withAccording to McHale, the new installment will “see what’s happened in their lives since the release of the series. It’s eye opening and hopefully funny.”Also Read:Lowe that a new episode was coming last week.“Tiger King” has been a wildly popular series for Netflix since it debuted on March 20. The docu-series is about the eccentric owners of wild tigers and how their world coincides with drug...

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Tim Baysinger
April 10, 2020
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Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications

Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications

Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, died on Tuesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.McNally, a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronicLast year, he accepted the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre just as a Broadway revival of his 1982 drama “Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune” opened in an acclaimed production starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.Also Read:McNally also wrote the screenplay for the 1991 film version of that two-character drama, which starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino as a waitress and a...

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Thom Geier
March 25, 2020
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Journalist With a Fever Denied Access to White House Press Briefing

Journalist With a Fever Denied Access to White House Press Briefing

An unnamed journalist was denied access to a White House press briefing on Saturday after registering a fever at an entry checkpoint.“According to the White House Medical Unit, the temperature was taken three times over a 15 minute period — all three registered above the 100.4 guidelines,” White House press secretary Katie Miller .Miller’s tweet was a quote tweet of CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, : “CNN White House Team: A journalist was denied entry into the press briefing after having a 99.9 fever. He was trying to get access to the briefing and was turned away and is being held by the press...

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Jennifer Maas
March 15, 2020
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Roger Beatty, Writer of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' Dies at 87

Roger Beatty, Writer of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' Dies at 87

Roger Beatty, the five-time Emmy-winning writer of “The Carol Burnett Show,” died April 6 in his Palm Desert, California, home after losing his battle with prostate cancer. He was 87.The Southern California native and former Coast Guard began his television career at CBS in 1956 on “The Bing Crosby Show,” which led to work on the network’s other variety shows, including “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Danny Kaye Show,” and eventually landing as an associate producer on “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1968.There he wrote comedy sketches for Burnett and her team which included Tim Conway, Harvey...

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Rosemary Rossi
April 19, 2020
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Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz Sues American Girl, Says 'Luciana Vega' Doll Stole Her Likeness

Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz Sues American Girl, Says 'Luciana Vega' Doll Stole Her Likeness

Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz is suing the maker of American Girl dolls, saying the company stole her likeness to create their astronaut doll, “Luciana Vega.”Walkowicz is an astronomer and TED Senior Fellow at the Adler Planetarium and says she has spoken many times about Mars — including in a that was viewed over 2 million times — and about Vega, the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra and sits at Lyra’s center.In addition, Walkowicz says in her lawsuit she has adopted a “unique dress, look, and style,” which includes a purple streak in her hair and distinctive holographic shoes....

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Daniel Goldblatt
April 25, 2020
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'Mister Rogers' Co-Star Says TV Host Told Him to Stay in the Closet

'Mister Rogers' Co-Star Says TV Host Told Him to Stay in the Closet

Francois Clemmons, the performer best known as “Officer Clemmons” on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” says the beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers once encouraged him not to come out as gay.He recalled the conversation, which took place in Rogers’ office, in an upcoming memoir and an interview with magazine.“Franc, you have talents and gifts that set you apart and above the crowd,” Clemmons said Rogers told him. “Someone has informed us that you were seen at the local gay bar downtown. Now, I want you to know, Franc, that if you’re gay, it doesn’t matter to me at all. Whatever you say and...

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Reid Nakamura
April 26, 2020
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SAG-AFTRA Announces Furloughs as Part of $96 Million Budget

SAG-AFTRA Announces Furloughs as Part of $96 Million Budget

SAG-AFTRA announced on Thursday that union employees will be furloughed or have hours reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a $96 million budget approved by the executive committee.“Employees whose workloads have been eliminated by the production shutdown will be furloughed until the industry returns to work,” the union said in a statement. “Other employees will be placed on a reduced-hours schedule to correspond to their decreased workload during this time. These measures will be implemented in a manner that takes advantage of available federal and state programs to help...

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Jeremy Fuster
May 1, 2020
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ABC Spins Off 'The Bachelor' Again - This Time for Senior Citizens

ABC Spins Off 'The Bachelor' Again - This Time for Senior Citizens

ABC is opening up the playing field of love to senior citizens.During last night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” ABC aired a casting call for people over the age of 65 who are looking for love.When you visit , the description of the new “Bachelor” franchise spinoff reads:Also Read:“Now casting Seniors Looking for Love! Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The Producers of ‘The Bachelor’ are looking for active and outgoing single men and women IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS for a new exciting dating show!Robert Mills, ABC’s head of alternative programming, .“#Bachelornation give...

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Margeaux Sippell
March 7, 2020
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