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GENERAL POP CULTURE NEWS:
- Fashion designer/former “Project Runway” judge ZAC POSEN announced he will be shuttering his fashion line after 18 years. According to Posen, “We were in a sale process and we ran out of time… My partners and I tried everything possible within our means to find solutions to keep it going. I have been trying to find the right strategic partners at this tough time in retail and in the [fashion] industry. The clock ran out.”
- Spanx creator SARA BLAKELY revealed she bought the black satin pants singer/actress OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN was famously sewn into for the final scenes of the classic ‘70s big screen musical “Grease” in Newton-John’s recently held memorabilia auction for charity. Blakely’s accepted bid for the pants was $160,000.
- The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade announced its talent lineup which is set to take place on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on Sunday, December 1st at 5pm PT. Appearing at this year’s parade will be JESSE & JOY, DIONNE WARWICK, BRANDON JENNER, SHELEA, THE BAND OF MERRYMAKERS, ROCK OF AGES, SHAWN WAYANS presents THE BOO CREW, PHIL VASSAR, DAVID ARCHULETA, ACE YOUNG & DIANA DEGARMO, JAMES MASLOW, ASHEN MOON with MIKALAH GORDON and BRANDON ROGERS, MAI WYNN and FARRELL DILLON of “Masters of Illusion”, and a special tribute for Toys For Tots. “Access Hollywood” host MARIO LOPEZ and his family will serve as this year’s Grand Marshals. The 88th Annual Christmas Parade will be hosted by ERIK ESTRADA, LAURA MCKENZIE, DEAN CAIN, MONTEL WILLIAMS, and ELIZABETH STANTON and will likely air on The CW the week or two after taping (not yet confirmed).
- NAMES, HASHTAGS, MEMES, AND TRENDS FROM THIS PAST WEEK -
Met Life Stadium Black Cat; Flounder puppet’s blank stare; CHRIS BROWN’s yard sale; Cheerleader dad
- AWARDS UPDATE -
- Comedienne/actress/talk show host ELLEN DEGENERES will receive the Carol Burnett Award for achievement in comedy at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards next year.
- Women in country music will unite for groundbreaking performances at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards next week. The annual ceremony is boasting a “historic, not-to-be-missed opening performance” led by CARRIE UNDERWOOD, REBA MCENTIRE, and DOLLY PARTON that will also feature TERRI CLARK, SARA EVANS, CRYSTAL GAYLE, THEY HIGHWAY WOMEN (BRANDI CARLILE, NATALIE HEMBY, MAREN MORRIS, and AMANDA SHIRES), MARTINA MCBRIDE, JENIIFER NETTLES, TANYA TUCKER, and GRETCHEN WILSON, with each performing iconic country songs in a “monumental decades-spanning medley never before seen”. The show will also feature KELSEA BALLERINI, LINDSAY ELL, LITTLE BIG TOWN, MADDIE & TAE, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, CARLY PEARCE, and RUNAWAY JUNE in an epic performance of a recent CMA Song of the Year and CMA Single of the Year. The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by CARRIE UNDERWOOD with special guest hosts REBA MCENTIRE and DOLLY PARTON, will air on November 13th at 8pm EST on ABC.
- POLITICS-R-US -
- US: US Ambassador to the European Union GORDON SONDLAND changed his Impeachment Inquiry testimony to the House of Representatives from last week, saying that his memory has been jogged by the release of other testimonies into whether President DONALD TRUMP was extorting Ukraine for dirt on former Vice President JOE BIDEN. Sondland now has admitted that Trump did withhold Congressionally approved aid to Ukraine and a White House visit by Ukraine’s new president in exchange for the country to work with Trump’s personal attorney RUDY GIULIANI to dig up dirt on Biden and his son HUNTER BIDEN, announce an investigation into a Ukrainian company that used to employ Hunter Biden, and also claim that Ukraine was behind the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee instead of Russia. Sondland previously claimed he “did not recall” if Trump asked for a quid pro quo.
- ON BROADWAY/ THE WEST END -
- Actor PATRICK J. ADAMS will make his Broadway debut in the revival of “Take Me Out”.
- Actors HUGH JACKMAN and SUTTON FOSTER will soon star in a Broadway revival of the musical "The Music Man".
- Actor ED HARRIS is taking over the role of Atticus Finch in the Broadway play "To Kill a Mockingbird".
- THE BOOK NOOK -
- Former “Fixer Upper” star JOANNA GAINES announced her second cookbook is available for preorder. “Magnolia Table Vol. 2”, featuring recipes for dishes such as mushroom-gruyere quiche and chicken-pecan-asparagus casserole, will hit stores in April 2020.
- Director PEYTON REED has closed a deal to return for the third installment of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” franchise. It marks one of the rare instances in which the same director has helmed every film dedicated to a given Marvel character franchise. Actors PAUL RUDD, EVANGELINE LILLY, and MICHAEL DOUGLAS are expected to reprise their roles. The film does not have a set release date yet but is expected to likely land in 2022.
- Warner Bros. announced it is finally moving forward with filming the third installment of the “Harry Potter” spinoff film franchise “Fantastic Beasts”. “Fantastic Beasts 3”, which was expected to start filming earlier this year but was pushed back after “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” fell short of expectations, is now expected to begin filming next spring after the studio presumably took some time to revamp the franchise somewhat.
- Late actor JAMES DEAN is about to be “resurrected” on film. Dean, who died in a 1955 car accident at the age of 24 after only starring in three films, will posthumously star in the Vietnam War era drama “Finding Jack”, adapted from GARETH CROCKER’s novel, through CGI visual effects. Magic City Films has obtained rights from Dean’s family.
- U.S. BOX OFFICE WEEKEND TOP 5 (NEW RELEASES IN BOLD) –
- Despite coming in first this weekend, “Terminator: Dark Fate” woefully underperformed and is expected to lose $120 million for its studio and the studio reportedly now has no plans for a sequel. -
1. “Terminator: Dark Fate” – $29.0M
2. “Joker” - $13.5M
3. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil "- $13.1M
4. “Harriet - $11.7M
5. “The Addams Family” - $8.3M
- FILMS OPENING THIS WEEKEND (US Wide Releases) -
* Horror “Doctor Sleep” starring EWAN MCGREGOR and REBECCA FERGUSON
* Comedy/Drama/Romance “Last Christmas” starring EMILIA CLARKE and HENRY GOLDING
* Action/Drama/History/War “Midway” starring WODDY HARRLESON and DENNIS QUAID
* Family/Comedy “Playing with Fire” starring JOHN CENA and KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY
* Animated/Family/Comedy/Adventure “Arctic Dogs” starring JEREMY RENNER and JAMES FRANCO
- MOVIE CASTING UPDATE -
- Actors VINCE VAUGHN and SHARON HORGAN will costar in the romantic dramedy “The Last Drop”’.
- Actor FIONN WHITEHEAD will star alongside HELEN MIRREN and JIM BROADBENT in the heist movie “The Duke”.
- Actors MICHAEL KEATON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, and MAGGIE Q have been cast in the thriller “The Asset”.
- Actor BEN AFFLECK is set to star in the action thriller “Hypnotic”.
- Freeform announced its annual 25 Days of Christmas holiday lineup for this year. The lineup includes usual seasonal favorites including films such as “Home Alone” and “The Santa Clause” and specials including “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, quirky new original movie “Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas”, and a “The Fosters” reunion on a special holiday episode of drama series “Good Trouble”. Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas kicks off on December 1st and runs through Christmas Day. Check out the following link for the full lineup: https://www.tvguide.com/news/freeform-25-days-of-christmas-the-fosters-reunion/
- Amazon Prime Video announced its first-ever holiday special with country singer KACEY MUSGRAVES. “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” will feature the singer performing classic and original holiday songs and displaying other talents alongside several celebrity guests including actors DAN LEVY and FRED ARMISEN, model KENDALL JENNER, singers LEON BRIDGES, CAMILA CABELLO, LANA DEL REY, and TROYE SIVAN, tv host/performer JAMES CORDEN, actress/singer ZOOEY DESCHANEL, and the RADIO CITY ROCKETTES. “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” will be released on Amazon Prime Video on November 29th.
- Producer/judge SIMON COWELL has reportedly axed his planned ITV/AXS TV reality competition series “X Factor All Stars” that had been set to premiere next month and include former “X Factor UK” winners LEONA LEWIS and ALEXANDRA BURKE in favor of doing “X Factor: The Band” which will feature new all-male and all-female groups in the hope to find the next ONE DIRECTION or LITTLE MIX, both of which were created on “X Factor UK”. Cowell’s new version of “X Factor” will face stiff competition in the UK, going up against the new talent show “The Search” which is being launched by Little Mix on BBC1 next year (no word if “The Search” will air on any US channel as of yet).
- ABC revealed the second installment of the Norman Lear special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” has an official premiere date and the lineup of shows has been determined. The new special will recreate an episode of the classic ’70s sitcom “Good Times” as well as another episode of sitcom “All in the Family”, which was also featured in the first “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special. Casting has yet to be determined for either live recreation and will be announced at a later date. The second installment of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” featuring episodes of “Good Times” and “All in the Family” will air December 18th.
- HGTV announced the holiday special “Outrageous Holiday Houses” which will feature a coast-to-coast tour of North America’s holiday displays, spotlighting festive towns and decked out homes. “Outrageous Holiday Houses” will be hosted by former NSYNC singer/tv personality LANCE BASS and will air on November 28th.
- CBS has ordered a sports/comedy game show series from actor/tv host JAMES CORDEN. The series, dubbed “Game On!” is based on the UK panel show “A League of Their Own”, which Corden hosts. Actor KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY has been tapped to host “Game On!”; US tennis star VENUS WILLIAMS and retired football player ROB GRONKOWSKI will serve as team captains while actor/comedian BOBBY LEE and “Late Late Show” co-head writer IAN KARMEL have been tapped to serve as regular comedian panelists.
- FX is teaming up with Hulu to give the basic cable network a new streaming home. FX on Hulu will include the network’s stable of current and legacy series as well as four original new series that will stream exclusively on Hulu. Starting March 2020, Hulu will feature every season of more than 40 FX original series from the past 17 years including “American Horror Story”, “Sons of Anarchy”, and “Fargo”. New seasons of current and new FX and FXX original series that run or launch on FX’s linear channels will also be available on Hulu immediately following their runs.
- TV CASTING UPDATE -
- Actress EMILY BETT RICKARDS will reportedly return to The CW drama series “Arrow” for the show’s series finale, airing early next year. Rickards, who played Felicity Smoak for seven seasons, left the series at the end of last season. Actor PAUL BLACKTHORNE, who played Quentin Lance from season 1 until the character was killed off in season 6, will also reportedly return at some point in the final season.
- Actress CAROL BURNETT will return for the Spectrum Originals revival of the comedy series “Mad About You”.
- Actress JAMIE GRAY HYDER has been promoted to series regular on NBC drama series “Law & Order: SVU”.
- Actors JULIANNA MARGULIES and COREY STOLL are set to join the season 5 cast of Showtime drama series “Billions”.
- Actor BRAD MAULE is returning to ABC daytime drama series “General Hospital” as Dr. Tony Jones after a 14 year absence.
- TV RENEWALS* AND PICKUPS/EXTENSIONS** -
* “The Great Christmas Light Fight”, ABC, renewed for season 8
* “Dickinson”, Apple TV+, renewed for season 2
* “For All Mankind”, Apple TV+, renewed for season 2
* “See”, Apple TV+, renewed for season 2
* “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK”, BBC3, renewed for season 2 (unclear as of right now whether Logo will air season 2 in the US)
* “Mayans M.C.”, FX, renewed for season 3
** “American Housewife”, ABC, six additional episodes ordered
** “Bless This Mess”, ABC, six additional episodes ordered
** “Superstore”, NBC, episode count expanded to 22 episodes
- TV CANCELLATIONS* AND TRIMMED/NOT-EXTENDED SEASONS** -
* “The Jim Jefferies Show”, Comedy Central, cancelled after 3 seasons
* “BH90210”, Fox, cancelled after one season
* “The InBetween”, NBC, cancelled after one season
* “Pearson”, USA, cancelled after one season
- Pop singer/“The Voice” coach/talk show host KELLY CLARKSON announced she will be doing a residency in Las Vegas next year. “Kelly Clarkson Invincible” will debut at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on April 1, 2020 and will play select dates in April, July, August, and September.
- Singer/songwriter BEN FOLDS announced he is parting with over 250 pieces of gear from throughout his career in an upcoming sale. Folds’ online shop will feature instruments, microphones, and other studio equipment, only some of which was ever even used. Folds will launch his online shop November 12th.
- LAST WEEK’S #1 SINGLES AND ALBUMS AROUND THE WORLD –
Argentina (Billboard Hot 100): Song – “Tutu” by CAMILO + PEDRO CAPO
Australia (ARIA): Song – “Dance Monkey” by TONES AND I; Album - “Jesus Is King” by KANYE WEST
Canada (Billboard): Song – “Lose You To Love Me” by SELENA GOMEZ; Album - “JESUS IS KING (soundtrack)” by KANYE WEST
China (Billboard Social): Song – “Liu Xing” by KARRY WANG
Germany: Song – “Dance Monkey” by TONES AND I; Album – “Alles Ohne Strom” by DIE TOTEN HOSEN
Ireland (IRMA): Song – “Lose You to Love Me” by SELENA GOMEZ Album - “Without Fear” by DERMOT KENNEDY
Italy: Song – “Dance Monkey” by TONES AND I; Album – “Fortuna” by EMMA
Japan (Hot 100): Song – “Zurui Yo Zurui Ne” by =LOVE
US (Billboard): Song – “Lose You To Love Me” by SELENA GOMEZ; Album - “JESUS IS KING (soundtrack)” by KANYE WEST
UK (UK Official): Song – “Dance Monkey” by TONES & I; Album - “Kind” by STEREOPHONICS
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