‘Hey, Wilson,” says Mike Love, placing his hand gently on Brian Wilson’s forearm. “Hey, Love,” says Wilson, brightly, as his cousin slides into the booth next to him. “You were great last night,” Love says. “Animated. Ani-fuckin‘-mated.” Wilson beams. “Gracias, amigo. Our harmonies – we sound good together.” The Beach Boys’ founding members, Brian Wilson, 69, and Mike Love, 71, are relaxing at a casino steakhouse in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner together is not an everyday thing for Love and Wilson. Or even an every-decade thing. The last holiday together Love remembers was Thanksgiving ’99. “I invited him up,” Love says. “He said, ‘Yeah, Mike. Family first.’ ” But it’s usually not like that. The Southern California cousins have been estranged for much of the Beach Boys’ career, their relationship fractured by disagreements over the group’s … [Read more...] about The Beach Boys’ Last Wave
The doldrums of December are here and is standard following the lucrative Thanksgiving-Black Friday period most major distributors abstain from opening any wide entries, except for STX which is handling animated feature Playmobil, which isn’t looking so hot with a 3-day of $905K, one of the lowest openings ever for a pic north of 2,000 runs — even lower than Universal/Blumhouse’s Jem and the Holograms which tanked with a $1.37M opening (and final of $2.1M domestic). The intention of course by STX was to nab any families who still want to take their kids to the movies after the whirlwind of Frozen 2 (they even offered up $5 tickets to experiment with pricing), but everyone is still going to see the Disney sequel which is still going to crush it for the third time this weekend with a $40.3M opening, -53% with a running total by Sunday of $343.2M. For a Disney pic in the post Black Friday weekend, that’s a high besting the takes of its previous … [Read more...] about ‘Frozen 2’ Already Past $300M+ Leading Dreary December Weekend With $40M+, ‘Playmobil’ Coming Apart
Weigh in on Facebook versus Instagram versus TikTok. Let's face it, social platforms haven't been getting much love lately. Between Facebook's ongoing fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, TikTok being hit with a lawsuit over allegedly sending a user's data to China, Twitter's stock troubles and Instagram's continued issue with influencers not disclosing paid posts, major social platforms have continued to attract bad press in 2019. However, there have also been a few bright spots: Twitter got kudos from some after it banned political ads, while TikTok's popularity with teens has led to some public health initiatives starting on the platform as well as teens posting short history lessons there. According to a Pew study published earlier this year, the number of adults using social media usage has remained stagnant in 2019, compared with one year previously, showing that the growth of platform adoption has slowed. Still, about 69 percent of American adults use Facebook, while … [Read more...] about Hollywood Reporter Reader Poll: What Is Your Favorite Social Platform?
Neon’s film festival favorite Portrait of a Lady on Fire didn’t cause an inferno at the specialty box office, but it managed to have a warming glow of an estimated weekend gross of $67,105. The critically lauded romance directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel had its one-week qualifying run at the Angelika in New York and the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles with a per-screen average of $33,552. It was #1 at the Angelika and came in at #2 behind Knives Out at the Arclight. Its debut is one of the best averages of any French film in the U.S. in the last 20 years behind Amelie and Coco Chanel. To add to its arsenal of acclaim, the drama sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the second best-reviewed film of the year right behind its fellow Neon title Parasite. Related Story Neon Looks To Dominate International Oscar List with 'Parasite' & 'Monos' - The Contenders NY Also … [Read more...] about ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ Lights Up In Limited Debut, ‘The Aeronauts’ Crash Lands – Specialty Box Office
He also played Oscar the Grouch after joining 'Sesame Street' at the very start in 1969. Caroll Spinney, the big-hearted Muppeteer who climbed inside a claustrophobic feathered costume to play the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird for almost a half-century, died Sunday, Sesame Workshop announced. He was 85. Spinney, who also operated and voiced Oscar, Big Bird's grumpy trash can-dwelling neighbor, before retiring from the iconic kids program in October 2018, died at his home in Connecticut after living with dystonia for some time. Spinney collected five Daytime Emmy Awards for his contributions to Sesame Street and received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2006, entrancing hundreds of millions of kids along the way. "He managed to learn to speak directly to the hearts of probably anything from 2-year-olds to 5-, 6-, 7-year-olds — and to grown-ups, as a matter of fact," … [Read more...] about Caroll Spinney, Big Bird Muppeteer for Nearly 50 Years, Dies at 85