In 1952, the second season of CBS sitcom I Love Lucy set viewing records that, 70 years later, have yet to be beaten. The star was Lucille Ball , a lovable klutz from New York, and her husband Ricky was played by her real-life spouse—Cuban refugee Desi Arnaz . Together they founded Desilu Productions, soon to be the No. 1 independent TV company in America. In 1957, however, a scandal surfaced that threatened to tear it all down: Lucy was a registered Communist. Or was she? That fraught time is brought to life by Aaron Sorkin in his Amazon Studios release Being the Ricardos , starring Nicole Kidman as Lucy and Javier Bardem as Desi. Damon Wise sits down with all three to discuss the forgotten legacy of a most unlikely power couple. Calling the Shots: Aaron Sorkin Being the Ricardos is Aaron Sorkin’s 10th credited feature script and his third film as director. In that 30-year period—beginning with 1992’s A Few Good Men , which he penned for Rob … [Read more...] about We Love Lucy: How Nicole Kidman & Javier Bardem Became The Ricardos For Aaron Sorkin
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Jon Stewart will receive the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the organization announced today. The award will be presented at a gala performance on Sunday, April 24, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. “I am truly honored to receive this award,” Stewart said in a statement. “I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.” The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain. This year’s ceremony, the first since 2019 due to the pandemic, marks the 23rd year that the Mark Twain Award will be presented and broadcast nationally. “For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit … [Read more...] about Jon Stewart To Receive Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
UPDATED, with Trump Organization comment: New York Attorney General Letitia James said that her investigation has found “significant evidence” that Donald Trump ’s businesses used “fraudulent and misleading” asset valuations. James, engaged in a legal battle to compel Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump to cooperate with the investigation, wrote on Twitter, that they “have all been closely involved in the transactions in question, so we won’t tolerate their attempts to evade testifying in this investigation.” “We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years,” James wrote. Her social media posts came as her office filed a cross-motion to compel testimony from Trump and two of his children as part of her civil investigation into their business practices. Her office … [Read more...] about New York Attorney General Says They’ve Found “Significant Evidence” Of Possible Trump Organization Fraudulent Activity
EXCLUSIVE : Kary Antholis , President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, will be leaving the company after more than 25 years. Following Antholis’ exit, HBO Films president Len Amato will expand his current role to also assume Antholis’ responsibilities in his new post as President, HBO Films, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. “Len has had a distinguished career leading HBO Films to award-winning results,” said HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys. “He is uniquely qualified to add HBO Miniseries and Cinemax to his responsibilities; and we are thrilled that he will now be overseeing these three areas.” The departure of Antholis comes amidst sweeping changes at WarnerMedia following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which have included the recent arrival of Bob Greenblatt as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct to Consumer, overseeing HBO, and the departure of HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Antholis, who will stay through June, was among … [Read more...] about Kary Antholis To Exit As HBO Head Of Minis & Cinemax Programming, HBO Films President Len Amato To Add His Duties
EXCLUSIVE : Ridley Scott didn’t have to look far to find a new president of his film company Scott Free. He has elevated Michael Pruss , who until now has been co-president of the company’s film division alongside Kevin Walsh, who left for a first look producing deal at Apple. Pruss will work closely with Scott to manage the company’s prolific production slate. He is currently supervising production on the Matt Ruskin-directed Keira Knightley-starrer Boston Strangler for Twentieth Century. He previously oversaw Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Our Friend, the tearjerker that starred Jason Segel, Casey Affleck, & Dakota Johnson, the Wash Westmoreland-directed Earthquake Bird with Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough and Naoki Kobayashi for Netflix, and the Jake Scott-directed Sienna Miller-starrer American Woman , from an original script by Mare of Easttown ‘s Brad Ingelsby, a frequent collaborator with Pruss. “Mike has proven time and time again to have impeccable … [Read more...] about Michael Pruss Elevated To President Of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films
Pratik Sehajpal has been grabbing everyone's attention with his performance in the Bigg Boss 15 house. He is considered as one of the strongest contenders for the Bigg Boss 15 trophy along with Shamita Shetty, Tejasswi Prakash and Karan Kundrra. Pratik has engaged in several fights with contestants like Karan Kundrra, Umar Riaz, Tejasswi Prakash, Shamita Shetty, Rashami Desai and many others. Apart from being criticised for his behaviour, he is also praised for his outspoken nature in the house. Like Pratik Sehajpal fans, actress and Bigg Boss 14 contestant Kavita Kaushik also sang praises for the Bigg Boss 15 contestant. Interestingly, the FIR actress called Pratik 'young Salman Khan of Maine Pyar Kiya'. She tweeted, "There is this new guy all over instagram clips n Tv, who looks like young Salman of "Maine pyaar kiya" times, infact more contemporary and funky ! Pratik !! Looks completely like a Star in the making !!." There is this new guy all … [Read more...] about Bigg Boss 15: Kavita Kaushik Praises Pratik Sehajpal; Calls Him ‘Young Salman Khan Of Maine Pyar Kiya’
Jai Bhim , the courtroom drama that featured Suriya in the lead role, had emerged as one of the most-loved Tamil films of 2021. The movie, which is helmed by TJ Gnanavel, deals with a subject that is not much discussed in cinema. Interestingly, Jai Bhim is now featured in the Oscars' official YouTube channel. As per the latest reports, a scene from the movie, along with director TJ Gnanavel's has been featured in the prestigious Oscars' YouTube channel, which is a part of the Oscars' Library. The exciting update was revealed by Suriya and Jyotika's production banner 2D Entertainment, which bankrolled Jai Bhim , with a social media post. " An honour of the highest order! #JaiBhim has been featured in the official YouTube channel of @TheAcademy #SceneAtTheAcademy ▶️ https://youtu.be/6tRv0L1Xq9Q #Oscars, " reads the Twitter post of 2D Entertainment. An honour of the highest order! #JaiBhim has been featured in the official YouTube channel of … [Read more...] about Suriya’s Jai Bhim Gets Featured In Oscars’ Offiical YouTube Channel!
Kollywood superstar Dhanush and his wife and Thalaiva Rajinikanth's elder daughter Aishwaryaa left everyone in shock with the announcement of their separation. For the unversed, the couple decided to part way after 18 years of marriage. They shared a joint statement on social media; however, they are getting trolled for making it public. Let us tell you, actress-activist Kasturi Shankar reacted to Dhanush and Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth's separation on Twitter. She tweeted, "It is always sad when a long term relationship comes to an end. It is harder when that has to happen under the harsh magnifying glass of public scrutiny. Only the two people involved know all the details. No one else does and doesn't need to either. #Aishwaryaa #Dhanush." (sic) It is always sad when a long term relationship comes to an end. It is harder when that has to happen under the harsh magnifying glass of public scrutiny. Only the two people involved know all the details. No one else does … [Read more...] about Kasturi Shankar Reacts To Netizens’ Comments On Dhanush-Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth’s Separation Announcement
Britney Spears has sent a legal letter to her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, who is gearing up for the release of her memoir, Things I Should Have Said. In the cease and desist letter has Spears stating that she won't be bullied in Jamie Lynn's new book. Spears' attorney Mathew Rosengart said, "As you know, I represent your sister Britney Spears, and I write at her request concerning the above-referenced matter," Rosengart wrote in the letter, which has been obtained by Variety. "We write with some hesitation because the last thing Britney wants is to bring more attention to your ill-timed book and its misleading or outrageous claims about her." "Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain," the letter added, "She will not tolerate it, nor should she." Judge Dissolves Britney Spears' Conservatorship, Singer Says 'Best Day Ever' The … [Read more...] about Britney Spears Sends Cease & Desist Letter To Sister Jamie Lynn For Upcoming Ill-Timed Book
Trying to predict Kanye West ’s next move is a little bit like trying to predict the weather in San Francisco: difficult yet almost consistently disappointing. One rare possible exception is his burgeoning relationship with Uncut Gems starlet Julia Fox , a former designer and photographer turned New York City girl-about-town turned Hollywood starlet who is now adding celebrity gossip blogger to her resume with her frequent updates in Interview Magazine about one of the most transparently publicity-oriented relationships in Hollywood history. Reports and paparazzi photos first started surfacing of West and Fox in early January, culminating in an impromptu photo shoot styled by West at NYC hotspot Carbone that prompted onlookers, according to Fox, to cheer them on while it was happening (though more likely than not they probably just ate their spicy rigatoni and pretended not to notice Fox’s early-aughts homage whale tail). That date was documented by Fox in Interview, who … [Read more...] about What, Exactly, Are Julia Fox and Pete Davidson Planning?