8/24/21 Entertainment News
— Elliot Page is thanking the ’90’s comedy “But I’m A Cheerleader” for offering him relief from some of his struggles as a younger LGBTQ person. Page said he isn’t sure he would have been able to make it through moments of isolation, loneliness, “shame and self-hatred” when he was younger without the various representation he was able to find on film or television. Page made those comments while receiving the Outfest’s Achievement Award. The comedy released in 1999 is about a high schooler who’s sent to a conversion program when her parents suspect her of being gay. The Oscar-nominated actor says the lack of representation that continues today is “infuriating.”
— “Big Bang Theory” alum Mayim Bialik is the first guest host taking over “Jeopardy!” following the quick departure of Mike Richards. He stepped down on Friday after facing backlash for comments made on a podcast. Bialik was originally announced as the host for the show’s prime time specials but will now take the reigns for the next three weeks. Following her time, Sony told CNN there will be other guest hosts as they look for a permanent host.
— Netflix viewers are now able to plan their fall and winter lineups. The streaming service released its entire film slate for the fall and winter months, including Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio’s dark comedy “Don’t Look Up”. Other films viewers can anticipate include “The Power of the Dog” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, and Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut with “Passing.”
— “Eternals” star Barry Keoghan is reportedly recovering after being hospitalized in Ireland over the weekend. Irish news outlet, Sunday World, reports he was found outside a hotel in Galway with “serious facial injuries.” Officals said there have been no arrests made so far. The 28-year-old actor was released from the hospital after being treated.
— “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Nicholas Brendon is reportedly in some legal trouble. TMZ reports he was pulled over for driving erratically in Vigo County, Indiana last week. Authorities claim he gave them the incorrect ID and say he admitted to taking his brother’s pills, which were found in the car. He was arrested for failing to identify himself and obtaining a prescription by fraud.
— Disney World is requiring COVID vaccinations for all of its unionized employees. The company said it reached a deal with its union in Florida to be fully vaccinated by October 22 of this year. Last month, Disney mandated all of its salaried and non-union hourly employees be fully vaccinated by the end of September.
— HBO’s hit comedy show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is returning for its eleventh season this fall. The Larry David-led series makes its comeback in October after taking 18 months off with the last episode airing in March 2020. The show originally aired from 2000 to 2011 before being revived in 2017.
— Scarlett Johansson’s lawyers are calling out Disney. An attorney at the firm representing Johansson responded to Disney’s court filing over the weekend requesting future legal battles pertaining to her “Black Widow” lawsuit remain behind closed doors. John Berlinski said the entertainment giant is trying to “hide its misconduct” by denying the star an open courtroom. Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney for breach of contract in late July, but Disney claims it upheld its end of the deal by giving the film a wide theatrical release.