8/31/21 Entertainment Update
— Lionsgate has landed the rights to “48 Hours in Vegas,” inspired by Dennis Rodman’s wild weekend in Las Vegas in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals. The film will detail the budding friendship between Rodman and a skittish Chicago Bulls assistant general manager. The Bulls won their third straight NBA title and sixth overall in 1998 as Rodman contributed the rebounding and lockdown defense that persuaded five NBA teams to make peace with his wild side.
— A man who says he was sexually abused by R. Kelly when he was 17-years-old is the latest to take the stand in the R&B singer’s sex trafficking trial in New York. The man, identified only as Louis, testified yesterday. He’s the first male to level claims of abuse at Kelly, saying Kelly promised to help his music career. Louis also pleaded guilty in February to trying to bribe a witness and has been cooperating with federal prosecutors. Louis said he met Kelly in 2006 when he was working the drive-thru at McDonald’s.
— Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt are returning for a “Jungle Cruise” sequel. The family-friendly film was released in theaters and on DisneyPlus earlier this summer. Both Johnson and Blunt will reprise their roles as Frank Wilff and Doctor Lily Houghton respectively. Jungle Cruise has brought in over 180-million-dollars in the worldwide box office.
— The director of “Candyman” is making history thanks to the film’s box office success. Universal Pictures announced Nia DaCosta is the first Black female director to have their film debut at the top of the domestic box office. The horror movie, which is a follow up to the 1992 film “Candyman,” brought in over a 22-million-dollars in its debut weekend. Speaking to the New York Times, DaCosta said the pressure around such a highly anticipated project could be distracting and overwhelming at times. However, she said she felt safe because Jordan Peele co-wrote and produced the film.
— Camila Cabello never thought she’d see a Cuban Cinderella, and now she is bringing that idea to life. Speaking to Variety at the “Cinderella” movie’s premiere, Cabello said she would have been excited to see a Latin princess. She said they have never had that type of representation before. The “Don’t Go Yet” singer said it’s an honor to bring a new take on the classic tale to life. Cabello’s “Cinderella” is set to come out on Amazon on September 3rd.
— Paramount is suing its insurer over the upcoming “Mission Impossible” movie. This comes after the movie was delayed over half a dozen times between February 2020 and June 2021 mostly because of COVID shutdowns. Variety reports the lawsuit is over a 100-million dollar policy to protect the film’s stars and their health. The lawsuit claims Federal Insurance Company hasn’t paid out. Paramount claims the policy should be used because the studio shut down the set in order to protect the cast from getting sick with COVID.
— Former child actor Matthew Mindler is dead, his body found days after he was reported missing from his Pennsylvania college. TMZ reports the 19 year old took his own life, but officials are waiting for the toxicology reports to report cause of death. He was best known for his work on the 2011 film “Our Idiot Brother” with Paul Rudd. His body was found near Millersville University in Lancaster County, where he attended as a freshman. Cause of death hasn’t been released.
— Jon Stewart is making a comeback. The former “Daily Show” host will be on Apple TV-plus with his new show “The Problem with Jon Stewart” starting September 30th. Apple says the show will go multiple seasons and there will be a podcast to go along with it. Stewart is making his return after departing the “Daily Show” in 2015.
— “The View” isn’t ready to fill its empty seat just yet. The ABC talk show will instead rotate conservative guests hosts for its 25th season while it decides on a permanent replacement for Meghan McCain. She left last season after four years of sparring with her liberal co-hosts. First up on September 7th will be former Utah congresswoman Mia [[ me-uh ]] Love. The rest of the lineup includes former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News host Eboni K. Williams, CNN analyst Mary Katharine Ham, CNN host S.E. Cupp, Carly Fiorina, Alyssa Farah, and reality TV star Cameran Eubanks.
— Broadway is launching a big campaign to bring fans back into theaters after 18 months of darkness. The star-studded comeback campaign kicks off today with a short film entitled “This Is Broadway” narrated by Oprah Winfrey and featuring archival footage from 99 shows. The film gives fans a glorious eye-and-earful of Broadway magic with Hugh Jackman, Lin Manuel Miranda, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury among 735 performers shown. Folks are also directed to ThisIsBroadway-dot-org for a complete overview of all shows, along with 18-thousand dollars’ worth of ticket giveaways.