2/10/22 Entertainment News
— Bob Saget died from a brain bleed after head trauma. His family said authorities believe the “Full House” star hit his head after checking into the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida last month. While authorities aren’t sure what he hit his head on, they believe he didn’t realize the extent of his injury before going to bed and dying in his sleep. Authorities had initially believed he died from a heart attack or a stroke. He was 65.
— Bob Odenkirk is opening up about his near-fatal heart attack. Speaking to the New York Times, he said he needed to be shocked three times while on the set of Better Call Saul last July. He said he’s lucky he didn’t go back to his trailer and instead he went to a place where he liked to hang out with his co-stars. He explained he had been warned about plaque buildup in his heart, but decided to not take medication for it after receiving conflicting medical suggestions.
— Futurama is coming back. The Hollywood Reporter says Hulu picked up the show for a 20-episode run. The show first ran on Fox for five seasons, then Comedy central for three seasons before leaving air nearly ten years ago. It’s set to return to screens in 2023 with most of the original stars.
— Movie, merchandising, gaming and live event rights to some popular J.R.R. Tolkien titles are up for sale. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are just a few of the titles from the author going up for auction after Saul Zaentz Company decided to sell its Tolkien holdings. The properties are expected to sell for at least two-billion dollars. The timing is no accident, as Amazon is set to premiere a TV series on the LOTR saga in September. Amazon is one of many candidates expected to pursue the additional rights.
— This year’s Oscars are not requiring attendees to provide proof of a COVID vaccination. The awards are returning to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard after a smaller ceremony last year at Union Station in Los Angeles. Strict COVID testing and mask protocols were required for attendees last year to comply with local health and safety protocols. Guests will be required to test prior to attending, with those unvaccinated having extra testing requirements. The awards are set to take place on March 27th.
— The hit Korean series “Squid Game” is receiving a limited theatrical release. Netflix will screen the first season over February 12th and 19th at two theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The release comes as the streaming giant builds its awards campaign for the record-breaking series. The cast is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
— Batman fans will have the opportunity to see Robert Pattinson don the cowl a few days early thanks to IMAX. Warner Brothers announced Wednesday that “The Batman” will debut at more than 350 IMAX theaters on March 1st, three days before its official March 4th release date. The studio says many locations are already sold out. The latest Batman film is directed by Matt Reeves and also stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
— Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s divorce is official. A judge signed off on the paperwork Tuesday after the former couple came to an agreement back in October. Fox and Green will share joint legal and physical custody with their three children. She had previously filed for divorce in 2015, at the time just five years into their marriage. Fox and Green have both moved on after separating for good in 2020. Fox recently got engaged to Machine Gun Kelly and Green is expecting a child with girlfriend Sharna Burgess.
— A man described as a Hollywood special effects wizard has died after battling cancer. Douglas Trumbull’s work included “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Blade Runner.” Trumbull was 79-years-old.
— Six magazines formerly published by Meredith Corporation are ending their print editions. The move comes after a merger late last year with Dotdash, a digital company. The magazines that will cease print publication include “Entertainment Weekly,” “InStyle,” “Health,” “EatingWell,” “Parents” and “People en Español.” For now, it appears “People” and “Food & Wine” will continue to have print editions.
— Comedian Amy Schumer has a new comedy series. The Rockville Centre native stars in “Life & Beth” on Hulu, a series she wrote, directed and executive-produced. She says the show includes many aspects of her own life. The trailer for the series came out yesterday, while “Life & Beth” debuts March 18th.