10/7/21 Entertainment News

— Famed Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is speaking out about the film adaptation of his musical “Cats.” Speaking to Variety, he said the 2019 film was “off-the-scale all wrong.” He said it was so bad, he went out and got a dog for the first time. Now, he says the dog has become his therapy dog. When an airline asked why he needed his four legged friend’s support he told them to see what Hollywood did to his musical.

— Joaquin Phoenix isn’t opposed to making a “Joker” sequel. Speaking to “The Playlist,” he said “there are some things” that he and filmmakers could do with the character Arthur Fleck. However, he added he doesn’t know if they will. Fans have been waiting for a sequel since 2019. After the movie brought in over a billion dollars, the Hollywood Reporter had claimed another movie was “on the way.”

— Coldplay is heading to late-night TV. The band announced they are going to spend a week on The Late Late Show with James Corden starting on the 18th. They are set to perform songs from their upcoming album “Music of the Spheres” which comes out on the 15th.

— Daniel Craig now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On Wednesday, Craig’s star was placed next to fellow James Bond actor Rodger Moore. This comes just days before his final installment as Bond in “No Time To Die” comes out. Craig told Variety getting a star alongside actors who have inspired him is “quite incomprehensible.”

— Angelina Jolie is saying goodbye to Brad Pitt once again. Jolie sold her stake in a 164-million dollar French winery she once shared with Pitt. The amount it was sold for was not disclosed. She had issues selling her share while in the process of divorcing the fellow actor. Earlier this year, she asked a judge to lift the hold and allow her to sell.

— The fourth installment of “Hotel Transylvania” is skipping theatrical release and heading straight to streaming. “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” will be released on Prime Video January 14th of next year. This is Amazon’s second film licensed from Sony Pictures Animation, after licensing “Cinderella” last spring. Brian Hull and Brad Abrell have replaced original “Hotel Transylvania” stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James as Dracula and Frankenstein, respectively. The rest of the star-studded cast has returned, including Selena Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Johnny. The first “Hotel Transylvania” movie was released in 2012 and the series has grossed more than one-point-three-billion-dollars worldwide.

— The National Black Justice Coalition is calling on Netflix to remove Dave Chappell’s latest Netflix special, “Closer.” In it, the comedian made many jokes pointed towards the LGBTQIA+ community. Executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, David Johns, said Netflix should know better. He added especially in 2021 as it is on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States. Johns said “perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.” Johns is demanding for the streaming platform to remove the special and apologize to the transgender community.

— Barry Diller’s IAC Dotdash is acquiring Meredith Corporation’s digital and publishing businesses. Meredtih’s portfolio includes People, Better Homes & Gardens, Allrecipes, Southern Living, InStyle and REAL SIMPLE. The deal combines Dotdash’s digital publishing model with Meredith’s iconic brands. The Wall Street Journal reported recently the deal is valued at over two-point-five-billion-dollars.