Obama on Trump: ‘Don’t Underestimate the Guy’ (Video)
As his final days wind down, President Barack Obama continued his farewell tour with an interview on “60 Minutes” that included remarks about his post-White House plans, his regrets, and of course, how he views his successor, President-elect Donald Trump. Obama was diplomatic in his comments about Trump, noting that he “has a talent for making a connection with his supporters that overrode some of the traditional benchmarks of how you’d run a campaign, or conduct yourself as a presidential candidate.” Also Read: Watch Obama Surprise Joe Biden With the Medal of Freedom (Video) Obama also discussed how technology has changed communication and. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Berlin: Netflix's 'Chef's Table' Episodes to Premiere in Festival's Culinary Cinema
David Gelb's buzzy docuseries Chef's Table will get the big-screen treatment at next month's Berlin Film Festival, where two new episodes of the Netflix show, which spotlights acclaimed chefs from around the world, will premiere as part of the Berlin Film Festival's Culinary Cinema sidebar.
The Chef's Table episodes will feature Berlin-based Tim Raue, arguably Germany's most acclaimed celebrity chef, and Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun who serves up temple food to visitors of her Korean hermitage. As part of the Culinary Cinema concept, the Berlin screenings will be followed by a meal inspired by the films. In the case »
- Scott Roxborough
CNN Slams Trump’s Press Secretary: ‘Just Because Sean Spicer Says Something Doesn’t Make It True’
CNN has released another statement defending network reporter Jim Acosta from criticisms Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, has made since the president-elect’s press conference last week. Not only did Spicer take to Twitter to demand an apology from Acosta for repeatedly interrupting Trump to ask a question, but he called Acosta’s behavior “inappropriate and disrespectful” while appearing on Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” on Sunday. “You do not treat the president-elect or any major figure in that way,” Spicer said — but CNN disagrees. Also Read: Washington Post Columnist Warns Journalists of Trump Presidency: 'The Fight of Their Lives' “As we have learned many. »
- Brian Flood
Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Dominates Mlk Weekend as ‘Live by Night,’ ‘Monster Trucks,’ ‘Silence’ Collapse
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” dominated the domestic box office, topping charts for the second straight weekend after earning $26 million. The film’s message of empowerment and triumph over prejudice was amplified by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
“This continues to be a movie for everyone,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution. “It’s not just entertaining. It’s life affirming. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and that’s so important in these times.”
“Hidden Figures” is a latecomer to the awards season race, but the film, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as African-American scientists and mathematicians in the early days of the space program, ranks as one of the most successful dramas of 2016. So far, it has earned $60.4 million. That commercial success could translate into Oscar attention when Academy Award nominations are announced next week.
- Brent Lang
‘Raid: Special Unit,’ ‘Alibi.com,’ ‘Paris Opera’ Fire Up UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Paris –“Raid: Special Unit,” “Alibi.com,” and “Opera” looked to be among favourite titles at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual Gallic film market attended by France’s sales agents and around 500 foreign distributors.
Based out of the Place d’Opera, one of Paris’ great grand hotels, the biggest national film showcase in Europe also saw sales on Elle Driver’’s “If I Were a Boy,” and Other Angle’s “Don’t Tell Her” and good word on “You Choose!” sold, like “Raid,” by Pathé .
Most major sales companies will take days if not weeks not close sales on negotiations broached at the Rendez-Vous; the initial reaction, however, is that, with Omar Sy starrer “Two is Family”earning a first-week $1.6 million in Germany off a Jan. 7 bow, the 2017 Rendez-Vous served up a stronger batch of comedies, its main export staple, than in 2017, while its buzz titles prescribed a wider gamut than last year, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Steelers Coach Calls Patriots ‘A–holes’ in Postgame Locker Room Speech (Video)
Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t new to getting fined for his antics, but this particular team violation is a new one to all of us. Following his team’s NFL divisional-round playoff road win in Kansas City, Brown inexplicably broadcasted 17-plus minutes of his team’s locker room celebration via Facebook Live. The video included nudity, as well as his head coach Mike Tomlin calling conference championship opponent the New England Patriots “a–holes.” Ironically, Tomlin also told his players to “be cool on social media” while Brown was Facebook Live-ing the whole thing. Not good. »
- Tony Maglio
Cannes: Pierre Lescure to Stay on as President Through 2020
Lescure, who also serves as head of streaming platform Molotov TV, has been the president of the film festival since 2014, following the retirement of Gilles Jacob after 36 years with the festival.
The vote was unanimous for the co-founder and former head of CanalPlus, a longtime champion of the film community in France. Lescure’s new term will be for three festivals, from 2018 to 2020.
The decision cements the leadership alongside longtime artistic director »
- Rhonda Richford
Trump’s Press Secretary Rips ‘SNL’ as ‘Mean-Spirited,’ ‘Not Funny’ (Video)
Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday and bashed the network’s “Saturday Night Live” during the interview as “disappointing.” “It was not funny; it was mean-spirited,” Spicer told NBC’s Tamron Hall. “And it’s gone from being a show you could sit back and get a good laugh out of to being something that’s frankly mean and bad television.” On Saturday night, “SNL” attacked Trump’s first press conference since winning the election and nothing was off limits — not even golden showers. Also Read: Why Donald Trump Probably Won't Trade in »
- Brian Flood
‘A Face in the Crowd’ Predicted Rise of Donald Trump 60 Years Ago (Commentary)
TCM will re-broadcast “A Face in the Crowd” on Friday, January 20 at 5:45 p.m. Et. It was supposed to be a cautionary tale, but as usual, we didn’t listen. All the way back in 1957, when TV was black-and-white and served up in an unwieldy box, writer Budd Schulberg and director Elia Kazan (fresh off their collaboration for “On the Waterfront”) tried to warn us about the power of the small screen to create personalities who would lead us to places we didn’t want to go. And now we have President-elect Donald Trump. A film that stands alongside “Network” as an eerily. »
- Alonso Duralde
Christopher Reeve's Superman Costume, Michael Keaton's Batsuit Up For Auction
Can anyone spot us a few bucks over here at Heat Vision? We promise we're good for it.
The listings for the amazing costumes are at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, and, needless to say, they are going to fetch a pretty penny. In fact, you can't even throw your cape into the bidding ring without tens of thousands of dollars out of the gate.
Let's start with the Superman costume donned by the late, great »
- Ryan Parker
Japan Box Office: ‘Honnoji Hotel’ Bows at Number One
Tokyo – “Honnoji Hotel,” a time-travel fantasy featuring top model-actress Haraka Ayase as a contemporary women arriving in the court of a 16th century feudal lord via an elevator in the title hostelry, opened atop the Japanese box office for the Jan. 14-15 weekend.
Directed by Masayuki Suzuki from an original script by Tomoko Aizawa, with Toho distributing, the film earned $1.8 million from 167,000 admissions on 282 screens. This is some 18% down from the opening weekend of “Princess Toyotomi,” a 2011 mystery/fantasy made by the same above-the-line talents, including Suzuki, Aizawa, Ayase and Tsutsumi. “Hotel” is expected to finish near the $15 million mark.
Now in its 21st week on release, the megahit animation “Your Name” rose from third to second place on the chart, making $1.5 million. Its cumulative total has risen to $203 million.
Also ascending in the rankings was the sleeper hit “In This Corner of the World.” Now in its 10th week on release, »
- Mark Schilling
Why Donald Trump Probably Won’t Trade in His Twitter Handle for @Potus
President-elect Donald Trump is set to move into the White House on Friday, but he might forgo the @Potus Twitter handle in favor of his @realDonaldTrump handle. Trump told The Times of London that he will probably keep his personal handle and doesn’t have any intention of altering his tweeting habit. “@realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it,” he said. “So I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that. »
- Brian Flood
Tegna, MGM Set ‘Bold’ Plan for Live Syndicated Series
The Tegna Media station group and MGM have teamed to launch a first-run syndicated strip, “Bold,” that will focus on the day’s news and online trending topics. The plan is to produce updated editions of the half-hour show for each time zone starting in fall 2017.
“Bold,” which stands for Broadcast Online Live Daily, will promote interactive elements encouraging viewers to submit video and content ideas for the show, share their thoughts on the highlighted stories and vote in polls. There’s no word yet on producers or hosts for the series. Lisa Kridos, Tegna’s exec producer of program development, is overseeing the effort.
“The show will reflect how viewers are consuming content across multiple platforms at the same time. ‘Bold’ combines those experiences in an informative, interactive and innovative way. ‘Bold’ will do the heavy lifting, bringing together the day’s top stories, funny and emotional content and viral videos in one place,” said »
- Cynthia Littleton
How Mlk Ad-Libbed the ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech
Clarence Jones, who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. write the “I Have A Dream Speech,” told a Television Critics Association panel in 2013 how the most famous part of the speech came spontaneously. It was Aug. 28, 1963: King was speaking to hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial, and millions watching on TV, when suddenly singer Mahalia Jackson called out. Jones: Very few people know — most people do not know — that the speech that he gave was not the speech that he had intended to give. … As he was reading from the text of his »
- Tim Molloy
4 Dead, 12 Injured in Bpm Festival Club Shooting in Mexico
Four people are dead and a dozen injured following a Monday morning shooting in the club The Blue Parrot in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Three of those killed during the Bpm Festival attack were security guards. A lone shooter committed the violence, which began in front of the Mexico club on 12th Street in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district, according to a festival statement. “The Bpm Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors,” the organizers wrote. “We are overcome. »
- Tony Maglio
'Fences' Executive Producer Launching New Production Company (Exclusive)
Feinstein previously served as senior vp strategic finance and acquisitions at Bron Studios and also executive produced Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, which is set to premiere at Sundance, and Monster, which recently wrapped production and stars Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and A$AP Rocky.
The New York-based Romulus Entertainment aims to produce and finance six to eight films a year and develop director-driven projects with a focus on powerful dramatic films and elevated action thrillers.
During his time at Bron, Feinstein was instrumental in »
- Hilary Lewis
Watch Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech (Video)
On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech that inspired America — and shamed it into honoring the principles on which it was founded. Clarence Jones, who co-wrote an early draft of the speech, recalled to TheWrap in 2013 how King came to deliver the most famous part of his speech for the March on Washington. As he looked out at the crowd, King said it would “go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” Also Read: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Turns 50: How the. »
- Tim Molloy
Washington Post Columnist Warns Journalists of Trump Presidency: ‘The Fight of Their Lives’
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan feels “journalists are in for the fight of their lives” when Donald Trump officially becomes the president on Friday. “It’s possible to have a solid idea of what Donald Trump’s presidency will be like for the American media and for citizens who depend on that flawed but essential institution,” Sullivan wrote in a column for Monday’s Post. “The short form: hellish.” Sullivan is the former New York Times public editor who is now at the Post, where she expressed concern regarding the media landscape under Trump’s presidency. Also Read: Van Jones »
- Brian Flood
Russian Box Office Grows 9.5% to $727 Million in 2016
The movie box office in Russia grew 9.5% last year to 49 billion rubles ($727 million), according to comScore.
“Zootopia” was the best-selling film with 2.08 billion rubles ($28.2 million), followed by “The Secret Life of Pets” with 1.99 billion rubles ($311 million). “Deadpool” was third with 1.61 billion rubles (20.4 million), and then “Suicide Squad” on 1.59 billion rubles ($23.8 million).
Local films nabbed a 17.8% share of the total and occupied two of the top 20 positions. Nikolai Lebedev’s disaster movie “The Flight Crew” was the top Russian film and fifth overall, with a gross of 1.43 billion rubles ($21.6 million).
Andrey Kravchuk’s historical epic “Viking” came in in 10th place in 2016 with 1.2 billion rubles ($19.7 million), and is still in theaters. The film grossed 398 million rubles ($6.7 million) across four territories in the Jan. 5-8 weekend, which earned it a place in the top 10 movies of the international box office, which excludes the U.S.
Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO of Russian movie promotional agency Roskino, »
- Leo Barraclough
Tomi Lahren Teaches Jesse Watters How to Pronounce Her Name (Video)
Two up-and-coming conservative stars got together over the weekend when TheBlaze’s Tomi Lahren appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World” with Jesse Watters. And the first thing they cleared up was the tricky pronunciation of Lahren’s name. “It’s Tomi, like the boys name. Lahren like Laryngitis,” she told Watters. Watters said he’s “got it,” and Lahren mentioned that she is called “much worse” on Twitter. Also Read: Tomi Lahren Explains Why You Might Be A Snowflake (Video) Watters then asked Lahren about Donald Trump’s recent press conference when he famously called CNN “fake news »
- Brian Flood
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