Commentary: 'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story' postponed again, this time to 2021. Theaters are stuck and closing again
Like so much else in 2020 that doesn’t involve a couch and a remote, American moviegoing has become a hotly debated matter of risk and reward in a seriously flattened segment of the escapism economy.The time-inversion Christopher Nolan thriller “Tenet,” which opened in the U.S. Sept. 3, was supposed to be the cavalry riding, in reverse, to the rescue.It didn’t work out that way.After four strained weeks and few other movies on offer, “Tenet” has made $36 million in the U.S. and Canada. It has pulled in a pandemically respectable $220 million in other countries — the countries that have managed...
Nick Folk's kicking struggles proving costly
If you asked someone back in 1996 which was more likely to occur: the New England Patriots won’t have kicking issues again until 2020 or bankrupt-then-not casino/hotel owner Donald Trump would be running for a second term as president, the choice would seem pretty obvious.The Patriots? No kicking issues for 24 years? People would have turned their Discman back on as they walked away laughing out loud (not LOL, that didn’t exist then).But here were are.Nick Folk was terrific as a stopgap kicker last year, replacing the Kai Forbath and Mike Nugent after Stephen Gostkowski was injured. This year,...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Trump registered his trademark in Cuba in 2008 to build hotels, casinos and golf courses
MIAMI — Despite earlier promises in Miami that he would not do business in Cuba until the island was “free,” Donald Trump applied in 2008 to register his Trump trademark in the Caribbean nation for a variety of commercial activities, including investing in real estate, hotels, casinos and golf courses.A search of the Cuban Industrial Property Office database shows that Donald J. Trump hired a Cuban lawyer, Leticia Laura Bermúdez Benítez, to submit the application in October 2008. The address listed was that of the Trump Organization: 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10022.As is common in Cuba, wher...
Attention Donna Summer fans: You are going to love this
We could all use a reason to smile right about now.And we’ve definitely found one thanks to the glorious new remix of Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” from hitmaking producer/DJ Kygo.Sure, the euphoria may only last as long as the song — which is three minutes and change. But, hey, we’ll take it — especially this year.Summer was at the height of her power when she first recorded this rocking dance track for “Bad Girls,” the singer’s chart-topping seventh studio album. “Hot Stuff” zoomed to No. 1 on the pop charts, went on to win the very first Grammy Award given out for best female rock vocal perfor...
The Mercury News
Queen Elizabeth II annuls Harvey Weinstein's royal title
Queen Elizabeth II has stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of royal honors that he was awarded almost two decades ago.Weinstein was made Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2004.“(The title) shall be cancelled and annulled,” the Friday order from the Queen read. “His name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.”The title was rescinded by a royal Forfeiture Committee. The honor can be revoked once a recipient is convicted of a crime and sentenced to more than three months in prison, officials said.Being stripped ...
New York Daily News
Baby Yoda — and 'The Mandalorian' — won an Emmy
Even the Television Academy loves Baby Yoda.Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian,” the Disney+ series that takes place five years after the 1983 “Return of the Jedi,” took home five trophies Wednesday during the third night of the Creative Emmys, including one for outstanding visual effects.The show also racked up wins for outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series (half-hour), outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (half-hour) and animation, outstanding sound editing for a comedy or drama series (half-hour) and animation, and outstanding production design for a narrative p...
New York Daily News
What makes us sad and glad at reopened Disney theme parks today
ORLANDO, Fla. — As an annual passholder, I was grateful for theme parks to begin their phased reopenings. It gave those who chose to go a pinch of old-school, 2019-ish “normal” in this era where everything at every turn is a little weird.At the same time, there’s sadness in the air as enjoyable elements are missing, and reality bounces right back into your head. We knew in advance that popular elements such as parades and fireworks were on the shelf. But I’ve been surprised by missing things that I didn’t even know that I liked.So, yes, woe is us. Many far-from-Florida folks wish they were her...
'Medium Cool' blended fact and fiction while capturing the '68 riots in Chicago. Could a filmmaker today — should a filmmaker today — do the same?
CHICAGO — When thousands of anti-war protesters came to Chicago in the summer of 1968 during the Democratic National Convention, filmmaker Haskell Wexler was there on the ground with his camera, shooting his narrative feature “Medium Cool” for Paramount.The movie is fiction (mostly) with actors and a script. But a chunk near the end was shot like a documentary, when Wexler sent his lead actress — in character — out into the very real, very combustible goings on at Grant Park and the downtown streets nearby. For long stretches, we see her threading her way through police lines and crowds of pro...
Renee Fleming and friends will sing for free virtual concert 'For the Love of Lyric'
CHICAGO — Three years ago, an extraordinary range of talent convened on the Lyric Opera House stage for a marathon performance aptly titled “Chicago Voices Concert.”Never before had blues diva Shemekia Copeland, folk legend John Prine, rapper Lupe Fiasco, operatic tenor Matthew Polenzani, jazz singer Kurt Elling and others shared a marquee.Opera star Renee Fleming performed and presided over the gathering in her role as Lyric’s creative consultant, the evening a singular celebration of this city’s sounds (it was filmed for later broadcast on WTTW-Ch. 11).“The sheer sweep of the proceedings and...
Tribal lawsuit reveals sheriff threatened to block access to reservations
SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit filed by one of San Diego County’s tribes reveals that COVID-19 was already spreading among casino employees and patrons in the early days of the pandemic and that Sheriff Bill Gore, in an effort to get casinos to close their doors, threatened to restrict access to tribal lands.The Aug. 6 suit was filed by the Jamul Indian Village Development Corp. — the company that operates the Jamul Casino and a branch of the Jamul Indian Village’s tribal government — against its insurance provider, Lexington Insurance Co.While arguing that Lexington had wrongly refused to reimburse th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune