Chris Jones: 'Diana: A New Musical' hits Netflix — and the old walls between screen and theater tumble
Once upon a time, there were movies, television and theater. And we all knew the difference between them.Movies were what you saw on a Saturday night with popcorn in your lap and a date at your side. Television was something you watched in your living room or bedroom, several nights a week. And theater was human-to-human communication. You know, a live show with a costly ticket.For the most part, America’s dramatic entertainment industry has been organized around these divisions. Each had their own labor unions (SAG, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity) and awards shows (Oscars, Emmys and Tonys). Writers...
'You never set out to be the trailblazer': Kraken's Everett Fitzhugh embraces opportunity as NHL's first Black team broadcaster
SEATTLE — As a minor league hockey broadcaster in Cincinnati, Everett Fitzhugh would go on frequent road trips to Indianapolis, where he’d regularly encounter a young Black hockey fan named Desmond fist-bumping players outside the visiting team’s locker room.“His Dad came up to me and said, ‘We listen to you sometimes and we enjoy listening to you,’ and that was really cool,” Fitzhugh, 31, said Friday, just after the Seattle Kraken announced they had made him the first Black team broadcaster in NHL history. “I have had a few Black fans either in Cincinnati, or on the road, who find what I do a...
The Seattle Times
Comcast's Peacock streaming service goes live Wednesday. Here's what it offers.
Comcast’s NBCUniversal will launch its Peacock streaming service on Wednesday, giving consumers something else to binge on while staying at home during the pandemic.But there’s a good chance you know little or nothing about Peacock, a late entrant into the crowded streaming market dominated by Netflix and Hulu. As of mid-June, fewer than 27% of people had heard of Peacock, just above Quibi’s 25% and far below Netflix’s 93%, according to a Variety/YouGov poll.So here’s what you need to know about Peacock — which though named for NBC’s iconic symbol, doesn’t use the actual emblem in its own logo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Golic's time on ESPN Radio is over, and Dan Le Batard's is running out
NEW YORK — ESPN is shaking up its syndicated national radio lineup, although only one of the changes will come through to listeners in New York. “Golic and Wingo,” which airs from 6 to 10 a.m. nationally and on 98.7 in New York, is being replaced by “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin.”Mike Golic Sr. and Trey Wingo have been ESPN fixtures for decades; both have contracts that are up at the end of the year. Their show ends this month.Golic, a former NFL lineman, was one of the titular “Mike & Mikes” from 2002-17 before the other Mike, Greenberg, decamped for TV. As part of the radio changes, Greenberg is ...
New York Daily News
Get to know the hilarious Regina Hall with these 7 movies streaming right now
Even if you’re a movie fan, there’s a good chance you’re not familiar with Regina Hall — and an even better chance you think she’s Regina King.Like the famous Bill Pullman/Bill Paxton confusion, the Reginas can baffle audiences since both are 49, toiled in crummy supporting roles for decades before breaking through in the movies, costarred with Chris Rock and flourished in prestige TV. (King has won three Emmys, for “American Crime” and “Seven Seconds,” while Hall is a contender this year for “Black Monday.”)They even shared the stage at the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle awards, where Hall...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Forget the Confederate statues for now — let's start with putting bad cops in jail
I don’t care about Christopher Columbus right now.I don’t care at the moment about removing old statues honoring dead Confederate generals.I don’t care what black movies are playing on Netflix, or what folks at Amazon think are the best books to read about the African American experience.I just want to be able to drive to the store and back and not have a cop treat me like a pinata because I have a busted taillight or because he thinks I’m cruising through the wrong neighborhood.I’m not impressed that New York City is planning to paint “Black Lives Matter” on a street in each of the five borou...
New York Daily News
Summer TV preview: 15 new shows we can't wait to see
It figures to be a very different kind of summer this time around.Though the calendar — and weather — indicate that it’s time to embrace some outdoorsy fun, many of us will still be spending plenty of time close to home.Fortunately, television programmers are providing lots of new content to keep us occupied, including a fresh take on “Perry Mason,” a rousing performance of “Hamilton,” a traveling culinary series hosted by Padma Lakshmi, and much more.And, yes, there’s even another new streaming service on its way as NBC Universal’s Peacock gets set for a July debut.With all that in mind, here...
The Mercury News
Chicago Bulls tab Adam Amin to succeed Neil Funk on TV broadcasts
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls did not have to look far to find a replacement for the retiring Neil Funk. The team on Monday announced Adam Amin, an ESPN veteran who graduated from Addison Trail High School and lives in Chicago, will start in the 2020-21 season.“Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan,” team President Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “That was important to us. We wanted to find someone who not only had the talent, but who also understood our history and the role the Bulls play in the lives of our city and our fans.”Amin said he is “absolutely ecstatic … the littl...
Nation and world news briefs
CNN news team released from custody after arrest while covering George Floyd protests on live TVA CNN reporter and his production crew were released from custody less than two hours after being arrested in Minneapolis Friday morning during a live broadcast about the ongoing protests over the officer-involved death of George Floyd.News correspondent Omar Jimenez and his team were taken into custody because they allegedly didn’t heed a police request to move, according to the news outlet.“A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despi...
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