New this week: 'Halloween Ends,' 'Rosaline' and The 1975
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from The 1975 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, some sort of conclusion to the Michael Myers saga with the arrival of the horror thriller “Halloween Ends” and a new TV spin-off from the “Supernatural” franchise.”.
Theater uses its creativity to defy pandemic and stage shows
Live theater is uniquely tested by the virus, one reason it will be among the last sectors to return to normal. It's not technically live theater, but its soul is theatrical. Play and musical licensor Concord Theatricals says theater companies across the country are looking for flexibility in case of virus restrictions. Launched shortly before the pandemic with 15 podcasts, the theater shutdown initially wiped out its revenue streams, advertising and sponsorship. “It’s not anything that will ever replace live theater, but it’s an extension.
HBO's 'Coastal Elites' cast tackles social satire, anxiety
LOS ANGELES For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO's Coastal Elites in pandemic-forced isolation proved an unsettling challenge. I mean, what else could happen to me? Midler said during an online news conference Wednesday about the social satire. Midler said she welcomed the chance to take part in the project but couldnt ignore the oddity of making it. The connection actors share on a set is what Im usually the most interested in and inspired by, Paulson said. So its a little frightening.Midler said she did gain some emotional release from making the series.
The AP names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2019
This Nov. 20, 2019 photo shows Megan Thee Stallion posing for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)The dictionary defines “breakthrough” as a “sudden advance,” but The Associated Press' Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year spent lots of time preparing for their star-making moments. Megan Thee Stallion spent years rapping while also attending college. As Megan Thee Stallion says: “I know I’m not where I want to be at yet, so I’m still trying to grind." ___ For more on AP’s 2019 class of Breakthrough Entertainers, please visit: https://apnews.com/APBreakthroughEntertainers
'Unbelievable' strikes nerve with timing of Netflix debut
"Unbelievable" follows the case of Marie Adler ("Booksmart" star Kaitlyn Dever), then 18, who filed a report in 2008 claiming she was sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home. "Unbelievable" isn't a perfect analogy in some respects, since the culprit isn't rich or politically connected. But its message -- about the indifference of the authorities, prompting a young woman to recant her initial statements -- comes through loud and clear. "So basically, you were assaulted twice," a therapist, hearing the details of the story, tells Marie during a court-mandated counseling session. At an early screening of "Unbelievable" in July, Grant recalled that the producers were working on the project when the #MeToo movement started to pick up steam.