Novelist Anthony Doerr on "Cloud Cuckoo Land"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "All the Light We Cannot See" returns with a new historical novel that spans more than 700 years. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Doerr about his lifelong love of writing, his previous bestseller's overwhelming success, and the power of telling stories that transcend time.news.yahoo.com
Hong Kong grants quarantine exemption to Nicole Kidman
Hong Kong’s government says it has granted a quarantine exemption to an individual to perform “designated professional work” following reports that Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman did not have to spend time in quarantine when she arrived in the city to film a TV series.
Nicole Kidman photos as Lucille Ball spark social media casting debate
The 53-year-old actress was photographed on the Los Angeles set alongside her co-star Javier Bardem, who portrays Desi Arnaz and many fans took to social media to share their displeasure with Kidman’s casting as the “I Love Lucy” star.foxnews.com
Hollywood stars hunker down in Australia’s Byron Bay, where COVID-19 spurs film boom
It’s testimony to a flair for the dramatic in this Australian region that filmmakers such as William Gammon want to harness. If Gammon’s vision becomes reality, film production will be the next big thing in the Shire of Ballina, where fishing was once a mainstay. Chris Hemsworth lives in Byron Bay, Zac Efron rode out most of the pandemic there, and Nicole Kidman chose Byron Bay to film her latest production. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)Advertisement“At one point there was ‘Nine Perfect Strangers,’ ‘Eden’ and ‘Bosch & Rockit’ filming in Byron Bay,” Gammon said. Byron Bay has limited housing inventory because it’s particular about what can be built, she said.latimes.com
With loved ones and pets, Globes winners embrace cozier show
Instead, most of Sunday night’s winners accepted from their own homes or hotel rooms in laidback settings unheard of for Hollywood's biggest awards shows. Friends watching on television downstairs raised a delayed shout when she was announced as the winner for supporting actress in a motion picture drama. “It was really fun,” said Aaron Sorkin, winner for motion picture screenplay. Their daughters, Sunday and Faith, both wore white dresses while making a rare appearance. Known for her singing career, Day became the second Black woman to win for actress in a motion picture drama in her acting debut.
'Big Little Lies' author has new novel out in September
This combination photo shows the cover of "Apples Never Fall," left, and author Liane Moriarty as she arrives at the second season premiere of HBO's "Big Little Lies" in New York on May 29, 2019. (Holt via AP, left, and AP Photo)NEW YORK – The new novel from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty will be a story of family, tennis and a mysterious absence. Henry Holt announced Wednesday that Moriarty's “Apples Never Fall” comes out Sept. 14. “Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? “Big Little Lies,” published in 2014, is the basis for the Emmy-winning HBO series that stars Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
New this week: Jingle Ball 2020 & 2 doses of Meryl Streep
MOVIES— Travel may seem closed off right now but how about a cruise with Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen? — If one Streep film wasn’t enough for you, she’s again in typically fine form in “The Prom,” parodying a diva actor in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Jon Bon Jovi has already produced an album this year with “2020” and the concert film "On a Night Like This — Bon Jovi 2020." — AP Entertainment Writer Mark KennedyTELEVISION— This season’s winner for lengthy title: “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special,” debuting Friday on Disney +. — The CW’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2020,” a 90-minute special based on the annual concert, will air at 8 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 14.
Who did it? TV viewers intrigued by HBO's 'The Undoing'
It was a good story.”It was the most-watched night for HBO since the finale of “Big Little Lies” last year, which also featured Kidman and creator David E. Kelley. “The Undoing” has generated more conversation on social media than any other new scripted television series this year, Nielsen said. NBC was the top-rated broadcast network in prime time for Thanksgiving week, averaging 3.64 million viewers. CBS had 3.55 million, ABC had 2.4 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 930,000, Univision had 890,000 and Telemundo had 530,000. Hallmark hit 2.53 million, Fox News Channel had 2 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million and CNN had 1.41 million.
New this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish, Borat & 'Bad Hair'
(Columbia Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Edgier than the (also great) Gwyneth Paltrow version, Anya Taylor-Joy takes on the role of the matchmaker extraordinaire this time. — Billie Eilish was on the road for just three days before she had to cancel her worldwide tour due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. But thankfully on Saturday the Grammy-winning star will host her first global livestream concert. “Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event” uses music, comedy, short documentaries and celebrity appearances to explore the Latino experience.
Golden Globes group gives $5.1 million in grants
Kidman was among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organizations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday. The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organizations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers. The organization is known for putting on the Golden Globes. Salma Hayek paid homage to the Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography.
Keith Urban finds musical connections across genre lines
“Breland was a man after my own heart musically and I was just dying to get in the studio with him to see what happened,” Urban said. AP: In that vein, one song called “Tumbleweed” includes a sample of a didgeridoo, an instrument that originated in Australia. Urban: After the guitar solo, there was about four seconds of a breakdown, and I was like, "I need something here. Urban: If anyone wants to know what my beliefs are, my views are, listen to my music or look at my life. Urban: I’m learning.
Writer David Hare turns his COVID-19 into a theater piece
LOS ANGELES Oscar-nominated writer David Hare says hes turned his COVID-19 illness into a stage monologue about enduring this quite extraordinary disease.Beat the Devil will open in London as soon as officials deem it safe for theaters to get back into business, Hare said Wednesday. I dont think anyone who has not had it (the virus) quite understands how extraordinarily unpredictable it is, not just on a daily but almost an hourly basis, said the Tony Award-nominated British playwright (Plenty, Racing Demon, Skylight). Hare discussed Beat the Devil during an online news conference to promote Roadkill, a political thriller debuting in November on PBS Masterpiece showcase. An actor has been cast for the virus monologue, Hare said, but he declined to say who or name the theater where it will be staged. Hare received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays for 2002s The Hours with Nicole Kidman and 2008s "The Reader starring Kate Winslet, with both actors winning Oscars.
Earl Cameron, pioneering British film actor, dies at 102
Cameron was cast in one of the starring roles in Pool of London, a 1951 crime noir movie that was the first British film to feature an interracial relationship. During the 1950s and 1960s, he supplemented his film work with frequent British TV roles, including two episodes of Doctor Who in 1966. Unless it was specified that this was a part for a Black actor, they would never consider a black actor for the part. I got mostly small parts, and that was extremely frustrating not just for me but for other Black actors. We had a very hard time getting worthwhile roles.In 1972, Cameron got to work alongside another Bahama-born actor who broke barriers for Black film actors.
At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music’s biggest stars should have been on the carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, but like most of America, they were homebound because of the coronavirus. Still, the musicians played on, surrounded by spouses, kids and — in one case — a horse. “ACM Presents: Our Country,” a TV special aired on CBS in lieu of the delayed awards show, featured acoustic performances, special duets, clips from previous ACM Awards telecasts and a tribute to the late country icon Kenny Rogers. Brad Paisley’s wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, played the role of camera operator as Paisley and Darius Rucker played together via video conference. “Lean into your guitars and your pianos and your voices and let that heal you.”___Online:ACM Awards: https://www.acmcountry.com/___Follow Kristin M. Hall at http://twitter.com/kmhall
The highest paid actors and actresses of 2019, according to Forbes
Dwayne Johnson is the highest-paid actor in the world , having earned $89.4 million before taxes last year, Forbes reports in its 2019 list of the highest-paid actors. Margot Robbie, the eighth highest-paid actress of 2019, also has a production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, which focuses on telling women-driven stories. Seven of the top 10 highest-earning actresses of 2019 were producers of their own projects, Forbes reports. Here's the breakdown of how much the 10 highest-paid actors earn, according to Forbes. Dwayne Johnson: $89.4 millionAnd here's how much the 10 highest-paid actresses earn.cnbc.com
Witherspoon, Washington team in front of and behind camera
Reese Witherspoon participates in the Hulu "Little Fires Everywhere" panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)PASADENA, Calif. – Tired of others influencing her career choices, Reese Witherspoon launched her own production company eight years ago. She has been calling the shots on both sides of the camera ever since, often in collaboration with other high-profile actresses. Her company Hello Sunshine generates most of what Witherspoon does when she isn't working with streaming services like Hulu. Starting in March, it airs “Little Fires Everywhere,” based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, with Witherspoon and Kerry Washington playing mothers living in Ohio in the late 1990s. That extends to every script, every nuance, every costume design, every cut of every episode,” Witherspoon told a TV critics meeting on Friday.
These celebrities are donating money to the Australian bushfires
The bushfires in Australia are still ravaging parts of the country and are wreacking havoc on small communities and rural towns. The damage has been devastating and news of the bushfires has spread overseas with many activists and celebrities sharing photos of the devastation on social media. There are many different places where you can donate money to help with relief, and many celebrities have shared donation links and even donated themselves. I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. Another Australian actor, Russell Crowe, who is in Australia right now, posted that he donated $105,000 to firefighters.
Viewers demand third season of 'Big Little Lies'
The demand for more "Big Little Lies" worked before so why not try it again? After an explosively successful first season back in 2017, viewers immediately started clamoring for a second season. (CNN) - The demand for more "Big Little Lies" worked before so why not try it again? After an explosively successful first season back in 2017, viewers immediately started clamoring for a second season. Earlier this year HBO president Casey Bloys didn't sound hopeful regarding a third season in an interview with TVLine.
Meryl Streep to star in Ryan Murphy's adaptation of 'The Prom'
NEW YORK - Ryan Murphy is adapting the Tony Award-nominated and LGBTQ-friendly musical "The Prom" for Netflix, with big names Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells set to star, Deadline reports. It is based on an original concept from Jack Viertel and a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin. According to the report, Streep and Corden will play Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, playwrights bruising from their dud production about Eleanor Roosevelt. "The Prom" was nominated for seven Tony Awards this year, including best musical as well as lead actress in a musical nods for Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen, who starred as Dee Dee and Emma respectively. "The Prom" is targeted for a fall 2020 release and is part of Murphy's multi-year creative deal with Netflix and will.