While laying out plans for what he hopes would be his first 100 days in the White House, GOP nominee Donald Trump said he would not approve the $85 million deal between AT&T and Time Warner. Claiming that “deals like this destroy democracy,” Trump also said he was opposed to the Comcast/NBC Universal merger.
Deadline analyzed the AT&T deal yesterday. “Would a deal kick off a massive consolidation wave?,” wrote David Lieberman. “Tech and telco companies have lots of cash…
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All 13 episodes of the second season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will be directed by women, according to executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Rosenberg discussed the all-female directing roster during her panel at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, a conference held Friday at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Rosenberg said that… Read more »
In retrospect, perhaps there were only two ways that Hong Kong action pioneer Dante Lam’s “Operation Mekong,” based on the story of the 2011 “Mekong Massacre,” could have gone. Either the gravity of the real-life subject matter would see Lam suppress his trademark exuberance, last seen slightly defanged in cycling drama “To The Fore,” or he’d… Read more »
ROME — Paolo Sorrentino-directed TV series “The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law as conservative cigarette-smoking American pontiff Pius XIII and Diane Keaton as a nun, debuted to stellar ratings Friday on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox in Italy where the first two episodes drew an average 953,000 viewers – out of a 4.7 million subscriber base. Sky is… Read more »
Donald Trump came out strongly against the pending AT&T-Time Warner merger at a campaign stop Saturday in Gettysburg, Penn. The Republican presidential candidate characterized the potential combination as “a deal we will not approve in my administration because its too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Trump also came out swinging… Read more »
U.K. helmer Peter Webber, renowned for his Oscar-nominated “The Girl with a Pearl Earring,” is prepping his first Spanish-language pic in Colombia. Tentatively titled “Carteristas” (“Pickpockets”), the drama set in the capital of Bogota, tracks a 16-year old street urchin who, together with two pals, learns the art of pickpocketing from a master in the… Read more »
Steve Dillon, the British co-creator of the comic-book that inspired the AMC drama series “Preacher,” has died. Dillon was 54 and died in New York City, according to a tweet posted Saturday by his brother, Glyn Dillon. Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the… Read more »
Annette Kellerman Says Rock Doc WE ARE X Is Metal AF
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One of the first times I became aware that other countries had their own pop star juggernauts was when Donnie Wahlberg did a duet with Japanese singing sensation Seiko sometime in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I know what it feels like to be a super fan, and as an ardent 14 year old worshiper of all things NKOTB, I was very aware of any and all news pertaining to my heartthrobs. Though the duo’s song, The Right Combination, got very little radio play in the U.S., the collaboration between the two teeny-bop icons was a smashing success in Japan. I also remember reading in my Teen Beat magazine that Allyssa Milano had a thriving musical career and that the Who’s The Boss star was even more popular in Japan than she was stateside. Back then, I was perplexed and amazed that such a wave of super stardom and fortune in one country barely translated to the U.S., and even today I still marvel at the prospect. Though globalization in today’s world has certainly closed the pop culture gap between the States and other countries with J Pop and other imports finding success worldwide, it is still fascinating to discover that another country has legendary performers who I’ve never heard of. In WE ARE X director Stephen Kijak once again blows my mind with his introduction to the world of Japanese Prog-rock icons X Japan, their meteoric rise, and their status as metal legends in not only the minds of their
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When did concerts become tribal rites? It was not like this back in the sixties and seventies, when classic rock ruled. There was a gulf between performer and audience, it was a show, now it’s an EXPERIENCE! Ignore the virtual reality hype, there’s nothing like being there, observing the assembled multitude, watching the women sway […]
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A cappella group Pentatonix has dropped the music video for its powerful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which is featured on…