CHRISTOPHER NOLAN CALLS WARNER’S STREAMING PLAN ‘A MESS’
Christopher Nolan, one of Warner Bros.’ most important filmmakers, has come out strongly against the company’s decision to send all of its films to HBO Max in 2021. The “Tenet” filmmaker tells The Associated Press Monday that it’s not a good business decision and criticized how the company handled it. The company announced last week that its 2021 film slate, including the new “Matrix” movie, “Dune” and “In the Heights,” would debut on its streaming service and in theaters simultaneously in the U.S. That rattled Hollywood and resulted in doomsday predictions about the future of movie theaters. The studio declined comment.
OLIVIA JADE GIANNULLI LEARNING FROM FAMILY COLLEGE ‘MESS-UP’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Maybe Olivia Jade Giannulli had hoped for kid-glove treatment in choosing the family vibe of “Red Table Talk” for her first public comments about the college admissions scandal involving her famous parents. If so, she was quickly enlightened during Tuesday’s episode of the Facebook Watch series. Adrienne Banfield Norris, mom of series host Jada Pinkett Smith, said she saw Olivia Jade as a privileged young white woman who would be fine despite the scandal. The 21-year-old Giannulli rejected the idea that she was seeking sympathy. Her parents, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are behind bars after pleading guilty to paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
CLOONEY HONORED BY MOMA AS ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND HUMANITARIAN
George Clooney was honored by co-stars and colleagues at the annual film benefit for the Museum of Modern Art, held virtually this year. Fellow actors praised Clooney’s generosity and talent, and shared anecdotes about working with him. David Letterman paid tribute to the actor-director’s philanthropic work. Others lauding Clooney included actors David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Tilda Swinton, Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright and Bradley Cooper. In remarks about his career to The AP, Clooney said his proudest career accomplishment was probably the 2005 “Good Night, and Good Luck,” a film he co-wrote and directed about famed journalist Edward R. Murrow.
BILLY PORTER TO JOIN NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW FROM TIMES SQUARE
Billy Porter was working in New Orleans last New Year’s Eve. This year he’ll still be working but in New York City. The “Pose” star will join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale on ABC in Times Square on Dec. 31 for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.” The broadcast is closed to the public due to the pandemic. Porter made his debut on the program last year, taking over from Hale as co-host in New Orleans and performing several songs. Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities.
STEVEN SODERBERGH AMONG PRODUCERS OF UPCOMING ACADEMY AWARDS
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is going behind the scenes for the next Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that Soderbergh, “Erin Brokovich” producer Stacey Sher and awards show veteran Jesse Collins have come on board to produce the 93rd Oscars telecast. Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said that this upcoming show is “the perfect occasion for innovation and re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show.” The 93rd Academy Awards were delayed two months because of the pandemic but will be televised live on ABC on April 25, 2021.
SODERBERGH ON HIS ‘BOAT MOVIE’ & THE BLOCKBUSTER’S FATE
NEW YORK (AP) – Steven Soderbergh calls it “the boat movie” even though he’s not supposed to call it “the boat movie.” The Queen Mary 2, on which Soderbergh filmed the majority of his new film “Let Them All Talk,” is technically a ship, and a big one at that. The thought of making a movie on the $750-million ocean liner, during an eight-day Transatlantic crossing from New York to South Hampton, U.K., tickled Soderbergh. He shot much of “Let Them All Talk” while wheeling around the decks in a wheelchair, with a camera in his lap. The film stars Meryl Streep as an author traveling to receive an award, who brings along two friends and her nephew. It debuts Friday on HBO Max.
SIRIUSXM, HOWARD STERN SIGN FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
The satellite radio company SiriusXM has locked up its most valuable asset, Howard Stern, for five more years in a deal announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Stern was already making a reported $90 million a year. He’s invaluable to the company, which had 600,000 subscribers when Stern announced in 2004 that he was joining and now has nearly 35 million. The deal also gives SiriusXM exclusive rights to Stern’s audio and video library through 2032. Stern, who’s been working remotely due to the pandemic like millions of Americans, said Tuesday that now that he can work from home, ‘I simply don’t have an excuse to quit.’