TV News Flash
Looks like Disney has committed to help theaters get back on their feet, because the studio has committed to open the rest of its 2021 slate, including Eternals and West Side Story, for release in theaters only, for a 30-45 day window. This is partially thanks to the stunning success of the opening of Shang-Chi over Labor Day weekend. So no more paying an extra $30 in addition to your Disney+ subscription for the privilege of watching a big film at home, the same day it’s released in theaters. I’m just fine with that.
USDish.com is looking for one brave soul to participate in our Stephen King Scream Job: Chapter 2! They’ll be paying someone $1,300 to watch the most chilling 13 Stephen King films based on the novels by The King of Horror—to be completed by Halloween! After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Whoever wins this scream job will not only get $1,300 to make up for all the nightmares, but will also receive a swag bag valued at $350 that includes the latest Fitbit.
Applications will be accepted now until October 8th, 2021 at 5 PM MT. Visit the official page for the application form and for more information to share with your readers: https://www.usdish.com/news/get-paid-to-watch-stephen-king-movies.
I really don’t get why the Spiderman movie franchise is so popular these days, but four Spiderman movies made the JustWatch Top 10 Movies screened last week. Go figure. On the other hand, I totally understand why Hulu’s remarkable Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez topped the list of most watched streaming series. See what else made the lists below. Did you see any of them?
Michael K. Williams, the mesmerizing actor and five-time Emmy nominee best known for his role on HBO’s The Wire, was found dead in his Brooklyn home today. He was 54.
I was mesmerized by him as Chalky White in Empire, and thrilled to see him in the recent Lovecraft Country, for which he was nominated for an Emmy this year,for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. He was also amazing in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us. Find a wonderfully written obituary in The Hollywood Reporter.
Did you catch the first episode of Season 13? I did, and I’m about to catch a lot more as I immerse myself in the thick of things. Seems I’ve been invited by The Agency to shadow my favorites, the two Brits, James Harris and David Parnes, for a day as they jaunt about the lofty climbs of L.A.’s best neighborhoods. You’ll be able to read all about it on Realtor.com, but I’ll post a tease and a photo or two here in the meantime. Stay tuned!
I confess we’re making our way back through Downton Abbey, starting with Season One and watching one episode almost every night before we go to bed. It puts us in a kinder, gentler, more relaxed mood—especially compared to watching the news at that hour. So we were thrilled when the heard more details from Focus Features and Carnival Films on the new title of the highly anticipated Downton Abbey film sequel: Downton Abbey: A New Era. The film is slated to be released in the United States on Friday, March 18, 2022.
And get this: the original principal cast has returned for the second film, along with new additions Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West. Can’t wait!
The late iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld will be the subject of a Disney+ limited series, and it promises to be a scorcher! The series will explore the life and career of the controversial German designer, who served as creative director of the French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death in 2019. Crossing our fingers it’s as good as Halston was, and every bit as dishy as House of Gucci promises to be!
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of the incomparable Ed Asner, at age 91. Asner is a seven-time Emmy-winner, perhaps most noted for starring as Lou Grant on TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant, as well as his touching voice work in Pixar’s 2009 animated film Up.
Personally, I will never forget Asner amiably allowing me to attempt to tame is wild eyebrows before conducting an on-camera interview. That, and chatting with as him as a neighbor occasionally when walking my dog through our ‘hood. Thanks, Ed — your spirit, talent and good nature will be missed.
Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines, who famously shaved his head four years ago to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, today unveiled his brand-new hairdo. After issuing a fundraising challenge on Instagram this past Monday, Gaines exceeded his fundraising goal and, as promised, shaved off his long locks. As of this morning, Chip was able to help raise more than $300,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And while the campaign officially ends tonight at midnight, those who wish to continue chipping in to help raise even more money for St. Jude can continue to do so through the weekend via this link.
Calling all dog lovers! Get ready for September 1st! Disney+ is releasing Pixar Animation Studios’ Dug Days, a new series of five shorts that follows the humorous misadventures of Dug, the lovable dog from Disney and Pixar’s Oscar®-winning feature film Up, whose high-tech collar translates his thoughts into speech. Here’s a glorious sneak peek:
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