Old Gaurd on Netflix is Even Cooler Than You Thought
It appears that not only is Chalize Theron’s Old Guard an outrageously entertaining film and an overwhelming viewer magnate, but it’s also a tour de force for female, filmmakers, as 85 percent of the post production team was made up of women! It may be the beginning of a franchise “driven by one of the most diverse behind-the-camera teams assembled for a comic book feature,” says Carolyn Giardina. Read more about this important feat at the HollywoodReporter.
The Best Treat to Eat While Watching TV
Color me delighted to find a remarkable chocolate that’s not only smooth and delicious, but lower in calories, sugar and fat! It is literally guilt-free chocolate, and it even comes in several different flavors — light and dark, coconut praline, orange almond and more. Find out more here. And then buy it here.
How Many People are Watching the New Streaming Services Like Peacock and HBO Max?
If you’re confused by all the big new streaming services launching recently, don’t worry. So are we. Especially when we see numbers like NBCUniversal’s Peacock reaching 10 million sign-ups, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia reporting its streaming service, HBO Max, attracting attracted 4.1 million subscribers after its first month. In comparison, Disney’s Disney+ scored 10 million subscribers in its first day. Remember that Disney+ and HBO Max are pay services, while Peacock is available for free to millions of cable TV customers. HollywoodReporter.com spells it out for you.
More Fun Emmy Details, Including Brad Pitt as Dr. Fauci
Remember how Brad Pitt brought down the proverbial house when he played Dr. Anthony Fauci on SNL? Pitt earned an Emmy nod for that. Also of note: five actors scored nominations for roles in more than one show: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Jason Bateman (Ozark, The Outsider); Maya Rudolph (SNL, The Good Place, Big Mouth); Wanda Sykes (Crank Yankers, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); and Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, The Mandalorian) And BTW, women garnered a record one third of directing nominations (16 out of 48).
Top of the Emmy Nominations To You!
The nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced today, and I gotta say, as a TV critic, I’m not overwhelmed by the voters’ choices. Which is not to say that some of my favorite shows didn’t make the cut. From a network perspective, Netflix broke the record for most nominations in a single year, scoring 160 in total. HBO was the previous record-holder with 137 in 2019. The most-nominated series was HBO’s Watchmen, (way overrated in my opinion) with 26 in all, followed by Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20 (totally deserved). Netflix’sOzark and HBO’s Succession each scored 18 (also overrated) while Disney+’s The Mandalorian, NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek each earned 15 noms. (mixed bag). See the entire rundown at HollywoodReporter.com.
And Emmy Makes an EGOT of Alan Menken
Congratulations to composer Alan Menken became the 16th person ever to achieve EGOT status, joining the elite group who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He won his first Emmy Sunday for best original song in Disney Channel’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, in the children’s, young adult or animated program category. Menken also has eight Oscars for songs and scores from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. In addition, he has 11 Grammys and a Tony for best original score for Newsies.
Lisa Vanderpump Gets Another Spin-off, and It’s All About the Pups
Now that she’s no longer in with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills crowd, Lisa Vanderpump is far from idle. Not only is her spin-off reality series Vanderpump Rules alive and well at Bravo, but there’s word of anther new series, Vanderpump Dogs, that will air in NBCU streaming service Peacock. We’re assuming the new show will be about be about Vanderpump Dogs, the foundation whose mission is to work “on both domestic and international fronts to help create a better world for dogs.” It’s also the name of Vanderpump’s Los Angeles dog rescue and adoption facility. Frankie will watch!
Cookie Extends Her Empire
The ever fabulous Taraji P. Henson just signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop an Empire spin-off, featuring (who else?) but her indomitable character Cookie. Empire co-creator Danny Strong is involved, as is Lee Daniels, who will serve as a non-writing executive producer with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Samie Falvey.
Ava DuVernay Goes Home Sweet Home
Looks like uber producer/creator Ava DuVernay is diving deeper into reality TV, as NBC has just ordered 10 episodes of her new unscripted series Home Sweet Home. Described as a “social experiment,” the series follows families as they switch homes with others from different backgrounds. I’ll watch! Find out more on HollywoodReporter.com.
The Most Watched Original Movies on Netflix Have a Few Things in Common…
With Extraction leading the pack, the top 10 Netflix original movies are all action movies or thrillers, with prominent movie stars including Chris Hemsworth, Sandra Bullock, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds and Charlize Theron. A-List auctioneers seem to be the summer ticket in 2020. Find out which other movies are on the Netflix Top 10 List (you will be VERY surprised) here.