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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
WEDNESDAY NIGHT TV:
2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, NBC) — Kelly Clarkson hosts this awards show, which was originally set to air in April. Post Malone leads the nominations with 16, followed by first-time nominees Lil Nas X with 13 and Billie Eilish with 12. Country legend Garth Brooks will receive this year’s coveted Icon Award. Performers include BTS, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, Sia, Bad Bunny, En Vogue, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and Post Malone
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New.
THE WEAKEST LINK (8p ET, NBC) — New.
COCO (8p ET, ABC) — Animated film from 2017.
THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The celebrity contestants return for the Group B playoffs and their second performances of the season.
DEVILS (8p ET, CW) — New.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE AMAZING RACE (9p ET, CBS) — Filmed back in 2018, this season features 11 teams racing around the world to win $1 million. The start line is at the Hollywood Bowl and the finish line is at the Superdome in New Orleans. Stops along the way include Trinidad and Tobago, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Brazil.
I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Guest panelists DeRay Davis and Russell Peters, with the chosen contestant performing a duet with Nicole Scherzinger.
CORONER (9p ET, CW) — New.
SERIES PREMIERE: THE CON (10p ET, ABC) — Whoopi Goldberg narrates this new series that examines famous cons, including the high-profile college admissions scandal and Fyre Festival.
THE AGE OF NATURE (10p ET, PBS) — This new three-part series, narrated by Uma Thurman, salutes conservationists’ efforts to restore ecosystems around the globe.
BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY (Netflix) — This new documentary tells the story of the chart-topping K-pop girl group.
THE THREE DEATHS OF MARISELA ESCOBEDO (Netflix) — A Mexican mother seeks justice for her murdered daughter in this new documentary.
Showbiz News and Gossip
GAL GADOT CAST AS CLEOPATRA
Wonder Woman movie star, Gal Gadot, will play Cleopatra on the big screen. In case you need a quick history refresh, Cleopatra VII was descended from Ptolemy I Soter, Alexander the Great’s Macedonian general. She was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt and one of the few female pharaohs of her line. She is mainly remembered for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
OLD HITS THAT MADE BOX OFFICE COMBACKS DURING COVID
Over the weekend, the re-release of the 1993 campy, Halloween family comedy Hocus Pocus was the third highest grossing movie in America from theaters that are actually open. In just two weeks, it has made a cumulative $3 million, despite it also being available for digital rental and on Disney+. In that short time, it became the highest grossing re-release of 2020, and because we’re in the midst of a pandemic, it’s not surprisingly just shy of the top 50 highest grossing movies of the year.
… Here are the re-releases that have done the best since theaters have reopened:
1. Hocus Pocus — $3 million
2. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back — $2.4
3. Jurassic Park — $1.3 million
4. The Goonies — $825,000
5. Jaws — $758,300
TWO AND A HALF MEN STAR DIES AT AGE 77
Conchata Ferrell has died. The actress, perhaps best known for appearing on Two and a Half Men, has passed away at age 77. On Thursday, July 16, Ferrell was transferred to a long-term care facility following weeks of hospitalization in an intensive care unit. She was admitted in May with an illness potentially related to an infection she suffered in late 2019, or early 2020. While in the ICU, Ferrell went into cardiac arrest. Based a statement from Ferrell’s husband, the report detailed that Ferrell was then being housed in a respiratory unit and had been placed on a respirator and dialysis.
… Ferrell portrayed Berta, a sassy, wise-cracking housekeeper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men beginning in 2003. She appeared on all 12 seasons the show was on air, in 212 episodes in total.
SOMEONE MADE A RECREATION OF MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW INTRO AS PSA FOR WEARING MASKS _ In a unique and fun way to encourage the use of masks, someone made a shot-for-shot recreation of the intro to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. • VIDEO
JAMIE LEE CURTIS THINKS CHRIS EVANS MAY’VE LEAKED HIS NUDE PHOTO ON PURPOSE _ A couple of weeks ago, Chris Evans accidentally leaked some nude photos of himself on Twitter. Many people, including the actor himself, had a lot of fun with it. The Captain America star later addressed the incident and called it “embarrassing,” while also making a political statement: “Now that I have your attention [face-palm emoji] … VOTE Nov 3rd!”.
… While it might seem obvious that the whole mess was an accident on Evans’ part, his Knives Out co-star Jamie Lee Curtis thinks that it may have been a staged attempt to get people’s attention, saying the following in a recent interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show: “My boy! Proud of him. Got MY attention! My question is this, he’s so smart and such an unbelievably beautiful human being, I’m wondering if it was even planned?” Clarkson couldn’t help but agree, stating: “I kind of think it was planned just cause he was trying to get people to vote.”
RYAN REYNOLDS WISHES HUGH JACKMAN HAPPY BIRTHDAY
It was Hugh Jackman’s birthday Monday and his old pal/rival Ryan Reynolds wished him a happy birthday in a video. • VIDEO
OPERATION CHRISTMAS DROP TRAILER
It’s not even Halloween yet, but that’s not stopping Netflix from hyping up their upcoming holiday titles. One of those titles is Operation Christmas Drop. In this Netflix rom-com: “While gathering evidence to support closing a tropical U.S. Air Force base, a congressional aide warms to its generous captain.” • VIDEO
… Operation Christmas Drop stars Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig, and Virginia Madsen. Look for Operation Christmas Drop on Netflix starting November 5.
NICOLE KIDMAN’S “THE OTHERS” IS GETTING A REMAKE
Nicole Kidman’s 2001 haunted house film The Others is getting a remake. The Others, set in 1945 in a remote country house on the British island of Jersey, centered on Kidman’s character, Grace Stewart, discovering unknown “others” living in her home. One of her children says she has seen a group of people in the house several times — a man, a woman, an old woman and a child named Victor — who claimed “the house is theirs.”
… The Others was a box office hit, grossing more than $200 million on a $17 million budget.
94-YEAR-OLD SCIENTIST BREAKS JENNIFER ANISTON’S RECORD
Scientist David Attenborough surpassed Jennifer Aniston by acquiring a million followers on Instagram in less time than the actress. The 94-year-old achieved this mark on September 24 and only needed four hours and 44 minutes, 31 minutes less than the Friends star.
… In 2019 Aniston, who was not on the social network, decided to join by posting a photo where she gathered the cast of Friends . The actress managed to surpass the million-follower mark in five hours and 16 minutes, setting a new record above the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who achieved this number in five hours 45 minutes.
… Scientist David Attenborough became known for his documentary series Life in Earth broadcast by the BBC from 1979. Since then Attenborough has been an activist against climate change and environmental issues.
FOR SALE…ELLEN DEGENERES AND PORTIA de ROSSI WANT $40 MILLION FOR COMPOUND
Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi have put their hilltop Montecito, California, oasis up for sale for just under $40 million.. The heavily-fortified, multi-acre complex offers dazzling ocean views, four distinct structures, a magazine-worthy swimming pool, and interiors with a decidedly Southeast Asian-inspired flair.
… Over the past two decades, Ellen and Portia have owned a vast array of pricey Southern California homes, most of them located in Los Angeles and the tiny but legendarily posh seaside enclave of Montecito. The couple rarely hang onto any of their properties for more than two years, however, instead frequently opting to renovate the houses — with help from their well-oiled machine of real estate specialists — and flip them at giant profits.
… The bulk of the Montecito spread was purchased in early 2019 for $27 million; since then, DeGeneres and de Rossi have expanded the complex with the $1.9 million purchase of an adjacent property, bringing the estate to 9.3 acres. The couple have also made numerous design and building upgrades, including the installation of a new security hut for a full-time bodyguard.
STEPHEN KING HAS ANOTHER NETFLIX RECOMMENDATION FOR US
Author Stephen King isn’t shy about sharing movie, TV series and book recommendations with his fans — so much so that we’ve even compiled a list of nearly every time he’s recommended something on Netflix. And now, following his endorsement of an unusual film last week, he’s spoken up about a new show on the aforementioned platform that he feels everyone needs to check out.
… Considering King’s talent and good eye for quality content, it’s probably worth taking a look at his latest recommendation To The Lake. This Russian sci-fi drama is quite the timely piece of entertainment for 2020, as it deals with a plague that threatens the survival of the human race. The first season of the show follows a group of survivors from Moscow who travel north in an attempt to find a deserted island, and as expected, plenty goes wrong along the way.
… Every Netflix recommendation Stephen King has made so far:
• To the Lake
• Da 5 Bloods
• The BBC incarnation of Dracula
• Pine Gap
• Money Heist
CHRIS HEMSWORTH AND ANYA TAYLOR-JOY TO STAR IN MAD MAX PREQUEL
2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road was a smash hit on every level, and maybe the number one highlight was Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, who stole the show away from Tom Hardy. Fans have been desperate to see more of the character ever since, and now it’s finally happening, as Warner Bros. is officially moving forward with prequel Furiosa.
… Anya Taylor-Joy will be taking over the part of the renegade antiheroine in the film, which will chart the origins of the character long before she encountered Max Rockatansky. Chris Hemsworth is also on board in a currently undisclosed role, and George Miller is returning to produce, co-write and direct.
THE CROWN SEASON 4 TRAILER TEASES THE DARK SIDE OF CHARLES AND DIANA’S MARRIAGE
A new trailer for The Crown season 4 has landed and it teases what we can expect from the acclaimed royal drama’s latest big storyline. As the series reaches the late ’70s/early ’80s, season 4 will tackle the romance and subsequent marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, which — as the trailer reminds us — was viewed as “a fairy tale” at the time. Of course, we know that in reality, the relationship ended in tragedy, something reflected in the teaser’s ominous tone. • VIDEO
… The Crown season 4 lands on Netflix on November 15 and you might want to make it last, as the show won’t return until 2022 after that.
DOMINIC WEST AND WIFE PUT ON A UNITED FRONT
Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald kissed and posed for photographers outside their Wiltshire, England, home Tuesday morning — one day after the publication of the flirty photos of the actor and Lily James. The couple wrote in a note handed to reporters: “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you.”
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY PULLS OUT OF APPLE TV+ MOVIE OVER CHILDCARE
Keira Knightley will no longer be starring in Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent. The British star has left the streaming service’s original series “due to family reasons” amid the pandemic. Her rep explained: “As the COVID cases increase in the U.K. and additional lockdown and restriction rules are potentially being imposed, with so many unknowns, there wasn’t a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of child care required for the 4.5-month production.”
… The series is an adaptation based on Sarah Perry’s 2017 novel of the same name.
THE MANDALORIAN: DISNEY+ REVEALS SEASON 2 RELEASE SCHEDULE
The Mandalorian season 2 is fast approaching, with the next set of adventures for Mando and The Child set to release on October 30. A recent fact sheet for The Mandalorian season 2 reveals that episodes will release every Friday:
• Chapter 9 – October 30, 2020
• Chapter 10 – November 6, 2020
• Chapter 11 – November 13, 2020
• Chapter 12 – November 20, 2020
• Chapter 13 – November 27, 2020
• Chapter 14 – December 4, 2020
• Chapter 15 – December 11, 2020
• Chapter 16 – December 18, 2020
YOU CAN TOUR CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE FROM FRIDAY THE 13th THIS HALLOWEEN
During a pandemic, what’s the fall season alternative to going to a private island party where everyone tested negative for COVID-19? Taking a trip to the real-life Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th in the deep woods of Hardwick, New Jersey. While this doesn’t sound like a great idea considering what happened to all the past visitors of Camp Crystal Lake, you can be assured that the only thing stalking you will be a virus, and not a serial killer in a hockey mask. Probably.
… Friday the 13th fans will be able to visit the real-life Camp Crystal Lake at tours held at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the active Boy Scouts camp in Hardwick, New Jersey where the original 1980 horror movie was filmed. There are different tour formats that take visitors to several filming locations from the first Friday the 13th. Those who pay top dollar also get a tour that take you to those same locations — at night. Tours are being held for a week leading up to Halloween, as well as Friday the 13th in November.
BAND OF BROTHERS SEQUEL MOVES FORWARD
The sequel to the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Band of Brothers is moving forward. The upcoming series, Masters of the Air, is heading to Apple TV+, not HBO, and it will be a similar look at the lives of men fighting in World War II.
… The deal was struck a year ago but we now know the adaptation of the Donald L. Miller book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany will be span 10 parts at a cost of just over $200 million.
… Masters of the Air is the third in a trilogy of miniseries after Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Both won multiple Emmys for HBO.
JEFF GOLDBLUM RECREATES SEXY JURASSIC PARK POSE
Dr. Ian Malcolm is back to grace our screens with a partially-open shirt almost 30 years after he made Jurassic Park nice and steamy — and it’s all a way of encouraging folks to vote. We’re talking, of course, about Jeff Goldblum’s character from the Steven Spielberg dinosaur flick, who at one point was laid out on a table after being injured by a T-Rex and striking quite the provocative pose — with his bare chest half exposed and sweat dripping down his torso. Goldblum has now recreated it at the ripe old age of 67.
… He says it’s a gift to fans who followed his instructions and registered to vote through HeadCount for the upcoming election. Jeff writes, “WOW! Thank you to everyone who used my @HeadCount page to make sure that you’re #GoodToVote! Nearly 3,000 of you are ready for this November’s election. Here’s your reward…how time flies.”
JENNIFER ANISTON ADOPTS PUPPY
Jennifer Aniston announced on Instagram Sunday that she has adopted a new puppy. She caption the pic with: “Hi! I’d like to introduce to you the newest member of our family….this is (a very tired) Lord Chesterfield. He stole my heart immediately. A HUGE thank you to @wagmorpets for the incredible work you do. Grateful you take such great care of these rescues and find them their forever homes.” Aniston also owns Clyde, a Schnauzer mix, and Sophie, a white pitbull. • VIDEO