Sunday, August 28, 2016

Farewell, Charles Osgood...and Thank You!

The best show on TV, the Daytime Emmy-winning CBS News Sunday Morning, is losing its best host.

Kinda sorta.

The wonderful Charles Osgood, 83, announced this morning that, after 22 years as the broadcast’s anchor, he will be retiring next month. His last show – a special editor of Sunday Morning featuring lots of professional stock taking, interviews, and special guests – has been set for Sept. 25.

Fret not, though. The Peabody Award-winning National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famer will continue to make the occasional appearance on our Sunday mornings, and he definitely will continue to see us on the radio. Osgood plans to remain as anchor of “The Osgood File,” the daily news commentaries CBS Radio Network show he has hosted since 1971.

I will miss you, Charlie! Thank you for helping me kick off my Sunday mornings nice the past 15 years.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dem Sweet La La Sounds

Damien Chazelle’s upcoming jazzy set-in-a-Los Angeles-of-goldener-years – ish – love story La La Land is sooo gonna be the film of the fall for certain people.

Chiefly the younger ones.

I mean, the film looks dreamy. Plus, hello! It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; she as an actress, he as the pianist for whom she falls.

Swoon, right?

Anyway, we keep getting these teasers, which are only making me want to have Dec. 2 be tomorrow because that would mean the film would be opening tomorrow. And then I would be a :).

Check out the latest preview, which features the singing stylings of the actress:


Now Count me among the foolish.

Perfectly Protected

So her acting careers heating up – but what is taking so long for us to get some new music by one Lady GaGa?

Mother Monster announced 10 days ago that her new Mark Ronson-produced single, Perfect Illusion,” is set to drop next month – to buzz up the release of her upcoming album, the tentatively titled LG5 – but that was 10 days ago. How have we read or heard nothing else since then? I mean, in this day and age, how hasn’t something leaked?

Not that I’m saying someone should get in on that, but...weird, no?

Are people really not that into hearing new stuff from Lady GaGa as they were, say, other people?



Heard v. Depp: The Aftermath

Oh jeez.

The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp divorce saga is not over quite just yet. And there you were, thinking those two crazy kids were out of the woods.

Remember how the erstwhile lovebirds announced last week that they had reached an out-of-court settlement? And that Heard would be getting $7 million? And that she would be donating the money to charity?

Well, that part of the proceedings has hit a snag.

Evidently, Depp is now dragging his feet on his settlement obligation. Like, he wants to make payments to the charities, including the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, directly and in chunks – which is not flying with Heard’s camp.

The actor sure isn’t keen on putting this one to bed double-pronto, huh, or on not hurting his Q rating.


Eva Directs

Eva Longoria is having a really good year, the unfortunate demise of TV’s Telenovela notwithstanding.

Girlfriend got married.

She got more projects off the ground.

And, now, she’s getting her directin on.

Indeed, the actress – who also just launched a fall collection for The Limited – is helming the third episode of the upcoming third season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin.

Yes! Latino power!


Paulson for All!

It was a good week to be The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson.

First it was announced that the actress has been cast on FX’s Feud, the new Ryan Murphy joint – so no big shocker there, right? Paulson will portray Academy Award winner Geraldine Page on the project, which will chronicle the legendary old-Hollywood rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

And then, the powers that be let it be known that they have her in mind for a part in the female driven spin-off Ocean’s Eight, which will feature Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Mindy Kaling, among others.

Someone’s on fiya!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rockin’ It, Too!

Fret not, Scarlett JohanssonDemi Moore is gonna help you Move Rock That Body.

That Demi.... Always so helpful.


All kidding aside, Moore has signed on to co-star in the 2015 Black List comedy by that title, the story of five friends who rent a house down in Miami for a crazy bachelorette weekend that ends with them accidentally killing the strippin’ entertainment.

Hey, it happens.

Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer (Comedy Central’s Broad City), and Zoë Kravitz are all already on board the project, which is currently in production for a June 2017 release.

Broad Citys Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs co-wrote the movie, which the former is directing and in which the latter will be featured.


Truth or Dare...and Madonna

Because a good Queen (of Pop) takes good care of her subjects.

Madonna surprised a theater full of fans last night, when she turned up at a special 25th anniversary screening of her seminal documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

M reportedly showed up unannounced to support the director of the project, and her longtime pal, filmmaker Alek Keshishian.

Surely, though, she must have known she would be the belle of the ball.

Sooo cute, right?


Kids of the OneRepublic

So I finally got to listening to a little bit of Kids,” the new OneRepublic single, and I think I am liking this one.

I am actually enjoying it a lot.

OneRepublic are, to me, like this super-under-the-radar blatantly popular sort of band, one that’s unafraid of taking controlled (?) risks, which often results in anthemic, beyond-radio-friendly stuff – hello, Make that money, watch it burn.

Not to be outdone by anything the’ve done so far, “Kids” sounds propulsively rock-y and just a tad electronic in vibe. Reminds me of what Mumford & Sons did with Believe.

That’s it. I’m buying this s--- on the iTunes.

This and “Wherever I Go,” the single frontman Ryan Tedder & Co. put forth earlier this summer, to drum up interest in their upcoming, still-untitled fourth album, which is due this fall.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Just for Today...on Sunday

Not thrilled about this one.

Willie Geist has announced he is leaving his daily third-hour-of-the-Today-show Monday through Friday post. As expected, Billy Bush – the notorious Ryan Lochte apologist, who seems to believe that telling a lie while young and white and male is simply embellishing) – will taker over the spot.

Geist is not walking away from NBC, though. For a while now, he has been anchoring Today’s Sunday effort, and he will now be free to focus exclusively on that task, as well as on his duties on Morning Joe over on MSNBC.

Imma gonna have to check him out from time to time...even though I’m a CBS News Sunday Morning kind of a dude.


Nashville 2017!

Well alright and eye-haw.

CMT has gone and scheduled TV’s back-from-the-dead Nashville for a two-hour fifth-season premiere next Jan. 5, y’all!

Stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will be back as Rayna James and Juliette Barnes, natch – but rumor has it the former will appear on only 10 of the show’s proposed 22 Season 5 episodes.

Because Nashville loves itself some drama?

I mean, why. Why must you put us through this, Connie? We want you to stay.

Don’t leave us and take away Rayna James.


Cruel Commander

The Handmaid’s Tale will be told with a little help from Risen’s Joseph Fiennes.

hulu has called upon the Shakespeare in Love stud to take part on its adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, which also will feature Elisabeth Moss (AMC’s Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black), Ann Dowd (HBO’s The Leftovers), and Max Minghella.

Fiennes will portray Cmdr. Fred Waterford in the straight-to-series 10-eps-at-first project, which will center on life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian republic settled in what was formerly part of the United States that treats women as state property.

Especially fertile women.

Moss will play Offred, a handmaid at his household, who desperately puts up with forced sexual servitude, other abusive commanders (and their cruel wives), and the potential duplicity of her fellow maids, all with the hope of making it another day to look for the daughter that was taken from her.

You can expect The Handmaid’s Tale to become available for streaming on hulu sometime next year.


Sending a Vamp to School

Out bisexual Bella Thorne is taking charge.

The Blended actress is set to executive produce Drink, Slay, Love, a made-for-TV Lifetime-movie adaptation of the eponymous debut novel by Sarah Beth Durst.

The project will star Cierra Ramirez (Freeform’s The Fosters) as Pearl, a typical 16-year-old vampire girl, who becomes able to withstand daylight after a mysterious attack. As soon as her family catches wise of her new ability, they sign her up for high school so she basically can grocery shopping for blood.

Which is all good and dandy, except for the fact that girlfriend begins to like her prey. As friends, not food.

Internal conflicts arise.

Drink, Slay, Love is expected to premiere early next year.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Tale of Black Love

Hot Buzz Alert!

You guys have got to keep an eye out for Moonlight, this new indie written and helmed by up-and-coming director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) that’s picking up some serious heat as its initial Oct. 21 roll-out grows near.

An adaptation of Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film is already being talked up as a sort of black Brokeback Mountain.

Starring virtual newcomers Trevante Rhodes and André Holland (Cinemax’s The Knick), Moonlight is a three-part narrative that spans the childhood, teens, and adulthood of an African-American man who makes it out of the drug-plagued Miami inner city to find love in unexpected places on his way to becoming who he truly is. SPECTRE’s Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali (Netflix’s House of Cards), and singer-turned-actress Janelle Monáe (the upcoming Hidden Figures) round out the cast.

Check out the trailer for Moonlight now.

Photo: A24.

Taraji Gives Good Face

A hit TV show (that beyond-showcases her twice-Emmy-nominated-for-it talent). A sure-to-resonate winter 2017 movie offering. A book.

Taraji P. Henson is slayin’ it. And that’s all I’m sayin’.

Indeed, the Empire actress is clearly building her own, and, now, she is poised to leave her mark at the MAC counter.

See, Henson has partnered with the make-up giant, to launch a six-piece collection dubbed #MACTaraji that will reflect her “powerhouse confidence and charismatic spark” – a good thing, since the stuff will be all about gettin’ dat glow.

Cookie Lyon would be so proud.

#MACTaraji will be in stores on Sept. 6.


Cho the Con


Sure, coming right up.

Star Trek Beyond’s John Cho has been tapped to headline Connoisseur, a potential new USA Network property about a con artist (another one, USA?).

Cho will play Clay Park, a habitual duper of the wealthiest, most powerful people in the country, who gets them to pay seven figures for – whaddya know – fake wine, of all things.

Oh I hope this goes. It would be great for the TV landscape for Cho to return to the tube and actually sticking around for a few successful seasons.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Dayum, Idris Elba!

There is only question I wanna have answered today.

And that is....

Were you trying to give the Internet a syncope, Idris Elba?

I mean, why else would the Star Trek Beyond baddie share the post-work-out pic at right, which presumably was taken right after a sweaty training session related to his work on the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok, right?


Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Divorced Woman of Her Word

Eat crow, naysayers.

Amber Heard has done as she said she would and donated proceeds from her $7 million divorce from Johnny Depp to charity.

Correction! She has donated the entire amount. Or is in the process of doing. (Natch – these things take time!)

Heard is spreading her settlement money among a number of organizations that focus on stopping violence against women and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where the actress has volunteered for more than 10 years, yo see.

How is that crow, guys?


The Bad Boys...of Winter

Next time we see Will Smith and Martin Lawrence play dem Bad Boys some of us will be real cold.

That’s because Bad Boys for Life, a.k.a. Bad Boys III, has been scheduled to be released on Jan. 2, 2018.

And in another FYI, The A-Teams Joe Carnahan is apparently taking over from Michael Bay as director.

No word on who else will be joining the action yet or who is handling the script.

Photo: (Bad Boys II).

Taking Over S.H.I.E.L.D.

FYI, kids: When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. return to TV for their fourth season, things are gonna look a little taller and a little handsomer.

Jason O’Mara – last seen having Complications on USA Network – has joined the show’s cast, as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a character whose been a part of the Marvelverse since the 1940s.

Fret not, though: Clark Gregg’s Coulson ain’t going anywhere – but he will be taking stock of his place within the agency.

Oh the soul-searching that awaits him.

Season 4 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off on Sept. 20.


Amy Schumer Out?

Say it isn’t so, Amy Schumer!

The Emmy-winning comedian-turned-author send shockwaves across and beyond Twitter last night, when she tweeted that she is pulling the plug on her Comedy Central hit show, Inside Amy Schumer, which is Emmy-nominated again this year. Since she did not elaborate, maybe, she already has?

“We aren’t making the show anymore,” Schumer tweeted in response to – and, please, bear with this, for it gets kinda messy – people tweet-asking her why she hadn’t publicly denounced comedian Kurt Metzger (and that’s why Metzger wasn’t one of her writers anymore being the implication or, OK, the inference).

I know, right? Who?

A fellow comedian, Kurt Metzger is...was, apparently, a writer on Inside Amy Schumer, and a friend of the funny woman. He royally stepped in it earlier this week, when he sent out some instantly controversial tweets about women who report or don’t report sexual assaults.

Landmine Alert! Right?

As it does, the Internet roped Schumer into the situation (can’t you just picture that?), this in spite of her having expressed her disappointment in her friend and former (?) colleague during the early part of yesterday.

Oh how the plots thicken.


Update: This is why celebs should go back to keeping their publicists busy instead of tweeting.

On Aug. 18, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (GTS) clarified something that was already pretty darn clear until she became enmeshed in the Kurt Metzger drama: Inside Amy Schumer is simply on hiatus, and a fifth season – announced this past January – should come next year.