The American singer's pop melodies and vulnerable lyrics have garnered critical appraise.
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Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test over the weekend and could be disqualified On Monday’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert kicked off his return after a week off with a fun sketch about the Kentucky Derby doping scandal — and well, let’s just say in the Colbert version of current events that horse definitely, definitely juiced up. So for those of you who don’t get dressed up in your Sunday finery to watch horses run for the entertainment of gambling addicts, what happened is that Medina Spirit, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, failed a postrace drug test after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substances. An investigation is ongoing and pending the results, Medina Spirit could become only the third horse in Kentucky Derby history to be disqualified and stripped of the title and winnings. The horse’s trainer, Bob Baffert, has seen 5 of his horses fail such tests. Weirdly, he’s reacted to the latest violation the way a lot of people over the last few years have attempted to evade scrutiny or accountability — by claiming he is somehow a victim of “cancel culture.” Weird. Anyway, “The Late Show” kicked off Monday with a fake news cast claiming to be the first interview with Medina Spirit since the scandal broke. And basically, the gist is that Medina is quite obviously a roided up rage addict who definitely used performance enhancing drugs. Also, the incredibly muscular actor in the video is wearing an ill fitting horse mask, a hilarious combination as it turns out. Watch the clip below: On #LSSC tonight: Disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is here to dispute doping allegations. pic.twitter.com/7LvgxD14lu— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 11, 2021 Read original story Colbert Gets Kentucky Derby Winning Horse’s Side of Doping Scandal (Video) At TheWrap
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Tucker parroted the debunked conspiracy theory that Fauci started the coronavirus pandemic Conspiracy theories are now a regular fixture on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” it seems. During Monday’s episode, he talked at length about a debunked, fringe conspiracy theory that Dr. Anthony Fauci funded a Chinese lab that created the coronavirus and then purposefully released it to the public. And citing this false information, he basically demanded that federal law enforcement officials investigate Fauci. Before we get into what Tucker said — and as much as it pains us to state something this obvious, it seems we have to — let’s be clear that there is absolutely no evidence that Fauci — director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Biden — had any involvement in the “creation” of the pandemic. These theories that the U.S. government had a hand in engineering the coronavirus have actually been repeatedly debunked. “It’s extremely unlikely that there was any intentional development or any intentional action in a laboratory, whether in China or the United States, to develop (the coronavirus),” Dr. Leonard Cole, director at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told USA Today. Fauci himself has also debunked the theory COVID-19 was created in and released from a lab. “A group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences there and the sequences in bats as they evolve. And the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human,” Fauci said during a White House press briefing last month. The bulk of medical and scientific evidence apparently doesn’t convince Tucker. “This wouldn’t have happened if Tony Fauci didn’t allow it to happen, that is clear,” Tucker said, before asking, “why isn’t there a criminal investigation into Fauci’s role in the pandemic?” Further, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that the coronavirus was man-made, despite Tucker suggesting otherwise. He’s of course just seizing on conspiracy theories others have already shared — including the conspiracy that Fauci somehow created the virus. Fox News has peddled conspiracy theories about the virus from the beginning, and in January of this year “pundit” Steve Hilton went on record saying the coronavirus was created by Fauci in a Wuhan lab. Fox News had Peter Navarro on March 30, and he called Fauci “the father of the coronavirus,” also alleging that Fauci created the pandemic. What is true about these stories is that the National Institute of Health did fund an unrelated project at the lab in Wuhan, and Fauci did authorize that as he was in charge at the time. But there’s definitely no substantiated evidence that research had anything to do with coronavirus. The Austin-American Statesman explained the truth behind the conspiracy theory in a fact-check article in February. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease did give a $3.4 million grant to contagious virus research group EcoHealth Alliance. EcoHealth Alliance used that money to hire the (now infamous) virology lab in Wuhan, China to conduct genetic analysis of coronavirus in bats found about 800 miles south of Wuhan province. The lab secured approval from the U.S. State Department and the NIH, but had no other direct ties to Fauci. None of this research into what actually happened means anything to Tucker Carlson, though. He’s in the business of entertainment, not facts — something a federal judge ruled in a court case last fall, arguing that Tucker is not a credible source of facts and that any “reasonable viewer” should approach his show with ” an appropriate amount of skepticism.” Check out Tucker’s remarks at the top of the page. Read original story Tucker Carlson Says Dr Fauci Should Be Investigated, Cites Fringe Lies About COVID-19 Origins (Video) At TheWrap
The SNL star said he lost his sense of smell, one of the virus’ symptoms Did Michael Che catch COVID-19 last year? We don’t know, but but the “SNL” co-head writer said in his new HBO Max sketch series “That Damn Michael Che” that at some point, he experienced symptoms that sure sound like COVID-19. “I remember I got in the shower and I couldn’t smell my shampoo and I was like, what the f— is going on,” Che said during an aside in the show’s fifth episode, “Well Played, Crackers.” “I started smelling everything,” Che continued. “Remember that scene in the Hellen Keller story when she’s walking around (going) ‘water, water?’ That was me with covid symptoms, smelling spices and peppers…. Is this just me, no one else went through this?” The movie Che’s talking about is the 1962 classic “The Miracle Worker,” starring Patty Duke, a fictionalized account of how Hellen Keller learned to communicate from her teacher Annie Sullivan. Che didn’t go into any further detail about his experience the virus, so we don’t know for certain if he did test positive for coronavirus. But if it wasn’t just a joke and he experienced the loss of smell, that’s one of the key COVID-19 symptoms, Che very well could have had it. Hopefully if true, it wasn’t a serious case. There are a couple of vaccine-related bits in “That Damn Michael Che,” including a sketch where a hustler is selling COVID-19 vaccines out of a cooler at the barber shop while the people in the chairs debate if they’re going to get the vaccine or not. In the sketch, Che is waiting for a cut and says he’s skeptical of getting the vaccine because “what if that s— don’t work?” Che has been open about his family’s experiences with the pandemic — he lost his grandmother to the virus in April. At the time Che posted about the loss on Instagram, saying, “I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone. But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique. But it’s still scary..” “I don’t know if I’ll lose someone else to this virus. I don’t even know if I’ll be lost to this virus. Who f— knows? I shouldn’t curse,” Che wrote. “I’m just frustrated, cause there’s so much we still don’t know about it. To anybody that’s lost someone to this virus like I have, I don’t have to tell you how much it hurts. But just know what we will make it through this.” “That Damn Michael Che” is a six episode series that mixes stand up (or, rather, sit-down) comedy asides with sketches that satirize a range of topics from police brutality to sex work. “That Damn Michael Che” is now streaming on HBO Max. Read original story Did Michael Che Have COVID? Comedian Jokes About Symptoms in HBO Series At TheWrap
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The Rurouni Kenshin movies were supposed to be released in theatres in Japan last summer, but owing to the pandemic, the releases were postponed to this year.
Fun Home review – Alison Bechdel memoir-musical adaptation burrows its way into your heartRoslyn Packer Theatre, SydneyBehind the image of a picture-perfect family is a father’s torment and an artist’s attempt to grasp at the truth Small Alison (Karelina Clarke) with her closeted and gay father Bruce (Adam Murphy) in the Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Fun Home, which grapples with burning questions of identity and truth. Photograph: Prudence Upton
“Pose” alum also teases “some great scenes” with Leslie Grossman Season 10 of “American Horror Story” will feature some “very strong female energy,” star Angelica Ross tells TheWrap. “It’s not full-on lesbian/bi, but there’s some very strong female energy in this,” Ross said of the upcoming season, which is subtitled “Double Feature” and will showcase two different stories. “I pray every night that maybe God will turn me into a lesbian. It hasn’t happened yet, but at least until then, I can pay homage to all of the things that I love about lesbian women. Mainly their lack of interest in centering their lives around men as much as those of us who are a little bit more indoctrinated by patriarchy.” The “Pose” alum stars on “Double Feature” alongside franchise newcomers Macaulay Culkin and Kaia Gerber, as well as returning stars Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe and Finn Wittrock. As always with “AHS,” plot details about the upcoming season remain scarce, but co-creator Ryan Murphy teased earlier this year that the upcoming season would be the first to explore two separate stories: “One by the sea [and] One by the sand.” Ross said she is “pretty sure” she’s in both storylines, but secrecy is taken so seriously on the horror anthology that sometimes even the cast is kept in the dark. “I know a little bit only because Ryan likes me and sometimes he’ll call me or text me when he gets excited about some of the things, usually with my character,” she said. “But they do like to keep a little bit of mystery because our fans — we have a great fan base, but they love putting out any piece of puzzle. So he tries not to give us too much until it’s time.” Fans can expect some “great scenes” between Ross and Leslie Grossman this season, as well as with “Anne With an E” actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong. “She’s just so talented and it’s been so great to work with her,” Ross said. “It’s really such a privilege for me as an actor who comes from theater to feel like I’m part of a theater troupe on television, getting to play different roles every season,” she said. “I really do think that the fans are going to love this season for the mix of actors who are known to be ‘American Horror Story’ staples — Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe — with newcomers like Ryan.” Read more from TheWrap’s interview with Ross here. Read original story Angelica Ross Promises ‘Very Strong Female Energy’ for ‘American Horror Story’ Season 10 At TheWrap
“Lego Movie” duo will also produce the adaptation Universal has optioned the screen rights to the Michael Lewis book “The Premonition,” which will be directed and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller through their Lord Miller banner. Lewis, who has written several books that have been turned into hit films like “The Big Short” and “Moneyball,” has just published “The Premonition,” which tells the story of three people — a biochemist, a public health worker and a federal government employee — who tried to warn about the impending COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, only to have their concerns fall on deaf ears in the Trump Administration. Amy Pascal will also produce the film alongside Lord and Miller through her Pascal Pictures banner with Rachel O’Connor and Lord Miller’s Aditya Sood. A screenwriter has not yet been chosen to adapt the book.Lord and Miller, who first rose to prominence through work on animated films like “The Lego Movie” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” have recently turned their attention to live-action projects. The duo are also attached to direct “Project Hail Mary,” a MGM sci-fi film starring Ryan Gosling that is based on the novel of the same name by “The Martian” writer Andy Weir. Lord and Miller are repped by UTA. The option was first reported by Deadline. Read original story Phil Lord, Chris Miller to Direct ‘The Premonition’ Based on Michael Lewis Book About COVID Pandemic At TheWrap
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival selection will be released July 20 in theaters and on digital platforms “How It Ends,” described in a statement as “an apocalyptic comedy” co-written, co-directed and co-produced by Zoe Lister-Jones and her husband and frequent collaborator Daryl Wein, has been acquired by MGM’s American International Pictures label following its Sundance Festival debut, MGM announced Monday. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. AIP, which has acquired the worldwide rights, will released the film July 20 in the U.S. in theaters and on digital platforms. The movie tells the story of Liza (Lister-Jones) who travels across Los Angeles on the eve of the end of the world. While taking steps to reconcile with parents, former lovers and friends, she is accompanied by what a statement describes as “a metaphysical projection of her younger self” (portrayed by Cailee Spaeny of HBO’s “Mare of Eastown”). The film also features multiple cameos from comedy star and actors including Whitney Cummings, Tawny Newsome, Finn Wolfard, Nick Kroll, Fred Armisen, Bradley Whitford, Ayo Edebiri, Angelique Cabral, Paul Scheer, Helen Hunt, Colin Hanks, Pauly Shore and many others. “Zoe and Daryl created something truly unique with ‘How It Ends,’ which was shot entirely during one of the most surreal and challenging period in our industry’s history,” said Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisition at MGM. “The result is a charming and funny take on the last-day-on-earth genre. We’re thrilled to be able to share this film with audiences around the world this summer.” Wein, whose feature producing/writing/directing credits include “White Rabbit” and “Lola Versus,” is represented by WME Entertainment and Rain Management. Lister-Jones, who frequently collaborates with Wein and is perhaps best knows for her role in the TV comedy “Life in Pieces,” is represented by Mosaic and WME The deal was brokered on behalf of MGM/AIP by Sam Wolman, executive vice president of worldwide acquisitions and film sales, RAMO Law and Endeavor Content. Read original story Zoe Lister-Jones Comedy ‘How It Ends’ Acquired by MGM At TheWrap
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Season 2 finale — which is now the series finale — will air later next week “Prodigal Son” has been canceled at Fox after two seasons, TheWrap has learned. The second season finale of the Tom Payne and Michael Sheen-led psychological drama, which will now serve as the series finale, will air next Tuesday. “Prodigal Son” follows Malcolm Bright (Payne), a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Sheen), was a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon.” Malcolm uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders, while also still sorting out his complicated relationship with his imprisoned father. Along with Sheen and Payne, “Prodigal Son” starred Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts and Keiko Agena. The series was created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, who acted as showrunners and executive produced along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. “Prodigal Son” is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The second season of “Prodigal Son” was averaging a 0.8 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 3.8 million viewers, according to the “most current” Nielsen data, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. An individual with knowledge tells TheWrap that the decision to not renew “Prodigal Son” for a third season was an incredibly difficult one for the broadcast network, as they saw it as one of the most imaginative and intricate dramas among its broadcast competition. However, Fox ultimately thought “Prodigal Son” did not draw as strong of a response from viewers as they had hoped. “Prodigal Son” is the most recent series to be canceled at Fox ahead of the announcement of its 2021-2022 schedule, which has already scrapped “Bless the Harts,” “Filthy Rich,” “Last Man Standing” and “Next.” Meanwhile, the network has renewed “Bob’s Burgers,” “Call Me Kat,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North” and “The Simpsons” (for Seasons 33 and 34). The series currently awaiting decision are “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “The Moodys” and “The Resident.” In terms of new series for next season, Fox has ordered the comedy “Pivoting,” country music drama “Monarch,” the mob drama “The Cleaning Lady,” the Scott Foley-led “The Big Leap,” Fox’s “Fantasy Island” reboot, “Our Kind of People” and “This Country.“ Readers can find TheWrap’s recent interview with Zeta-Jones, who joined the show for Season 2 in the role of Dr. Vivian Capshaw, here. Check back with us tomorrow, Tuesday, for a post-mortem about that episode, and again next week for an interview with the showrunners and cast about the series finale. The penultimate episode of “Prodigal Son” airs tomorrow, Tuesday, at 9/8c on Fox. The series finale is set for next Tuesday, May 18. Read original story ‘Prodigal Son’ Canceled at Fox After 2 Seasons At TheWrap
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NBC also announced they won’t broadcast the 2022 ceremony.
Total usage of television among key demo was understated by 2-6% in February, according to the Media Rating Council Nielsen was undercounting viewers during the pandemic, according to an audit by the Media Rating Council (MRC). The findings come a few weeks after TV networks signaled their fear to the ratings measurement firm that their ratings were being artificially deflated. The MRC said on Monday that it believes total usage of television (TUT) by adults 18-49 — the demographic that sets the majority of ad prices — was understated by 2-6% during the month of February, which was the timeframe the MRC used to conduct the audit. Additionally, the MRC believes that “persons using television” (PUT) among that same age group was down by 1-5%. Because of the pandemic, Nielsen has not sent field agents to its participating homes, a routine procedure that helps to ensure the ratings that the company puts out every day are accurate. The TV networks are worried their ratings have been undercounted over the last year, arguing that Nielsen’s processes have been more faulty because of the lack of in-home check-ins and that Nielsen counted homes that residents may have left during the pandemic. Last month, the Video Advertising Bureau, a trade group that represents TV networks to advertisers and agencies, sent a letter to Nielsen regarding the undercounts and asked it to submit to an audit. At the time of VAB’s president and CEO Sean Cunningham’s letter, Nielsen said it was already undergoing an audit by the Media Rating Council, something that it undergoes each year. Cunningham added that the networks believe Nielsen’s counts included more “zero-viewing TV homes” than normal, and that Nielsen was grappling with “a 20% loss of the panel” during the pandemic. “While today’s MRC findings contradict months of Nielsen’s repeated public denials of any problems with their COVID data processes and results, those months of stalling by Nielsen have slowed the process of deep discovery into the full extent of their COVID data defects that is owed to the entire TV marketplace,” Cunningham said on Monday. “We believe this initial confirmation of undercounted COVID TV metrics is merely the beginning of what will come evermore to light as the MRC’s processes progress into a full audit of Nielsen’s COVID-period TV data, which needs to be an audit of unprecedented scale and scope.” The timing of this is no coincidence: Amid a long-term erosion of viewers, the 2020-21 TV season has seen an even bigger decrease in viewership. It’s also the time of the year when advertisers and their agencies set the bulk of their ad buying commitments for the next year in what is known as the Upfronts. “The impacts to estimates will vary among different demographic groups and dayparts, and percentage differences, when applied to program estimates, can be misleading because of the small size of the absolute ratings of many programs, which can distort change percentages,” the MRC said. Here is Nielsen’s statement on the MRC’s findings: “As requested by the MRC, Nielsen has implemented a thorough analysis of the estimated impact of changes in consumer viewing behaviors and its panel maintenance protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to work with the MRC on other analyses in the future. Throughout the pandemic, Nielsen has been fully transparent in collaborating with the MRC and focused on procedural changes to support its panelists, people and the integrity of currency metrics used by the industry. On Monday, the company shared its findings with the MRC. As a result of some of the COVID measures we implemented, we found that there was some understatement of audience estimates. The variance differed by daypart, demographic and program. At a high level, the February 2021 simulation analysis showed: 2-6% change on Total Usage of Television (TUT) ratings and a 1-4% change on Persons Using Television (PUT) ratings.93% of C3 P18-49 rating changes for major networks saw no more than a 0.02 change in rating points. Since early March 2021, Nielsen has aggressively returned to pre-COVID maintenance procedures and will continue to rigorously work with the MRC and its clients to understand the impacts of both the pandemic and changing consumer viewing behaviors on data and analysis.” Read original story Nielsen Undercounted Viewers During Pandemic, Audit Finds At TheWrap
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