Ariana Grande and The Weeknd just dropped their third collaboration.
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Kelly insisted he was wearing Balmains in hugely mocked photo, but it looks like he rocks a much cheaper knock off Newsmax weirdo Greg Kelly, who has made something of a career out of telling the most bizarre tall tales and falsehoods on Twitter, found himself the object of ridicule twice over on Thursday after he posted a photo of himself wearing absolutely cringe cargo pants, and then attempted to deflect mockery by claiming they were actually $1000 designer pants. So, first Kelly tweeted out this photo with disgraced former president Trump — who just four months ago incited a deadly riot in an attempt to overthrow the government because he lost an election, in case you forgot. “Chillin’ with 45!” Kelly said, adding that he was wearing a pair of Bugle Boy jeans. Chillin’ with 45! (And yes. Those are BUGLE BOY jeans I’m wearing) pic.twitter.com/g8EwzRgrAs— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 6, 2021 For those of you unaware, Bugle Boy was a brand of menswear that specialized in pants and jeans with elaborate stitching and often asymmetrical designs and odds numbers of pockets. They were especially popular in the late 1980s through the early 1990s but the company went out of business in 2001. They were honestly pretty cool — until they weren’t of course and yes, Kelly’s pants do look a lot like the kind of thing Bugle Boy would have sold. People clowned on him about it and that must have made him pretty self conscious, because 3 hours after the original tweet, he followed it up with what we assume he intended to be a definitive shut-down of his critics. “Everyone busting my CRACKERS over the “pants”–(partially my fault because I called attention to them with the Bugle Boy comment). The truth is, they’re BALMAIN (the most prestigious brand in PANTS)–my shoes are by Ferragamo. Basically, I’m a Sharp Dressed Man. Thank you!” Kelly said. Everyone busting my CRACKERS over the “pants”—(partially my fault because I called attention to them with the Bugle Boy comment). The truth is, they’re BALMAIN (the most prestigious brand in PANTS)—my shoes are by Ferragamo. Basically, I’m a Sharp Dressed Man. Thank you ! pic.twitter.com/sDgtoGy9Ol— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 6, 2021 Now first, we have no idea what “busting my crackers” means. We guess he was trying to avoid using the word “balls,” but there already exists a minced oath version of that expression, which uses the word “chops.” So who knows. In any case, Anyway, while we would contest the assertion that wearing those pants in combination with loafers makes anyone “sharp dressed,” we do concede that Balmain cargo pants are super expensive — even an on-sale pair costs nearly a grand — and would, if true, mean that Kelly did indeed splurge like a baller on his tactical dad jeans. Alas, it looks like Kelly’s baller dreams are just that — dreams. Because one eagle eyed tweeter noted that he appears to be wearing a cheap knock off. Actually they are 96.99 from aliexpress. Balmain cargo pants only have 1 zipper pocket but the knock offs have 2. Odd thing to lie about. pic.twitter.com/PaTFQmSumM— 🌷Michelle🌷 (@Irish_Rose14) May 7, 2021 While we can’t say for certain how much the pants he’s wearing cost, TheWrap can confirm that they are indeed not Balmains. (Which do, in fact, have just the one zip pocket.) Anyway, see a sample of some of the more amusing reactions to this weird mess below: Nobody:Absolutely no one:Pants in 90s comic books: https://t.co/kDV2ziWlvp— IFY (@IfyNwadiwe) May 7, 2021 YO U GOT THE MALLMAINS WITH THE FERRAGAMO LOAFS AND THE VAN HEUSEN WRINKLE FREE SHIRT / BLAZER COMBO TF IS HAPPENING HERE GREGORY? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/E2JFA26cZq— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) May 7, 2021 Are these the pants you were wearing when you smoked jazz cigarettes and ended up in Kenya https://t.co/AmovGRDIDW pic.twitter.com/Dda6M1aPE0— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) May 7, 2021 Tough day for Balmain and Ferragamo. https://t.co/lhiuaX06LG— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 7, 2021 I always wondered what kind of dude pays $1200 for cargo PANTS. pic.twitter.com/ZXb4bfngrs— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 6, 2021 nigga rocking khaki mallmains https://t.co/3mAuCJsGEJ— big baby🧸 (@BIGBABYSCUMBAG) May 7, 2021 Everyone busting my CRACKERS over the “pants”—(partially my fault because I called attention to them with the Bugle Boy comment). The truth is, they’re BALMAIN (the most prestigious brand in PANTS)—my shoes are by Ferragamo. Basically, I’m a Sharp Dressed Man. Thank you ! pic.twitter.com/0zrosgXo5f— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) May 7, 2021 I’ve never seen a better argument for celibacy in my entire life #MyEyes https://t.co/rduwlOEuhW— Tara Dublin Wrote A Whole Book in Lockdown (@taradublinrocks) May 7, 2021 TFW you think you’re fancy but you have no idea how to properly dress https://t.co/u8nuhTgmsF— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 7, 2021 When you wanna impress an elderly racist, but also gotta be prepared to defend wall Maria from a Titan attack at a moment's notice https://t.co/PSOtZQFYS8— Rafi Schwartz (@TheJewishDream) May 7, 2021 I’ve seen a lot of fashion BUT this Balmain & Ferragamo look . . NO 😏 pic.twitter.com/1zC5Dzvwaa— TRUE FASHIONISTA NOW (@tfnow) May 7, 2021 Hard to know where to begin with these trousers, but the least obvious point may be the 8 or more inches of excess inseam, stacked Spandex-style above his decidedly normal loafers. https://t.co/w5uE3AfSgN— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) May 7, 2021 Decidedly normal loafers? Those are Ferragamos, sir— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) May 7, 2021 Read original story Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly Clowned for Claiming He Wears $1,400 Cargo Pants At TheWrap
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Kimmel pokes fun at Jenner’s interview with Sean Hannity During his monologue Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel took a moment to talk about Caitlyn Jenner’s interview the night before with Sean Hannity — and his takeaway is that the California candidate for governor is an “Ignorant a-hole.” Before he got there, Kimmel talked about the interview, “what they called a town hall with Sean Hannity. There was no town, and no hall, but there was Sean Hannity pretending to be interested in Caitlyn’s take on a variety of subjects including her inexplicable affection for Donald Trump.” Then Kimmel rolled a clip in which Jenner talked about how Trump “did some things that I agreed with, some things I didn’t agree with,” and then said she liked that Trump was a “disruptor” who “came in and shook the system up.” Sidebar: One way Trump “shook the system up” was by dramatically escalating bigoted policies aimed at taking away the rights of transgender people. Anyway, back to Kimmel, who said about that “shook the system up” comment, “he shook the system so hard he lost custody of it. He’s… child protective services had to come in and stop him from shaking the system.” Then Kimmel talked about one of the weirder moments during the interview, when Jenner tried to tell a relatable, everyperson story about how bad California is — but ended up just sounding like an out of touch, entitled rich person. She was in her private airplane hanger for the interview with Hannity, and she told Hannity that someone else who also has a private hanger in the same location claims he’s leaving California because he just can’t tolerate seeing homeless people anymore. So to restate: A very, very wealthy person tried to connect with voters by telling the story of another very, very wealthy person who would rather move out of state than do anything to help the homelessness problem. “Ah, homeless people, can’t walk around ‘em, can’t fly over ‘em,” Kimmel joked. “Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a-hole? Or does calling that trans person an ignorant a-hole even though she happens to be a trans person show that we don’t discriminate against ignorant a-holes… it’s a tough one, I don’t know, I guess we’ll let the internet decide tomorrow.” Watch the whole monologue above. Kimmel’s remarks on Caitlyn Jenner happen around 4 minutes in. Read original story Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out ‘Ignorant A-hole’ Caitlyn Jenner’s Homelessness Comment (Video) At TheWrap
Well, “good-ish” Elon Musk will make his SNL debut this Saturday, which comes out the day before Mother’s Day, and in a promo clip for the episode he promised to bring his best in honor of his mom. In the promo for the upcoming May 8 episode, Musk and musical guest Miley Cyrus were joined by cast member Cecily Strong. Musk told viewers from behind a bank robber-esque black bandana, “I am a wild card, so there’s no telling what I might do.” Cyrus agreed, and added, “same here. Rules, no thanks.” Then Strong reminded them both that it’s the show’s 2021 Mother’s Day episode and both their moms were going to be in the audience. After that, both Musk and Cyrus quickly changed their tune and Cyrus joked, “forget what I said.” “I will be good-ish,” Musk said before the clip ended. Both Miley and Elon are tight with their moms — Cyrus matriarch Tish Cyrus has managed Miley for 16 years and recently designed Miley’s new 6,800 square-foot home in Southern California. Elon’s mom, Maye Musk, is a fierce supporter of her son’s seemingly never-ending tech ventures and told People Magazine that she knew Elon was a “genius” by the time he’d turned three. While some “SNL” cast members, like Bowen Yang, Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd don’t seem too thrilled about the billionaire hosting this upcoming episode, some fans — and fellow cast member Pete Davidson — are pretty amped to see Musk step into, well, whatever characters he and the “SNL” cast figure out for him. Check out the teaser for Musk’s upcoming “SNL” episode below. ELON MUSK. MILEY CYRUS.THIS SATURDAY pic.twitter.com/6miGBj90XJ— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) May 7, 2021 Read original story ‘SNL': Elon Musk Promises to Be Good in Promo for Mothers Day Episode (Video) At TheWrap
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Tucker is holding out for a hero to stop COVID safety measures at weddings Kevin Bacon was on Tucker Carlson’s mind Thursday evening — the Fox News host spent several minutes of his show playing clips from Bacon’s 1984 hit movie “Footloose,” comparing the story about a small town that bans dancing to new coronavirus precautions Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser has enforced that don’t allow dancing at weddings. Previously, weddings weren’t allowed in D.C., but the district will allow them with venues at no more than 25% capacity and without standing or dancing receptions. Other states, like Illinois and Michigan, have similar precautions in place with the like-minded goal of keeping coronavirus infections to a minimum. Tucker cut to an interview Bowser gave on CNN where she defended her decision, and said, “I think there’s a lot of good to a wedding like people starting off their lives together and doing it in a safe way and not doing it in a way that puts themselves or their guests in danger.” Tucker was, predictably, not a fan of the ordinance, and retorted, “Muriel Bowser is one of the least impressive, most irrational political leaders in the history of the country, and her order is among other things, stupid and crazy.” He also repeatedly called Bowser an “Ayatollah mayor,” adding seemingly casual Islamophobia into the rant. Tucker also said that safety isn’t the main concern at wedding functions, throwing in what sure sounded like a bit of casual homophobia. “The most important thing about a wedding is the wedding, it’s the marriage between a man and a woman and if that’s too dangerous for you, don’t come.” “It used to be that only religious crazies, the extremists on the radical right, were against dancing. There was a whole movie about it in 1984,” Tucker said, before cutting to a clip of “Footloose” where Kevin Bacon gives his emotional speech declaring, “this is our time to dance.” “Yeah, Kevin Bacon, an inspiration to potential brides and grooms all across the District of Columbia,” Tucker said. “If you’re as brave as Kevin Bacon, this could be your wedding,” he added, once more cutting to “Footloose.” A few minutes later, Tucker brought on “The Five” co-host Jesse Waters for a horrifically awkward conversation about the no-dancing mandates which included Waters claiming that weddings are a “safe space” for “white guys with no rhythm.” Waters argued that weddings are for dads “the only time of year you can bust a move and not be totally humiliated.” Hey, go ahead and dance like no one is watching, Jesse Waters. Trust us, no one is. Check out the clip at the top of the page, and remember — even a federal judge recognized that Tucker Carlson isn’t a credible source of news, and that no one should interpret his show as delivering facts. Read original story Tucker Carlson Acts Like COVID-19 Safety Is ‘Footloose’ (Video) At TheWrap
Longtime series regular will have his final episode on May 20 Jackson Avery is checking out of Grey Sloan Memorial. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams is exiting the ABC medical drama later this month, leaving after more than a decade with the show, TheWrap has confirmed. His final episode will air on May 20. “Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift,” showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement. “Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.” Williams joined the series for Season 6 and was promoted to series regular the following year. His character was a fan-favorite along with Sarah Drew’s April Kepner, who was written off the series ahead of Season 15. Drew returned a heavily teased appearance on Thursday’s episode to give fans a final farewell to the on-screen relationship. Williams’ exit comes as “Grey’s Anatomy” awaits a formal pickup for Season 18. The show has not yet been renewed, but is expected to return for another season pending new deals with several of its main cast members, including series star Ellen Pompeo. “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie,” Williams said. “As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds. The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.” Deadline first reported the news of Williams’ exit. Read original story Jesse Williams to Exit ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ At TheWrap
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“I can’t believe someone’s letting us do this,” Scardino tells TheWrap Peacock’s new comedy “Girls5Eva” features, naturally, a number of musical performances throughout its eight-episode run, but given pandemic filming restrictions, those numbers look a little bit different than your typical late-’90s, early-’00s pop concert. “I put one performance in an abandoned mannequin factory because I thought it would give us a few more bodies in crowd shots, which was kind of cool,” series creator Meredith Scardino said in an interview with TheWrap. “It was definitely like throwing me into the deep end as a first-time showrunner, but I was really always amazed at how everybody rallied and made things happen, and I’m really proud of the product that we made.” The series, which counts Tina Fey and Robert Carlock among its executive producers, centers on a one-hit wonder girl group from “an entire Zendaya” ago who reunites to take another stab at success. Boasting a cast of heavy-hitters including “Waitress” star Sara Bareilles, “Hamilton’s” Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Cougar Town” star Busy Phillips and longtime “SNL” writer Paula Pell, the series is the latest in a string of comedies to mine the turn of the millennium for laughs, riffing on cultural touchstones like MTV and 9/11. “All of our flashbacks are within ‘TRL,’ or within ‘MTV Cribs,’ or camcorder footage, or some crappy bridge and tunnel network that did a piece on their manager, Larry,” Scardino said. “I came of age kind of around Y2K … So it just seemed like a good way to tell stories about how you felt about life back when you were a young idiot, but also super optimistic and didn’t know any better.” The show’s rapid-fire jokes and off-kilter sensibility calls to mind other projects from Fey and Carlock, including “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the latter of which Scardino also wrote on. “Girls5Eva’s” surprise appearance by Fey on as a hallucinatory Dolly Parton, at least, would not have been out of place on either show. “Tina played her during the table read and was hilarious doing this great impression with no preparation,” Scardino said. “She just did it. And her impression is amazing. Just seeing her in that outfit playing one-on-one basketball with Sara Bareilles. Like, I can’t believe someone’s letting us do this.” Read TheWrap’s full interview with Scardino below. Peacock I imagine it couldn’t have been easy to put together a show where performance is a key component, at a time like this. What was the timeline like for these episodes and how did it all come together? So I’ll tell you maybe too much, but basically I pitched this series in, I think it was September, before the pandemic. And I was writing on “Mr. Mayor,” and we all flew out there and did a bunch of pitches and sold it and then it was like, OK, great. I’ll start it up after I wrap this season of “Mr. Mayor.” And then in March, obviously the world shut down. And we were just like, OK, well, we’ll just wait. And wait. And then a certain point, we decided we were going to make it a virtual room. One silver lining that was kind of cool, was that it opened me up to be able to work with L.A.-based writers who I hadn’t normally worked with. And then we went into production in October and wrapped in February. So, to my knowledge, we were one of the first shows to go back, and it was definitely – everyone was so grateful to go back to work, which was wonderful. We had an amazing COVID team that just tested us constantly, but it definitely was a challenge. We would lose our permits or we would have a location and then we suddenly would lose that location, have to pivot. We constantly had to pivot and change locations. It was very challenging to be like, OK, how do we shoot this so we don’t need a huge crowd? I put one performance in an abandoned mannequin factory because I thought it would give us a few more bodies in crowd shots, which was kind of cool. [Laughs]. But you know, everybody rallied in such an amazing way to pull off the season. It was definitely like throwing me into the deep end as a first time showrunner, but I was really always amazed at how everybody rallied and made things happen, and I’m really proud of the product that we made. How different is the final show from what you had envisioned in September? I always had it planned to have sort of a handheld feel when we could. We had a really amazing DP, John Inwood, who worked on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and, I think, “30 Rock” as well. And he would always just make things look beautiful, and he was always very useful in working with me to figure out which scenes we could give that kind of energetic handheld feel. Yes, ideally, I would have loved to have more crowd feedback, more interaction with fans more just just populate the scenes with humans, with bodies to make them feel a little bit more authentic. But I do feel proud of the work that our directors did, I don’t think it would look wildly different from how it came out. In terms of the ’90s/Y2K nostalgia aspect of the show, what were the elements of that time period that you really wanted to riff on, or saw a lot of opportunity to play with? Well, all of our flashbacks are seen through a camera. That was a style that we thought of very early on, that seemed like it would be a nice way to delineate the past from the present. So if you look at it, all of our flashbacks are within “TRL,” or within “MTV Cribs,” or camcorder footage, or some crappy bridge and tunnel network that did a piece on their manager, Larry. Or, you know, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” celebrity edition or “Larry King Live.” Some of those are still around, but using those pieces of archival footage just felt like a fun way to look back. You know, I’m in my 40s and like I came of age kind of around Y2K, turn of the century. Like, I was in my late teens, early 20s kind of thing. So it just seemed like a good way to tell stories about how you felt about life back when you were a young idiot, but also super optimistic and didn’t know any better. And then also where we are now, the things I’m going through now. Were there any experiences that you had personally that you really wanted to be part of the show? The most personal thing in the show for me, I think, is just the “New York Lonely Boy” story. I have a 3-and-a-half-year-old son, and he’s just the best. And people are always asking me, “Are you gonna have another?” and I’m like, “No, he’s a New York Lonely Boy, he’s great.” I’ve been calling him that – I called him that in the “Mr. Mayor” room and the “Kimmy” room. That’s just always been like my shorthand for it, this kid who’s great around adults and, you know, makes friends with the super and all that stuff. And when it came time to figure out that story, it was like, yeah, we should talk about this, about her worrying about it. And then I happen to know that John Slattery had an only child – I actually saw him walking around the city one time, I think it might have even been Father’s Day. And it was just him and his adult son, and they looked like they were best friends. And I was thinking, “Wow, that seems like a great relationship.” I do feel like I’ve noticed it – I don’t know why – that it’s more common with sons. I have no idea if that’s true, but it felt very personal to write that song. And have Jeff arranged it and help shape it and have The Milk Carton Kids cover it. That was just, such a wonderful experience. Sara Bareilles has done some acting before, in “Waitress” and a few other things, but this does feel like something different than we’ve seen from her before. How did you settle on her as the center of the show? When I wrote the first episode and Tina and I were talking about who should play Dawn, Sara was top of our list. Because Tina had not seen her in “Waitress” – I’ve seen the show, but I didn’t get to see it with Sara in lead role. Tina was just like, “She’s so good. She’s amazing.” And, actually, when she co-hosted the Tonys with Josh Groban, they did a little bit of comedy. And she’s a natural, she’s really, really good. She just has this super-natural delivery and great timing. And, obviously, she’s like, the most monstrously talented musician. And Tina somehow convinced her to do it, but it is so cool to see her in the show and always see, like, “Oh my God that she can do this and this and this. We can write to that, and we can write to that” – just like discovering all of this as we were going. Like, she’s a really good physical comedian. She can fall down in an amazing way. Renee Elise Goldsberry is also a hugely accomplished actresses and singer, but I don’t think that we’ve seen anything quite like this from her before either. How much fun is it to write for that character knowing that you can throw anything at her and she’ll be able to deliver it? It’s amazing. She’s so committed. And she’s so good. She always knows — I mean, everyone in the cast was always really prepared, which I so appreciated especially when we really under the gun shooting-wise, but Renee was so fun to write for. There was a line in the pilot where she just sings the end of a line, “because of the voice God put in my mouth.” And it became an invitation for us to just let her like, bust into song more often because she’s so proud of her amazing voice. And that became really, really fertile territory for us as writers. She’s such a gift to write for, because she can also bank a lot of emotional turns within a line. She’s great. So aside from “New York Loney Boy,” do you have a favorite song? So, we did nine full songs, and Sara wrote “Four Stars,” which is the end of the season. That’s the one that could make me cry it’s so beautiful. And I can’t believe she wrote a song for the end of the series, and it’s just the perfect anthem for these four women. The stupidest song that I love is “The Splingee,” which is their dance-craze song and you see it at the top of Episode 7, but if you listen to the credits it continues and it’s just kind of this absurdly difficult, long dance sequence. That was really fun to write. Like, I was just sitting there trying to think of difficult dance moves to cram into a song and Jeff Richmond, who composed the music and shaped so much of it, he really – it’s insane. When you read it, the lyrics are insane, but he made it into a really fun, earworm-y song. I think that’s my favorite behind “New York Lonely Boy.” And then I also love “Famous 5eva,” the theme. So I guess I have four favorites. [Laughs] I also wanted to ask about Tina’s Dolly impression, how did that come about? It’s so funny. She has this amazing voice. She’s such a good mimic that she can unlock people and really make these amazing impressions. So we had the idea in the script that a hallucination of Dolly Parton is Dawn’s mentor for an episode when she follows the Dolly Parton method of not eating and not sleeping to write a song. We went out to Dolly Parton – we’re all huge fans – and we were like, “Is there any world where we could get Dolly Parton during a pandemic while she’s in another state?” I’m not even sure that request got to her. I truly have no idea. But we tried really hard to get the real Dolly to play Dolly Parton, and then it just kept getting closer and closer shooting. So Tina played her during the table read and was hilarious doing this great impression with no preparation. She just did it. And her impression is amazing. Just seeing her in that outfit playing one-on-one basketball with Sara Bareilles. Like, I can’t believe someone’s letting us do this. Heidi Gutman/Peacock All eight episodes of “Girls5Eva” are available to stream on Peacock. Read original story ‘Girls5Eva’ Creator Meredith Scardino on Y2K Nostalgia and Tina Fey’s Dolly Parton Impression At TheWrap
Episode 36: Plus, does Caitlyn Jenner stand a chance? This week on “TheWrap-Up,” hosts Sharon Waxman and Daniel Goldblatt discussed the sweeping changes undertaken by the HFPA, CNN’s Rick Santorum problem and Caitlyn Jenner’s run for office. Then, following an LA Times exposé into the culture at ICM Partners, many are wondering if this will lead to change within the Hollywood management community. We discuss with TheWrap’s film editor Beatrice Verhoeven and film reporter Umberto Gonzalez. Finally, Donald Trump remains banned on Facebook but the social media company’s Oversight Board left some questions about his future on the platform unanswered. TheWrap’s tech reporter Sean Burch drops by to help us make sense of it all. SUBSCRIBE: Apple | Spotify | Omny Studio | Stitcher | Google Podcasts “TheWrap-Up” is hosted each week by founder and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman and assistant managing editor Daniel Goldblatt. The pair dive into the biggest headlines of the week in the world of movies, television, streaming and tech. Each episode features two deeper dive segments featuring our knowledgable and talented team of Wrap Pro reporters, offering up their in-depth, expert analysis you won’t hear anywhere else. Read original story ‘TheWrap-Up’ Podcast: Trouble at ICM, Facebook’s Donald Trump Problem At TheWrap
The Clancyverse may already be taking shape (This article does not contain any spoilers for “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” on Amazon Prime Video, unless you consider a character’s name to be a spoiler) In a lot of ways, Tom Clancy was ahead of his time with his many novels that took place within a shared universe — as opposed to just doing a bunch of more traditional sequel stories like most novel series do — but the film adaptations were always one-offs that never really added up to anything as a whole. But that could very well be changing now, as Amazon and Paramount might be in the process of firing up a Clancyverse built to more modern standards, starting with the “Jack Ryan” series and now with “Without Remorse.” But there’s a big catch that we’ll discuss further down. If a Clancyverse is indeed in the card, it’s starting with a two-pronged approach, first with “Jack Ryan” focusing on, well, John Krasinski’s Jack Ryan and now with “Without Remorse” introducing the man who will become John Clark — played in past films by Willem Defoe and Liev Schrieber, and now getting the Michael B. Jordan treatment. We’re still in the early stages of this whole deal — “Jack Ryan” and “Without Remorse” have no characters in common at all. But “Jack Ryan” will get its third season later this year, and “Without Remorse” ends with a pretty clear sequel tease for a “Rainbow Six” movie. “Without Remorse” does, however, include a direct line to “Jack Ryan,” thanks to an original character who is related to a major character from Tom Clancy’s novels, who has featured prominently in most of the Jack Ryan-focused movie adaptations as well as the “Jack Ryan” show. That new character is Karen Greer, played by Jodie Turner-Smith — the niece of one Jim Greer. Most folks know James Earl Jones as the face of Greer, since he played the character in “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” Morgan Freeman then played what is generally considered to be a reworked version of the same character named William Cabot in “The Sum of All Fears.” And these days Wendell Pierce has been taking on the role in “Jack Ryan.” Given that “Without Remorse” does not make any other reference to characters from “Jack Ryan” or anything that happened on that show, we can’t even really begin to guess at the significance of Karen Greer’s existence. For now, it just feels like a nod to the greater franchise, but in such a small way that her appearance doesn’t come with any promises about what’s coming next. That’s smart. While that “Rainbow Six” movie and another season of “Jack Ryan” are on the way, it’s probably for the best to see how things go before jumping straight to the big crossovers — we saw how well that worked out for the DC film universe. We should point out that “Without Remorse” was not, as far as we know, conceived as being part of a shared universe with “Jack Ryan.” The film was originally slated for a theatrical release from Paramount, and it only ended up with Amazon because the pandemic closed most theaters for a year. It’s possible, then, that Turner-Smith’s character was not originally even supposed to be Jim Greer’s niece. Aside from the one mention of her uncle, Karen Greer’s family relations have no bearing on this story at all, and that’s a detail that could easily have been added in reshoots or post-production. That bit of info sparks a bunch of new questions, but the main one is about whether “Without Remorse” actually represents the beginnings of a streaming Clancyverse, or if Paramount will continue on these Michael B. Jordan movies out as their own separate thing in theaters. That’s a question we don’t have any answers for just yet. Read original story ‘Without Remorse’ Has a Very Important Connection to Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Show At TheWrap
Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media holds 95% of the business publisher Forbes Media LLC is in exclusive talks to be acquired by a group led by Michael Moe’s GSV Asset Management. The deal would be worth about $650 million, Reuters reports. The acquisition is not yet final but GSV has just about a month to reach an agreement with Forbes before the exclusivity period expires. “We have no comment, but investors have consistently shown interest in Forbes, which has produced three years of record results,” Forbes spokesman Matthew Hutchison said in a statement. “2021 is shaping up to be a strong year as well.” GSV has yet to comment. Founded by B.C. Forbes in 1917, Forbes is one of the oldest media outlets in the United States. It is known for its rankings of the world’s wealthiest people and most influential companies. In 2014, the business magazine was sold to the Hong Kong-based investment group, Integrated Whale Media Investments. Integrated Whale Media currently holds 95% of the publisher and the Forbes family holds the remaining 5%. Chinese conglomerate HNA Group attempted to acquire a majority stake in 2017 but ultimately left the negotiations empty-handed. At the time of the Integrated Whale Media acquisition, Forbes was valued at $475 million. In the last seven years the publisher has successfully amplified its digital presence and its market value in the process. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes managed to continue operation of key programs like its “Under 30” events by simply moving them online. The company says its digital platform now reaches more than 140 million people with 40 global editions. Forbes isn’t the only legacy media property up for sale. Tribune Publishing is currently in the midst of a bidding war between hedge fund Alden Global and hotel magnate Stewart Bainum. Read original story GSV Investor Group in Talks to Acquire Forbes Media for $650 Million At TheWrap
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Sony’s adaptation of Delia Owens’ novel follows a woman living alone in the marshes of North Carolina Sony Pictures announced on Thursday that it has set “Where the Crawdads Sing” for release on June 24, 2022, with 3000 Pictures handling the release. Produced by Reese Witherspoon and directed by Olivia Newman, the film is an adaptation of Delia Owens’ bestselling novel of the same name. Set in the 1950s, the story follows Kya Clark, a young woman abandoned as a child in the marshlands of North Carolina. She has become a local legend known as the Marsh Girl, but lives peacefully in solitude. But when two young men from the nearby town come out to befriend her, Kya begins to open herself up to the possibility of a new life… until the unthinkable happens. The film will star Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr. and David Strathairn, with Lucy Alibar writing the script. Lauren Neustadter will produce with Witherspoon, and Jon Wu, Rhonda Fehr and Betsy Danbury will executive produce. Films currently set for release in June 2022 include Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” on June 9, Disney/Pixar’s “Lightyear” on June 17 and Lionsgate’s “Shotgun Wedding” on June 29. Read original story Reese Witherspoon-Produced ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Set for June 2022 Release At TheWrap
Adam Aron and AMC will also each make a $50,000 donation to r/WallStreetBets’ ape conservation charity campaign AMC Theaters is still losing money as movie theaters around the world wait for more major blockbusters to arrive, but CEO Adam Aron was still very upbeat at Thursday’s earnings call, and the millions of Redditors and Robinhood traders that boosted his company’s stock earlier this year. Aron said that over the past quarter, AMC has taken in approximately 3 million new shareholders thanks in large part to r/wallstreetbets, which picked AMC along with a few other companies like GameStop and Bed Bath and Beyond as targets to buy stock in given their status as companies that hedge fund groups were short-selling. As a result, AMC’s stock exploded overnight on Jan. 27 from around $5/share to just under $20/share, allowing the company to use the surging stock to lighten its debt load by approximately $600 million while day trading app Robinhood placed a brief freeze on stock purchases in companies targeted by Reddit users. Even now, AMC’s stock is above where it was during the COVID-19 pandemic at $9/share. While the r/WallStreetBets phenomenon has been a media curiosity and has triggered a mad dash in Hollywood to turn it into documentaries and true-story dramas, Aron was earnest in his praise of his company’s new shareholders. While he did not mention the Reddit site by name, he did refer to them as AMC’s “vocal, enthusiastic and avid new shareholder base.”“These individual investors likely own a majority of our shares, they own AMC. We work for them. I work for them. By definition, their interests and passions are important to AMC, their ambitions and passions are important to me,” he said. As a token of appreciation, Aron announced that both he and AMC would each make a $50,000 donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, a conservation fund dedicated to protecting endangered mountain gorillas. The campaign is a nod to r/WallStreetBets users’ references to themselves as “Apes,” sharing references to films like “King Kong” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as they encourage each other to hang on to their shares in AMC despite any downturns. AMC reported a loss of $567 million this past quarter, during which movie theaters began the slow process of reopening as the COVID-19 vaccination process began. Since then, with over 120 million people vaccinated in the U.S. and all of AMC’s locations among the 60% of theaters that have reopened nationwide, the chain has seen a slow increase in revenue over the past month thanks to films like “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Mortal Kombat” and “Demon Slayer,” and hopes to see that increase escalate as summer blockbusters like “A Quiet Place — Part II,” “In the Heights” and “F9” become some of the first major blockbusters to hit theaters as the pandemic subsides in the U.S. Read original story AMC Theatres CEO Gives Shout-Out to Redditors Who Boosted Stock: ‘I Work for Them’ At TheWrap
Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing Kaitlyn Dever, the star of “Booksmart” and “Unbelievable,” is attached to star in “Rosaline,” a comedic and revisionist take on Romeo and Juliet, for 20th Century Studios, according to an individual with knowledge of the project Shawn Levy & Dan Cohen are producing via their 21 Laps banner. Emily Morris and Becca Edelman overseeing the project for 21 Laps. Sarah Shepard is overseeing for 20th Century Studios. Karen Maine is attached to direct the project. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “500 Days of Summer”). “Rosaline” is described as follows, In this modern twist on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, we see “the most famous love story ever told” through the eyes of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline, a sharp but idealistic young woman–who happens to be Romeo’s recent ex. What begins as an attempt to foil the famous romance and win back her guy, becomes a journey of self-discovery as she ultimately works to help get the star-crossed lovers back together. Kaitlyn Dever is the star of the comedy “Booksmart” and the crime miniseries for Netflix “Unbelievable,” which scored her a Golden Globe nomination. Last week, Dever joined the cast of “Ticket to Paradise,” a romantic comedy set at Universal and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. She’ll also be seen in another Universal film in the upcoming adaptation of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” She’s currently filming the Hulu series “Dopesick” alongside Rosario Dawson and will star in the feature “No One Will Save You” from writer and director Brian Duffield. Dever is represented by UTA. Deadline first reported the news. Read original story Kaitlyn Dever to Star in 20th Century’s ‘Rosaline’ About Romeo’s Pre-Juliet Love At TheWrap