Tom Hanks is doing what he can to help the fight against the coronavirus. He shared photos on Instagram of his trip to a doctor's office on Wednesday to donate more of his blood plasma. "Plasmatic on 3! 1, 2, 3 PLASMATIC! Hanx," he captioned a picture of a doctor holding up two full bags of his plasma. An additional two photos shared by the star show his arm hooked up to an IV. This is the second time in just under a month that the star has aided in the fight against coronavirus with a donation. In late April, the actor similarly took to Instagram to share with his millions of followers just what the process looked like. “Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag!” he wrote on Instagram. “After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap. Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx.” Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were both diagnosed with the novel virus back in March while Hanks was filming his upcoming movie in Australia, and the pair have been open about their recovery process since.
Here are the top 10 movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
The Vast of Night
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
The Ghost of Peter Sellers
MTV is exploring its options for staging its annual Video Music Awards live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30th,” said an MTV spokesperson. “The health of everyone involved is our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere.” Although a traditional production, with both celebrities, musicians and fans all in attendance, is the hopeful goal, an individual with knowledge of the plans adds that the network’s contingency plans include virtual performances or an audience-free ceremony.
Nearly a week after Scott Baio tried to bait Wanda Sykes on Twitter, the comedian has issued her response, apologizing for the delay and taking a jab at the former “Happy Days” star in the process. The exchange began last week when Baio called out Sykes for supporting Joe Biden despite controversial remarks made by the presidential candidate during an interview on “The Breakfast Club.” Baio tweeted at the time, “Hey @iamwandasykes why is it okay for @JoeBiden to say something clearly racist but @therealroseanne gets kicked off of her own show that YOU are a writer on, for making a mistake? Is it because you’re a full of s—, hack liberal?” “Oh! Hey Chachi. Apologies, I didn’t see you,” Sykes wrote in her response yesterday. “I’ll keep it short. Joe Biden didn’t say, ‘Then you ain’t an ape.'” She continued, “Well, let me get back to work…I hope you enjoy whatever it is that you do.” Biden came under fire after a radio interview last Friday in which he said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Biden later walked back the statement, calling it “really unfortunate.” At the time, Wanda Sykes suggested that Biden’s comment should be taken as a bad joke. “Biden feels at home speaking to the Black community,” she wrote on Twitter. “He made a joke. Comedy ain’t easy, but he didn’t say 2 go shoot Clorox in our t**s. Now, I wouldn’t make a blanket statement to say that voting for Trump means you’re not Black. I would say that it means you’re not smart.”
Jamie Foxx has defended Jimmy Fallon after a resurfaced SNL clip from 2000 showed the talk show host impersonating Chris Rock in blackface. Foxx weighed in on the matter on social media, where he told Fallon he had nothing to apologize for after the comedian said he was “very sorry” for taking part in the sketch. “Bro you ain't got to apologize for s**t,” Foxx told Fallon in the comments section of his most recent Instagram post. “You are a comedian... and a great one at that. You did an incredible impersonation of Chris Rock... it was not black face... we did a show called in living color where we did a Characters from every race... You are all the way good... keep doing you my friend! You are necessary!” He followed up in a second comment, “Some of y'all didn't even see the sketch... relax and laugh! It's Others out here that really don't care bout ya... use that energy for them!!! But leave my mans alone.”
While The Mandalorian is responsible for cutting-edge technological advances in TV production, the Disney+ hit is also responsible for a change in how Golden Globes are awarded to actors. According to Variety, the issue was star Pedro Pascal's portrayal of the title character. Specifically, the mysterious bounty hunter is bound by a creed not to remove his helmet -- and so his face remains covered until the final episode of the first season. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, had a rule stating, "voice-only performances are not eligible in any acting category," a mandate primarily intended to address animated films, making Pascal ineligible last year for an acting award nomination. However, the HFPA has now declared that because Pascal's face was ultimately revealed, albeit briefly, he isn't considered a voiceover-only performer, and so would have been eligible for nomination last year. While Pascal voices the Mandalorian -- the character's name is Din Djarin, by the way -- the actor's not always the man in the armored suit. Brendan Wayne, incidentally the grandson of John Wayne, also performs the character while helmeted, as does martial artist Lateef Crowder for some of the fight scenes.
Jimmy Fallon is catching heat on social media over a resurfaced 2000 “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring the former cast member in blackface. Fallon went viral on Twitter Monday night following a tweet with the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty, and a 20-year-old “SNL” clip featuring Darrell Hammond and Fallon, face painted brown, doing an impersonation of Chris Rock. The vintage skit, posted by @chefboyohdear, is captioned with the sentence, “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface. Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface.” “I know I did not just open Twitter and see that Jimmy Fallon did blackface in 2000. Nobody is safe from Twitter when we got this much time in our hand. First Lana, then Doja Cat, and now Jimmy Fallon. Please let me catch my [breath]. #jimmyfallonisoverparty,” said a bewildered @ratgang48 on Twitter. “Hello RDJ anyone?? #jimmyfallonisoverparty,” wrote @nova_mare beside a GIF of Robert Downey Jr. in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder,” where he played a white actor who had been cast to play a black Vietnam soldier in an ill-fated period flick. “[Unfortunately] this gets mentioned/tweeted about once a year without a peep of an apology from @jimmyfallon,” tweeted @thatchelseagirl, along with a link to a 2019 Jezebel.com article calling out Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman over their own long-past transgressions. Kimmel and Silverman, for their parts, responded to the controversies at the time of their resurfacing. Some initial reactions were exasperation over so-called “cancel culture.” “Y’all whack. How long ago was this? Was this [‘SNL’]? No one can be famous anymore bc we’ve all done something the society of 20 years from now doesn’t like???????? can we stop with trying to cancel people on their [past] and focus on the present?” argued @NancyLovesMJ. “Well, Fallon shouldn’t have did what he did but hey guys . . . why not cancel Loren Michaels? He approved the sketch. Too, LM has a problem giving POC and WOC a seat at [the ‘Saturday Night Live’] table for the last 50 years,” asked @_rockN_rolla.
UPDATE: FALLON APOLOGIZES
Jimmy Fallon has apologized for donning blackface in a resurfaced 2000 “Saturday Night Live” skit that had many calling to “cancel” him. He issued a statement yesterday in a tweet and thanked fans for holding him “accountable.” “In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he wrote. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
J.K. Rowling is releasing a new book, The Ickabog, for free online. The author, best known for writing the Harry Potter series, shared the first two chapters of the new children's book yesterday. Chapter 1, "King Fred the Fearless," introduces the setting of Cornucopia, a tiny country ruled by a long line of "fair-haired kings." Chapter 2, "The Ickabog," recounts the legend of the Ickabog, a monster rumored to be living in a marsh. Rowling will release new chapters of The Ickabog each weekday for the next seven weeks. She made it clear on Twitter that the book is not a Harry Potter spinoff. "Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog," the author wrote. "Anyway, over the last few weeks I've done a bit of rewriting and I've decided to publish the Ickabog for free online, so children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them," she said. Rowling shared more details on her website. "The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn't intended to be read as a response to anything that's happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country," she said.
Amazon is developing a “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series. The show will be based on the books by Stieg Larsson but will “take the iconic and much-loved character Lisbeth Salander and place her in today’s world – with a new setting, new characters, and a new story that will resonate with fans of the original and thrill a whole new generation.” The “Millenium” series of novels comprises six books, the first three of which — “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” — were authored by Larsson and published after his death. The series centers on Lisbeth Salander, a hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist. The book series has twice before been adapted for the screen. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace starred in a Swedish film adaptation directed by Niels Arden Oplev in 2009 and later reprised their roles for two sequels.
Turner Sports’ “The Match: Champions for Charity” became the most viewed golf telecast in the history of cable television, with an average of 5.8 million viewers tuning in over the weekend. The charity event saw Tiger Woods and NFL legend Peyton Manning team up to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in match play at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida. The match raised $20 million for COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, including one set up by the American Red Cross, and ended in a one-hole victory for Woods and Manning.
As Denzel Washington was driving in West Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, he saw a homeless man in the street, according to TMZ, which also obtained footage of the incident. Washington, who was wearing a protective face mask, got out of his car and helped the man, who was not wearing a mask, to safety and stayed with him after the police arrived. At one point in the footage, the actor was also seen giving the man something to eat and drink. Although police initially detained the man for unknown reasons, he was quickly released.
Focus Features has announced plans to release its new comedy Irresistible via video-on-demand platforms on June 26. Comedian Jon Stewart wrote and directed the film, which stars his former The Daily Show collaborator Steve Carell and Bridesmaids alum Rose Byrne. The movie is about a Democratic political consultant who helps a retired Marine colonel -- played by Chris Cooper -- run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town, according to a press release. Byrne plays the manager of a rival campaign. The cast also includes Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne. Focus said it will cost $19.99 to rent the film for two days. The release is scheduled as most U.S. theaters remain closed due to social-distancing practices enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection to their role in the college admissions scam, the US Attorney's Office in the District of Massachusetts said. Loughlin and Giannulli had been accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits. They had pleaded not guilty for more than a year and moved to dismiss charges as recently as two weeks ago. As part of the plea agreement, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months in prison, subject to the court's approval, according to authorities. In addition, Loughlin faces a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service, and Giannulli faces a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service. They are scheduled to plead guilty today at 11:30 a.m., prosecutors said.
Netflix has started to terminate accounts that people haven’t used the service for a year or more. The company announced that it is notifying customers who haven’t watched anything for 12 months since they subscribed whether they want to keep their membership. Netflix also is reaching out to those who haven’t streamed anything in the past two years. If Netflix members do not confirm that they want to keep subscribing, the company said, it will automatically cancel their subscription. Such inactive accounts represent less than 0.5% of its overall member base, representing “only a few hundred thousand,” Netflix director of product innovation Eddy Wu wrote in a blog post yesterday. Once Netflix does terminate an inactive account, it will keep favorites, profiles, viewing preferences and account details for 10 months, so in the event someone decides to sign up again they can reinstate their accounts as they were.
Here are the top 10 DVD rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Director Michael Bay is cashing in on the increasingly viral pandemic movie craze with a new thriller about a virus that never goes away. The Paramount film’s announcement comes just as world governments are starting to reopen in anticipation of the end of the coronavirus scourge. The dystopian downer, entitled “Songbird,” will purportedly depict a world just two years in the future where the pandemic has mutated into something even worse after lockdowns are lifted prematurely, reports Deadline. Not much is disclosed beyond that, however the movie will reportedly be in the vein of films like “Cloverfield” and “Paranormal Activity,” sans the supernatural elements. Instead, Deadline suggests that the more realistic “Songbird” will be rife with “government conspiracy and paranoia” much like the prescient pandemic thriller “Contagion.” “Songbird” will be shot in mid-lockdown Los Angeles starting in five weeks.
NBC’s “This Is Us” may not resume production until January 2021 due to the pandemic, actor Jon Huertas said yesterday. “I was just on the phone with Dan Fogelman and we were talking about, you know, we may not go into production until January, depending on whether or not there’s a second wave,” Huertas, who plays Miguel Rivas on the show, said during a live-streamed video call with Gov. Gavin Newsom and other industry leaders. “When we talk about the protocols and the guidelines that we may be following when we go back into production, it’s really kind of daunting to all of us. The actors, we talk all the time.”
The legal team for Joe Exotic -- real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- is in the nation’s capital, with hopes of springing the “Tiger King” star free from his life behind bars. Eric Love, who is the lead counsel on Maldonado-Passage's team of top lawyers, told TMZ Live yesterday that the group is looking to gain the president’s attention and with intense luck, a presidential pardon for the former big cat zoo owner. Part of their efforts includes riding around in a tour bus with a sign that reads: “President Trump Please Pardon Joe Exotic.” The wrap on the bus also displays Maldonado-Passage's “Team Tiger” moniker as well as his face plastered on its side. The seven-part “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” docuseries for Netflix follows Joe Exotic in his exploits as a zookeeper, country musician, aspiring politician and arch-rival of fellow big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin. Maldonado-Passage was handed a 22-year prison sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Baskin.
Notorious law firm hacker group “REvil” have shifted their ransom target from President Trump to Madonna as they demand at least $1 million for info on her. The hacker group that breached a celebrity law firm last week released a trove of emails mentioning Trump, and claimed that they will publish much more damaging material if they aren't paid a ransom of $42 million. On Monday, REvil revealed they had sold the Trump documents to a secret buyer, stating, “Interested people contacted us and agreed to buy all the data about the US president …We are pleased with the deal and keep our word.” REvil, thought to be from Eastern Europe, stole private emails, contracts and personal details from New York-based entertainment law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. The hack was revealed last week, when the law firm representing such stars as Lady Gaga, Lizzo and Madonna confirmed that it had suffered a massive breach. The group are now demanding at least $1 million for details on Madonna. “We are preparing to auction Madonna data … The buyer has the right to do whatever he sees fit with the data,” they said on Monday.
The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled another major movie release — and proved a boon for AppleTV+. “Greyhound,” a World War II drama written by and starring Tom Hanks, will now premiere in 100 countries on the six-month-old streaming service and skip a traditional wide release. Apple has not announced a new release date. In the drama, produced with Hanks and wife Rita Wilson’s Playtone Productions, Hanks plays George Krause, a captain of a Navy destroyer during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film was originally supposed to be distributed by Sony Pictures on June 21 for Father’s Day weekend. Instead “Greyhound” will become the biggest film release so far for AppleTV+, an emerging competitor for Netflix and Amazon.
Charlize Theron's movie The Old Guard is coming to Netflix in July. The streaming service shared a premiere date, July 10, and a poster for the new superhero film yesterday on Twitter. The poster features Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts, Luca Marinelli and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The actors play the titular Old Guard, a group of immortal mercenaries who are able to heal from any wound. "It's a hard world out there, even for immortals. The Old Guard is coming to Netflix on July 10th," the post reads. The Old Guard is based on the Greg Rucka comic book. The movie is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Theron, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Theron plays Andromache the Scythian, aka Andy, a warrior who wields a two-handed battle axe. The actress underwent months of training to perform the action scenes in the film. "I've never had to do anything like that," Theron recently told Entertainment Weekly. "You have to learn to fight with that ginormous thing in a way where you don't kill the person that you're fighting with." The Old Guard centers on Andy (Theron) and Nile (Layne), a U.S. Marine and new recruit to the Old Guard.
Katy Perry is kicking off this year's GMA Summer Concert Series. She will perform live on Good Morning America on Friday. "I am so thrilled to announce that I am going to be kicking off Good Morning America's 2020 Concert Series. That's right. I am going to start it off with my brand new song, 'Daisies.' It will be a very exciting event," Perry said in a message that aired on GMA yesterday. "Please don't miss it. I will see you there. Love you, GMA." "Daisies" is the lead single off Katy's upcoming fifth studio album, due out on August 14.
The following DVDs are out today:
Sonic the Hedgehog - Starring Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough.
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him. (Rated PG)
Emma - Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Angus Imrie, Letty Thomas, Gemma Whelan.
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends. (Rated PG)
The Way Back - Starring Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Janina GSavankar, Michaela Watkins, Brandon Wilson.
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption. (Rated R)
Brahms: The Boy II - Starring Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson.
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms. (Rated PG-13)
Netflix has announced that Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy will premiere on July 31. Stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Justin H. Min, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher announced the release date yesterday in a video that paid homage to the show's "I Think We're Alone Now" dance scene. The cast jammed out to the song while practicing social distancing from home. "On October 1, 1989, seven extraordinary humans were born. On July 31, 2020, they return," Netflix said. The Umbrella Academy is based on the Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Ba comic book of the same name. The first season arrived onto Netflix in February 2019.
If Justin Bieber could go back in time, he says he'd do some things differently. He opened up about his troubled past on his and wife Hailey Baldwin's Facebook Watch series "The Biebers on Watch," specifically when the topic of sex came up. "If I could go back and not have to face some of the bad hurt that I went through, I probably would've saved myself for marriage," Bieber said with Baldwin by his side. He continued that, as "crazy" as it sounds, he believes sex can complicate relationships before marriage. "Sex can be kind of confusing when you're just being sexually active with anybody. We went there. It's just true," he said. "I probably would have saved myself for marriage," Bieber added. Baldwin said she doesn't know if she would have remained celibate before saying "I do" but understood where husband was coming from. "I do agree with the fact that being physical with someone can make things more confusing," she said.