What Matters in Hollywood Today

7:08 AM 8/21/2017

by THR Staff

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Don your glasses, it's eclipse morning. Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky is off to a rocky start, Action Bronson is getting another show on Viceland, Anthony Scaramucci is enlisting a Hollywood PR firm and the industry is mourning legends Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory. — Matthew Belloni, Erik Hayden and Jennifer Konerman

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  • R.I.P., Jerry Lewis

    Christopher Patey

    Jerry Lewis, a comedy legend who dominated show biz with Dean Martin in the 1950s, starred in The Bellboy and The Nutty Professor, hosted the Labor Day telethon for decades, died on Sunday. He was 91. Full obit I Final interview.


    + Peter Bogdanovich: "Jerry Lewis ducked a lot of bullets — he's had so many things wrong with him over the years — but I just didn't expect to hear that he had died. I thought he was going to make it to 100, which he said he was going to try to do."

    + Martin Scorsese: "Jerry Lewis was a master. He was a great entertainer. He was a great artist. And he was a remarkable man ... I had the honor of working with him, and it was an experience I'll always treasure. He was, truly, one of our greats."

    + Robert De Niro: "Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn't miss a beat … Or a punchline. You'll be missed."

    + Daniel Noah, director of Lewis' last starring role: "I think Jerry was the most remarkable man I’ve ever known and probably will ever know. He was unbelievably complicated and shockingly self-aware. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t implement some lesson I learned from him."

    Elsewhere in TV...

    What's happening in TV this week. A planner: Game of Thrones wraps its penultimate season, The Tick reboots on Amazon and the VMAs return to MTV. Full schedule.

    Viceland plans Action Bronson nightly show. The cabler has renewed the rapper's culinary travel show, F—, That's Delicious, for a third season and is working with Bronson to develop a daily late night show slated to launch in late 2017.

    Anthony Scaramucci hires Hollywood PR firm. As the smooth-talking New York financier considers his next steps, "The Mooch" is now being represented by veteran publicist Howard Bragman. 

    ^Hollywood flocks to solar eclipse "path of totality." Seth Abramovitch notes: The event is the first since 1919 that will be visible from coast to coast. (The 1979 solar eclipse, photo above, was visible from Washington to North Dakota before cutting up into Canada.) Angelenos will see a partial eclipse, peaking at 10:21 a.m., with 60 percent of the sun's surface blocked. StoryHow to watch.

    ► AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, reviewed. The period computer drama heads into its final season bringing its rich characters and tormented relationships to the surface. Critic Daniel Fienberg's takeaway: "Pace, Davis, McNairy and Bishé are one of TV's best quartets."

    Starz' Survivor's Remorse, reviewed. Fienberg on last night's premiere: it's "a lacerating dark comedy about family and sports and the price of the American Dream. It doesn't shy from potent issues and begins its fourth season emboldened."

    HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm unveils trailer. In the latest teaser for the ninth season, the pay cabler gives creator and star Larry David the full caped crusader treatment. Watch here.

    ► Netflix unveils The Punisher trailer. Jon Bernthal stands front and center in a teaser for the next series up from Marvel and Netflix's partnership, which was unveiled as a post-credits sequence for The Defenders, the event series that dropped on Friday.

    R.I.P., Dick Gregory. The pioneering force of comedy in the 1960s who parlayed his career as a stand-up comic into a life of social and political activism, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 84. Full obit.

    New! Stephen Colbert joins Awards Chatter podcast. Late night's comeback kid discusses with Scott Feinberg the tragedy that led him to comedy, the evolution of "Stephen Colbert" on Comedy Central and why his fortunes as David Letterman's successor turned around after the election. Listen here.

  • Box Office: 'Hitman' Rules

    Courtesy of Lionsgate

    In a blow for returning director Steven Soderbergh, his star-studded heist pic Logan Lucky was mowed down at the domestic box office by The Hitman's Bodyguard despite rapturous reviews, Pamela McClintock writes: 

    + Lionsgate's Hitman's Bodyguard debuted to a better-than-expected $21.6M from 3,377 theaters. Critics snubbed the film while audiences gave the R-rated pic a B+ CinemaScore.The movie drew its fair share of females (48 percent).

    + Logan Lucky placed third with an estimated $8.1M from 3,301 theaters, the lowest nationwide start of Soderbergh's career behind the 2002 space odyssey Solaris ($6.7M). The filmmaker made the $29M film by relying on foreign presales and equity, while raising another $20M for marketing. The film boasts a stellar 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences gave it a B grade.

    Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is still going strong with $6.7M for a domestic total of $165.5M and a global haul of $392.7M. And in a third win for the studio, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman cleared the $800M mark at the global box office, including $404M domestically. Full wrap. 

    Elsewhere in film...

    China box office: Wolf Warrior 2 now second-biggest single-market film. The Chinese juggernaut climbed to $769M and nudged aside Avatar in the single-territory charts, with only Star Wars: The Force Awakens' having earned more from one territory.

    ► Box office milestone: Girls Trip crosses $100M in U.S. The Universal film is the first R-rated comedy to cross the mark at the domestic box office since Bad Moms achieved the same feat in 2016.

    + The Conjuring horror universe passes $1B. With the latest film Annabelle: Creation earning more than $110M worldwide, New Line Cinema’s cinematic universe has is thriving at the global box office.

    Behind Steven Soderbergh's release strategy. In recent weeks, the filmmaker has done a flurry of interviews saying he wants to buck the traditional Hollywood model for releasing movies. What actually happened.

    ^Oliver Stone to head jury of troubled Busan Film Festival. The director will lead the jury of the main competition, New Currents, this coming October, organizers of the South Korean event said today. Details.

    Producer Joel Silver sued for wrongful death in assistant's drowning. Carmel Musgrove's estate, and her parents, are suing Silver; his company, Silver Pictures. They claim she was fed drugs and alcohol before drowning during a star-studded trip to Bora Bora in 2015.

    Emmett/Furla hit with $4.5M fraud lawsuit over Inconceivable. Baker Entertainment says its co-producers have violated several key terms of their deal, while Emmett/Furla says the suit is "bogus and frivolous."

    Shaft reboot casts Independence Day actor. Jessie T. Usher is in talks to star in New Line's Shaft sequel, Son of Shaft, with Tim Story at the helm. Samuel L. Jackson is also in negotiations to return for the new film.

    Rep Sheet Roundup: Paradigm and APA are opening music-focused Toronto offices with agents from UTA’s just-shuttered outpost. ... Veteran TV producer Cindy Chupack has signed with UTA … Michael Carbonaro, star and exec producer of truTV’s The Carbonaro Effect, has signed with CAA. ... Orange Is the New Black alum Lauren Lapkus has signed with 42West. More here.

  • Stars of Beverly Hills High

    Courtesy of Seth Poppel/YEARBOOK LIBRARY

    Yes, those are the yearbook photos of Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage and Jamie Lee Curtis. For an oral history of Beverly Hills High, Michael Callahan talked to alumni and celebs who recall prom night, partying at Marvin Gaye's house and staging plays with "sets flown in from Broadway" on the campus that turns 90 this year. Full feature. 

    What else we're reading...

    "Crowded TV marketplace gets ready for three tech giants." John Koblin reports: "The arrival of Apple, Facebook and Google means that the hypercompetitive world of scripted TV is going to become even more ferocious." [The New York Times]

    "How YouTube became the worldwide leader in white supremacy." Bob Moser writes: "When Google promises to 'curb' extremism on its lucrative video platform, it means nothing more than keeping advertisers happy." [The New Republic]

    "The Emmys must bring back the best part of their old telecasts." Austin Elias-de Jesus's case to bring back "the B-Roll that announces the nominees for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series." [Slate]

    "Why you can’t download all the streaming media you want." David Pierce notes: "Paying customers should have access to all of the content a service offers, anywhere and everywhere you want." [Wired]

    "Brands are now blacklisting mainstream news sites, including Fox News." Yuyu Chen reports: "Political tensions have reached a point where some brands are perceiving mainstream news outlets as too controversial, leading media buyers to pull ads from those sites." [Digiday]

    "Singer of secrets." Nick Paumgarten profiles St. Vincent: "In the follow-up to her breakthrough experimental album, is Annie Clark making a grab for pop success?" [The New Yorker]

    "How Europe is fighting back against fake news." Scott Roxborough writes: "From new fact-checking software to fining Facebook and shaming Twitter, Europeans hope to prevent a tide of disinformation from influencing national elections and spreading hate." Full story. 

    What else we're seeing...

    + John Oliver's latest tackles the storage of nuclear waste. [Last Week Tonight]

    Today's birthdays: Hayden Panettiere, 28, Laura Haddock, 32, Alicia Witt, 42, Carrie-Anne Moss, 50, Kim Cattrall, 61, Peter Weir, 73.