07/03/22 Entertainment News
— Netflix stops service in Russia. The decision was announced on Sunday and Netflix said it was made in light of Russia’s intensifying invasion of Ukraine. Streaming services had previously suspended projects and acquisitions in Russia following the country’s invasion of its neighbor. TikTok also announced on Sunday that it would not allow users in Russia to post on its platform.
– “The Batman” secures the best opening weekend at the North American box offices so far this year. Variety reports that the Robert Pattison-led superhero movie has grossed $128.5 million since opening Friday. It’s the only second move to gross over $100 million in a weekend, behind “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The film is in theaters and will be released on HBO Max in about a month and a half.
— ‘No Time to Die’, ‘Nightmare Alley’ and ‘Dune’ are the big winners of the 26th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The Saturday night ceremonies were held at the Wilshire Ballroom inside the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Other winners in various categories include “Encanto”, “WandaVision”, “Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever” and Taylor Swift’s music video for “All Too Well”. The ADG Awards honor the best production designers for feature films on the big screen, television, commercials, music videos and animated films. This year’s show returned to an in-person ceremony after the COVID pandemic forced last year’s presentation to a virtual format.
– “King Richard” is the big winner at the 72nd annual American Cinema Editors Awards. The Will Smith film won the Eddie for Best Edited Feature – Drama. Other winners in various categories include “tick, tick…BOOM!”, “The Beatles – Get Back Episode 3”, “Encanto” and “Oslo”. The event took place Saturday night at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Eddies recognize film editors in more than a dozen categories, including theatrical features, documentaries and television.
>> Two TV shows on two networks canceled ahead of season two
(undated) – Two TV shows on two separate networks are canceled after just one season. The Hollywood Reporter had learned that Fox would not revive “The Big Leap”, a comedy-drama starring Scott Foley. The show only scored a point of 27 million views across eleven episodes. In the meantime, NBC won’t be bringing back “Ordinary Joe,” which would be ranked as the network’s lowest-priced original scripted series.
>>Milo Ventimiglia on his way to ABC
(undated) – ‘This Is Us’ actor Milo Ventimiglia is heading to ABC. The 44-year-old will star in a new drama titled “The Company You Keep,” based on the Korean format “My Fellow Citizens.” Ventimiglia will also executive produce the show with Julia Cohen writing the script. Ventimiglia will play a con man named Charlie who gets tangled up with a CIA agent.
>>Ryan Sheckler says “yes”
(Orange County, Calif.) – Pro skateboarder and reality TV star Ryan Sheckler is married. The 32-year-old said ‘yes’ to 25-year-old Abigail Baloun on Thursday. The bride revealed the news to fans on Instagram over the weekend, writing, “I married the love of my life.” Well-known guests attended the ceremony at the Rancho Las Lomas Botanical Gardens in Orange County, California, including Machine Gun Kelly and his fiancée Meghan Fox. The couple had a quick engagement and met while Baloun was walking his dog.
>> Leighton Meester and the guilt of his working mother
(undated) – Leighton Meester says being a working mum is the ‘ultimate guilt’. The 35-year-old “Gossip Girl” alum revealed her stress in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. She and her 42-year-old husband, Adam Brody, share two children, a six-year-old daughter and a son born in 2020. They haven’t announced his name. Meester says she struggled while filming her latest Netflix movie, “The Weekend Away” in Croatia because she had to spend time away from her family.