Cats estimated to lose up to $100 million

It’s no secret Cats hasn’t gotten off to a good start, but it appears it’s projected to have an equally rough finish. According to Deadline, the Universal/Amblin/Working Title film is estimated to lose at least $71 million dollars after costs– that is if Cats can hit at least $100 million at the box office worldwide. Its box office loss could be even higher — up to $100 million, some rival executives predict — if revenues fall below that worldwide mark. Cats had a production budget of $90 million plus an additional estimated $115 million global P&A costs. That doesn’t count estimated home entertainment costs and global P&A, which could touch down around $226 million. With a star-studded cast including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, audiences and critics had fairly high hopes for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s beloved feline-centric musical. But doubts began to surface after the first trailer arrived, then solidified with the second. Then came the critics’ negative reviews, followed by Universal’s attempt to get a new version of the film into theaters. By the time opening weekend was done, the movie had only made $6.5 million, falling far behind other holiday blockbusters like […]

Cooking clues suggest Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik are back together

Gigi Hadid has fuelled rumours she and Zayn Malik are back together after sharing a photo of herself cooking a dish devised by the singer’s mum on Instagram. The 24-year-old supermodel has posted a picture of a selection of ingredients online, revealing they are from Trisha Malik’s pasta salad recipe. Zayn’s mum reposted Gigi’s picture and shared a screen grab on her own account of a throwback video of Gigi revealing that her favourite restaurant was “my boyfriend’s mum’s kitchen”. The exchange prompted fans of Gigi and Zayn’s to speculate that the former couple had rekindled its romance, 10 months after the pair called it quits. Some followers suggested Gigi and Trisha were cooking in the kitchen together, but neither made that clear. Reports from November suggested that Gigi and Zayn were back on speaking terms following her split from The Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron. The former couple started dating back in 2015 after Zayn called off his engagement to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, but called time on their relationship in March last year (18), announcing the split by posting statements on their social media profiles. The singer and supermodel later rekindled their romance in June (18), but the […]

Spotify Suspends Political Ads Until Tighter Vetting Is Possible

Spotify will suspend all political ads in 2020, citing a need for tighter vetting tools and systems, Ad Age and Variety report. The announcement comes amid ongoing criticism of online platforms whose ad standards lag behind other media, allowing misleading or malicious content to reach voters. In a statement to Variety and Ad Age, Spotify said, “We do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our processes, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content. We will reassess this decision as we continue to evolve our capabilities.” Ads embedded in third-party content such as podcasts won’t be affected. Earlier this year, Facebook controversially moved to exempt political ads from its accuracy standards. Major platforms such as Twitter and Google have either banned paid political ads or pledged to prohibit false statements. Read Pitchfork’s feature on “How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

R.I.P. Lee Mendelson, producer of Peanuts TV specials dies at 86

Lee Mendelson, who produced over 50 Peanuts TV specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas, has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Mendelson died at home on Christmas Day, his family told the Palo Alto Daily Post. Son Jason Mendelson commented, “It wasn’t great for us, but to have him pass on Christmas really ties into his history and legacy.” Born March 24th, 1933, Lee Mendelson broke into show business with A Man Named Mays, a 1963 television documentary about baseball great Willie Mays. A few weeks later, as Mendelson told Stanford Magazine, he was reading the Peanuts comic strip and was struck by inspiration. He thought to himself, “you’ve just done the world’s greatest baseball player, now you should do the world’s worst baseball player, Charlie Brown.” What began as a documentary about creator Charles Schultz eventually morphed into 1966’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Mendelson hired animator Bill Melendez to bring the comic strip to life, and brought in composer Vince Guaraldi to create the now iconic Peanuts score. Mendelson pitched in musically as well, penning the lyrics to “Christmastime is Here”. A Charlie Brown Christmas earned Mendelson his first of 12 Emmy wins. Over the course of his career […]

Justin Bieber announces official 2020 pop comeback

Justin Bieber has served up a Christmas treat for fans by announcing plans to release a new album and tour in 2020. Bieber teased his big reveal on Monday (23Dec19) and then released a video, filmed in an abandoned gas station near Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve, explaining all about his plans for the New Year. The Baby star is also revving up a docu-series. “As humans, we are imperfect,” Bieber says in the video. “My past, my mistakes, all the things that I’ve been through. I believe that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. God has me right where he wants me.” Describing his new album – his first since Purpose in 2015, he adds, “I feel like this is different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life. It’s music that I love the most out of anything I’ve done.” Playing in the background of the video is his single Yummy, which drops on 3 January (20). It will feature on the singer’s fifth album, which has yet to get a title or release date. Bieber’s North American arena/stadium tour will begin on 14 May at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington and […]

The 10 Best Adaptations of A Christmas Carol

Page to Screen is a regular free-form column in which Matt Melis explores how either a classic or contemporary work of literature made the sometimes triumphant, often disastrous leap from prose to film. This time, he soars alongside the Ghost of Christmas Past to revisit the very best adaptations of A Christmas Carol. Check your humbugs with the girl at the door. “In everybody, there is a thing that loves children, fears death, and likes sunlight, and this thing enjoys Charles Dickens.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton “Okay, kids. That’s enough Dickens for one day.” — Mr. Garrison, South Park “I’m up to my chestnuts in Dickens.” — Me Most people know the gist of Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole and are familiar with the basic itinerary of Wendy’s red-eye to Neverland. Thanks to Judy Garland, even more can probably recount Dorothy thumbing her way across Oz with three strangers. However, I’d be surprised if any tale in the Western literary canon has been embedded in our cultural DNA more thoroughly than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The phrases “Bah, humbug!” and “God bless us, every one” jokingly pass our lips as shared allusions, and the name Scrooge itself (whose etymology traces back to an obscure verb meaning “to squeeze” or […]

Cardi B has reportedly donated $5,000 worth of toys to a children’s charity for Christmas

The ‘Bodak Yellow’ hitmaker may have her own daughter to buy for this festive season, but she wanted to make sure kids less fortunate than 17-month-old Kulture have something to unwrap on December 25 as well so she splashed out the lump sum at a local Target. The 27-year-old rapper was spotted visiting the retail store in Miami, Florida, on Friday (20.12.19) where she bought games, dolls, car sets and many more sweet gifts. She then had all her purchases put onto a U-HAUL truck, which she had rented out for the day, with the help of the staff and shipped off to her chosen children’s charity. It’s not known where Cardi sent the toys but she has previously spoken about wanting to help out children in need in New York City, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com. The ‘I Like It’ hitmaker has no doubt spoilt her daughter Kulture, whom she has with her husband Offset, this festive season as she spent over $100,000 on her first birthday in July. Cardi and Offset reportedly commissioned celebrity jeweller Eliantte to create a pendant and chain inspired by little Kulture’s favourite TV show, ‘Word Party’, and the custom piece was made […]

Ariana Grande Releases New Live Album k bye for now

Ariana Grande has released a new live album from her 2019 Sweetener world tour. It’s called k bye for now (swt live)—give it a listen below. Grande announced the record earlier this month. The tour behind Sweetener, released in summer 2018, ended up spanning the campaign behind thank u, next, which arrived five months later. Sweetener won Grande her first Grammy, for Best Pop Vocal Album; thank u, next picked up several nominations for the 2020 awards. Since that record, Grande has served as an executive producer for the soundtrack to the Charlie’s Angels reboot. https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/1209006047874207744 Pitchfork RSS Feed

Terry Gilliam rips Black Panther: “I think the people who made it have never been to Africa”

Terry Gilliam doesn’t think Black Panther is worth the hype. In a recent interview, the former Monty Python member and director said the people behind the film “have never been to Africa” and claimed the movie’s ability to give “young black kids” something to believe in is “bullshit.” IndieWire sat down with Terry Gilliam to interview him about his new film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. When the subject of Marvel movies came up, he spewed out the above comments. And when they asked him if he thought Black Panther only received that much hype because of its commitment to “identity politics”, Gilliam replied that “it makes my blood boil.” “I hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit. I think the people who made it have never been to Africa,” he said. “They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.” (Read: Top 20 Films of the 2010s by Black Directors) Strong feelings and strong claims! But in actuality, the team […]

The Front Bottoms share new single “Camouflage”: Stream

The Front Bottoms have released a new single called “Camouflage”. It’s the group’s first new music since releasing the 2018 EP Ann.  “Camouflage” is a crisply produced track that opens with radio feedback and isolated vocals before turning into a blown-out pop punk track about mental breakdowns, budding crushes, and trying to blend in. In its corresponding music video, a black-and-white clip directed by Mark Jaworski, The Front Bottoms trek the country in a van and start to lose track of where they are. In a press statement, the band explained the inspiration for the single, “We spent a lot of the last year reflecting. There was a lot to think about, a lot to stress about, and a lot to be happy about. We feel lucky about it all, but it’s getting hard to separate real life and the music, or tell which parts even belong to us and which parts belong to you. That’s the best though. We retreated for a while, learned some stuff, then came back and learned some more.” (Read: Top 50 Albums of 2019) Check out “Camouflage” below. While the single is not technically tied to an upcoming release, or at least one that […]