*Michael Jackson On Broadway - A new show inspired by Michael Jackson's life is currently in the works and is expected to hit Broadway in 2020. The biographical musical's score, of course, will be drawn from Jackson's own catalog of hits, starting with the Motown he sang as part of the Jackson 5 and going through his solo career, including iconic albums like Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad. The book for the show will be written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, while "ballet luminary" and Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
Would you see a new movie with Kevin Spacey in it?
*Kevin Spacey was replaced in All the Money in the World last year following allegations of sexual misconduct. But the actor remains in the upcoming Billionaire Boys Club.
Vertical Entertainment, the production company behind the drama, has explained why they didn't give Christopher Plummer a call. In a statement to The Wrap, Vertical Entertainment said, “We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behavior — that were not publicly known when the film was made almost 2.5 years ago — do not tarnish the release. We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it. At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theaters, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences.”
Vertical adds, “In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film.”
Billionaire Boys Club, about a group of young men who run a Ponzi scheme, stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts and Rosanna Arquette. It hits video on demand on July 17th.
*The Gotti movie is the worst reviewed movie of the year -- and the filmmakers aren't having it.
The John Travolta mobster bio-pic, which opened over the weekend, got a big fat zero rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This week, the official Twitter account for the movie slammed the critics, writing, "Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself!"
An accompanying video claims: "Critics put out the hit. Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind a keyboard?"
The audience did seem to enjoy Gotti more than the pros. The Rotten Tomatoes' Audience Score was 69 percent on Tuesday night.
In a statement, Rotten Tomatoes responded that the rating was legitimate. “We closely monitor our platforms and haven’t determined there to be any problems. All of the reviews were left by active accounts.”
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad/Kick-Ass actor (29)
Josh Lucas, actor (47)
Nicole Kidman, actress (51)
John Taylor, Duran Duran bassist (58)
Michael Anthony, Van Halen bassist (64)
John Goodman, actor (66)
Lionel Richie, singer (69)
Anne Murray, singer (73)
Brian Wilson, Beach Boy (76)
Danny Aiello, actor (85)
Olympia Dukakis, actress (87)
Fox Entertainment Talent Calls Out Their Company Over Fox News Child Separation Coverage -
Two major TV show creators are voicing their disgust at working under the same umbrella as Fox News.
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan are taking exception to the positive coverage of President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
MacFarlane tweeted his frustration about Tucker Carlson saying he believed the opposite of what the media was reporting at the border. “This is fringe s---, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”
Levitan echoed his sentiments saying “Let me officially join Seth MacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bulls--- is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for.” He later said he would leave 21st Century Fox after his show ends.
Judd Apatow supported the two by also tweeting. “We all choose who to work with. I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this.”
Fox News hasn’t responded.Source: NBC News
Congratulations to 43-year-old Eva Longoria, who gave birth to her first child, a baby boy.
She and husband Jose “Pepe” Baston announced their good news on Spanish-language social media. Their son is named Santiago Enrique Baston. He weighed almost 7 pounds.
Eva wrote (quote) “We are so grateful for this blessing.” (Entertainment Tonight)
*It's Ice Cream Soda Day, National Bald Eagle Day and World Refugee Day
#Summer starts tomorrow. What are your favorite summer activities?
*It's #IceCreamSodaDay. What's your favorite flavor?
*Today marks the 117th birthday of fictional bloodsucker Edward Cullen. (Twilight)
*The L.A. County District Attorney has rejected Nicole Eggert's sexual molestation claims against Scott Baio, TMZ reports. The D.A. cites the statute of limitations. Nicole claimed her Charles in Charge cast mate assaulted her between ages 14 and 17 back in the '80s. Baio says he only had sex with Eggert when she was 18.
*Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel has given birth to her second child, a baby boy. She and fiancé Hermann Nicoli are also parents to son Anacã.
*Bill Cosby has lost another honorary degree. This time Northwestern University took back the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters they gave the comedian in 1997.