Allegations Against Les Moonves Are Taking Its Toll On His Legacy -
The allegations of improper conduct against Les Moonves is beginning to cause a ripple effect..
The name of the CBS boss is being removed from a media center at USC. A University of Southern California statement says Moonves and his wife requested that their names be temporarily removed until the investigation concludes. Meanwhile, the USC School of Cinematic Arts announced that it has suspended Moonves from its Board of Councilors.
CBS has hired outside investigators to handle the probe into the allegations that Moonves denies.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
*Johnny Depp - is turning the tables on ex-wife Amber Heard two years after she accused him of domestic violence. The actor reportedly filed court documents accusing Heard of assaulting him after an April 2016 dinner party as part of a libel lawsuit against British tabloid The Sun. Depp claimed Heard violently punched him twice in the face after he showed up two hours late to her 30th birthday dinner.
*A Katy Perry Surprise - When Katy Perry was told that 8-year-old Grace Moores couldn't attend the singer's show in Adelaide, Australia, on Monday because she was recovering from brain surgery, she surprised Grace at her house.
*ALF - A reboot of the 1980s sitcom ALF is now in the works at Warner Bros. from the original writers. The show, starring the friendly alien ALF (Alien Life Form) who lands in the home of a middle-class family, would reportedly focus on ALF returning to Earth, with a new family and characters. The original series ran for four seasons on NBC.
Netflix Is Taking On A George Orwell Classic -
Netflix is turning George Orwell's novel “Animal Farm” into a movie. And why not? It’s timely.
Andy Serkis will reportedly direct the performance-capture film about a group of farm animals who rebel against their humans for independence. Orwell has said that the novel was written as an allegory for Stalin's Soviet Union.
Serkis is perhaps best known for being Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Producing will be Matt Reeves, who has teamed with Serkis before on the “Planet of the Apes” films, is stoked. “To see Orwell’s classic tale brought to life in a totally new and exciting way is an absolute dream.”
Jennifer Aniston did an interview with her friend Molly McNearney — Jimmy Kimmel‘s wife — for InStyle‘s September issue & she set the record straight about a few things. She said: "It’s pretty crazy...The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken.”
She continued, “And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?”
*Nicole Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming movie about the women of FOX News. Charlize Theron is already attached to star as Megyn Kelly. (Hollywood Reporter)
*CNN is going ahead with a final season for Anthony Bourdain's hit series Parts Unknown. Though only one episode was completed before his June 8th death, producers will reportedly use audio of the chef "gathered while shooting on location" for the other shows. (L.A. Times)
*Hulu has given a six-episode series order to Shrill starring SNL cast member Aidy Bryant. It's based on the memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by feminist writer Lindy West.
*Amazon has canceled Dangerous Book for Boys after one season.
AT THE MOVIES THIS WEEKEND:
*CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Fantasy)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A working-class family man encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
WHO'S IN IT? Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Toby Jones, Jim Cummings
- The movie mixes live-action with CGI.
- Jim Cummings has been the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh since 1988.
- Goodbye Christopher Robin, a 2017 bio-pic about Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne, was released last fall.
*THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME (Comedy)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Best friends unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one discovers that the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.
WHO'S IN IT? Mila Kunis, Sam Heughan, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux
- Kate McKinnon had a childhood crush on Gillian Anderson, who appears in the film.
- Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis co-starred in the Family Guy episode "Peter's Sister."
- The title is a play on the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
THE DARKEST MINDS (Sci-Fi)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.
WHO'S IN IT? Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Bradley Whitford
- Based on Alexandra Bracken's young adult novel of the same name.
- Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, best known for the Kung Fu Panda movies.
- The budget was $34 million.