What We Learned From the 2019-2020 TV Upfront Presentations

After a near-week of parties, comedians saying the darndest things, and broadcast networks’ attempts to convince advertisers that they are still culturally relevant, the annual upfront presentations are over. While we may have a better understanding of what trends are in store for the 2019-’20 television season, many of the questions going into this week […]

Why Hollywood’s Boycott of the Georgia Film Industry Isn’t Cut and Dry

On May 7, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 481, known as the “Heartbeat Bill” that restricts abortion after six weeks into a pregnancy, into law. The measure effectively bans the procedure, as most women don’t know they’re pregnant that early, and has been met with widespread condemnation from pro-choice citizens, politicians, and celebrities. The […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Hits Series-High Ratings Ahead of Finale

Game of Thrones fans might be grumbling about the show as its sprints towards the last episode, but they’re certainly not tuning out. The penultimate episode of the HBO smash (entitled “The Bells”) boasted the show’s highest-ever ratings, attracting 18.4 million viewers, HBO said in a statement. That’s 600,000 higher than the previous record, set […]

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman faces months behind bars after she pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. college admissions scandal for paying $15,000 to cheat on her eldest daughter’s entrance exam. Huffman wept as she discussed her daughter with U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston on Monday. Devin Sloane, a Los Angeles-based water-services executive, also pleaded […]

Here’s What the Networks Are Picking Up and Dropping for the 2019-2020 TV Season

Television’s annual upfront presentations kicked off Monday, continuing the ritual of networks attempting to dazzle Madison Avenue with its latest offerings for advertising dollars. As networks iron out their lineups for the 2019-2020 TV season, there are some familiar patterns surrounding both new and returning shows. For one, superhero shows like The CW’s Supergirl and […]

Doris Day, Singer and Star of ’50s and ’60s Romantic Comedies, Dies at 97

Doris Day, the bubbly, blonde actress and singer who starred in “Pillow Talk” and other romantic comedies in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and who later became an animal-welfare advocate, has died. She was 97. She died Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home, according to the Associated Press, which cited the Doris Day […]

Why ‘Detective Pikachu’ Will Probably Outperform ‘Sonic’ at the Box Office

Pok?mon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters this weekend and could be a rarity: a live-action video game adaptation that’s a mainstream box office hit. Between fan buzz, analyst projections, and some critical praise, Detective Pikachu might just overcome a longstanding pattern of video game box office bombs. As Hollywood races to find new intellectual property to […]