Thursday it was announced that Woody Allen’s latest film, “Wonder Wheel,” will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at this year’s New York Film Festival. The film stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and James Belushi in a story set around Coney Island in the 1950s.
But that wasn’t the only Allen item of the day. Variety reported that “Wonder Wheel” will also be the first film fully distributed by Amazon when it opens in theaters on Dec. 1. The company has already made fast inroads to the movie business, winning Academy Awards this year for “Manchester by the Sea” and “The Salesman,” but has up to now worked with established distribution partners such as Roadside Attractions or Bleecker Street to help get those movies into theaters.
Amazon released Allen’s 2016 film, “Cafe Society,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, in partnership with Lionsgate. The online giant also released Allen’s six-part “Crisis in Six Scenes,” in which he starred alongside Elaine May and Miley Cyrus, late last year via the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.
On Thursday, the Rolling Stones frontman released two tracks, "Gotta Get A Grip" and "England Lost," that describe, as he put it in a statement, the "anxiety, unknowability of the changing political situation" in a post-Brexit U.K.
The production is resolutely modern, built on programmed drums and clanging guitar noise. The London grime artist Skepta even joins him for a verse on "England Lost."
The MTV Video Music Awards are returning to California and getting a certified "California Gurl" to host.
Katy Perry took to her Twitter feed Thursday to announce her upcoming gig hosting -- and performing -- at the VMAs in August.
"I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” Perry said in a statement. “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids."
Turns out "Saturday Night Live" was on to something when it cast Larry David to play Sen. Bernie Sanders.
During his freewheeling appearance Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills to promote the upcoming ninth season of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," David revealed that the resemblance is rooted in reality: Sanders is a distant relative.
"He's in the line ... like a third cousin, or something," he said.
If there's one upside to the Trump administration's early-morning Twitter proclamations, it's that it gives late-night shows all day to craft their reactions.
Wednesday began with President Trump announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving in the United States military and ended with late-night hosts uniformly blasting the policy decision in hilarious fashion.
On "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert had plenty to say about Trump's tweets, which ended with an uncharacteristic "thank you."
Any time the surviving Beatles reunite on record is a historic occasion. But a new single from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr packs in even more classic-rock star power.
Starr's new song "We're on the Road Again" is one of several collaborations with his former bandmate on his new LP, "Give More Love." The song also has guest appearances from Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather.
It's a slightly goofy ode to life on the road, as Starr boasts that, "We play really tight; we play really loud" and cheekily references his own song "Photograph."
People also laugh harder when they are interested and concerned and care. When you've got people worried about what's going to happen [to a character], then you can present a laugh to them, and the laugh is far bigger.
Larry David revealed the real reason "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is at last returning after a six-year hiatus: People wouldn't stop bugging him about it.
The "Seinfeld" co-creator took the stage Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills -- joined by his "Curb" cohorts Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin and J.B. Smoove and executive producer Jeff Schaffer -- to discuss the show's coming ninth season. So, why bring back the show now after all these years?
"I'm not a misser," David told reporters. "I don't really miss things, people that much, but I was missing it. I thought, yeah, what the hell. And I got tired of people asking me if the show was coming back. I couldn't get asked that question anymore and I wasn't ready to say, 'No, never.'"
HBO, which has the hottest show on television with "Game of Thrones," recently came under fire with the announcement of a new series called "Confederate" from a team that includes "Game of Thrones" producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. The series revolves around events that lead to the "Third American Civil War" and examines an alternate reality in which the South seceded from the Union and thus, slavery is still legal.
Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, defended the project Wednesday during the premium network's session at the summer edition of the Television Critics Assn. gathering at the Beverly Hilton.
Bloys said that, in hindsight, the announcement was mishandled because it lacked the context and the vision that he received from Benioff and Weiss in discussing the series.