Mowgli adjusting to life in the jungle appears to parallel Netflix’s attempts to adjust to life in movie theaters.
The streaming giant on Wednesday unveiled a new trailer for Andy Serkis’ reboot of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” just as it announced that the latest live-action/CG retelling will be released in limited theaters on Nov. 29 ahead of its streaming debut on Dec. 7.
“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” Serkis’ directorial debut, has already seen a number of production delays since it was announced in 2012. Finally, in July, Netflix acquired the rights to the film from Warner Bros. in a deal that marked the platform’s biggest acquisition of a finished film to date.
Voters in the Songwriters Hall of Fame will have a chance to get their freak on next month, with Missy Elliott scoring an opportunity to join the 2019 class.
The organization announced its complete slate of nominees on Thursday, featuring a bevy of big names, including Mariah Carey, John Prine, Chrissie Hynde and Vince Gill.
Elliott, who has written and produced songs for Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Beyoncé, is the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If inducted, she will become just the third rapper — after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri — in the hall.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has confirmed that a movie based on the hit series is in the works, though he’s not sure he’ll be a part of it.
“There appears to be a movie version of ‘Breaking Bad,’ but I honestly have not even read the script. ... I have not gotten the script, I have not read the script,” he said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“So there's a question of whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie. ... Think about that one!" Cranston told the sports-talk host, dissolving into faux-maniacal laughter.
There were rumors — and fingers crossed — that she might appear, but nothing had been officially announced.
So when Joni Mitchell attended Wednesday night’s “Joni 75,” a birthday celebration in her honor, she gave the star-studded tribute concert an immediate jolt of excitement and poignancy. (The two-night affair kicked off Tuesday, but Mitchell did not publicly attend that performance.)
Prolific actress Emma Thompson became a dame on Wednesday and promptly used her new title to ask for a kiss from Britain’s Prince William. Alas, her hopes were dashed.
“I love Prince William. I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other,” the 59-year-old English star told the Associated Press. “I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No, don’t!’”
Though the two-time Oscar winner has known the honor was coming since seeing her name on Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honors List last June, she was presented with her investiture pin at Buckingham Palace by the prince on Wednesday. The ceremony officially made her a Dame Commander of the British Empire — the female equivalent of a knighthood — for her services to drama.
Congratulations to Dame Emma Thompson! Today at Buckingham Palace, the actor received her Damehood from The Duke for services to Drama. pic.twitter.com/1gSfaawBii
Demi Lovato is out of rehab just in time to cast her ballot for the midterm elections.
The “Confident” singer returned to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of herself at her polling place — an appearance that came on the heels of several Lovato sightings in and around L.A. over the weekend.
“I am so grateful to be home in time to vote! One vote can make a difference, so make sure your voice is heard!” the 26-year-old wrote.
Frank Ocean is hoping to get out the vote in three key states: The neo-R&B star has set up pop-up shops in Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas, and fans who bring in proof that they voted on Tuesday will get free merchandise, including T-shirts, stickers and printed matter.
Ocean announced the pop-ups on Tuesday through his Tumblr page, with a flier that prominently featured the number “42%” and a note that explained, “The largest political group in America is the 42% non-voters.”
Simultaneously, Ocean released a new installment of his occasional radio show on Apple’s Beats One platform. Called “Blondedradio,” the show’s newest episode features politically charged songs by Gil Scott Heron (“We Almost Lost Detroit”) and the Honeydrippers (“Impeach the President”).
Celebrities aren't just paying lip service to getting out the vote. They’re pounding the pavement too.
Musician Moby is embarking on a “One Day Tour” Tuesday afternoon, during which he’ll be performing pop-up concerts at a handful of locations in Orange County where several congressional races are expected to be tight.
Moby is expected to appear alongside Democratic candidates Gil Cisneros (noon in Buena Park), Katie Porter and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) (2 p.m. in Tustin) and Harley Rouda (3 p.m. in Costa Mesa). The Times will have a full report from those events later on Tuesday.