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Whoopi Goldberg will likely be leaving ABC’s long-running talk show “The View” after this, the show’s landmark 20th season. She made that announcement during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” (watch above) in which she explained, “I have to go and grow. I’ve got stuff to do: movies I need to direct, books I’ve got […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
In my item yesterday on news that Whoopi Goldberg intends to leave “The View” at the end of the 2016/2017 TV season, to focus on directing films, I mentioned that one of the upcoming projects on her to-do list is… Continue Reading → »
Reports in the spring that Whoopi Goldberg was leaving The View were just one season premature, she revealed today on The Wendy Williams Show. This season likely will be her last on the daytime chatfest, she said, explaining she would “probably not” renew next season. In May it was revealed Goldberg was not leaving but instead signing a new contract for one season. “I have to do it, baby, because I have to go and grow,” Goldberg said of thoughts on exiting after this… »
Fans of ABC’s “The View,” and especially fans of co-host Whoopi Goldberg, should be aware that her time on the daytime talk-show might be almost up. Speaking to Wendy Williams on her show today, Goldberg revealed that she’s signed up for… Continue Reading → »
“So in September, when everyone comes back for the new season, you might not be there.” Williams probed.
“No, probably not,” Goldberg said off-hand. “I have to [move on], baby, because I have to go and grow. I got stuff to do, I got movies I need to direct, I got books I got to finish.”
Goldberg, who has co-hosted the show since 2007, has maintained seniority over all the current hosts with the exception of Joy Behar, who joined the show in 1997 but left from 2013-15.
“This was great and I love doing it,” Goldberg continued. “But its been a while. They’re in their 20th season. They did this without me — I’ve been there »
- Arya Roshanian
[Youtube "K5kNiePo57Y"] A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.Viewers won't be getting Whoopi Goldberg's view much longer. On Friday, Goldberg appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and acknowledged that she has signed on for only one more season of The View and come next September, she most likely won't be returning. "No, probably not," she shared. "I have to do it, baby, because I have to go and grow. I got stuff to do, I got movies I need to direct, I got books I got to finish."Over the last few years, the ABC daytime talk »
- Derek Lawrence, @dlaw1988
The SAG-aftra Foundation is honoring Robin Williams by naming its screening room and educational space in New York City after the late actor.
The Robin Williams Center for Actors, Broadcasters and Recording Artists will be opened on Oct. 5 with a celebration of Williams’ work, featuring a conversation with Robin Williams that took place at the Foundation in Los Angeles in 2003.
Following the screening, a panel of friends and colleagues including Hank Azaria, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt and writer-director Barry Levinson will discuss collaborating with Williams.
“The SAG-aftra Foundation is a national organization and we’ve been serving union performers all over the country with our free programs and resources for more than 30 years. However, with the opening of the incredible Robin Williams Center, we now have two permanent and state-of-the-art homes for actors, broadcasters and recording artists on both coasts,” said JoBeth Williams, president of the SAG-aftra Foundation. »
- Dave McNary
“They’re the best people in the world,” Whoopi Goldberg says about the cast of “Strut,” her new Oxygen show that follows a group of models signed to Slay Model Management, an exclusively transgender modeling agency.
The first reality modeling show to focus solely on transgender artists, “Strut,” which Goldberg executive produces with her producing partner Tom Leonardis, is breaking ground in the unscripted space and marks the latest series in the recent wave of trans-centric programming.
“Our programming commitment is to showcase people on journeys to find their truth — and be their truth. This is a generation who most definitely aren’t going to be confined by yesterday’s social mores and rules,” Rod Aissa, executive vice president of original programming and development at Oxygen, tells Variety.
For Oxygen, “Strut” marks the first series to feature an all-trans cast, following in the footsteps of its NBCUniversal sister network E!, which »
- Seth Kelley
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was another dense program filled with lots of new films in need of distribution. Fortunately, many of the highlights — from awards season heavyweights like “Jackie,” which went to Fox Searchlight, to smaller-scale crowdpleasers like “Tramps,” a Netflix acquisition — are guaranteed to find audiences beyond the Tiff arena. And most buyers agreed that this was, generally speaking, a pretty healthy year. Nevertheless, as the festival came to a conclusion, several great movies in the lineup remained homeless. Here are some of the ones that IndieWire wants to bring to the attention of all the buyers out there. We hope they’re paying attention.
With her underrated debut film “Sarah Prefers to Run,” Chloé Robichaud made one of the best coming-of-age stories in recent years. For her follow-up, the Québécois writer-director widened her focus, »
- Indiewire Staff
I must confess, before I go on with this feature, that when I was 12, my girlfriends were obsessed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison, so much so that when they played Beatles, I was Yoko Ono.
Paul Shaffer and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member, Steven Van Zandt, hosted the rock 'n' roll New York premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, written by Mark Monroe. Whoopi Goldberg, Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd, Bobby Cannavale, Bob Gruen, Vincent Pastore, Max Weinberg, Tony Sirico, Maureen Van Zandt, and many other guests attended.
Favorite Beatle for Alessandro Nivola: "My »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Steven Van Zandt recalls his first Beatles song: "Yeah, it was I Want to Hold Your Hand." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer hosted the Imagine, Apple Corps and White Horse Films New York première of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years at Village East Cinema last night. Elvis Costello, Sigourney Weaver, Larry Kane, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Howard Goodall, and The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night and Help director Richard Lester share their memories in Howard's loving Beatles tribute, written by Mark Monroe.
Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd and Bobby Cannavale at The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years reception Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, 2016.
Directed by Ron Howard.
Documentary about the Fab Four’s early years performing at sold-out venues around the world.
The only other official documentary that’s ever been made about the Beatles was the superb ‘Anthology‘ in the 90s, but whereas that series covered the entirety of the band’s career, Eight Days a Week focuses on the whirlwind period from 1962 to 1966 when the band toured the world. The title comes from one of their many many pop classics, which was written by John and Paul and inspired by a throwaway comment Ringo made about their hectic schedule. There have been musical phenomena before and since The Beatles (Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Spice Girls, One Direction), although considering that there was no social media »
- Amie Cranswick
The Beatles today live on through their famed recording catalog, but during the first half of the ‘60s, fans around the world also knew them as a live, touring act. While hundreds of thousands saw them perform during Beatlemania’s peak, there are only four people who knew what it was like inside the bubble — the Beatles themselves. Director Ron Howard sought to portray that experience in his documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” a massive research project that took its own long and winding road to get to movie screens on Sept. 16, one day before a streaming launch on Hulu.
“To me, it was a natural ensemble/adventure/survival story, much like ‘Apollo 13,’” the director says. “It was a real chance to track these four guys, this brotherhood, and learn about their experience by understanding how they navigated the challenges.”
The project actually got »
- Matt Hurwitz
No, there's nothing particularly revelatory here. But director Ron Howard, who put together the 2013 Jay-z concert pic Made in America, catches the exhilarating kick of Beatlemania as the band toured 15 countries from 1963 to 1966. Everything is here, from the band's hysteria-making American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show to Lennon's controversial remark that the Beatles "are more popular than Jesus." Paul McCartney provides context: "By the end, it became quite complicated. But at the beginning, things were really simple." True, that.
In fresh interviews, McCartney and Ringo Starr offer comments »
MaryAnn’s quick take…
There’s not a lot new here, but the vintage footage is fab, as is the much-needed reminder that the supposedly innocent past was hardly innocent at all. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Beatles’s music (who doesn’t?)
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The band you know,” goes the tagline for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, “the story you don’t.” Can that really be true? The Beatles have not authorized a feature-length documentary like this one since they broke up in 1970, but surely everyone knows pretty much everything about the bestsellingest band of all time, the band that kickstarted the cultural revolution of the 1960s and helped create a truly global pop culture. Don’t they? Everyone’s seen A Hard Day’s Night, right? I mean, I »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »
- Edward Douglas
New York City: The city that never sleeps and never shies away from a glamorous week of fashion. For the past several days, the Big Apple has transformed into Fashion Week where world-renowned designers, A-list celebrities and stunning models descend all over the city to show off the latest looks for Spring 2017. While some moments may not surprise you—Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner nailing every show they're in—there were also some pleasant surprises that caused any fashion lover's head to turn. We see you Whoopi Goldberg wearing a dress on the runway. Regardless of whether you're obsessed with fashion and think Vogue is the bible or simply consider yourself a curious »
A vanity project on at least two levels, Nick Cannon’s “King of the Dancehall” sees the actor and TV host serve as star, director, screenwriter, producer, and executive producer on his maiden voyage behind the camera — which is certainly one way to make sure the extensive footage he’s shot of himself dancing shirtless in slow-motion, his image projected in triplicate across the screen, makes it past final cut. As an auteur, Cannon quickly ends up way over his head, unable to wrangle a film that careens off in a dozen directions at once. Yet the director makes two smart decisions that help turn what could have easily been an unwatchable mess into a hysterical, feverish, incredibly watchable one.
The first is his choice to shoot the film on location in Jamaica, deep in the country’s dancehall scene. Though the music itself is not entirely mainstream in the U. »
- Andrew Barker
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years review: A joyous, lovingly crafted tribute to an iconic band. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; ‘The Beatles.’
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who truly hates ‘The Beatles’. For everyone who may not like their earlier pop numbers, there’s an experimental track from their later years that can be brought forward as rebuttal, and vice versa. No matter what you may think of ‘The Beatles’ there is no denying the unprecedented level of fame that the four mop-top boys from Liverpool obtained. There has never been anything quite like Beatle-mania, before or since, and it is that sense of pandemonium that Ron Howard is predominantly interested in here in the first Beatles-approved documentary since 1995.
Focusing on the period that the band toured around the world from 1962 to 1966, from the depths of the Cavern Club, to the crazy, dizzying »
- Andrew Gaudion
One part treatise on the power of dance, one part paint-by-the-numbers rom-com, one part crime drama and entirely, unexpectedly bonkers, Nick Cannon’s latest directorial outing “King of the Dancehall” giddily and greedily blends tropes and tricks into an amusing if deeply uneven romp set to the throbbing tones of Jamaican dancehall music. Cannon pulls quadruple duty on the film, serving as director, screenwriter, producer and star in a feature that happily blends together plotting that wouldn’t be out of place in either a “Step Up” feature or a shoddy “Scarface” knockoff. And while the sum of its parts are never as energetic as its base components, there’s an unmistakable charm to whatever the hell it is Cannon is trying to do here.
As Tarzan Brixton (don’t worry about the name, it will be endlessly mocked and never explained), Cannon stars as a Brooklyn boy only recently »
- Kate Erbland
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