2/11/22 Entertainment News
— The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is coming in on top of Forbes’ 2022 list of highest-paid entertainers. This comes after Jackson earned 580 million dollars last year after selling his visual effects firm for one-point-six billion dollars in November. He’s only the third person who’s become a billionaire for making movies, behind Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Ye round out the top five on Forbes’ richest entertainers list.
— New York Fashion Week is in full swing today. Designers like Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Christian Siriano will show off their latest styles in person while others will stick to digital presentations. Indoor masking and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required.
— Billie Eilish is responding after Ye [[ yay ]] demanded she apologizes to Travis Scott. The rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, took to Instagram to share an article claiming Eilish dissed Scott by stopping her concert to give a fan an inhaler. Ye took this as a shot at Scott, who has been criticized for not stopping Astroworld when ten people died. Eilish replied to the post writing “Literally never said a thing about Travis. Was just helping a fan.” Ye had threatened to not perform at Coachella, which he and Eilish are headlining with Harry Styles unless she apologized.
— Dave Chappelle is speaking out after finding himself in hot water once again. The comedian came under fire after a video surfaced of him at a Yellow Springs, Ohio council meeting seemingly opposing an affordable housing project. However, his spokesperson told Fox News he opposed the plan because it was a “half baked plan which never actually offered affordable housing.”
— A former star of Netflix’s “Cheer” is pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Jerry Harris, who is now 22, was charged with several sex crimes in December of 2020. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to two counts, receiving child porn and using interstate travel for the purpose of eliciting sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged acts happed in several states including Florida, Illinois, and Texas. He could face up to 50 years in prison and will be sentenced at his next hearing on June 28th.
— There’s troubling news regarding the health of talk show host Wendy Williams. The New York Post reports Williams’ bank claims she is an “incapacitated person” and needs a guardianship. It says Wells Fargo is requesting a hearing to determine if Williams needs someone to intervene in her affairs. Williams has not hosted her daytime talk show since July 2021.
— The final season of Better Call Saul is premiering in April. AMC announced the sixth season of the Breaking Bad spin-off will be released in two parts. The first seven episodes will air on April 18th. The last six episodes will start to roll out on July 11th. The season was delayed due to COVID-19 and again when the star, Bob Odenkirk, suffered a small heart attack on set in July.
— MoviePass is coming back. The subscription-based movie ticket service is making a return this summer, almost three years after it first shut down due to financial issues. MoviePass founding chief executive Stacy Spikes says he wants the company to be responsible for around 30 percent of all U.S. ticket sales by the year 2030. Founded in 2011, the service gained a following in 2018 by allowing subscribers to see a movie in theaters once a day for ten dollars a month, eventually halting in September 2019. The service paid movie theaters full price for every admission, which caused them to lose money as the number of subscribers went up.
— The upcoming “Barbie” movie will begin production in March, the same month the doll turns 63. That’s according to Mattel’s CEO who told CNBC Greta Gerwig would be writing and directing the movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. the company’s leader said Barbie had record sales in 2021. He also claimed Barbie was still the most diverse doll in the market and continues to be “more relevant than ever.”