New this week: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' and 'Goodnight Mommy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Little Big Town and Marcus Mumford, “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns with high stakes for the future of Gilead, and twin brothers go to their mother’s house for a stay but find something is off about her in the film “Goodnight Mommy.”.
Golden Globes to honor legendary TV producer Norman Lear
The Golden Globes will bestow the Carol Burnett Award to Lear during the 78th annual awards ceremony next month. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Norman Lear made his mark as a television producer who strived to explore race relation issues through his famed sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” And now, the Golden Globes will honor Lear with its TV special achievement trophy. Nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes are scheduled to be announced Feb. 3. As a social activist, Lear founded advocacy organization People for the American Way. He also founded several other non-profits to promote thoughtful citizenship, including the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.
Ellen DeGeneres tests positive for coronavirus
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is “feeling fine right now.”Production on her daytime talk show has been paused until January, producer Telepictures said in a statement that followed DeGeneres' Thursday announcement. Please stay healthy and safe,” DeGeneres said in her post. Reruns of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” were to air starting Thursday. When the coronavirus outbreak hit in March, DeGeneres shifted to taping without a studio audience, as did other talk shows. When the series began its 18th season in September, her show added fans virtually into the seats, then said it would allow a few dozen people into the studio.
How two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers for a cause
Brothers, Bryan, left, and Bradford Manning, laugh as they tell the origin story of their clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, in their New York City loft on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. That’s the question posed by two New York brothers who’ve lost much of their vision to a rare degenerative eye disorder and have dedicated their lives — and livelihoods — to raising money for a cure. Bradford Manning, 35, and his 30-year-old brother, Bryan, are the founders of the clothing brand Two Blind Brothers. With advice from friends in the fashion industry, two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers. Brad was diagnosed at 7 after their mother, a nurse, found a doctor who determined that Stargardt disease was the cause of his declining vision.
Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV
FILE - Judge Judy Sheindlin arrives at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., on May 5, 2019. Sheindlin, whose long-running syndicated courtroom show Judge Judy will end production in 2021, will be dispensing justice on an exclusive show in the U.S. for IMDb TV. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Everyone's going to streaming, including Judge Judy. The broadcast TV staple's next act will be with IMDb TV, Amazon's free digital service. “The Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Judge Sheindlin’s signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments,” according to the announcement.
'Masked Singer' begets 'Masked Dancer,' set for December
LOS ANGELES – Fox's hit series “The Masked Singer” is getting company with “The Masked Dancer,” a chance for celebrity contestants to show off their moves in disguise. Actor and comedian Craig Robinson ("The Office," “Hot Tub Time Machine”) will host the series, with Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale as panelists. Filming has begun on the series, which will debut in December, Fox said. “The Masked Singer," based on a South Korean TV show and an instant hit when it debuted in January 2019, has featured T-Pain, Wayne Brady and Kandi Burruss among its winning contestants. Jeong is among the show's panelists.
Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a 'new chapter'
She included several quips that lightened the tone but didn’t match the seriousness of the allegations. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” started its 18th season in Los Angeles with the host on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine. There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats. In her monologue, DeGeneres dryly joked that her summer was “super-terrific.”The host also addressed the allegations that the off-camera DeGeneres is very different than her sunny on-air persona. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected,” DeGeneres said in her monologue.
‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges
Harris did not respond for comment from USA Today, and attempts by The Associated Press to find a phone number for Harris have not been successful. Besides accusing Harris of sexual misconduct, the lawsuit alleges that cheer organizations failed to protect the boys. A Varsity official in Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas said the organization had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris, USA TODAY reported. Cheer Athletics owner Angela Rogers told the newspaper that Harris hasn’t been affiliated with the gym since March 1. Rogers told the newspaper that she learned of the allegations against him in mid-May and reported them to police.
DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a longtime guest DJ on the show and among those who have publicly supported DeGeneres, will guest host some fall episodes. Last month, three of the show's producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
5 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. BIDEN, TRUMP RUN VASTLY DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS The Democratic challenger is emphasizing guidelines supported by local health officials during the pandemic while the president is railing against restrictions that he argues are politically motivated. WINDS POSE WILDFIRE THREATS IN CALIFORNIA Wildfires rage unchecked throughout the state, and gusty Diablo and Santa Ana winds could drive flames into new ferocity, authorities warn. HEALTHCARE WORKERS HIT HARD IN INDONESIA The tribulations are similar to other medical professionals globally: long shifts, hospitals filled to capacity and a lack of resources like personal protective equipment. ELLEN DEGENERES SAYS SHELL BE READY TO TALK The popular daytime talk show host returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace.