I love myself. I am beautiful. It was an unseasonably chilly night for June in Los Angeles. About three dozen people, mostly women in their 20s and 30s, were spending their Friday evening lying on yoga mats on the back patio of a shop a few blocks from Hollywood Forever Cemetery and the Paramount Pictures lot. Attendees had been invited to bring whatever they needed to make the space cozy: Blankets. Pillows. Crystals. I am powerful. Ana Lilia was leading them in affirmations, closing out a 90-minute breathwork session celebrating the summer solstice. I am a bright light. I am ready to be seen. Most days, Lilia works with individual clients. In the evenings, she teaches classes or puts on events, such as the solstice gathering. She first got into breathwork four years ago and started taking classes to become a teacher six months later. If you’ve never done it before, it’s a mix of breathing exercises and guided meditations meant to relax you and help … [Read more...] about How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals
Despite glowing reviews, Toy Story 4 and its new friend Forky barely cleared the box office total of its predecessor this weekend. The Disney and Pixar franchise’s fourth entry took in a healthy $118 million in North American ticket sales by the end of opening weekend—still enough to claim the third-best weekend opening of 2019 thus far, but below the $140 million Disney projected. More alarmingly, Toy Story 4 scarcely overtook the Toy Story 3 opening haul of $110 million, and falls well-short of the Incredibles sequel’s $182 million domestic opening last year. It’s enough to wonder if sequel burnout has begun putting a damper on the summer holidays box office, following a string of high-profile under-performers like Dark Phoenix, Men in Black: International, and Godzilla: King of Monsters. Some have even speculated the monstrous hype and performance of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is to blame for a little box-office burnout—a theory that next … [Read more...] about Is Toy Story 4 the Latest Victim of Summer Sequelitis?
The third time was not the charm for Arrested Development, it seems. Despite three successive rounds of new episodes for the once-lauded comedy, star Tony Hale now joins the growing chorus of cast suggesting “don’t hold your breath” for another revival. Hale’s remark arose during an episode of Couch Surfing, in which host Lola Ogunnaike brought up an earlier quote from co-star David Cross that he didn’t believe the series would return. Hale was amused by Cross’ candor—joking that his co-star and the internet were the only real pipelines of information—but ultimately corroborated the idea that fans can “hold out hope, but not hold our breath.” https://twitter.com/EW/status/1142425756502351873 The series was famously revived by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, though the split narrative required to accommodate its prolific cast equally divided fans. A more traditional fifth season debuted on the streaming service in … [Read more...] about Tony Hale Puts Another Nail in the Arrested Development Coffin
No, Madea is not returning to the White House just yet, but it’s a close second. Instead, creator Tyler Perry has announced the details behind the first of four new series produced with Viacom, The Oval, which will follow a new family bringing its own brand of political drama to the executive branch. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be written, directed and executive produced by Perry, and follow a new first family as they navigate their transition into the titular office. One Day at a Time star Ed Quinn will portray the newly-elected President Hunter Franklin, joined by Kron Moore as first lady Victoria Franklin, Paige Hurd as “wild-child” daughter Gayle, and Daniel Croix Henderson as troubled teen Jason. “I’ve set out to create a show that tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most … [Read more...] about Tyler Perry Is Working on a New White House Soap Opera for BET
You may have been too busy swilling down New Coke or visiting the local mall to remember a new season of Stranger Things drops on July 4, but Netflix has a monstrous new reminder. The streaming service dropped a “final” trailer before the holiday release, dialing back the teen-rock summer of love vibe from the previous clips, and going full-on sci-fi horror. This time around gives the Upside Down its own voice, as footage seems to confirm Billy (Dacre Montgomery) will play unwitting (or perhaps witting) host to the demonic entity previously trapped in the nightmare alternate dimension. “You let us in, and now you are going to have to let us stay,” the disembodied voice ominously warns. “And now it’s time. We are going to end you, We are going to end your friends. Then, we are going to end everyone.” “It’s building something,” Eleven/Jane (Millie Bobby Brown) cryptically observes. There’s also plenty of sci-fi machinery … [Read more...] about The Final Stranger Things 3 Trailer Reveals a Gooey New Big Bad