Andy Cohen Reveals He’s Tested Positive For Coronavirus

As more late-night talk show hosts, such as Jimmy Fallon, began taking their work home with them, Andy Cohen revealed WWHL would be filming from his home starting Sunday just hours ago. Unfortunately, it appears that he’s the latest celebrity to announce he’s tested positive for Coronavirus.

Andy Cohen Reveals He's Tested Positive For Coronavirus
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Taking to Instagram, Cohen revealed that he has tested positive for Coronavirus after being in self-quarantine for the last few days. “After a few days self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he announced on IG.

Even though he announced that he’d be doing the show from home, even as he was feeling ill, he’s revealed that he’s made the executive decision to pull the plug on filming from home in order to bounce back quicker. Hopefully, by the time he’s back to normal, so will the rest the world.

“As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better.  I want to thank all the medical pressionals who are working tirelessly for all us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care themselves,” he wrote.

No one’s safe from coronavirus, y’all. Be safe out there and make sure to wash your hands.

"Scream" Is Officially Getting A Reboot

That old adage “when in doubt, reboot it” has continued to be a tried and true Hollywood mantra, as evidenced by this latest development in the Scream franchise. According to a report from Variety, the classic 1996 horror flick is set to be remade in the not-too-distant future. Directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who came together to helm last year’s fan-favorite Ready Or Not, have already been enlisted to bring Ghostface back into the fold. 

"Scream" Is Officially Getting A Reboot

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As now, further news about the project remains relatively scarce. It should be noted that Scream, originally directed by horror icon Wes Craven, went on to spawn three sequels and influence the slasher genre as we have come to know it. Suffice it to say, the original’s legacy leaves some big shoes to fill, capable though Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett may be. Unfortunately, they’ll have to contend with the side-effects  reboot fatigue, a phenomenon that has plagued the film industry for years now — especially flagrant in the horror genre.

As now, this newly unveiled Scream reboot is set to be distributed by Spyglass Media Group, which ultimately secured the rights from the Weinstein Company in 2018. Given that many long-running franchises have become “st reboots,” bringing back original characters and actors from the original films, it’s uncertain whether Scream 2.0 will bother wiping the slate clean at all. Either way, expect Ghostface to wreak havoc all the same, slicing through his victims with the precision a Shaolin warrior. Tony Starks would be proud.

Coronavirus Postponement Of "No Time To Die" To Lead To $30-50M Loss

Recently, MGM announced its plans to push back the debut the forthcoming No Time To Die film all the way to November 2020 because the coronavirus. While it was set to arrive on April 10th, the potential ramifications the crippling epidemic caused filmmakers to rethink their release. With $4.5 million already lost on a Super Bowl ad, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that MGM is set to lose up to $50 million in expenses due to the delay.

Coronavirus Postponement Of "No Time To Die" To Lead To $30-50M Loss

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In North America, numerous theaters have already shuttered their doors due to the virus. Taking this into consideration, MGM stood to lose at least 30 percent its projected box pull, anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion. Ultimately, the decision proved to protect the production company’s best interests.

In China, approximately 70,000 theaters have already closed down since January with no clear track toward reopening. With newfound outbreak clusters in Europe, the United Kingdom and Italy are also eyeing the possibility theater closures moving forward.

“They obviously are doing the right thing by putting the public safety, world safety, first,” said  No Time to Die producer Barbara Broccoli.

New reports suggest that No Time To Die won’t be the last in a string big-budget films that will delay their debut to fset losses.

“It’s futile to try and predict what will happen right now and it’s something only the studios can ultimately answer,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxfice.com, tells CNN Business. “We’re all in a wait-and-see mode.”

"Parasite" Makes History With Best Picture Oscar Win

Parasite has made history as the first non-English film to earn the honor being the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The South Korean film earned four total trophies Sunday night, including best international feature film, best original screenplay, and best director for Bong Joon Ho. 

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“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” said the filmmaker at one point during his many visits to the podium. Previously, only nine foreign-language films had ever been nominated in the top category. These included Roma, Amour, Babel, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Since its debut, Parasite has caught fire around the globe, earning more than $100 million the global box fice.

 “The story is very universal,” Bong told Variety. “It’s a story about rich and poor. But maybe there is something more.”

The film is peppered with a number firsts as Bong’s Best Director win made him the first Korean to earn the win. Elsewhere, Parasite also became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival while also laying claim to the best cast in a motion picture win at the SAG Awards.

"Bad Boys for Life" Sets Record At Box Office

In three weeks, Bad Boys For Life has now laid claim to the title the highest-grossing film in the Bad Boys franchise.  The third film in the series has ficially made $291 million per Variety. With the new tally, it outlasts 2003’s Bad Boys II which hauled in $271 million. The franchise’s first film entered in 1995 with $141 million in total.

"Bad Boys for Life" Sets Record At Box Office

This weekend, the overseas market proved successful for the film as it earned an additional $30.8 million in 63 foreign markets in addition to its $17.7 million pull in North America. Outside the domestic box fice, the film has proven to be a hit in territories such as the United Kingdom, where its leading tally stands at $14.88 million.

Elsewhere in the box fice top 3, 1917 has clocked a strong weekend with $20.9 million in 61 foreign territories, bringing its worldwide tally to $249 million with expectations for the tally set to go up following what is slated to be a favorable appearance at the forthcoming Oscars.

Universal’s Dolittle slides in at No. 3 with $17. 7 million in 63 international countries with its global pull rising to $126 million. Variety adds that the $180 million prices attached to the creation the project, however, posies it to be a loss for the studio.

"Bad Boys For Life" Wins Box Office Battle Over "1917" & "Dolittle"

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunited for a long-awaited third installment in the Bad Boys franchise this weekend and helped the film pull in $59 million in earnings, according to Variety.

With expectations set between $38 million to $45 million, it was an undeniably successful weekend for Bad Boys For Life. Overseas, the latest installment in the franchise earned $37.3 million, bringing its total to just under $100 million.

The film is also seeing critical success with a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and a 97% rating from fans.

After battling through production woes and a series delays, Dolittle is f to a disappointing start. While the $22 million it earned isn’t terrible, it pales in comparison to the production costs that near $180 million. Adding in international earnings, the global box fice figures for Dolittle land at $50 million.

As for critical reception, Dolittle sits at an abysmal 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans rate the film much higher at 76%.

In its second weekend wide release, 1917, recorded another $22.1 million in earnings as well as a handful Oscar nominations and the top prize at the PGA Awards. In particular, the film is being praised for its unique direction by Sam Mendes, who created the film to appear as if it was filmed in one shot.

"A Quiet Place Part II" Gets A Fleeting First Teaser

Despite missing the opportunity to name the film A Quiet Place 2: A Quieter Place, the hype for John Krazinsky’s anticipated sequel remains very much real. When the first film dropped in 2018, many were impressed by the sci-fi thriller and its easily accessible approach to light horror. A Quiet Place ultimately became a box fice darling, to the point where a sequel was all but guaranteed. Now, it appears the time is upon us, and we’ve ficially received the first teaser the upcoming A Quiet Place Part II. Or more specifically, a teaser to the upcoming trailer for A Quiet Place Part II. 

While the very existence a teaser for a trailer may be enough to make you turn any quiet place into an instantly loud one, there’s still much to be excited for. After all, we now know the trailer comes out on New Year’s Day, so be sure to mark your calendars accordingly. As for the plot itself, details remain relatively scarce, though Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou have ficially joined the cast.

Are you excited to see this one when it arrives in full on March 20, 2020? If so, sound f below. 

Quentin Tarantino Provides Intriguing Update On "Kill Bill 3"

When it comes to overall bodies work, you’d be hard-pressed to find a director with a resume like Quentin Tarantino. Seen by many as one cinema’s great all time, Quentin’s repertoire has continuously secured acclaim across the board. Most recently, his ninth film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood hit theatres, with some going so far as to call it his masterwork. And yet, the visionary director is already looking forward, speculating on his tenth film during a stop on Andy Cohen Live

Quentin Tarantino Provides Intriguing Update On "Kill Bill 3"

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“I just so happened to have had dinner with Uma Thurman last night,” explains Quentin. “She was bragging about me, I was bragging about her, it was a lovely night.” When asked whether his Uma link-up sparked any motivation for the t-rumored Kill Bill 3, Tarantino confirmed that his creative juices have indeed been flowing. “I do have an idea,” he reveals. “The whole thing was conquering that concept  what’s happened to The Bride since then, and what would I want to do? I don’t want to come up with a cockamamie adventure. She doesn’t deserve that. The Bride has fought long and hard.”

“Now I have an idea that would be interesting,” he teases. “But I wouldn’t do it for a little bit. It would be at least three years from now. It is definitely in the ether. It’s in the cards.”

Danny Green Explains How LeBron James Reacts To Criticism

LeBron James has been the leader the Los Angeles Lakers for the last two seasons now and so far, it’s been an interesting experiment. For instance, the team missed the playfs last season but this year, they are the best team in the Western Conference which almost no one was expecting. James seems to have great chemistry with his teammates so far even if the squad goes through some rough patches.

In an article by Erik Garcia Gundersen  LeBron Wire, Lakers player Danny Green was asked about LeBron’s leadership and how he responds to being critiqued by his own teammates. As Green explains, LeBron is quite receptive to what people have to say and is always actively making changes to his game.

Danny Green Explains How LeBron James Reacts To Criticism

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“There’s so many, there’s not just one. He’ll take ownership when he does mess up,” Green said. “In a film session he will say that’s my box-out, that’s my x-out, that guy there was a miss. And we will tell him, ‘Bron you need to do this, we need to you be more aggressive, we need you to pass more, he’ll listen. He’ll actually take that with a positive attitude and actually apply it to the game to help our team.”

In year 17, LeBron is still doing everything he can to be a better player and you have to admire the effort. James is criticized a lot for being a bad teammate but when you hear Green talk like this, you have to give LeBron some credit. He’s clearly doing something right. 

Most Expensive Marvel Comic Ever Sold Just Auctioned For $1.26 Million

Some people are into collecting things, while others are not. Well, one collector just got a significant pay-out.  In a record-breaking sale, an original Marvel comic from 1939 was just auctioned f for an incredible $1.26 million USD. The sale took place at Heritage Auctions and the comic book sold is a no. 1 edition. Senior Vice President Ed Jaster Heritage Auctions said, “without question, this is the granddaddy all Marvel comics, without which we would not have the characters and stories we enjoy in today’s comics and feature films.” Imagine being a fan and owning an original edition literature that kicked f the entire Marvel universe. Being able to shell out a cool $1.26 million on that type piece pop culture history must be nice.

Most Expensive Marvel Comic Ever Sold Just Auctioned For $1.26 Million
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The comic book sold was given a 9.4 rating, out 10, by Certified Guaranty Company, and apparently there are only two other copies that have been awarded a rating 9.0 or higher. The comic originally belonged to a mailman from Pennsylvania who is a collector. The comic book sold broke multiple records, including most pricey Marvel comic ever sold.

Would you spend that type cash on an iconic collector’s item if you had it? 

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"Fantastic Four" Director Shares 2-Star Review Of His Own Movie

If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that 2015’s Fantastic Four wasn’t great. Evidence that is that even the director, Josh Trank, left a two-star review on the film-review website, Letterboxd.

“The movie is ALRIGHT,” Trank started. “I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. I literally haven’t seen it since like two weeks before it came out, and I was in a heavily fucking traumatized state mind. Why? Eh, save that for another time.”

He continued with the review, “Great cast. Everyone in the film is a great actor, and overall there is a movie in there, somewhere. And that cast deserves to be in THAT movie. Everyone who worked on Fant4stic clearly wanted to be making THAT movie. But…. ultimately… It wasn’t. Did I make that movie they deserved to be in? To be honest? I can’t tell.”

He concluded: “I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd-time filmmaker should’ve walked into. That said… I don’t regret any it. It’s a part me.”

To this day, the film has a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes but was able to bring in $168 million USD at the box fice.

"Doctor Sleep" Struggles At The Box Office But "Joker" Hangs On

It’s been a dull weekend at the box fice. After opening weekend, Mike Flanagan’s sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation Stephen King’s The Shining, Doctor Sleep is not fairing well. Doctor Sleep opened to a measly $14.1 million, nowhere near it’s $50 million budget. It also failed to compare to any the other recent Stephen King adaptations such as the It series. Critically, the film’s done alright for itself, currently sitting at 73% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Roland Emmerich’s Midway was able to upset Doctor Sleep and land at the top spot in the earnings rankings. Midway did not fair very well either however, it cost approximately $100 million to produce and brought in $17.5 million. The film revolved around the Battle Midway during World War II in June 1942, a smart release for Veterans Day weekend.

Elsewhere, Playing with Fire starring John Cena and Keegan Michael-Key ranked third at the box fice, pulling in $12.8 million, but flopped critically with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Terminator: Dark Fate continues to struggles, falling 65% this weekend to $10.1 million making its total $47 million. Lastly, Joker continues to hang in there, pulling in $9.2 million over a month after it’s release.

For the rest the box fice statistics, head to boxficemojo.com.

Paul Rudd Was The Man Who Convinced Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In "Titanic"

To this day, Titanic is probably Leonardo DiCaprio’s best-known role that anyone any age range has seen or knows about at the very least. The film was released in 1997 and before Leo confirmed his placement in the film a little birdie by the name Paul Rudd convinced him to say yes. The Ant-Man actor chatted with The Graham Norton Show recently and detailed the time Leo expressed that the movie wanted to cast him.

Paul Rudd Was The Man Who Convinced Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In "Titanic"
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The moment came when Paul and Leo were both working on 1996’s Romeo + Juliet. “We all went out to a] bar… I was riding to the place with Leo and he said, ‘I just got fered this movie and it’s a big movie.” Considering Paul’s connection to the sunken ship, since his father was a Titanic expert who “used to take people all over the world talking about Titanic,” he told Leo to grab the opportunity. 

“DiCaprio] was saying, ‘Well, I don’t know what I’ll do,’ and I remember saying, ‘You should do it,’” he explained. “I don’t think I had any say but it is kind interesting to think back on that.”

Watch Paul explain the story in full below.

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

A wallet-friendly pair of bookshelf speakers with great sound.

I was recently sent a pair of speakers from Q Acoustic. Previously, I’d tested and reviewed Q Acoustics’ 3020 and 2020 speakers and thought they were great for their respective price points. Initially, I was intrigued by these speakers because of their design. They have the option to include stands for these bookshelf speakers, so I thought it gave them a really nice look, especially in the white version.

Design

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

Getting them unboxed, the quality of these speakers for the cost was immediately noticeable. These can be purchased for $400, and for that price, I cannot think of a speaker I would more strongly recommend. I’m using them with the Q Acoustic stands, which brings the price up to $650, but I still think they are an incredible value at that price.

I personally find the stands to be stylish (my wife doesn’t agree, so they won’t please everyone).

Once I got them set up and running, I was really impressed by their sound! Compared to the 2020s, these had a much fuller sound. It was sort of like a mix between the smoothness of the 3020s, with a more dramatic punchiness than the 2020s. They have lots of clarity thanks to the evenness of the highs, mids and low-end tones.

Comparison to tower speakers (3020)

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

The 3020s are great, but I think at this point, I would recommend them for much larger rooms than I can currently afford to live in. This could also be a byproduct of the listening conditions I personally prefer over what is more universally considered ‘good’, but I prefer the sound of the punchy bookshelf speakers over that of the sometimes overly warm and smooth tower speakers.

I’d have to bring the towers up to a louder volume than is really acceptable in an apartment building in order to get the same fullness and punchiness of sound I get from the bookshelves at moderate volumes.

Performance

Music sounds great through these speakers. The one thing that was lost between these and the larger tower speakers is some of the finer details in the treble. The power of the mids and lows somewhat overwhelmed them, but this is a pretty standard tradeoff. Because there is less room to create the bass, you get a more forceful sound out of them, which is that ‘punchiness’ I referred to earlier.

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

Film and TV were also handled really well by these speakers. One of the problems I have with the tower speakers is that the smoothness of the midrange also makes voices a little less distinctive and pronounced. I think that people with large spaces and no shared walls may enjoy the larger tower speakers, but I found that the volume control between dialogue sections and more special effects-driven sections to be all over the place.

The consistent sound levels may have something to do with the more compact soundstage that the bookshelf speakers provide. But part of the solution may also come from the ‘Gelcore’ technology that allows for more evenness of volume without causing vibration noises. This allows for a pretty even volume, and I didn’t find myself constantly holding the remote to increase or decrease the volume of whatever I was watching.

Construction

Gelcore

Gelcore is a new technology that Q Acoustic invented and deploy in the Concept 20s. It separates the inner and outer walls of the speaker with a glue-like compound which remains viscous. The gel helps isolate the vibration into the inner cabinet of the speaker. This allows for fewer vibrations to be transferred into the room, enhancing the clarity of the sound.

An additional layer on the Concept 20 speaker stands is also used to enhance the experience for those who choose to purchase them. This new technology is absolutely effective and there is a clear and audible difference (your neighbors will also appreciate it if you have shared walls). Luckily, this will be utilized in future Q acoustic models as well; it’s the most important new addition to these speakers as compared to the previous models tested.

Overall

I think these speakers are a great purchase! These can be had for under $300 from various online stores. Anyone in the market for a pair of great-sounding bookshelf speakers will be extremely pleased with the Q Acoustic Concept 20s.

"Good Boys" Own The Weekend Box Office With $21 Million

This weekend the box fice was owned by the movie Good Boys who blew expectations by amassing a total $21 million dollars in sales during its opening weekend. The film produced by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg appeared in 3,204 North American theater locations. The win was strong for the movie itself, but also for the genre it belongs too. It has been a while since a movie belonging to the original comedy realm scored so big in the box fice. The R-Rated film is considered to have acquired the biggest opening for its genre for the year so far. The last movie to make such strides was The Boss released in 2016.

The film had a $20 million dollar budget thus we expect it to make much prit in the oncoming weeks if it continues to acquire these kinds numbers. Overseas, Good Boys garnered $2.1 million dollars which bring its global debut to $23.1 million dollars in total. The movie’s success ruled over the Fast & Furious spinf, Hobbs & Shaw, which came second in box fice for its third week out. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham movie collected $14.1 million dollars this weekend and brought in a total $133 million in domestic ticket sales.