Connect with us

Celebrity

Jeff Probst A Constant For ‘Survivor’ As It Nears 44th Game

Published

on

survivor

NEW YORK — There was a time when Jeff Probst couldn’t imagine doing what he’ll do on Wednesday as host of the 44th season of “Survivor.”

That is due to more than just the transient nature of television, where a 44th season of anything, even a show that created a sensation when it first aired on CBS in the summer of 2000, is rare.

Probst had a restlessness about him in those early days. In 2001, he studied screenwriting, acted, and wrote and directed a well-received indie film. He experimented with a short-lived talk show. “I had a chip on my shoulder about being called a ‘host,'” he admits.

However, as series creator Mark Burnett began to step down, Probst added “producer” to his title and has since ascended to the level of “showrunner,” which means he’s in charge of everything.

survivor

He’s all in as a “Survivor” evangelist at 61.

“I have never been more excited to be a part of the show,” he recently told The Associated Press. “I hope it’s clear. “I hope it’s clear that I’m a big ‘Survivor’ fan.”

It is still a marvelously designed game that tests survival skills in a forbidding — if lovely — environment and social and scheming abilities to remain standing at the end and collect the $1 million prize. Even if one of the cast members is a stumbling block, “one of the show’s greatest strengths is that every season hits a reset button,” according to Dalton Ross, executive editor at large at Entertainment Weekly and a longtime fan of the show.

So it can handle a scandal, like a player being kicked off in 2019 after being accused of touching young women in an inappropriate way, or changes that don’t work, like the “fire tokens” that were tried for one season but didn’t work.

Other new ideas, such as a hidden immunity idol or the “David vs. Goliath” season that Probst adored, keep the show fresh while adhering to a basic structure.

CBS also directed producers to increase diversity, which Probst claims have added to the show’s richness. The new season’s 18 castaways include five Black contestants, three Latinos, and an Asian American.

“I think people who don’t watch ‘Survivor’ may mistake it for some sort of survivalist’s show or label it as just a reality show,” Probst said. “When, in reality, ‘Survivor’ is one of the most epic adventures you can ever embark on, as a player or a viewer.”

According to Ross, there was a clear difference in how Probst did his job onscreen as he became more involved in how the show was put together.

“Jeff began to inject more opinion and personality into his hosting,” he explained. “Until that point, it was more of a master of ceremonies role. You realized he could be the audience’s eyes and ears and speak for them. It was one of the most significant changes he implemented as a host. It made him a player the other players had to deal with.”

survivor

When asked who he thinks is the best player ever, Probst shrugs and admits that some seasons start to blur together.

After bouncing around for several years to different locations, “Survivor” has settled on Fiji as a permanent set. The jungle is a character in its own right. According to Ross, high-definition photography and drones make things more visually appealing than ever.

When asked who he thinks is the best player ever, Probst shrugs and admits that some seasons start to blur together. He claimed he’d lose a “Survivor” trivia contest.

“I’ll see an early cut of an episode and have no idea who was voted out, even though I was the one at Tribal Council who extinguished their torch,” he explained.

And, yes, he’s excited about the new season, calling it one of the most entertaining casts the show has assembled in a long time.

“It’s enthralling,” he said. “I believe that it’s one of the reasons we’re still on the air. If you watch the first episode of ‘Survivor 44,’ I don’t understand how you won’t watch the second. You’ll become addicted.”

survivor

Beginning Wednesday, Survivor Probst will co-host a podcast with show

Beginning Wednesday, Probst will co-host a podcast with show producer Brittany Crapper and fan Jay Wolff, which will air after each episode’s conclusion. According to him, “On Fire with Jeff Probst” will provide an inside look at how the show is put together.

He said that CBS wants to maintain the magic and strengthen its relationship with fans.

With broadcast television struggling to attract viewers, CBS’s “Survivor” is a consistent performer and one of the few families shows that people of all ages can enjoy. The show appears to be here to stay, and it’s difficult to imagine it without the man who is “not just the face of ‘Survivor,’ but the pulse of ‘Survivor,'” according to Ross.

When asked if he wants to stay with the show for as long as it is on the air, Probst initially dismisses the question as impossible.

Then he responds quickly.

“At this point,” he admitted. “Indeed, yes. Because I’ve built my life around Survivor and channeled all of my creative ideas through it. Every conversation, every book I read, every podcast I listen to, everything… will be filtered through my Survivor filter.”

SOURCE – (AP)

 

Continue Reading

Celebrity

2024: Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Published

on

mendler

Bridgit Mendler, known for appearing on Good Luck Charlie and other Disney productions, is venturing into new territory: space.

Disney has effectively launched the careers of major stars such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. However, one former child actor who starred on the network is pursuing a different venture: a space corporation.

mendler

Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Bridgit, a 31-year-old singer and actor best known for her role as Teddy Duncan on the Disney Channel original series Good Luck Charlie, announced this week on X (formerly Twitter) that she is venturing into uncharted territory by launching Northwood Space, a California-based satellite data startup.

Bridgit will lead the company as CEO, while her husband, Gryphon Cleverly, whom she married in 2019, will serve as chief technical officer. “Expect the unexpected!” she posted on X, reacting to a CNBC reporter who broke the story.

According to Ari Eisenstat, the space programme director for the upcoming Texas Eclipse Festival, Bridgit’s venture into science “is a great example of space moving from the domain of governments to becoming accessible to everyone”. Eisenstadt adds that we should all look to “younger generations to see diverse entrepreneurs create social, economic, and environmental impact in the space community”.

According to Bridgit’s post on X, investors have already provided $6.3 million (£4.9 million) in preliminary funding for the startup to create “a data highway between Earth and space.” Mendler said, “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but that’s the fun part.”

While it may come as a surprise to her followers, Mendler has always had interests beyond performing. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 and began working at the MIT Media Lab in 2017. She enrolled in the graduate programme in 2018 and will begin her doctorate in philosophy at MIT in 2020. The next year, Mendler enrolled at Harvard Law School.

mendler

Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Then, Mendler told CNBC that the seed of the Northwood idea was planted while she was in New Hampshire during the COVID-19 lockdown. “While everyone else was preparing their sourdough starts, we created antennae from whatever we could find at Home Depot. For me, the ground side is important because it brings the effects of space closer to people. However, it wasn’t until she started working at the Federal Communications Commission in 2022 that she understood her new path: she told CNBC it was when she “completely fell in love with space law”.

Mendler’s big news has her admirers excited to follow up, and her X announcement currently has over 23,000 likes. Northwood Space, which plans to mass-produce massive terrestrial antennas that connect to satellites in space, says: “The one-lane rickety road for space data needs to adapt to a ten-lane highway routing continuous traffic across the globe.”And, as a woman in science who changed careers to pursue her ambition, Mendler is likely to inspire other women to make timely career changes.

mendler

Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Laurie Bardon Syphard, an environmental science educator, says she’s impressed by Mendler’s credentials and is already excited about her new business. “My gut is telling me that she is going to go really far with this career in science and technology,” she adds, adding that the young scientist’s Disney admirers would most certainly keep an eye on her, especially given space is “one of the areas that just is exciting and inspires people”.

Mendler’s followers appear to agree and have taken to X to celebrate her continuous success. One fan wrote, “She’s Barbie. Like 12 different careers. Singer/songwriter, actor, Harvard PhD in law, MIT PHD student, startup CEO.”

SOURCE – (BBC)

Continue Reading

Entertainment

2024 OSCARS: Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s Oscars

Published

on

oscars

NEW YORK — After a winter of award events, including the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys, the granddaddy of them all, the Academy Awards, is just around the horizon. The 96th Academy Awards may be a coronation for “Oppenheimer,” which leads with 13 nominations, but other films, including “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Poor Things,” are also in the running.

Here’s what you should know about this year’s show:

oscars

When are the Oscars?

The Oscars will be on Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. EDT, one hour earlier than normal, and will be live on ABC. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This is an early reminder to set your clocks – the first day of daylight saving time in the United States.

Are the Oscars livestreamed?
You can access the show on ABC.com and the ABC app with a cable subscription. You may also watch on Hulu Live, YouTube, AT&T, and FuboTV.

Who is hosting the Oscars?
Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the ceremony last year, will serve as emcee for the fourth time. That matches him with fellow four-timers Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon, leaving Kimmel trailing only Johnny Carson (five), Billy Crystal (nine), and Bob Hope (eleven) among Oscar hosts. “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,” Kimmel told the audience.

What films are nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Oscars?
The ten best-picture nominees are: “American Fiction,” “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Barbie,” “The Holdovers,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Maestro,” “Oppenheimer,” “Past Lives,” “Poor Things,” and “The Zone of Interest.”

oscars

Who are the favourites?

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is the front-runner. Nolan, the best director favourite, is expected to win his first Oscar. The best actress category could be a close call between Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) and Emma Stone (“Poor Things”). If Gladstone wins, she will be the first Native American to win an Oscar. Best actor might also be a tight call between Cillian Murphy (“Oppenheimer”) and Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”). They would be first-time winners. Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Giamatti’s co-star, is the favourite to win Best supporting actress, while Robert Downey Jr. (“Oppenheimer”) is predicted to win Best Supporting Actor. Ryan Gosling is his closest competitor for “Barbie.”

What’s with the ‘Barbie’ snubs?
While “Barbie,” 2023’s largest box-office blockbuster, received eight nominations, much of the conversation has focused on the film’s lack of nominations. Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing, while Margot Robbie did not win best actress. Some have detected reflections of the misogyny spoofed in “Barbie,” while others have noted comedians’ traditionally poor reception at the Oscars. The nominations for “Barbie” include best-adapted screenplay (by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach), best supporting actress (America Ferrera), and two best song nominees: Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” and Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt’s “I’m Just Ken.”

oscars

Are there any changes to this year’s Oscars?

Though prior Oscars have been marred by slaps, envelope snafus, and debates about which prizes are presented live during the ceremony, this year’s show promises to remain relatively unchanged. All of the awards will be broadcast live. The academy is introducing a new award for best casting, but the trophy will be handed in at the 2026 Oscars.

What else is there to look for?
Composer John Williams has been nominated for his record 49th best-score Oscar for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and 54th overall. Godzilla is making his Oscar debut, with “Godzilla Minus One” nominated for outstanding visual effects. Two non-English language films are nominated for Best Picture for the first time: the German-language Auschwitz drama “The Zone of Interest” and the French courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall.”

SOURCE – (AP)

Continue Reading

Celebrity

Beatles To Get A Fab 4 Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

Published

on

beatles

NEW YORK — The Beatles are receiving the big-screen biography treatment in not just one film but four, with each band member getting his spotlight – all directed by Sam Mendes.

For the first time, the Beatles, traditionally among the most stingy rights holders, are granting complete life and music rights to a film project. Sony Pictures revealed Monday a contract that may dwarf all previous music biopics, with the story of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr divided across four films.

The Mendes-conceived films are intended to be released theatrically in a unique manner, with the films coexisting or intersecting in theatres. Specific release plans will be communicated at a later date. Sony has set a release date of 2027.

beatles

Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

McCartney, Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have all approved the initiative through the band’s Apple Corps. Ltd. Sony Music Publishing has rights to the majority of Beatles’ songs.

“I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes stated in an e-mail.

Each film will be told from the perspective of one of the Beatles.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives, which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” stated Pippa Harris, the film’s producer. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”

The Beatles’ most well-known film appearances were during their early career. From 1964 to 1970, they appeared in five films, including “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and the animated “Yellow Submarine” (1968). They have, of course, been the subject of numerous documentaries, most recently Peter Jackson’s 2021 “The Beatles: Get Back.”

beatles

Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

The Beatles reunited in 2023 using artificial intelligence in the newly released song “Now and Then.” The track was made feasible by technology employed by Jackson on “Get Back,” it included a music video directed by the New Zealand director.

Attempts to dramatise the Beatles’ narrative have been intermittent and less effective. A 1979 biography titled “The Birth of the Beatles” was developed while Lennon was still alive, with the Beatles’ original drummer, Pete Best, serving as an adviser. The 1994 indie drama “Backbeat” followed Lennon’s connection with Stuart Sutcliffe before the Beatles became famous. Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed a teenage Lennon in the 2009 “Nowhere Boy” film.

However, music biopics have become a lucrative business in the last decade. Box-office successes like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman,” and “Elvis” have prompted Hollywood executives to seek the next jukebox blockbuster. Over Presidents Day weekend, “Bob Marley: One Love,” co-produced with the Marley estate, was the top-grossing film in theatres. A Michael Jackson biopic is currently under production.

beatles

Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

“Theatrical film events today must be culturally significant. “Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and more,” said Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group.

The combination of Mendes’ crew “with the music and stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe,” Rothman added. “We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.”

SOURCE – (AP)

Continue Reading

Trending