Monday, May 27, 2024

Monday: “Shazam” Over Prognosticated by $400K, Savannah & Hoda MIA Again, Eric Braeden Objects to Eva Longoria, “Brokeback” Musical Coming to London


Yes, it’s Monday. And while we wait to celebrate Donald Trump’s possible perp walk tomorrow…

WARNER BROS. box office prognosticators were over zealous yesterday reporting weekend numbers for “Shazam 2: Zachary Levi Sinks His Movie.” The guesstimate given by the Big Bunny was $30.5 million. But this morning that’s been narrowed to $30.1 million. They were $400,000 off. The Furry of the Gods was less popular than thought…

THE TODAY SHOW was anchored by everyone on NBC this morning except Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. Where were the show’s main hosts? Two weeks ago, Hoda returned after her youngest kid had been in the hospital ICU for a week. Let’s hope there was no setback. Around that time, Savannah had to leave the show when she tested positive for COVID live on the air! She can’t have it again! Maybe she’s in training for the Trump arrest. Later, at 10am, Willie Geist co-hosted the third hour of Today with Jenna Bush Hager and looked bewildered…

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS soap opera celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. Long time star Eric Braeden, never shy on Twitter, has expressed his anger at former Y&R actress Eva Longoria. Eva did an interview with Chris Wallace on CNN where she made fun of her time on the soap years ago. She said she had to keep a 2nd job that she ran out of her dressing room because they didn’t pay her enough. Also, she mocked the show in general. Braeden was not amused.

Braeden wrote: “EVA LONGORIA: you just made derogatory remarks about daytime actors! You simply weren’t good enough to survive the pressures of this medium! You were very lucky to get on that “housewife” show! You did one show in 8-12 days, with mediocre but salacious dialogue! Our actresses would run rings around you!! And they did then!! From Robert DeNiro to whoever they all are, many of them started in the medium you denigrate! It shows a complete lack of class!!”

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is becoming a quasi-musical in London. Starting in May, Mike Faist, of “West Side Story,” and Lucas Hedges, of “Manchester by the Sea,” are going to play the two cowboy lovers from the Annie Proulx story that was made into a movie by Ang Lee. And there’s music! Eddi Reader, a female singer songwriter from Scotland who’s unknown in the US, will on stage warbling tunes about the harsh winter and romantic spring of these two fellas. This is either a great idea or…something else.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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