Headlines in the News – August 29
DUCK DYNASTY, Kirk Cameron and More!
** DUCK DYNASTY is Still a Summer Hit!
While the summer box office has been sluggish, basic cable networks are showing strong numbers for new and established shows alike. Among the top shows is DUCK DYNASTY, though boasting its lowest ratings since 2012, is still the number one reality show this summer. Receiving an average of 5.9 million viewers, DUCK DYNASTY was the fourth most popular summer basic cable show among total viewers in all genres, right behind TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES and THE LAST SHIP. This is a clear reminder that a large portion of America is hungry for TV entertainment that reflects their lifestyles or values.
– Sources: Variety, 08/28/14.
** Kirk Cameron on a Mission To Save Christmas
Provident Films (MOM’S NIGHT OUT, COURAGEOUS) and Kirk Cameron have teamed together for a three-picture deal, the first of which is SAVING CHRISTMAS, scheduled to hit theaters November 14.
In a press release, Cameron said, “My hope for SAVING CHRISTMAS is that families all across the country will join with my family in putting Christ back into Christmas! For too many years, Christmas has been attacked and hammered by those outside the church, and it’s even changed how we think about Christmas inside the church. We are proudly going to put Christ back into Christmas and remind Christians why this is not only a holy day, but a celebration as well. I believe that families will love this movie!”
– Sources: The Christian Post, 08/27/14.
** Chinese Entertainment Industry Won’t Hire Drug Users
After several celebrity entertainment stars were busted on drug charges, including Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee, 16 of the top film and TV companies in China issued a joint statement saying they won’t work with any stars associated with prostitution, gambling or drug use.
Their statement read, “We hold a zero-tolerance policy toward those who are involved in such misconduct and expect all stars and fellow workers in the business to be self-disciplined and strictly abide by the law.”
– Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, 08/28/14.
** Actress to Marvel: Give Scarlett Johansson a Superhero Movie!
“Girl Power” was on display this week when actress Jessica Chastain of the MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning movies TREE OF LIFE and ZERO DARK THIRTY urged Marvel and Disney to give Scarlett Johannson, who plays the Black Widow in MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, her own superhero movie.
“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie?” Chastain asked TheWrap recently. “I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this? To me, it’s a no-brainer.”
Though there are rumors that Marvel/Disney are indeed planning a Black Widow movie, Producer Kevin Feige said such a project is pretty much just a wish right now and he doesn’t know yet when Marvel will do such a movie, though “I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”
Interestingly, Chastain got some unexpected blowback from some Wrap readers, who wrote that they don’t think Scarlett Johansson is that great an actress anyway.
– Sources: TheWrap, 08/27/14.