'IT: Chapter Two' Director Compares Donald Trump to Pennywise, Says He 'Does Exactly What the Clown Does'
Director Andy Muschietti is determined to make sure that IT: Chapter Two, the most recent adaptation of Stephen King's seminal novel IT, isn't just a regular horror movie. He told AFP that he's making sure the film is “connected to the times that we live in.”
In doing so, he connected the primary antagonist, the terrifying Pennywise the Clown, to President Donald Trump and certain other world leaders. The comparison doesn't come through looks or words, but through tactics.
Hosting Hollywood’s most coveted award ceremonies comes with a big paycheck, but just how much is an Oscar host's salary? Before taking the stage for the 2017 Oscars, the show's host for that year, Jimmy Kimmel, provided the public with a glimpse into the finances behind the star-studded evening.
During an appearance on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” morning show in December 2016, the late-night talk show host divulged listeners with his salary for headlining the Academy Awards. “I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this, but nobody told me not to,” Kimmel spoke sardonically after dishing out that he was contracted to earn $15,000 for the evening. While it sounds like a lot of money for one night, rehearsals and preparation for the event likely factor into that sum. It’s also worth noting that the comedian’s salary for Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an estimated $15 million, 1,000 times more than the evening’s pay.
The Walking Dead is already struggling to keep its audience, and the 2018 Oscars won't make things any easier. The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, celebrates its milestone anniversary later today, Sunday, March 4. Hollywood’s largest and most coveted award ceremony is scheduled to kick off live at 5 pm PST in the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. Viewers can watch the ceremony live on ABC.
Joining Kimmel on stage for his second Academy Awards is a selection of prior winners and stars including Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, Greta Gerwig, Oscar Isaac, Daniela Vega, Mark Hamill and Gal Gadot. After his triumphant return to the spotlight, Dave Chappelle will even be taking to the stage as a presenter.
Having garnered quite a few glowing reviews about his performance in 2017, Jimmy Kimmel will be returning for the 2018 Academy Awards. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, another ABC production, will take to the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to unwrap the industry’s biggest night. In a year filled with great strides in diverse filmmaking, including an Oscar nod to Get Out, and the “#MeToo” movement, such as the award-nominated last-minute replacement of Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, Kimmel seems like an appropriate choice.
Kimmel has become known for emotional monologues during his late night talk show, especially in the wake of tragedies like the Parkland, FL high school shooting. The talk show host also has no qualms about calling out President Donald Trump, which ensures the evening of celebration will be rife with jabs at Trump and Republicans.
In the wake of the passing of prolific actress Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood fans have been left inquiring about the status of the follow-up to the 1987 film, Mr. India. Produced by Sridevi's husband, Boney Kapoor, and starring the late actress alongside Boney’s son, Anil Kapoor, Mr. India earned praise after its release and became the highest-grossing Indian film of the year. There were no award ceremonies the year of its release or in 1988, but Sridevi was later awarded the 2013 Filmfare Special Award for her performance.
Mr. India stars Anil in the role of Arun Verma, down-on-his-luck orphanage owner who becomes Mr. India after being bequeathed his deceased father’s invisibility device. Sridevi portrays Seema Soni, journalist and love interest of Mr. India while Amrish Puri takes on the role of the antagonist, General Mogambo. With an estimated budget of $1.8 million, the film drew in a box office total of around $7.3 million.
While celebrities honor their fellow hard-workers of the industry at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the general public will be at home, watching without the glitz of the red carpet. The exclusive event may force the public to watch on any number of screens and devices, but at least there’s always the option to catch the ceremony for free online.
At 5:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 21, the 2018 SAG awards will begin with Kristen Bell presiding over the event. Viewers with even the most basic television package will likely be able to catch the ceremony on TNT and TBS. Those without access to those two networks will still be able to watch Bell and more than 30 presenters honor their peers in 15 nomination categories.
On Jan. 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST, the finest minds of television and film will celebrate the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. The awards ceremony will be dedicated to the best achievements in both mediums throughout the 2017 calendar year. For the first time in its 24-year history, the ceremony will have a host with actress Kristen Bell filling in the role.