News, buzz & rumours
While a number of TV industry folks were fighting for accolades onstage, a grittier brawl took place at a pre-Emmy party. Though no one really knows what happened, Tom Arnold alleges that Survivor producer Mark Burnett jumped him at a party. Of course, Burnett’s camp (including his wife, Roma Downey) claim Arnold initiated the scuffle. Arnold has been harassing Burnett over some alleged Apprentice outtakes that will make Donald Trump look even worse than he already does. Now, we’d rather see tapes from this fight.
NEXT JORDAN AFTER ALL
LeBron James is wasting no time making Hollywood power moves now that he’s based in L.A. He’s teaming up with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce a sequel to the 1996 hoops’n’toons flick Space Jam in which James will star. Terence Nance (HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness) will direct the project, slated to film during summer 2019’s NBA off-season. The team will almost certainly approach original star Michael Jordan for a cameo; negotiations with Bugs Bunny are reportedly “ongoing.”
THEY’RE TURNING TRUMP TWEETS INTO MOVIES NOW
Speaking of Trump tapes, a new movie about the reviled president is on the way from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, and it started as a humble tweet. On September 5, he tweeted, “Film pitch: Trump drugged and moved to a replica White House, where he carries on thinking he’s governing. Millions spent on hiring actors to play his staff, Senators, news anchors, people at rallies. There you go. Studios, your highest bid please.” At least eight major film studios have shown interest in the pitch, so expect the movie to actually get made.
Just how good is A Star Is Born? Along with an endless stream of buzz at TIFF, the film’s debut at Cannes received daps from Mother Nature herself, unless she was trying to say she hated it. The screening was interrupted when the cinema was struck by lightning. Talk about electric performances.
HARDY GOES HARD
When he’s not starring in movies or stopping crime in real life, endlessly interesting Tom Hardy moonlights as a rapper. His long-lost 1999 mixtape resurfaced earlier this year, and now Hardy is reportedly working on some new grime chunes. The Sun reports that Hardy is working on new music with producer Sam Williams (who has previously worked with David Bowie). Whether or not his bars will stack up against Skepta, Stormzy or Wiley remains to be seen.