•   
  •   
  •   

Entertainment 25 TV shows with themes written by popular musicians

20:17  05 november  2021
20:17  05 november  2021 Source:   stacker.com

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Accused of Body-Shaming Whoopi Goldberg

  Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Accused of Body-Shaming Whoopi Goldberg Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Accused of Body-Shaming Whoopi GoldbergThe show’s hosts and guests were in the midst of a discussion about Good American founder Emma Grede, who is set to appear on Shark Tank, making history as the first Black female guest shark on the ABC series on Thursday, October 7.

One of the hottest “clubs'' in Hollywood is run by “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Jimmy O. Yang and his producing partners. There's no DJ or bottle service. If you gain entry, you better know how to eat a Dungeness crab.

Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning Crab Club, the production company he operates alongside Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng, into a real Hollywood force.

Music industry racism 'is upfront and personal'

  Music industry racism 'is upfront and personal' A new report says that 86% of black musicians have faced barriers because of their race."Prejudice is here," says Roger Wilson of the Black Lives in Music initiative. "There's nothing stealthy about it.

Why Crab Club? The moniker comes from their regular crab dinners with other Asian American friends working in entertainment. The aim was not just to eat, but also to support each other. The meals rotate among their Los Angeles-area homes. For Yang, it was a “cool dinner club.”

Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“I just felt very normal, kind of like when I was shooting ‘Crazy Rich Asians,' where we didn't have to explain ourselves," Yang told The Associated Press.

Major music streaming services to face inquiry

  Major music streaming services to face inquiry YouTube and Spotify are among those to be scrutinised by the Competition and Markets Authority. MPs recently demanded a "complete reset" of the music industry, amid "pitiful returns" for artists. A DCMS Committee report called for the CMA to look into streaming and the power of the major players. On Tuesday, the CMA confirmed it will make moves to begin such an investigation.DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said: "That the CMA has made this a priority is a big result for the DCMS Committee, endorsing one of the key recommendations of our inquiry into music streaming.

Being in Hollywood, the gatherings eventually transcended beyond being a support group and are now an incubator for TV and film projects told on their terms. In 2019, Yang, Gao and Cheng formed Crab Club, Inc., and it didn't take long for the company to prove it has legs.

Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Comedian Jo Koy showed up to one of the dinners and there was a spark of “synergy," Yang said. Talk of all of them working together led to Crab Club's first project: “Easter Sunday," a comedy about a Filipino American family starring Koy. The movie, which will premiere in April, found a partner in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

Todd Rundgren is skipping his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction

  Todd Rundgren is skipping his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction Todd Rundgren, 73, shared with TMZ on Thursday that he's sitting out the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Cleveland because he doesn't think the institution should exist.The 73-year-old rock legend shared with TMZ on Thursday that he's planning to sit out the ceremony and accompanying performances in Cleveland as he doesn't think the institution should even exist.

“We all broke the story together. But Ken is the main writer," Yang said. “He wrote such an amazing script that it was legendarily greenlit by Steven Spielberg on the first draft."

They're now co-writing “The Great Chinese Art Heist" with Yang's former “Crazy Rich Asians” director, Jon M. Chu, attached. Crab Club is also producing an Amazon Studios comedy series, to be co-penned and executive produced by Cheng, about outcasts in Los Angeles.

“If somebody sends us a project, we have two rules,” Cheng said. “The first is the project has to sort of spotlight a marginalized voice or a marginalized community. We're three Chinese Americans. Obviously, we're going to lean towards Asian American projects or Asian diasporic projects...The second mandate is all three of us have to like it and want to do it.”

Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Crab Club dinners — which were temporarily halted during the pandemic — weren't intended to be some exclusive Asian Algonquin Round Table. It really started out as being about eating crab. Gao, showrunner of the highly anticipated Marvel/Disney+ “She-Hulk” series, said they and two other friends created a text thread in 2017 to alert each other if they saw Dungeness crab at a bargain price.

Filmmaker Scott Cooper on ‘Antlers’ and His Upcoming Christian Bale Projects

  Filmmaker Scott Cooper on ‘Antlers’ and His Upcoming Christian Bale Projects Scott Cooper may be new to the horror genre, but Antlers still has his signature all over it. From forgotten towns to the mistreatment of indigenous peoples, Antlers revisits many of the elements and themes that have defined Cooper’s films since 2009’s Crazy Heart. The pandemic-delayed creature feature centers around a young boy (Jeremy T. […]“Guillermo del Toro approached me and said, ‘Your last three films have been horror films and nobody knows it. Would you consider a horror film?'” Cooper tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I wouldn’t have made the film without Guillermo [as producer] because he is our foremost creature creator.

“When the prices dropped to the single digits per pound, we would all — like the Avengers — assemble to have a crab dinner,” Gao said. “We would all take turns hosting at each other's houses. And we're all very good cooks.”

It's been invite-only due to the difficulty accommodating beyond 10-15 people and because the host has to buy the crabs. Their little supper club has started to generate buzz, with producers and actors asking how they can join.

People in the group have spent so many years “siloed off” always being the only Asian on sets, Cheng said. Here, they can cook up ideas or gripe about having doors closed by industry people because of their race or ethnicity.

They also have each other's back outside of Crab Club productions. When the plot of “Love Hard” and Yang's casting were revealed, there was immediate criticism that the story would hinge on the trope of the nerdy Asian guy not being a believable romantic option.

Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Actor-comedian Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

In the sweet but not sappy Christmas flick, a New York man (Yang) uses a photo of his hunky childhood friend as an online dating profile pic. He forms a bond over text and phone chats with a Los Angeles writer (Nina Dobrev). When she busts his catfishing after surprising him at his home, Cyrano-esque hijinks ensue.

American middle-class musicians are worth fighting for

  American middle-class musicians are worth fighting for Broadcasters make billions of dollars each year off our music, and artists don’t earn a penny.We musicians are used to fighting. For our livelihoods, our families, our dreams. In recent years we've fought battles we've neither sought nor provoked, against powerful corporate forces devaluing music's worth. Streaming companies, music pirates, and AM/FM radio broadcasters who, in the United States, pay nothing--zero--to artists for radio airplay.

Jimmy O. Yang, from left, Jessica Gao, and Ken Cheng, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Jimmy O. Yang, from left, Jessica Gao, and Ken Cheng, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“I knew that there would be tweets like that from watching the trailer because of course you boil that story down...It’s like, ‘Oh what are you trying to say? Oh, this kind of Asian guy with glasses is not hot and this other guy is hot?’” Yang said.

He assures the movie is more nuanced. Originally, his character was not written as Asian American. Yang took the role after he got producers to agree that the “hot guy” be played by someone of Asian descent (Darren Barnet of "Never Have I Ever'' has the role). Yang also knew playing this part meant viewers would see an Asian family on screen.

That level of consideration is one reason Cheng and Gao are protective of Yang when it comes to critics.

“This is a situation that I think really illustrates the kind of unfair position that actors of color are put in,” Gao said. “Jimmy actually cares about his community and wants to protect his community."

Like Yang, Gao and Cheng are extremely busy with projects outside of Crab Club. Gao has her hands full with “She-Hulk," where people of color comprise more than half the writing staff. Cheng has a slew of commitments including an HBO comedy pilot about siblings running a Chinese restaurant.

American Politics Is Back to the Future

  American Politics Is Back to the Future Crime, inflation, parental rights in schools aren’t new issues at all, but a blast from the Republican revival of the ‘70s and ‘80s.But from a historical context, recent American politics is best understood as a perpetual war between two roughly equal coalitions of progressives and traditionalists in which virtually all issues are “cultural” in the sense of reflecting deeper currents of values, hopes and fears along with tangible interests. What should concern progressives right now is that we may be entering an era in which perpetual conservative claims that progressives are ruining America seems to have a salience they haven’t had for decades.

It would be easy for the trio to only focus on their own careers in such a cutthroat business. But, they also want to help emerging writers and actors add to what could be a “golden age of Asian American art,” Cheng said.

Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Jimmy O. Yang, a co-founder of the Crab Club production company, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A golden age seems long overdue. In May, a USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report found that only 5.9% of 51,159 speaking roles across 1,300 top-grossing movies between 2007 and 2019 were portrayed by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Only 3.4%, or 44, of those movies had Asians or Pacific Islanders as a lead or co-lead.

Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.  Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Ken Cheng, from left, Jimmy O. Yang and Jessica Gao, co-founders of the Crab Club production company, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning the production company he operates with Gao and Cheng into a real Hollywood force. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The ongoing lack of representation is why the trio will send projects to other writers if they're not the right fit. Gao says they need to overcome Hollywood's history of making people of color compete for scraps of opportunities.

“The circle gets bigger," Gao said. “A rising tide lifts all boats. That's the philosophy that we believe.”

___ Terry Tang is a member of The Associated Press’ Race and Ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ttangAP

U2's Edge leading rock memorabilia sale to help musicians .
NEW YORK (AP) — When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unrecognized as he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row. “I have to say one of the benefits of mask wearing is it’s like a cloaking device if you’re a famous face,” the U2 guitarist recently told The Associated Press while promoting his Music Rising charity and its Dec. 11 auction of famous guitars and other rock memorabilia to support New Orleans musicians hit hard by the pandemic. “Ronnie has donated a beautiful guitar to our auction. So, I was so stoked,” he said.

usr: 0
This is interesting!