Posts tagged with "The Hollywood Reporter"

Golden Globes debuts one of Hollywood’s most expensive gift bags ever with $500,000 price tag

December 25, 2023

The cost of just about everything seems to be skyrocketing these days, so it makes sense that gift bag price tags also would be increasing—even if they’re actually doled out free to Hollywood VIPs.

So, what will be inside the  gift bags that will be distributed exclusively to winners and presenters at the upcoming 81st Golden Globe Awards, set to take place on January 7?

The Hollywood Reporter divulges that the contents of each bag total $500,000, which makes it one of and possibly the most expensive gift bag ever.

While there are swag suites aplenty that pop up in and around awards season for shows like the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys, THR wasn’t able to locate an official bag valued close to the Globes’ new half a million dollars entry. In 2020, swag bag connoisseurs Distinctive Assets presented its Everybody Wins bag—with a price tag that totaled $225,000. (The bag was given to Oscar nominees in the acting and directing categories, although it had no direct association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.)

What luxury items will the Golden Globes attendees receive this year? The complete list of loot included in the Globes’ extravagant tote follows:

  • Abbaye de la Bussiere: Two-night stay in Burgundy, France ($2,200, available to all 83 recipients);
  • Celestia Phinisi Yacht: Five-day/four-night luxury yacht charter in Indonesia ($50,000, all 83 recipients);
  • Flockhill Lodge: All-Inclusive stay in New Zealand for two people ($15,000, up to 3 recipients);
  • Four Seasons Punta Mita and Naviva, a Four Seasons Resort: Full luxury experience ($15,000, all 83 recipients);
  • Hotel Wailea, Relais & Château: Two-night all-inclusive stay ($5,500, all 83 recipients);
  • Les Bordes Estate: Stay with golf experience ($2,000, up to 15 recipients);
  • Liss Ard Estate: Two-night stay in Ireland ($2,200, all 83 recipients);
  • One Aldwych: Three-night stay in Signature Suite, inclusive of theater tickets, VIP experiences, and private tours ($16,000, up to 3 recipients);
  • Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman: Five-day all-inclusive luxury experience, including transportation and yacht experience ($20,000, all 83 recipients;
  • Robb Report Car of the Year: Two drive spots for a total of four guests ($28,000);
  • Seabird Ocean Resort: Three-night stay in SoCal with private surf lessons and custom surfboard ($6,500, all 83 recipients);
  • The Britely, Pendry West Hollywood: One-year membership to a private social club ($3,000, all 83 recipients);
  • The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston: Two-night stay with luxury wine experience for two ($5,000, up to 2 recipients); and
  • XO Jet: Complimentary membership with $10K in flight credits ($11,000, up to 10 recipients).

Research contact: @THR

Wait, Arnold Schwarzenegger has how many farm animals?

May 31, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for a lot of things: bodybuilding, acting, serving as a governor of California in the early aughts. For the younger set, he’s mostly known for the surprisingly enduring 1996 Christmas movie, Jingle All the Way.

And in recent years his output has been even more varied: He self-publishes a newsletter daily, he’s making his television series debut in the form of Netflix’s action-comedy Fubar, and he has a self-help book coming later this year.

Yet, with all of this on the go, Schwarzenegger apparently stays grounded with the help of a crew of farm animals that live with him on his six-acre property in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, reports Architectural Digest.

“Sometimes I get out of bed and feel shitty. But I get on a bike or go feed the animals and suddenly I feel great,” Schwarzenegger told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story that dropped on May 16.

The actor’s collection of animals adds up to something of an at home petting zoo, including a mini donkey named Lulu, a mini horse named Whiskey, and a pig named Schnelly. He also has an equally varied assortment of dogs, including a Yorkie named Noodle and an Alaskan malamute named Dutch (“named after my character in Predator,” he writes on Instagram).

Though they’re not included in the THR story, per Schwarzenegger’s Instagram, the canine extension of his family also includes a dog named Schnitzel (“after my favorite Austrian dish and my own nickname,” he writes in another Instagram caption) and another named Cherry.

Our count is at seven animals, though we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a few more that simply haven’t been documented.

While we’d assumed that Arnold’s Ark was merely an overcommitment to the pandemic pet trend, his love of domesticating farm animals apparently extends back to the late 1990s, when he purchased a pig after taking a shine to his Batman & Robin costar George Clooney’s own pig.

“So, I bought a pig right after that,” Schwarzenegger said, as reported by The Columbus Dispatch. “Only thing is, I must’ve bought the wrong one because, in no time, it was 300 pounds and I could barely lift the son of a gun.”

Rest assured, if you end up at Schwarzenegger’s house, the eight-foot bronze statue of his younger self isn’t the most unusual thing you’ll find presiding over the pool.

Research contact: @architect d_

Will ‘The Crown’ address Queen Elizabeth’s death?

September 14, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Sepember 8  at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her family verified in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the announcement revealed, reports Bustle.

The news led to an outpouring of responses from royals, celebrities, and “man-on- the-street interviews” around the world.

But, if you got to know the royal family (as many viewers did) through the Emmy-winning Netflix series, The Crown, you may be wondering: How the popular series will deal with the Queen’s death?

The show doesn’t claim to be a completely accurate retelling of Queen Elizabeth II and her family’s lives, of course. A Netflix spokesperson once told Variety it’s “a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.” But it does try to get close with the help of “a dozen exceptionally bright researchers, script editors, and historians,” showrunner Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter.

In other words, an event as significant as Queen Elizabeth II’s death would definitely be explored in detail by The Crown — if the show had plans to cover this portion of history, that is. However, Morgan never intended for The Crown to get so close to the modern era. “I try to keep focused on history and not the present day,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I like to make sure there is at least a generation between the events I’m writing about and what’s going on all around me.”

The Crown, Season 5, which is scheduled to debut in November, will reportedly include the death of Princess Diana in 1997— and Season 6 will reach as far as the early aughts, according to Deadline. The sixth and final season “will not bring us any closer to present day,” Morgan reiterated to the outlet. “It will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

While you can be sure that Morgan isn’t rushing to make any edits or script changes, The Crown may still be affected by Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a major way. A source recently told The New York Post that the show has its “own version of Operation London Bridge”—referencing the protocol (which was discussed in The Crown) of what should happen after the monarch dies.

“This is particularly pertinent for if we are filming,” the source added. “Filming will shut down immediately if we are in production, for at least a week. There would also be lots of discussion about when to restart.”

This indeed seems to be the plan for filming Season 6, as Morgan told Deadline in a September 8 email. The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect,” he wrote. “I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

Even though Season 5 is just two months away, The Crown’s reported Operation London Bridge could feasibly include other changes, too, like postponing the season premiere out of respect for the royal family. It wouldn’t be the first time a project related to the royals has been pushed back for this reason.

Last year, for example, Netflix indefinitely postponed the premiere of the UK Channel 5 documentary, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World, following the death of Prince Philip —and today, the doc is not streaming on Netflix. Granted, this was not a Netflix original like The Crown is, but it still shows that the streamer treads carefully when the royal family is involved.

Research contact: @bustle

Disney defends its ‘Snow White’ remake amid criticism from Peter Dinklage

Janaury 27, 2022

Disney has gone on the defensive after actor Peter Dinklage criticized its plans to release a live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as “hypocritical,” reports HuffPost.

The film studio has insisted they are “taking a different approach” after the Game Of Thrones star said it “made no sense” to produce a live-action reboot.

Th star, who has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, said it “made no sense” for the production to go ahead—describing it as “a f*cking backwards story”, during an appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Following his comments, Disney issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, January 25. “To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” a Disney spokesperson said, adding, “We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

The remake follows the huge box office success of live adaptations of other Disney classic—among them, Beauty And The Beast and The Lion King.

Peter accused Disney of “hypocrisy” for pushing for a racially diverse cast but reverting to harmful stereotypes.

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on I’ve got to say,” he said.

“No offence to anything but I was a little taken aback by [the fact] they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White And The Seven Dwarves.

“They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just like, ‘what are you doing?’”

He continued: “Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You can be progressive in one way but you’re still making that f*cking backwards story of the seven dwarves living in the cave.

“What the f*ck are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

Research contact: @HuffPost

Curtain call: Ellen DeGeneres to leave her talk show after 19th season

May 13, 2021

Ellen DeGeneres has decided to step away from her popular talk show after her upcoming 19th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The longtime host announced the news to her team on Tuesday, May 11, according to the outlet

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged—and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” the 63-year-old said.

However, there may be a more clearcut reason: The show—which currently is in its 18th season—has suffered a ratings decline that many say is a direct result of the accusations of a “toxic workplace culture” that were leveled at  DeGeneres last summer.

DeGeneres will discuss her departure in her opening monologue for her show on Thursday, May 13, The Daily Beast confirmed. The comedienne will also have Oprah Winfrey on as a guest to chat about the decision.

The news was first reported by the Daily Mail, as a source claimed the DeGeneres “knew her time is up.” “The show has bled viewers since the toxic environment around Ellen and her show was made public,” the UK-based news outlet said.

Last summer, DeGeneres faced a public reckoning over claims that she ran a toxic workplace environment—with nearly a dozen current and former employees coming forward with various accounts.

According to The Daily Best, they described racist comments made by other staffers and intimidation tactics. Some claimed they were fired from their positions after taking medical and bereavement leave.

As a result, DeGeneres’ ratings tanked, and the one-time queen of daytime talk shows found herself in an unfamiliar position. This year her audience plummeted by 1.1 million, a drastic 43%  decline.

A humbled DeGeneres, who often signed off her show with the mantra “be kind,” was forced to make three apologies, one on-air, another in an email to staff, and a third in a video call.

“I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,” she said on her show last September. “I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. And I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

DeGeneres claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that her abysmal ratings had nothing to do with her decision to leave, saying she originally wanted to stop doing the show in its 16th season. Instead, she was convinced to stick around for a little bit longer. “We [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That’s been the plan all along.”

Research contact: @thedailybeast