Kevin Costner lights up new TV series as Paramount takes on competition

Paramount Network will take on competitors such as FX with new programming like the series Yellowstone starring film legend Kevin Costner. Costner stars in and served as a producer for the series. Paramount has had a long winding journey since its founding in the early 1980s as The Nashville Network, morphing from country music and Southern culture to WWE, Spike TV, and most recently to the series Waco. The latter was a recounting of the federal government’s disastrous raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993.  Continue reading “Kevin Costner lights up new TV series as Paramount takes on competition”

Beware the perils of Twitter

I’ve often said Twitter is social media’s cesspool. Now that another celebrity has hit the Tweet button and blown up her latest opportunity, the only thing we can count on is who’s next. While heavyweights like Rob Reiner (no pun intended) and Jim Carrey can pretty much say what they want about anyone, and get away with it, most of us can’t.  Continue reading “Beware the perils of Twitter”

Bradley Cooper co-stars with Gaga who insisted he sing live for film

If you’re younger than 40, you may not even know the film A Star is Born. First released in the late 1930s when color on screens was on its way to the norm rather than the exception, the original film starred actors and actresses most won’t recognize. Now the film is being remade with none other than Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper, likely to his initial dismay, learned Gaga wanted him to sing live.  Continue reading “Bradley Cooper co-stars with Gaga who insisted he sing live for film”

Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?

Early reports on ratings for The Oscars are in, and it looks like those ratings won’t be good. It’s still a bit early—numbers will certainly be adjusted.

Numbers aside, maybe it’s time to ask some questions about an event beloved by some and not-so-beloved by others. Are politics sinking viewership numbers for awards shows? Or is it something else?  Continue reading “Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?”