CHRIS HEMSWORTH ON ALMOST QUITTING GHOSTBUSTERS: Chris Hemsworth reveals that he almost dropped out of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. "The night before I was shooting, I almost pulled out," Hemsworth tells Variety. "Three or four weeks prior, director Paul Feig said to me, ‘I’m going to write up the character. Don’t worry.’ And then I got the script and nothing had changed." Hemworth’s agent Bryan Lourd and Feig kept him committed by promising that he’d be able to improvise and change his character. He also slammed the reception the film got, which he believes was sexist: "That whole period I was like, ‘What ownership do you guys have over those characters? Oh, you watched the film, therefore you should have a say over where it goes?’ I thought it was very unfortunate and kind of disappointing."
NOTTING HILL BOOKSTORE OWNER ON CLASSIC FILM: The manager of Notting Hill Bookshop has a supply of Kleenex on hand for visitors from afar who come to toast the classic movie of the same name, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, May 28. "I don’t think we have had anyone from Greenland in, but I think I’ve met people from every country," the store’s manager Olba Lewkowska tells Variety. "I had a couple from Argentina maybe a month ago come in and the woman was in complete tears. The husband said they watched this film on their first date 20 years ago and got married quite soon after." Have you ever taken a special trip to visit a store of place featured in a movie?
EUROVISION WATCHED BY 180M: More than 180 million people in 40 markets tuned in to watch Dutch singer Duncan Laurence win the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The talent contest also received 40 million unique views on YouTube from 225 territories during the week of the event. Madonna also performed. Do you follow Eurovision even though it doesn’t have a U.S. outlet?
JEFFREY KATZENBERG TO GET CANNES LIONS MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is set to receive a career honor as Media Person of the Year at this year’s Cannes Lions festival. He will be honored on June 19th in the evening, after giving a keynote earlier in the day with Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan in which they will discuss plans for the video platform in April of 2020.