JOHN BAILEY RE-ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT AFTER HARASSMENT PROBE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reelected John Bailey as president after being accused of harassing a female colleague while traveling. The Academy cleared him of wrongdoing in March. Bailey has served as cinematographer on In the Line of Fire, The Big Chill, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Under his tenure, the Academy has grappled with the #MeToo movement and the call for greater diversity. It ousted Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, and invited 928 new members to join in 2018. The committee also announced that it would shorten the notoriously long Oscarcast, which many have observed are far too lengthy. Some awards, the Academy said, would no longer be handed out live. The next Oscars are set for Sunday, February 24th, 2019. Will you tune in?
BRYAN CRANSTON SET FOR NETWORK ON BROADWAY: He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore! Bryan Cranston is taking on Howard Beale in New York when Ivo Van Hove’s Olivier Award winning London production of Network moves to Broadway. Cranston played Beale in the version across the pond to delirious acclaim.
TORONTO FEST SHARES MORE OF ITS LINEUP: The 2018 Toronto Film Festival has shared a dozen more premieres that will compete in its Platform Program. Among them are Donnybrook, directed by Tim Sutton and starring Jamie Bell; Cities of Last Things, directed by Ho Wi Ding; Destroyer, directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Nicole Kidman; Angelo, directed by Markus Schleinzer, and Her Smell, directed by Alex Ross Perry. The festival runs September 6-16th.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA TO STAR IN AND PRODUCE THE SKY IS PINK: Priyanka Chopra will star in The Sky Is Pink, a drama that will tell the real-life story of a motivational speaker from Delhi who died when she was 18. The Indian film will be co-produced through her Purple Pebble Pictures banner with Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP Movies and Siddharth Roy Kapur's Roy Kapur Movies. Chopra can next be seen in Isn't It Romantic with Liam Hemsworth, which is slated to open next year.
TAMRON HALL DEVELOPING DAYTIME SHOW: After striking a deal with Disney, former Today host Tamron Hall is working on a daytime show, said to be set for the syndication market. Hall has been busy of late, also working as host of Investigation Discovery’s Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall since 2013.
MAX JOSEPH ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM ‘CATFISH’: Nev Schulman’s partner Max Joseph, of the MTV reality show, Catfish, has announced that he is moving on after seven years. Max tweeted on Wednesday (August 8th), "Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish. Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my country and human nature in general. Nev Schulman and I have become brothers and our bromance has blossomed before your eyes." He continued, "For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker, and while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it. With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit." Nev tweeted his support for Max, writing, "It is with a very heavy heart, that all of us at the #catfish family say goodbye to @maxjoseph - Good luck Max, love you brother."