KEVIN KWAN WANTED IN SINGAPORE? The author of the wildly successful Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is facing up to three years in jail in his native Singapore, Variety reports. He is accused of avoiding compulsory military service. Kwan is not among the cast and crew attending the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is considered a breakthrough for diversity in Hollywood. Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding star. Meanwhile, a sequel of the film is reportedly in development at Warner Bros.
MTV VMAs HIT ROCK BOTTOM: For the second year in a row, the Video Music Awards hit the skids. The ceremony was a mix, with J. Lo delivering a widely praised performance proving once again that Jenny from the Block is still queen, while Madonna delivered a horrific self-referential monologue about Aretha Franklin. But eyeballs were elsewhere, according to Deadline, which reports this year’s viewership fell 8% after last year’s all-time low. Did you tune in?
MATT SMITH SPEAKS ON PAY DISPARITY: Matt Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he opened up how he hopes the revelation of a pay gap between him and co-star Claire Foy (he made more) will impact the industry at large. "I think it's part of a wider conversation and one hopes it's ignited a seed in all of us that are in this industry and not just this industry, but across all industries, to reevaluate the way that we were numerate people," said Smith. He and Foy (who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II) remain close friends, he says.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ASKS REPORTERS TO HOLD REVIEWS: Venice is following Cannes’ lead in asking journalists to refrain from publishing reviews about movies until they’ve had their first official public screenings. The request follows complaints from insiders who say bad press has destroyed films that were on their way to garnering positive buzz and good feedback from initial screenings. TBD if the embargo extends to social media commentary and interviews.
JESSICA JONES CREATOR TO EXIT FOR WARNER BROS. DEAL: Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.
‘BLACK PANTHER’ IS COMING TO NETFLIX: Netflix will be adding new movies to their streaming service next month and Black Panther is one of them. According to E! Online, the box office hit will become available to stream on Netflix starting September 4th.