Judith “Judge Judy” Sheindlin is shopping around her reruns and they don’t come cheap.
The TV judge makes a cool $47 million annual salary from CBS for top-rated “Judge Judy,” and her most recent negotiation also included the rights to her library of reruns, spanning 21 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sheindlin, 74, reportedly is shopping around the catalog in hopes of pocketing $200 million from the show.
Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that Bear Sterns banker Lisbeth R. Barron has been pitching the idea to distributors and studios, using the hook that once the show’s first-run episodes end in 2020, there’s going to be a huge demand for anything “Judy.”
There already is a high demand for Sheindlin’s sharp wit and sass: The show averages 10 million viewers daily, even in its 21st season, and she has three bestselling books under her belt.
Still, some insiders are skeptical about the idea.
“The company didn’t necessarily think [the library] was that valuable,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter. “There had been some tire-kicking over the years with either cable or [subscription video on demand] people to see if anyone wanted her shows, and I don’t think the response was overwhelmingly big.”
Another insider said, “Is it sellable? Yes. Is it sellable for hundreds of millions of dollars? I don’t think so.”
Still the source added, “But I always go back to Ted Turner. Everybody said he’d lost his mind when he paid $1.5 billion or whatever he paid for the MGM library, and then he created two networks out of it and all of a sudden he was a genius.”
She's a front-runner to scoop an Oscar for her performance in Fences on Sunday.
And Viola Davis made sure all eyes were on her at a pre-Academy Awards party on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old looked like a contender for the best-supporting dress as she put on a daring display of cleavage at the 8th Annual Oscars Sistahs Soiree in Los Angeles.
The Golden Globe winner chose a plunging black and cream gown, which was cut away at the side and drew attention to her fabulous figure.
The youthful beauty didn't distract with accessories or jewellery, and let her dress be the showstopper.
She wore her chestnut tresses in a chin-length bob with soft waves framing her pretty features.
The star - who also won a SAG Award for Fences - kept her make-up fresh - letting her flawless complexion lead, with added lashes and a caramel gloss.
Viola is a three-time Academy Award nominee - making her the most nominated black actress in history - and is nominated for her role opposite Denzel Washington in the August Wilson drama.
She plays long-suffering wife Rose, in the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career.
Fences has four nominations on Sunday, including Best Picture.
Viola was joined in the pre-Oscars festivities by Oscar-winner and fellow nominee Octavia Spencer.
The 46-year-old Hidden Figures star looked stylish in all-black at the event.
Ruth Negga added a pop of vivid brights to her ensemble, by way of bubblegum pink heels.
She wrapped a fur stole around her shoulders and channeled classic Hollywood glamour with a striking red lip.
Tracee Ellis Ross, 44, and Rashida Jones, 40 also joined Alfre Woodard who was hosting the party.
In honor of their upcoming 2018 remake of A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and director Ava DuVernay boarded a plane and headed to New Zealand to get to work.
However, from the look of these stunning social media shots, it seems work and play collided in the ultimate trip for these lucky ladies.
"Never seen a sky like dis. New Zealo is off the chain," Kaling, who will portray Mrs. Who, captioned a shot of a vibrant blue sky and seafoam shoreline. The scenery was so beautiful, it could have passed for Photoshop.
In another image, Kaling was photographed taking in the sights from the comfort of a private hot tub because, well,of course.
"Is this real life?" one fan commented on a picture of DuVernay posing in front of the water. No, dear fan, it is not.
"Around every corner yet another breath taking view," Oprah echoed her co-stars with a shot of herself taking in the sweeping sights. "This is what I see on the the ride to work every morning. crystal blue Lake."
While we know the getaway was for "work," Witherspoon made an actual vacation of it by spending some time at the Aro Hā Wellness Retreat located in the nation's southern alps. There, the Oscar winner enjoyed horseback riding, yoga and—of course!—the spa.
"What an incredible experience I had at @aroharetreats in South Island NZ!! The amazing yoga (thank you @damianchaparro), the delicious vegan meals, and the incredible spa treatments were unreal! So grateful for it all, including this lift @mollyrstern!"
David Bowie mega-fans have a big idea for memorializing the late star ― so big in fact, that the statue would be the height of a small building.
In Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton, south London, a group of artists have banded together to propose a 3-story-tall lightning bolt to pay tribute to the singer.
It’s an homage to the lightning bolt the artist had painted on his face on the cover of his 1973 album “Aladdin Sane.” Bowie died at the age of 69 last year, following an 18-month battle with cancer.
The London-based design group This Ain’t Rock ’N’ Roll is leading the charge for the statue in coordination with Bowie’s teams in the United Kingdom’s capital and New York City.
The plans call for the memorial to be built five streets from Bowie’s birthplace on Stansfield Road, the BBC reported Tuesday.
“When David Bowie died, the world lost an irreplaceable talent. Brixton also lost a son. David Bowie, our Brixton boy,” says a press release for the project. “Now the Brixton community is building a permanent memorial in the place of his birth.”
Organizers are seeking to raise £990,000 (about $1.2 million) via a U.K.crowdfunding website for the project. The campaign goes through March 21.
Bowie was also honored with a lightning bolt-shaped constellation last year. MIRA Public Observatory in Brussels, Belgium, teamed up with local radio station Studio Brussel to register the group of stars.
Last year was a good year for women in film, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Equality in Hollywood has been a hot topic for the past couple of years, and in 2016, it finally seemed like the issue was gaining real traction. There were plenty of films with women in lead roles ― “Arrival,” “Rogue One,” “Hidden Figures,” to name a few ― and it appears those characters are reflective of a positive shift in the industry.
A new study, completed by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, found that the number of female protagonists featured in films in 2016 is up 7 percent from 2015.
The study looked at over 2,500 characters from the top 100 domestic-grossing films (minus foreign films) from last year to determine that females made up 29 percent of protagonists in 2016 and played 37 percent of major characters (up 3 percent from 2015). Both sets of numbers represent a historical high.
However, women comprised 32 percent of all speaking characters, down 1 percent from 2015, and audiences were still more likely to see male characters than female characters on screen.
As Variety notes, after the commercial successes of films like “Bad Moms,” “Moana” and “The Girl on the Train,” studios are realizing that female characters are connecting with audiences.
“We have now seen over and over and over that female characters, when done well, they’re good box office,” Martha Lauzen, the center’s director and author of the study, told Variety.
A study done by FiveThirtyEight in 2014 came to a similar conclusion, using the Bechdel test as a guide. (The test rates a film’s gender bias based on three criteria: Does the movie have more than one named female character? Do they speak to one another? And do they discuss something other than men?) The study found films that passed the Bechdel test actually made more money at the box office than those that didn’t. So, it’s actually beneficial for studios to feature women in roles beyond the love interest.
In terms of racial diversity, the findings in CSWTF’s study were mixed. The percentage of Asian females in the top films rose from three to six, while the percentage of Latinas declined from four to three. The percentage of black female characters, however, saw a slight increase, going from 13 to 14 percent.
The study comes as we continue the discussion surrounding equal representation in Hollywood. Many women in the industry, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Swank, Patricia Arquette and Viola Davis, have been vocal about the sexism that exists, especially when it comes to wages and diversity. In the world of TV, Ryan Murphy, has made it his mission to include more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community in the production of his shows.
Hollywood definitely seems to be moving in the right direction, but of course, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Julie Andrews nearly met a grim ending while making the beloved fantasy musical.
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" televised Monday night, the 81-year-old actress revealed she was almost killed while filming the iconic scenes for Disney’s 1964 hit “Mary Poppins.” She told the 52-year-old host how the stunts for the family film were risky to create.
“These were all practical effects, you were on wires and stuff?” asked Colbert.
“Yes,” said Andrews. “There was a very dangerous day right at the end of filming when I was in this excruciatingly painful harness. And I was hanging around up there for the longest time with the umbrella. I thought I felt the wire leave and drop about six inches. I was nervous and very tired.”
“So, I called down and I said, ‘Excuse me, when you do let me down, could you let me down really gently, because I felt myself slip and I just don’t feel too safe up here.’”
However, Andrews’ fears came to life as she was being lowered to safety.
“I plummeted to the stage,” explained Andrews. “I did. And there was an awful silence for a minute and I did let fly with a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, I have to admit.”
Andrews also joked that the stunts happened at the end of filming because if anything went wrong she was easily dispensable with the film completed.
The scare may have been worth it for the veteran star, who won an Oscar for the movie. “Mary Poppins” is being set for a reboot with Emily Blunt taking on the leading role, but Andrews won’t be involved with that filming.
Andrews will star in a new Netflix series, “Julie’s Greenroom,” which premieres March 17.
Craig has starred in four Bond films after taking on the mantle of the world's most famous secret agent on 14 October, 2005.
Daniel Craig has become cinema's second longest-serving James Bond by playing the role for 4,147 days - or almost 11-and-a-half years.
Since Craig took on the mantle of the world's most famous secret agent on 14 October, 2005, he has starred in four Bond films.
However in order to become the longest-serving Bond, Craig needs to clock up another two-and-a-half years.
Roger Moore, who starred in seven films and spent 5,118 days in the role, currently holds the title.
Pierce Brosnan is in third place in the rankings, while the original 007, Sean Connery, is fourth.
The rankings - compiled by the Press Association - are based on the period from the day each actor was officially confirmed as James Bond to the day their successor was formally announced.
Connery's appearance in 1983's unofficial 007 film Never Say Never Again has not been included in the figures.
The James Bond franchise is now in its 55th year, having begun in 1962 with Dr No.
The identity of the actor to play Bond in the next film in the series remains uncertain.
Speaking in September last year, 007 executive producer Callum McDougall said he would "love" Daniel Craig to return the role.
But Craig said in 2015 that he would rather "slash my wrists" than do another film as 007.
Here is the full list of how long each actor has played 007 in the official franchise, as of 20 February:
:: Roger Moore - 5,118 days
:: Daniel Craig - 4,147 days
:: Pierce Brosnan - 4,146 days
:: Sean Connery - 3,049 days
:: Timothy Dalton - 2,863 days
:: George Lazenby - 875 days
The last two living members of The Beatles have come together for the first time in seven years to record a new studio album.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared a photo together over the weekend, reportedly working on Starr's latest album - a follow-up to his 2015 Postcard From Paradise.
"Thanks for coming over man and playing," Starr wrote on Twitter.
"Great bass. I love you man - peace and love."
The two veteran musicians were joined by former Eagles star Joe Walsh, who Starr said had "come out to play".
"What a day we're having," he added.
Ringo has been working on his yet untitled album since 2016, producing and recording while on tour with his All-Starr Band in the US.
Producer Bruce Sugar, who has worked on Starr's recent releases, also posted a photo of him with the two ex-Beatles on Facebook.
"Magical day in the studio today with these two," he wrote.
Other known collaborators on Starr's new album include Toto, Dave Stewart, Starr regulars Gary Burr and Gary Nicholson, Richard Marx and Van Dyke Parks.
McCartney last collaborated with Starr for 2010's Y Not record, playing bass on Peace Dream and singing on Walk With You.
A rare black Porsche 928 once owned by Beatles guitarist George Harrison is being put up for auction.
Harrison, who bought the car in 1980, reportedly drove it regularly when he lived in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
The vehicle is currently owned by Raj Sedha, from Leeds, who bought it for spares in 2003 without knowing its history.
Details of its famous former owner only came to light when Mr Sedha's wife saw Harrison's name in the logbook.
Mr Sedha said: "It didn't click with me. She said it is George Harrison's.
"I said, 'That's who the man who I bought it off said. Who is he?'
"She said, 'He's the Beatle. You can't take the car apart for spares.'"
The car is rare because the stitching on its interior leather is completely black.
Usually the model includes a combination of either black and red or black and cream stitching.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: "For anybody that's into cars and The Beatles, this is a must-have.
"The 928 is an absolute classic and the fact that it was owned by George for four years from new will ensure that it roars off the auction block."
George Harrison, who died from lung cancer in 2001, was a fan of motor racing and owned a number of fast cars during his life.
The car is due to be sold in March.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly at work in New York on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday.
“The outstanding Russian diplomat passed away at his work post,” it said.
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general’s office, said: “He has been such a regular presence here that I am actually quite stunned. Our thoughts go to his family, to his friends and to his government.”
Churkin was a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, notably its intensive bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo last year to crush rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
When then-U.S. envoy to the U.N. Samantha Power accused Syria, Russia and Iran last year of bearing responsibility for atrocities there, Churkin said she was acting like Mother Teresa and forgetting her own country’s track record in the Middle East.