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The charts rank the most popular personalities and TV shows based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.
Between her starring role in Bad Boys for Life, the reveal of her break-up from long-term boyfriend Austin Butler, and a throwback photo to the set of Spring Breakers, Vanessa Hudgens returns to The Hollywood Reporter's Top Actors chart dated Jan. 29
THR's Social Climbers charts are rankings of the most popular entities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart's methodology blends engagement to entities' social media accounts along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended Jan. 21.
Hudgens was active throughout the Jan. 15-21 tracking week, documenting the promotional tour and red carpets for Bad Boys, resulting in increases across the board. The multi-hyphenate star is up by 290% in engagement, 211% in conversation, and by 25% in reach.
The release, and subsequent critical and commercial success of Bad Boys For Life has spread beyond Hudgens' gains. The film opened in theaters on Jan. 17 and topped the box office with a $62.5 million opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada. Almost immediately after the threequel's release, Sony confirmed plans for Bad Boys 4. All the energy surrounding the film sends Hudgens' co-star Martin Lawrence surging from No. 10 to No. 5 on the Top Comedians chart, following a 92% increase on social conversation and 47% boost in engagement.
Like Bad Boys' release generating interest for its stars, ITV's Love Island shoots to the top of the Top Unscripted chart immediately after the Jan. 12 premiere of its sixth season. The dating reality show saw a 73% increase in engagement that may sustain throughout 2020, as ITV recently announced there would be two seasons this year, one in the winter and one to follow in the summer.
Elsewhere atop the Social Climbers charts, Ellen DeGeneres retains the pole position on the Top Personalities chart, marking her 50th week at No. 1.
See the six Social Climbers charts below, and for the full 25-position Top Actors list, pick up the THR issue dated Jan. 29.
1. Dwayne Johnson =
2. Vanessa Hudgens +15
3. Millie Bobby Brown +3
4. Dove Cameron +11
5. Jennifer Lopez -2
6. Priyanka Chopra re-entry
7. Lili Reinhart +7
8. Jennifer Aniston -4
9. George Takei +3
10. Noah Schnapp re-entry
1. Lil' Duval +3
2. Kevin Hart +6
3. Desi Banks =
4. Ricky Gervais -3
5. Martin Lawrence +5
6. Joe Rogan =
7. Chris D'Elia =
8. Adam Sandler -6
9. Franco Escamilla re-entry
10. Jessica Robin...
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing — heck, before X-Men and Spider-Man kicked off the current age of superhero blockbusters — Quentin Tarantino had his heart set on making a Luke Cage film. Though it never happened, the director revealed on a podcast that he had grand plans for one of his favorite comic book heroes and even had a specific actor in mind for the titular role.
The prolific writer/director appeared on Amy Schumer’s podcast via The Guardian and explained that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie between his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also explained how that choice caused him to abandon the project after his friends constantly badgered him to choose a different lead.
“Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favourite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.
“What dissuaded me … was my comic-geek friends talked me out of it,” Tarantino went on. “Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’ And I go, ‘F*ck that! That’s not that important! F*ck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!’”
In defense of Tarantino’s friends, Wesley Snipes would later land the role of Marvel’s Blade, which arguably set the stage for the onslaught of superhero films to come, so their judgment wasn’t too far off. Lawrence Fishburne did “get in shape in a big way,” however, and thoroughly proved his action star chops as Morpheus in The Matrix, so the Pulp Fiction director was definitely onto something.
Not to mention, he would’ve delivered a Luke Cage movie that featured the same knack for the Blaxpoitation genre that he showcased in both Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. But if you’re hoping Tarantino might still have a Marvel movie in him, don’t hold your breath. He’s still adamant that his next film will be his last, and it’s probably not going to be for the MCU.
Via The Guardian
John Oliver made his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on March 29 after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the late night host wasted no time ripping Donald Trump for his “failed” and “irresponsible” response to the global pandemic. As Oliver said, “Again and again, Trump has failed to give this crisis the seriousness it deserves…It didn't need to be this hard. That is why it is so profoundly disheartening that we are being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anyone in recorded history.”
“It's critically important for America to be getting a clear, consistent message about the severity of the threat we're currently facing,” Oliver added. “That is the only way we will be able to manage this virus, contain casualties, and get back to something resembling normalcy.”
Oliver expressed criticism over Trump’s delay in responding to the coronavirus threat, noting that Trump could have helped solve the nationwide shortage in hospital masks and ventilators by enacting the Defense Production Act as early as late January or February. Had Trump made the move, he would have pushed companies like General Motors to produce supplies sooner. Oliver argued Trump waited too long, only to tell the country that his administration is ahead of the outbreak.
“It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate just how irresponsible that attitude is,” Oliver said. “Because we wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing, the virus is now widespread. And thanks to how we have massively botched the rollout of testing the virus, we still don’t know how exactly how bad things are.”
Oliver added, “For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening that this president.” The television host concluded by saying he is “rooting for [Trump] to do this better,” pointing to how Ohio governor Mike DeWine and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have responded.
The March 29 episode of “Last Week Tonight” was Oliver’s first since signing off for a hiatus on March 16. During that episode, Oliver blasted Trump’s coronavirus response as “catastrophic” and urged Americans to listen to the Center of Disease Control over the President when it comes to facts about the pandemic. Oliver said the White House’s response was a “complete mess” because of all the lies Trump has told the American people.
New episodes of “Last Week Tonight” air Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.