Dolly Parton’s Dollywood and Abramorama are teaming on a coronavirus lockdown-inspired initiative in which Parton will read a children’s book online at bedtime. The series, GoodNight with Dolly, launches Tuesday at 7 PM ET and will air once a week.
The project comes as Abramorama had been readying the April 2 release in 330 theaters nationwide of its documentary The Library That Dolly Built. Then came the coronavirus outbreak. The distributor is now shifting the bow to the week of September 21, a date that coincides with the library celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The docu, directed by Nick Geidner, focuses on Parton’s work to end illiteracy via her non-profit foundation Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Since inception in 1995, the library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.5 million children around the world each month.
“Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment,” she said Monday. “So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day.”
The books in the checkout bin for GoodNight with Dolly include among others Imagination Library books like There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and Parton’s own I Am a Rainbow and Coat of Many Colors.
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” she said. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”
Here’s a video intro’ing the series, which will be available on the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments and Dollywood channels.
Today Scott Cooper issued an open letter, applauding the Senate’s passage of the $2.2 trillion relief bill as a “much-need positive news to an industry I cherish”, particularly in regards to how it’s primed to help movie theaters during this time when they have fixed costs to maintain over several months, and zero revenue coming in. The gruesome worry on everyone’s minds is how movie theaters will be coming out of this shutdown, both big and small; how severe the attrition of screens will be and the ramifications that will have overall.
Cooper is one of the many filmmakers currently impacted by the immediate nationwide shutdown of movie theaters due to coronavirus safety: his latest movie Antlers from Searchlight Pictures was scheduled to open on April 17, and was unfortunately moved off the schedule along with other Disney and Fox titles like Mulan, Black Widow, The New Mutants, and The Woman in the Window due to the current climate. While Universal has opted to put their big event pic Trolls World Tour into homes over Easter weekend, busting the window, there are many filmmakers out there who continue to believe in the power of the big screen, and Cooper is one of them as you can see from his note. Leading up to the Senate’s debate over the relief bill, many filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Paul Feig and Jon M. Chu have spoken out publically, ecouraging people to lobby Congress to help theaters and their employees survive so they can remain resilient and return.
During times of the Great Depression and America’s recessions, movies prevailed, and provided a cultural boost of spirits. We’ve been immediately robbed of that now as we all try and figure out how we’ll continue to live in a what appears to be a contagious viral environment moving forward.
“Not even during wartime have we been deprived of the strong and collective emotion that comes with a film screening, one of our most cherished common experiences. In this time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty, the world mustn't forget the importance of cinema as a balm for what ails us,” exclaims the Crazy Heart filmmaker today.
Here is Cooper’s full letter below that was circulated by the National Association of Theatre Owners.
I don't have to remind anyone who reads this that we are experiencing a singular time in our nation's history when nearly every theater in our country is closed save for a few die-hard Drive-In Theaters. For the first time since D.W. Griﬃth's 17-minute, In Old California, was beamed on a white canvas, in Hollywood, on March 10, 1910, there are no new feature-films to be found playing anywhere.
Not even during wartime have we been deprived...
Apple TV+ comedies have already delved into the world of video game development and the life of Emily Dickinson. On May 1, the streaming service will explore the joys — but mostly the outrageous trials and tribulations — of parenting when “Trying” hits the platform.
Apple unveiled the trailer for “Trying,” a half-hour British comedy, on Monday, March 30. The series will center on Nikki Esther Smith and Jason Rafe Spall, a 30-something couple who must learn to grow up, settle down, and find someone to love after it’s revealed Nikki is incapable of having a child.
Per Apple, all that Nikki and Esther want is a baby — but it's the one thing they just can't have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can't start a family? After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they're ready to be parents?
The plot might hinge on Nikki's distressing infertility, but the “Trying” trailer promises plenty of laughs out of the protagonist's unfortunate situation. The series' trailer shows the duo hustling to improve their lives, gleefully pointing out one another's faults, but ultimately bonding through their quest to start their own family.
Additional cast members include BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris. The series is produced by BBC Studios, written by Andy Wolton, and directed by Jim O'Hanlon.
“Trying” will mark the latest addition to an expanding Apple TV+ comedy slate. The streaming service recently released “Mythic Quest Raven's Banquet,” a video game workplace comedy starring and co-created by Rob McElhenney “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” that has already been renewed for a second season. Apple TV+ is also preparing to release its animated musical “Central Park” on May 29, just in time for Emmy season.
Other recent and upcoming Apple TV+ projects include “Little America” and “Defending Jacob.” The former, which released in January, was praised by IndieWire’s Ben Travers as one of the streaming service's standout titles, while the latter, a limited drama starring Chris Evans, is shaping up to be a potential Emmy contender.
Check out the trailer for “Trying” below:
Last Updated: March 30th
In addition to being America's most trusted source of Carnivale episodes, HBO Go/HBO Now has a lovely collection of movies available ranging from trashy action thrills to elegant period pieces to star-studded comedies. Here is a ranking of the 30 best movies on HBO Go/HBO Now that you could and should be watching right now.HBO 1. Deadwood: The Movie 2019
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
HBO managed to pull off the seemingly impossible with this follow-up movie based on a series that left us too soon. Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and the rest of the residents of the camp are back to celebrate the South Dakota's statehood in the only way this dusty drama knows how — with reignited rivalries, betrayals, bloodshed, and lots of swearin.' The show became a fan favorite thanks to its gritty performances and nuanced storytelling, and the movie continues the tradition, investigating the lives of these pioneers who've endured plenty of hardship for their piece of the American dream.Focus Features 2. Won't You Be My Neighbor? 2018
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
Everyone's favorite friendly neighbor gets the documentary treatment with this expose on the beloved TV icon. Fred Rogers left his mark on the world through his show, one that sought to bridge cultural, religious, and racial divides by teaching children the importance of kindness, acceptance, and compassion. He taught us all how to be better human beings, but the doc dives further, exploring the man behind the TV personality, a guy who fought Congress for funding for the arts and who left a legacy worth celebrating. Bring tissues for this one, folks.Universal 3. Us 2018
Run Time: 116min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Jordan Peele's nightmarish follow-up to Get Out cements the director's status as a master of horror. This twisted tale follows an African-American family on vacation who encounter evil doppelgangers of themselves that hint at an even darker conspiracy. Lupita Nyong'o, and Winston Duke play a married couple, Adelaide and Gabe Wilson, who must protect their family from beings known as the “Tethered,” clones of themselves who have been trapped underground for decades and who are ready to take over on the surface. Peele takes fans on a thrilling ride, causing us to constantly question what's real and who's who but you probably won't get a good night's sleep after watching this thing.Ariel Nava/Lionsgate 4. Blindspotting 2018
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs writes and stars in this crime drama that's as funny as it is critical of our current justice system. Diggs plays Collin, a man with three days left on a probation sentence who's trying to stay out of trouble on the streets of...