On This Day — May 7th

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May 7th is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 238 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle, dating back to the 13th century, was destroyed in a huge fire; the blueprint for the current royal palace was presented within a year.

1895 – Alexander Stepanovich Popov presented his radio receiver, refined as a lightning detector, to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society.

1931 – New York City Police engaged in a two-hour-long shootout with Francis Crowley that was witnessed by 15,000 bystanders before he finally surrendered.

1960 – Cold War: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that his country was holding American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union six days earlier.

2010 – A team of researchers presented a complete draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome, demonstrating that today’s modern humans have Neanderthal ancestors.

Celebrity Birthdays

George Clooney turns 57

Chris Paul turns 33

Meek Mill turns 31

Naomi Scott turns 25

TGL Round-Up: Game of Thrones Pirated A Billion Times, George Clooney Movie Earns Mixed Reviews, Lady Gaga Taking a Break

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Game of Thrones broke ratings records for HBO in its latest season, but it paled in comparison to the amount of people watching the show illegally.

With its seventh season plagued by hackers, the popular fantasy show was pirated more than 1 billion times, according to anti-piracy firm Muso.

“Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest global entertainment phenomena of today and activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented,” said MUSO CEO Andy Chatterley in a statement. “In addition to the scale of piracy when it comes to popular shows, these numbers demonstrate that unlicensed streaming can be a far more significant type of piracy than torrent downloads.”

Two episodes of Game of Thrones were leaked online before airing, which may contribute to the high numbers of piracy.


George Clooney’s latest directional effort,  Suburbicon, has earned mixed reviews.

Suburbicon is described as being about a deceptively peaceful community hides a violent underbelly and stars Julianne Moore, Matt Damon and Oscar Isaac.

It currently holds a rotten 59% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Lady Gaga will be “taking a rest” for a little while, the pop star announced at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.

“I’m going to take a rest. I don’t know how long,” Gaga said at a press conference for her upcoming Netflix doc “Gaga: Five Foot Two” when asked what the next steps in her career might look like.

Gaga has been focused on acting over music in recent years.

George Clooney Slams Donald Trump

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He better be prepared to be called a ‘loser’ in a tweet, because actor George Clooney has attacked Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. Speaking at a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, Clooney said Trump’s highly controversial comments about Mexican immigrants were ‘idiotic.’

Clooney also predicated Trump will eventually be laughed at, saying to reporters: ‘Anybody who says as intolerant words as those should be laughed at, and that’s pretty much [what] I think eventually history will do.’

Trump continues to rise in the polls, polling higher than any Republican candidate and polling over 30% according to CNN/ORC.

Clooney has long been rumoured for a political career and many speculate that the Occean’s Eleven star will eventually run on the Democratic ticket.

Tomorrowland, Clooney’s Latest Flop?

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George Clooney’s latest big budgeted Summer flick has quickly earned a reputation that it may be flopping. It may be in part to Clooney, an increasingly unpopular figure with some, and Damon Lindelof (of Lost), an always unpopular figure with most, that this rep has been garnered.

It would seem to be unwarranted. Tomorrowland, budgeted at $190million range, may have opened to lukewarm reviews (Currently lingering at around the 50 percentage range on Rotten Tomatoes) but tracking sees the movie making in the high $40million range, which would be neither a disaster or a gift.

In comparison to Clooney’s past movies, Gravity opened to a $55million weekend in a bad month and was helped by fantastic word of mouth and awards success. Sandra Bullock would likely claim the most responsibility for that. The Monuments Men opened to $22million, but recovered and doubled its budget overall.

I see Tomorrowland doing well overseas, breaking even for Disney and perhaps bruising the ego of the screenwriters (Lindelof, Bird, Jensen), who most of the criticism has been aimed at.