Cosby breaks no silence
On Monday, Bill Cosby released a video in which he speaks excitedly on the phone about his upcoming show in Wheeling, W.Va. "You know I'll be hilarious," he says. No mention of anything else. None. Also on the site: "Hey. Hey. Hey. I'm far from finished."
'Toy Story' wants love
They're doing a Toy Story 4? Really???? So says Pixar prez Jim Morris to the blog Disney Latino. "It will be a love story," he said. "It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children." Ummm . . . is it still going to be, like, a toy story? John Lasseter, director of the first two, will do this one, too. It will open in June 2017.
Celebs do Women's Day
The International Day of Women on Sunday brought out the stars in support. On Twitter, there was the Not-There.Org campaign, in which you swapped your avatar for a blank silhouette, because equality is not there yet. Hillary Rodham Clinton did that, as did Reese Witherspoon and Lupita Nyong'o. Emma Watson spoke on behalf of gender equality in London. Paul Bettany and AnnaLynne McCord were at the New York march, and Gemma Arterton, Paloma Faith, and Annie Lennox at the London one.
Nolan goes to bat for film
Auteur/director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) wants to preserve film in the face of digital. Nolan, a 35mm fan, told a Getty Research Institute panel in L.A.: "We need projectors and film prints - forever." Last year, he, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams got a bunch of Hollywood poohbahs to buy a certain amount of film stock from Kodak each year.
If it's small, it's small
Carly Rae Jepsen waited three years to release a follow-up to "Call Me Maybe," certified nine times platinum just in these United States. Her new one is "I Really, Really Like You," with a video in which both newly minted adult Justin Bieber and certified old-head Tom Hanks dance and lip-sync. . . . In a Keeping Up With the Kardashians promo, Kim Kardashian sighs that "I've been having sex 500 times a day." Makes you feel tired. . . . Storage Wars vet Darrell Sheets gets $30,000 an episode - or got. Reports say A&E wants to slash his per-epi pay in half and have him on just four of the next 26 shows. Can you say, "Phase-out"? . . . Netflix has signed indie-film favorites Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice) and Zal Batmanglij (The East) to do a show with "some mystery elements." Mysterious. . . . Nick Gordon, longtime man of Bobbi Kristina Brown, has checked himself into rehab. In a taping with Dr. Phil, he had spoken openly of self-harm. His mother, Michelle Gordon, says Nick is still wracked with guilt over his failure to save Whitney Houston, Bobbi's mother. And there is the tragic case of Bobbi herself. . . . On Friday, Jada Pinkett Smith said on ABC's Live With Kelly and Michael that she will not return to Fox's hit show Gotham for Season 2. . . . Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris says he doubts he'll host the Oscars again. Ratings for 2015 were down 16 percent from last year, and reviews in some quarters were smellacious. . . . Since you asked, Kate Upton, lightly clad, lightly talented, gets $40 million from Machine Zone Inc. to put her face and other bits in front of those ubiquitous, inescapable ads for Game of War: Age of Fire. She's all over the game itself, too. Heck, we woulda done it for half that.