Beverly Hills, Aug 6 (AP/UNB) — ABC says the cast and crew of "Fresh Off the Boat" are ready to get back to work and put star Constance Wu's anti-renewal tirade behind them.
ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said Monday the show's producers have told her everyone involved with "Fresh Off the Boat" took the actress at her word when she apologized.
They have only expressed enthusiasm about starting production this week on season six, which debuts Sept. 27. Burke said she'll see Wu at the script reading.
The two haven't spoken since Wu expressed regret for tweeting her disappointment that the show would be back. The "Crazy Rich Asians" star said she was briefly frustrated that its renewal would keep her from a passion project.
Burke told a TV critics meeting she was happy Wu apologized.
New York, Aug 5 (AP/UNB) — Some of the comedy world's biggest stars — including Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Kevin Smith, Nicole Byer and Trevor Noah — will headline this year's New York Comedy Festival.
The weeklong festival will also feature Norm McDonald, Randy Rainbow, Nate Bargatze, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Vir Das, Kathleen Madigan, Demetri Martin, Tom Segura, Benito Skinner, Jenny Slate, Jay Mewes, No Such Thing as a Fish and Betches Media's "U Up?" Live.
The festival runs from Nov. 4-10. Over 200 comedians, late-night hosts and podcast stars will perform in more than 100 shows at places like the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and even the Bloomingdale's flagship home.
"Nothing beats being able to perform stand-up comedy in New York to some of the best audiences in the world, and that's what this festival is. I can't wait," said Noah in a statement. He'll be headlining the festival's largest venue, Madison Square Garden on Nov. 8.
Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, said audiences should expect pop-up events, live improv and sketch comedy, panel discussions, screenings and broadcasts.
"We've always supported and championed those in the industry, and we're excited to continue to bring the very best comedic talent to entertain comedy fans this November," she said in a statement.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 12 at the festival's website .
Paris, Aug. 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- French "flying man" Franky Zapata on Sunday successfully crossed the English Channel on a "flyboard" he designed, fulfilling his ambition just 10 days after a failure.
Zapata, maneuvering his jet-powered aircraft, took the 35 km flying challenge at Dover Strait, the narrowest point of the English Channel.
He soared into the air from Sangatte, northern coast of France at 8:15 am (0615 GMT) under the escort of three helicopters. In just about 20 minutes and a stopover on a boat for refueling, he landed at Saint Margaret's Bay in Dover, England, safe and sound.
"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling happy, I'm feeling lucky. This is just an amazing moment for me," Zapata told AFP after landing.
The second takeoff was the tricky step. In his first flying on July 25, Zapata failed it, the French BFM TV reported.
This time, he "landed easily on the boat, he changed his backpack and went away" a few seconds later, said Krystel, who saw her husband off from Sangatte.
Since December 2018, Zapata's company Z-AIR enjoyed 1.3 million euros (1.4 million U.S. dollars) subsidies from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly told Inter radio that the "flyboard" might eventually serve a variety of purposes, "for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform."
New York, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — The first spinoff of the 18-year-old "Fast & Furious" franchise, "Hobbs and Shaw," has pocketed $60.8 million in its North American debut and another $120 million internationally.
That's the smallest domestic opening for a "Fast & Furious" film since 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." But the $200 million Universal Pictures release is aiming to do its largest damage abroad. It opens in China, where "Fast & Furious" films have excelled, on August 23.
"The Lion King" slid to second in its third weekend with $38.2 million. The Disney remake earlier this week crossed $1 billion worldwide.
In third is Quentin Tarantino's 1969 fable "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," which held strong with $20 million in its second weekend.
New York, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — Barbra Streisand's return to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years attracted figures from pop superstar Mariah Carey to Bill and Hillary Clinton for a concert that turned political.
The iconic singer performed a show-stopping concert Saturday night, receiving standing ovations from fans including Carey, who showed up to her seat as Streisand ended her first song of the night.
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rev. Al Sharpton also attended the show, where Streisand was backed by an orchestra with more than a dozen talented musicians.
In characteristic fashion, Streisand brought politics into the concert, warning Republicans in the audience to cover their ears before launching into a remixed version of "Send in the Clowns" that took jabs at President Donald Trump. Streisand had covered the Stephen Sondheim song for "The Broadway Album" in 1985.
"Maybe he's poor, till he reveals his returns who can be sure, who is this clown," she sang as the audience erupted in applause. "Something's amiss, I don't approve, now that's he's running the free world where can we move, maybe a town, who is this clown?"
After the song, a photo of the White House — with circus tent on top of it — appeared on the screen, followed by Trump in clown makeup. An altered version of his Time magazine 2016 Person of the Year cover showed him with a red nose under the words "clown of the year."
Streisand, a proud Democrat who has supported the Clintons as well as Barack Obama, released a song last year that questioned Trump and pleaded for change called "Don't Lie to Me."
Streisand thanked the political figures in the audience for their efforts and said she wished she could have sung at Hillary Clinton's inauguration like she sang at Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural gala.
Audience members snapped photos and captured video of the Clintons as they exited MSG. Bill Clinton went up to Dinkins after spotting him in the audience, and they embraced one another and exchanged words.
Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Richard E. Grant, Donna Karan, Rosie O'Donnell, Sally Field, Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, among other celebrities, also made their way to midtown Manhattan to watch Streisand perform.