JANE CURTIN TALKS SNL SEXISM: Comedy norms are in flux, and one of the founding cast-members of Saturday Night Live, Jane Curtin, 71, having lived through an era where her “Weekend Update” co-star Dan Akroyd opened their debate segment with, "Jane, you ignorant slut," talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the changes. Of comedy’s sexism she said: “[It] was stunning because in the improv group I came from in Cambridge, [Massachusetts], there was no sexism. We were all equals; we all respected each other. We talked about the importance of the Equal Rights Amendment. But by the time I got to Saturday Night Live the Equal Rights Amendment didn't pass, which was stunning to me. And I go into this world where they hadn't even discussed an Equal Rights Amendment. It wasn't a part of their life; it didn't affect them. So they were still continuing in that late '50s, early '60s kind of culture. They hadn't evolved yet, and that's the sad thing.”
ID TO PROBE NXIVM: Investigation Discovery said Thursday it is set to air a two-hour special called The Lost Women of Nxivm, a day after the leader of the sex cult Keith Raniere, was found guilty of sex trafficking. The show will explore what happened to four women who were members of Nxivm and either vanished or died in mysterious circumstances. Allison Mack, of Smallville fame, was one of the leaders of the cult as well.
PIXAR AND DISNEY AIMING FOR $150M-$200M OPENER FOR TOY STORY 4: Pixar and Disney are revving their engines for this weekend’s Toy Story 4 bow. They hope to see the film debut at $150 million-$200 million in North America alone. Toy Story 3 crossed the $1 billion mark nine years ago. Stars include Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Annie Potts as Bo Beep. Newbies Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are also joining the fun.
DISNEY UNVEILS PIXAR MOVIE SOUL: Disney has unveiled Soul as an upcoming original Pixar film, set to debut on June 19, 2020. Soul will be the second Pixar film next year after Onward, which opens March 6th. The Oscar-winner Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out) is directing.