The Dallas Opera said Thursday it canceled a 2020 event with Plácido Domingo, who is earning a reputation as the Harvey Weinstein of opera. After initial accusations of sexual misconduct came out against Domingo last month, 11 more women came forward with stories of how the opera star allegedly groped or harassed them. One former production coordinator for the Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo now serves as general director, said she made a point of not letting young women be alone with him backstage. Several other LA Opera workers said the singer’s behavior was an open secret and management looked the other way. Domingo denies engaging in nonconsensual behavior. —L.L.
The Kendrick brothers’ new release, Overcomer, has banked $20 million since its release two weeks ago, proving Americans still have a big appetite for well-produced Christian flicks.
The movie focuses on a basketball coach (played by Alex Kendrick) at a struggling Christian school who is forced to take over a cross-country team with only one member, an asthmatic new student named Hannah (played by Aryn Wright-Thomson). The Kendricks spent $5 million producing Overcomer.
Overcomer, which premiered Aug. 23, was the third highest-grossing film in the United States during its opening weekend. Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s sixth film follows their 2015 box office hit, War Room. With a $3 million production budget, War Room grossed $74 million worldwide and become the No. 1 film at U.S. box offices the second week it was out. Other top-grossing Kendrick films include Courageous (2011), Fireproof (2008), and Facing the Giants (2006).
Predictably, mainstream critics have called Overcomer “preachy”—Variety dubbed it “in-your-face evangelizing.” But WORLD Magazine movie reviewer Bob Brown called it “genuine and compelling … the Kendricks’ best effort yet,” and so far, audiences seem to agree. —Mary Jackson