Showbiz Lowdown

Friday June 11th..

Royal commentators are criticizing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, after the duchess released her 107-second children’s audiobook– which costs $15.

One critic of Meghan Markle’s audiobook noted that it is so short and disproportionately pricey, it costs 8 cents per word.

Slammed as a juvenile and amateurish effort on the part of Meghan Markle, the audiobook of “The Bench” is so unpopular that its price was slashed in half within hours of its release.

And at $15, it is one of Amazon’s most expensive audiobooks.


A series based on the “Ted” movies is headed to Peacock.

Seth MacFarlane is currently in negotiations to reprise the role of the voice of Ted, a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear brought to life by the magic of a little boy’s wish.

MacFarlane will also write executive produce the series,  It’s unknown if Mark Wahlberg is coming back for the series.


Matthew McConaughey spoke about starring in Lincoln car ads.

The campaign—which first aired in 2014—went super viral, earned Lincoln a double-digit sales bump, and was spoofed by “South Park”, Jim Carrey and “SNL”.

McConaughey explained his decision to be the face of the campaign in a time when A-listers starring in commercials was unpopular, how the concept was developed, and why he sleuthed into a packed Buffalo Wild Wings to catch the commercial’s very first airing back in 2014.


The upcoming “Aquaman” sequel will be called “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”.

It stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, with Amber Heard expected to return as Mera and Patrick Wilson back as Orm.

The original “Aquaman”, released in December 2018, grossed more than $1 billion, making it the only DC film to reach that number outside of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy.

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has a release date of Dec. 16, 2022.