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AMC Theatres Boss: 'We've Survived the Corona Crisis'

AMC Theatres Boss: 'We've Survived the Corona Crisis'

Most cinemas in the U.S. are closed, major summer films have been pushed back indefinitely, and studios keep selling their movies to Netflix. But Adam Aron, CEO of Theatres, struck an optimistic note on a call with investors and analysts shortly after the world’s largest exhibition chain reported that it had lost in its most recent financial quarter.“I think we’ve survived the corona crisis and now we’ve just got to get back to running the company really well,” Aron said of a public health catastrophe that has brought the theater business to its knees, while raising questions about AMC’s...

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Judge Approves Ending Paramount Antitrust Consent Decrees

Judge Approves Ending Paramount Antitrust Consent Decrees

Antitrust rules barring studios from owning movie theaters were swept aside Friday after a federal judge approved an effort by the Justice Department to do away with the .These laws have been in effect since the golden age of movies. They were intended to break up the stranglehold that major studios such as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Paramount once maintained on the business by preventing them from owning both the means of production and distribution. Other studios, however, such as the Walt Disney Company and Lionsgate, which became distributors after the law went into effect,...

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Donald Trump Issues Executive Orders Against WeChat and TikTok

Donald Trump Issues Executive Orders Against WeChat and TikTok

U.S. President has issued executive orders banning transactions with two leading Chinese apps; controversial video sharing app ; and , one of the world’s most popular social media platforms.The separate orders, citing national security concerns, were published late Thursday and take effect in 45 days. They prevent any transactions with WeChat or TikTok by any person, or involving any property subject to U.S. jurisdiction.“The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national...

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Eurovision Sets Sail for U.S. Shores as 'American Song Contest' (EXCLUSIVE)

Eurovision Sets Sail for U.S. Shores as 'American Song Contest' (EXCLUSIVE)

The “,” Europe’s popular music competition, one of the world’s biggest televised events and the platform that helped launch ABBA, is coming to America. “The ” is set to debut during the 2021 holiday season.Hoping to siphon off some of the magic of the beloved six-decade-old show, which draws over 200 million viewers to its grand finale, the premise for “The American Song Contest” will remain similar to the European version. Professional musical artists — solo singers, duos or groups up to six members — from each of the 50 states and across every musical genre will perform all original songs...

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Jonathan Swan Interviewed Trump in 2018, and Critics Frowned. Now They're Cheering

Jonathan Swan Interviewed Trump in 2018, and Critics Frowned. Now They're Cheering

An interview between Axios reporter and President Donald Trump that aired Monday on HBO has drawn the kind of social-media huzzahs accorded to a heartwarming meme or the drop of a Taylor Swift album.In a conversation taped Tuesday, July 28, Swan questions Trump’s use of statistics to describe how the nation is grappling with coronavirus, suggesting U.S. efforts are working better than those of other countries. “You can’t do that,” Trump says after Swan cited pointed the number of US Covid-19 deaths as a percentage of the U.S. population. In the interview, Swan also queries Trump on Rep....

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Why Megan Thee Stallion Isn't Slowing Down -- or Backing Down

Why Megan Thee Stallion Isn't Slowing Down -- or Backing Down

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'Ellen DeGeneres Show's' DJ Tony Okungbowa Says He Felt 'Toxicity' on Set

'Ellen DeGeneres Show's' DJ Tony Okungbowa Says He Felt 'Toxicity' on Set

, who was the resident DJ on “The Show” for several years, has spoken up about the recent workplace misconduct allegations on the talk show, saying he experienced “toxicity” on the set.Okungbowa shared his thoughts in an Instagram post on Tuesday, saying he stands with his former co-workers who have spoken out about alleged and harassment from executives on the show.“I have been getting calls asking me about the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on-air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded...

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Alan Parker, Director of 'Bugsy Malone,' 'Midnight Express,' Dies at 76

Alan Parker, Director of 'Bugsy Malone,' 'Midnight Express,' Dies at 76

, the British director whose exceptionally wide-ranging oeuvre ranged from “Bugsy Malone” to “,” from “” to “The Road to Wellville,” has died. He was 76.The British Film Institute confirmed Parker’s death on Friday, noting he died after a long illness.Parker was twice Oscar-nominated for best director, for 1978’s “Midnight Express” and for 1988’s ‘Mississippi Burning.” While the director’s subject matter was eclectic, he did return frequently to the musical form: His films “Bugsy Malone,” “Fame,” “Pink Floyd the Wall,” “The Commitments” and “Evita” were all musicals or had strong musical...

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Ellen DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff; EP Ed Glavin Expected to Depart

Ellen DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff; EP Ed Glavin Expected to Depart

UPDATE: Dozens of former employees from “The Show” have spoken out about several alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment by top executives on the show, according to a report on Thursday night. Several ex-staffers, all speaking anonymously, accused executive producer Kevin Leman behaving inappropriately at a company party in 2013 and in May 2017. Almost a dozen former workers said Leman would make sexually explicit comments in the office regularly, frequently toward lower-level and younger employees.Following the launch of an investigation into the workplace culture at her...

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Disney Suffers Tough Quarterly Earnings Due to Theme Park Closures

Disney Suffers Tough Quarterly Earnings Due to Theme Park Closures

The Walt Company was brutalized by the pandemic, which shuttered its parks and delayed the release of its films, setbacks that nearly sliced its revenues in half during its most recent fiscal quarter. And yet the big takeaway will not be the lackluster results, but the company’s bold decision to upend the way it will premiere “.” By announcing that it will , the company shifted the attention away from its earnings and toward its streaming service at a time when that has been the rare bright spot for Disney.Aside from that flurry of excitement, the numbers were sobering and demonstrated once...

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Emmys: Netflix Dominates in 2020, With a Whopping 160 Nominations; HBO's 'Watchmen' Leads Programs

Emmys: Netflix Dominates in 2020, With a Whopping 160 Nominations; HBO's 'Watchmen' Leads Programs

Courtesy of HBOThe Emmy smackdown between and has taken another dramatic turn. As the Television Academy announced the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Tuesday morning, Netflix came out on top swinging with a whopping 160 nominations, followed by rival HBO in second at 107 nods. Netflix’s history-making tally is the most ever for a network — even surpassing what any of the Big 3 broadcast networks ever did when there was no real competition.HBO still had reason to celebrate, however, as limited series “Watchmen” scored 26 nods, the most of any program. On the comedy side, Amazon...

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How Olivia de Havilland Took on the Studio System and Won

How Olivia de Havilland Took on the Studio System and Won

Von Babasin had a memorable summer job in 1976.The then 21-year old worked on craft services for “Airport ’77,” a disaster movie with a cast that included Oscar-winners and legends such as Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, George Kennedy, and James Stewart. But the Grande Dame on set was , who despite her stature, spent most of the production soldiering through one grueling scene after another.“She spent long days, soaking wet, crashing around the plane as we emptied the dump tanks through the fuselage, got the shot, and set it all back to first position to do it all over again,” Babasin remembers....

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Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Suit

Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Suit

An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that can pursue a sexual harassment claim against , finding that he held power over her career when he invited her to his room at the Peninsula Hotel in the mid-1990s.The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court, which had the claim on the grounds that Judd was not Weinstein’s employee at the time of the meeting.“(T)heir relationship consisted of an inherent power imbalance wherein Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercion or leverage over Judd by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top...

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Universal, AMC Theatres Forge Historic Deal Allowing Theatrical Releases to Debut on Premium VOD Early

Universal, AMC Theatres Forge Historic Deal Allowing Theatrical Releases to Debut on Premium VOD Early

Pictures and have put aside and signed a multi-year agreement that will allow the studio’s films to premiere on premium video on-demand within three weeks of their theatrical debuts.The pact, sure to send shockwaves throughout the exhibition industry, has the potential to reshape the ways that movies are marketed and distributed. Rival studios are likely to begin pushing for exhibitors to grant them more flexibility when it comes to determining when and how their theatrical releases can make their way onto home entertainment platforms.Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed....

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'Father There is Only One 2' Ignites Spain Box Office as Barcelona Cinemas Reopen

'Father There is Only One 2' Ignites Spain Box Office as Barcelona Cinemas Reopen

Distributed by , ’s family comedy “Father There is Only One 2” punched a sensational first-day debut on July 29, garnering €465,014 ($548,716) in Spain.That’s 60% up from the original installment’s first day total of €272,686 ($320,449), which went on to earn €14.2 million ($16.1 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing domestic movie of last year.“Spaniards have spent months in confinement, seeing tons of films, and now need to get out and watch movies with other people. It’s a question of mental health,” said Bowfinger International’s María Luis Gutiérrez, producer of “Father...

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Why Comic-Con 'At Home' Was a Bust

Why Comic-Con 'At Home' Was a Bust

If a fan convention is held on the internet and no one’s there to talk about it, does it make any noise?That was the overwhelming experience with @Home, the virtual fan convention that ran from July 22-26. It was meant to replace San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual fan gathering that was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite A-list panels for “,” the Star Trek Universe, and two Keanu Reeves movies, Comic-Con@Home cast a pale shadow in comparison to Comic-Con of recent years — perhaps the starkest example yet of what we lose when we lose the live experience.According to...

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CAA Braces for Layoffs and Furloughs of More Than 350 Staffers

CAA Braces for Layoffs and Furloughs of More Than 350 Staffers

is about to implement significant layoffs and furloughs this week that will amount to as much as a double-digit reduction in the workforce at the Hollywood talent agency, insiders tell Variety.Cuts are believed to be coming across the board, with about 90 agents and executives on staff facing pink slips and 275 support staffers facing furloughs in numerous departments at the agency and across offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and London. CAA called the cuts “an unprecedented and painful moment” for the agency and said the decision was the result of cost-cutting moves spurred by...

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CES 2021 in Las Vegas Canceled Over COVID-19, Consumer Electronics Show Moves to Online Format

CES 2021 in Las Vegas Canceled Over COVID-19, Consumer Electronics Show Moves to Online Format

What normally happens in Vegas each year in January won’t be in Vegas after all.2021, scheduled to run Jan. 6-9, 2021, will not be held in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association announced. It’s the latest event canceled because of the pandemic, which has had a resurgence in the U.S. the past two months. Instead, the trade group said, next year’s consumer electronics show — historically, the biggest tech trade show in the world — will be presented as “an all-digital experience” on the same dates.As recently as late June, the trade group had been planning to hold a scaled-down version...

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Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter Account Restricted After He Posted COVID-19 Misinformation

Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter Account Restricted After He Posted COVID-19 Misinformation

restricted the ability of Jr. to tweet for a 12-hour period, after the president’s son posted a link to a video spreading misinformation about the effects of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.The social network required Trump Jr. to delete the tweet with the video link, which violated Twitter’s rules about sharing harmful info related to the pandemic. While in the penalty box, Trump Jr.’s account is unable to tweet, retweet or like posts.Twitter’s PR team, in response to false claims that it had permanently suspended Trump Jr.’s account, posted in a , “This account has not been...

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'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Accused of Abusing Ex-Girlfriend

'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Accused of Abusing Ex-Girlfriend

Actress and director has obtained a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, director , accusing him of years of mental, emotional and physical abuse.On one occasion in 2016, Seimetz alleges that Carruth jumped on her in a hotel room and strangled her until she struggled to breathe, according to filings attached to her application for the order. She also alleges that Carruth has continued to harass and abuse her since she broke up with him in 2018.Both directors are prominent in the independent film world. Carruth’s first feature film, “Primer,” won the grand jury prize at the...

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Regal Cinemas Announces August Reopening of U.S. Theaters

Regal Cinemas Announces August Reopening of U.S. Theaters

Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second largest cinema chain, has announced that it will begin to reopen its U.S. locations on Aug. 21.Regal’s U.K. parent made the announcement on Monday afternoon following Warner Bros. disclosure that ” in international markets on Aug. 26 with a Sept. 3 launch in the U.S.“Welcoming theatergoers back to our cinemas will be a celebration for not only our team and our industry, but most importantly for the fans who have been anxiously awaiting the year’s upcoming releases,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld. “With the health and safety of our staff,...

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'Star Wars' Films, 'Avatar' Sequels Pushed Back a Year in Disney Release Calendar Shakeup

'Star Wars' Films, 'Avatar' Sequels Pushed Back a Year in Disney Release Calendar Shakeup

Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.Audiences looking to escape from the relentless drumbeat of depressing headlines will have to wait a little longer to journey to Pandora or an even more famous galaxy far, far away.With coronavirus cases surging in the U.S. and new hotspots breaking out around the globe, announced major changes to the studio’s release calendar. Most notably, the epic shakeup of film debuts involves delaying its “” movies and “” sequels by a year.The studio still plans to dominate moviegoing around the holidays when theaters are hopefully able to reopen. Each year between...

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'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Workplace Under Investigation by WarnerMedia (EXCLUSIVE)

'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Workplace Under Investigation by WarnerMedia (EXCLUSIVE)

“The ” has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems on the long-running daytime series, Variety has learned.Executives from show producer and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set, said sources.A Warner Bros. Television spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. A rep for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” did not...

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'The Witcher' Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix

'The Witcher' Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix

announced “: Blood Origin,” a limited series set in “The Witcher” universe, which will tell the backstory of the elven civilization before its fall — and reveal the lost history of the very first Witcher.“Blood Origin,” to be shot in the U.K., will be a six-part, live-action limited series, and a prequel to Netflix’s popular series “The Witcher.” No casting details were announced.Set in an elven world — 1200 years before the world of “The Witcher” — “Blood Origin” will tell a story lost to time and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of...

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Olivia de Havilland, 'Gone With the Wind' Star, Dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland, 'Gone With the Wind' Star, Dies at 104

, one of the last remaining actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, two-time Academy Award winner and star of “,” has died. She was 104.Her publicist Lisa Goldberg confirmed the news to Variety, saying de Havilland died from natural causes on Sunday at her residence in Paris.De Havilland’s former lawyer Suzelle M. Smith said, “Last night, the world lost an international treasure, and I lost a dear friend and beloved client. She died peacefully in Paris.”Numerous Hollywood figures paid tribute to de Havilland upon the news of her death. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris extended her...

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