MoviePass, the game-changing ticketing service, is shutting down

New York (CNN Business)MoviePass, once a revolutionary ticketing service, is temporarily shutting down on Saturday and it’s unclear if it will return. MoviePass sent shock waves through Hollywood in the summer of 2017 when it dropped its monthly subscription fee to $10 a month, which allowed users to see one movie a day. After that, the service grew rapidly to 3 million subscribers in less than a year. From the start, the surprisingly low subscription fee and surging subscriber base prompted many in the film industry to wonder how sustainable MoviePass’ business model actually was. Helios and Matheson issued a dire warning in April of 2018 about the company’s ability to stay in business. MoviePass eventually raised its prices and …

‘It: Chapter Two’ has big weekend, but doesn’t match record opening of the original

New York (CNN)“It: Chapter Two” had a monster weekend, but it came up short of the record-setting success of its predecessor. “Chapter Two” had a strong opening, but its lengthy run time could have held back its ticket sales. The film clocks in at two hours and 49 minutes, roughly 35 minutes more than the first. Longer films usually mean fewer showtimes and that can mean less money at the box office. “The original set the box office bar so high for the horror genre, so that’s hard to live up to,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore (SCOR)told CNN Business. “And just as a practical matter, it likely had less showtimes due to its length. That hurts its …

Make them wait! Why the age of bingewatching may finally be over

Disneys new streaming service will release episodes once a week, rather than in one go, bringing an end to Netflixs exhausting all-you-can-eat model Disney+ doesnt launch for another two months, but it is proving exhausting already. We are exhausted by the prospect of signing up to yet another subscription service. We are exhausted by the punishing promises of franchises being run even further into the dirt in the form of sequels, spinoffs and series. We are exhausted and baffled and defeated by The Mandalorian will play out across eight weeks. AV Club Orange Is the New Black consistently named Netflixs best original programme should have been a major publicity-grabber. Instead, the whole thing dropped at once and was buried by …

‘The Irishman’ will skip a wide theatrical release and debut on Netflix November 27

New York (CNN Business)Netflix (NFLX)‘s rollout plans for “The Irishman” is likely designed to please its subscribers, but it could also rankle theater owners who rely on bankable movies for foot traffic. “Roma” went on to win three Academy Awards including Best Director for Cuarón, but some industry observers speculated that it lost Best Picture due to blowback from Oscar voters over Netflix’s decision to disregard the rules. Netflix and theater owners have been at odds for years as both sides try to find a middle ground on how to cater to consumers’ changing viewing habits. Netflix wants to keep its more than 150 million subscribers satisfied with exclusive original content. But Netflix’s tactic poses a threat to the business …

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ nabs Quentin Tarantino’s biggest opening

New York (CNN Business)Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” exceeded expectations this weekend becoming the director’s highest-grossing opening weekend ever. Tarantino’s name recognition, the film’s A-list cast and strong reviews likely helped the film this weekend. “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” garnered an 86% review score on Rotten Tomatoes and a “B” CinemaScore from audiences. “The Lion King” took the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. Disney’s remake of the 1994 animated classic made an estimated $75.5 million domestically this weekend. The film, which has an all star cast that includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, John Oliver and Seth Rogen all lending their voice work to the film, has made $962 million globally so …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ blows away box office expectations

(CNN)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made an estimated $185 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening. “Spider-Man gave this summer the jolt it needed,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, told CNN Business. “‘Far From Home’s’ ability to win over audiences is further proof that audiences are just looking for good movies, sequels or otherwise.” “Far From Home,” which cost $160 million to make, had strong critical reviews. It holds a 92% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The film likely had a sizable box office bump thanks to it being the follow up to “Avengers: Endgame,” which shattered box office records in April. The big opening for “Far From Home” solidifies two important things …

Can ‘Spider-Man’ save the slumping summer box office?

New York (CNN Business)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made $39.2 million on its opening day on Tuesday and it is expected to make $125 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening, according to Sony (SNE), which co-produced the superhero film with Marvel Studios. “Strong reviews, Marvel’s goodwill, and Tom Holland’s popularity as Spider-Man will obviously be major factors again, but this is ultimately Spider-Man — one of the most popular icons of comic book lore and blockbuster cinema over the past two decades,” Robbins said. “Far From Home” could do well at the box office this weekend because it’s a sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made more than $880 million in 2017. It’s also the …

WarnerMedia and Apple are reportedly in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams. Here’s why

New York (CNN Business)There is reportedly a bidding war between a Hollywood heavyweight and a Silicon Valley giant, and it’s over one of the most popular creators in film and TV: J.J. Abrams. The Variety report could not immediately be verified by CNN Business. Both WarnerMedia and Apple declined to comment for this report. The introduction of new streaming options means that the companies behind them are rushing to sign the best talent who can create the kind of content that entices subscribers, according to Greenfield. Apple and WarnerMedia both have new services that are expected to debut later this year. (WarnerMedia is also the parent company of CNN.) “Obviously, these companies want to build out their footprint in this …

Summer 2019 media preview: What to watch, hear, read, download this season

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Tuesday afternoon: The annual luncheon for Pulitzer Prize winners… Tuesday evening: “Running with Beto” premieres on HBO… Wednesday: The CBS board will convene on the same day as the company’s annual meeting… Wednesday night: “Big Little Lies” season two premiere screening in NYC… Thursday: “Rocketman” hits theaters… Thursday evening: The first of four CNN town hall events this week… The other three are on Sunday… Friday: “When They See Us” starts streaming on Netflix… Friday: “Galaxy’s Edge” opens at Disneyland in California… Sunday: NYT’s “The Weekly” debuts on FX… “Siege” soon Michael Wolff’s follow-up to “Fire and …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far

Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next week Be Right Back Season 2, Episode 1 Starring the wickedly talented duo of Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, Be Right Back was the first Black Mirror episode to tackle death and grief, topics that would pop up again in later instalments, and which are ripe for the kind of existential, brain-scrambling tales that Brooker and co do best. Atwell plays Martha, who resurrects her late boyfriend Ash (Gleeson) as a chatbot and then later as a seemingly realistic AI robot who shares Ashs appearance but sadly not the subtle details …

Why 2020 hopefuls like to announce their plans at the crack of dawn

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. When de Blasio announces his 2020 bid, he will bring “the total number of candidates to 23 with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast,” CNN’s story notes. The coveted “first TV interview” Some, like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, have gravitated toward “The View” or Stephen Colbert’s couch or Rachel Maddow’s studio for their first interview. But others have opted for morning TV rollouts. Kamala Harris entered the race on MLK Day on “GMA.” Bernie Sanders launched his campaign by giving interviews to Vermont Public Radio and “CBS This Morning.” Seth Moulton posted a …