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Hank Azaria Wants to Apologize to “Every Single Indian Person in This Country” for Voicing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Over a year ago, Hank Azaria stepped down from voicing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the heavily accented Kwik-E-Mart owner on The Simpsons whom he had voiced for 30 years, winning several Emmys for his performance in the process. The decision came after the outcry over his voicing Apu had reached a boiling point in the wake of a documentary called The Problem with Apu, which criticized the character’s outdated stereotypes. In the aftermath of his exit from the role, during which he also stepped down...
Tags: Animation, Business and Industry News, Hank-Azaria, The-Simpsons

Here Are Two Ways Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome Could Be Saved

Earlier this week, Hollywood was heartbroken to learn the sad news that ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres would be closing all of their locations, including the famed Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. Industry insiders, directors, and general audiences grieved the loss of these Southern California institutions by sharing their favorite moviegoing memories, but the future of the Dome remains murky. Thanks to a couple of recent reports, though, we’ve learned about two ways the Cinerama Dome ...
Tags: Business and Industry News, Exhibition, Arclight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres

Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres Will Close Permanently

Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are closing down permanently. The beloved theater brands, considered an institution of the Los Angeles movie scene, are shutting down due to the financial toll brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will close down, their parent company Decurion has announced (via Variety). This will shutter the beloved Hollywood Arclight multiplex on Sunset Boulevard and its iconic 58-year old Cinerama Dome, which is a f...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Maryland, California, Los Angeles, Exhibition, Quentin Tarantino, Chatsworth, Pacific, Tarantino, Indiewire, Los Angeles County, Grove, Sunset Boulevard, Cinerama Dome, Culver City

Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith Pull ‘Emancipation’ Production from Georgia Due to New Voting Restrictions

Georgia seems to be on everyone’s mind these days as the state has recently enacted new voting restrictions that make it far more difficult for citizens to make their voices heard, especially Black voters living in the state. In response to the new voting restrictions signed into law on March 31, Georgia-based corporations like Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have spoken out against the new laws, and now it’s starting to impact film productions that bring jobs and revenue to the state. In a press ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Drama, Disney, Georgia, Joe Biden, Delta Airlines, Army, John, Will-Smith, Usa Today, Smith, Coca Cola, Marvel Studios, Harper, Black

Netflix to Become the Streaming Home for All New Sony Releases Starting Next Year

Warner Bros. has HBO Max. Disney and Pixar have Disney+. Paramount has Paramount + and Universal has Peacock. But unlike its competitors, Sony is one of the few major studios that has not yet launched its own streaming platform to compete with Netflix. But Sony’s sticking by the old adage, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And if you’re going to join ’em, join with the biggest streamer in the market. Sony and Netflix have struck a major licensing deal that will make Netflix the streaming home...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Disney, US, Netflix, Sony, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Pixar, Jumanji, Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia, Scott Stuber, Netflix/Streaming Video, Business and Industry News

Italy Officially Abolishes Government Film Censorship

Italy is bringing to an end a century-long policy of film censorship. The country has abolished state censorship of films by scrapping legislation that has been in place since 1913, which allowed the government to censor and ban movies such as Pasolini’s Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris. It’s the final curtain for government film censorship in Italy. Legislation which allowed the government to censor scenes and ban movies based on “moral” and politi...
Tags: Movies, Censorship, Paris, Italy, Federico Fellini, Pasolini, Dario Franceschini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Business and Industry News, Bertolucci, Luigi Lonigro, Cinecensura, Italy Salo

Netflix’s Lead in the Streaming Wars is Shrinking as More Competitors Enter the Fray

You know that phenomenon when something becomes so widely used that it becomes the verb for that thing? Oh, let me Google that. Take this Kleenex. Throw that in the dumpster (yes, “Dumpster” used to be a brand). Netflix was well on its way to becoming that thing for streaming, with the cheeky “Netflix and chill” even becoming a commonly used phrase. But it may lose that chance with the influx of new streaming competitors like Disney+, HBO Max, and Peacock, and of course, its old competitors Hul...
Tags: Amazon, Business and Industry News, Disney, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Netflix/Streaming Video, Peacock, Ampere Analysis

‘Knives Out’ Sequels: Rian Johnson, Daniel Craig, and Producer Ram Bergman Stand to Make $100 Million Each From the Netflix Deal

We don’t typically write about Hollywood paydays at /Film unless they’re especially huge, but a new report brings word of three new instances which absolutely fit that description. Writer/director Rian Johnson, producer Ram Bergman, and star Daniel Craig are all poised to make $100 million each thanks to the surprising Knives Out sequels deal that Netflix made last week. The deal itself was worth $469 million, but the fact that these three players will receive $100 million each puts them in rar...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Netflix, Sequels, Daniel-Craig, Johnson, Rian Johnson, Craig, Downey, Bergman, Dolittle, Mystery/Suspense, Ram Bergman, Business and Industry News, Johnson Bergman, Knives Out 2

‘Justice League’ Clash: Joss Whedon Reportedly Threatened Gal Gadot’s Career, Ray Fisher Shares Troubling Cyborg Changes During Reshoots

Ray Fisher‘s battle with Warner Bros. over director Joss Whedon‘s alleged abuse on the set of Justice League reshoots has been well-documented over the last year. The clash has taken place over social media, in Warner Bros. boardrooms, and across the entertainment media, a back-and-forth that has been equally illuminating and frustratingly opaque. But after months of Fisher only alluding to Whedon’s abusive behavior on-set, the Zack Snyder’s Justice League star is revealing the details in his f...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Sequels, Justice-League, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers, Joss-Whedon, Black, Kevin Tsujihara, Gal Gadot, Snyder, Fisher, Zack, Jenkins, Frankenstein, Johns

Thandiwe Newton Reclaims Original Spelling of Her Name: “I’m Taking Back What’s Mine”

For over 30 years, Thandiwe Newton has been credited as Thandie Newton — something that came not out of a decision to brand herself as more marketable to Hollywood, but from a misspelling. The “w” was “carelessly missed out from her first credit,” British Vogue reveals in an in-depth profile with the Westworld star, who announced that she is now reclaiming the original spelling of her name. “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” Newton said in a British Vogu...
Tags: Hbo, UK, Wtf, Hollywood, Movies, Vogue, Newton, Shona, Marc Maron, British Vogue, Thandie-Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Business and Industry News, Thandie, Thandiwe Newton, John Duigan

‘The Suicide Squad’ Sets New Record for Most Viewed Red Band Trailer in a Week

In February, the new adaptation of Mortal Kombat became the most viewed red band trailer of all time with 116 million views in a single week. But there’s already a new record holder. James Gunn‘s DC Comics sequel The Suicide Squad is now the most viewed red band trailer, delivering a crushing fatality to Mortal Kombat. James Gunn announced the record-breaking news on Friday, just before the Easter holiday weekend: I just got word #TheSuicideSquad redband trailer set a new record for most vie...
Tags: Movies, Dc Comics, Fox, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, Warner Bros, Deadpool, Movie Trailers, Peter Capaldi, James Gunn, Margot Robbie, Warner Brothers, Pete Davidson, John Cena, David Ayer, Jai Courtney

Peacock May Become the Exclusive Streaming Home to Universal Franchises Like ‘Fast and Furious’ and ‘Jurassic Park’

The last couple years have seen the introduction of new streaming competitors like HBO Max, Peacock and Paramount+, and the streaming wars are heating up as each of them try to create a library of movies and TV shows that will entice viewers to subscribe. Each of those new services fall under parent companies who also own movie studios, but only one of them hasn’t yet taken full advantage of that relationship. Even though Peacock falls under the Comcast banner that includes Universal Pictures, ...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Netflix, Comcast, Jurassic Park, Universal, Hulu, Paramount, Rian Johnson, Universal Pictures, George R R Martin, Peacock, Jason Bourne, Netflix/Streaming Video, The Secret Life of Pets, Secret Life of Pets

Regal Cinemas Reopening in April For ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ Warner Bros. Ending HBO Max Release Experiment in 2022

With an end to the pandemic (hopefully) in sight, the movie industry is looking toward the future. Movie theaters were hit hard by COVID-19, but they’re hoping to come back strong, and soon. Case in point: Regal Cinemas have unveiled plans to reopen in April, and their parent company Cineworld has just struck a deal with Warner Bros. for 2022 – a sign that Warner Bros.’ 2021 plan to release their films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max will truly come to an end next year. Will movie ...
Tags: Europe, Christopher Nolan, New York, Movies, Los Angeles, United States, Cineworld, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers, Kong, Tenet, Regal Cinemas, Business and Industry News, HBO Max, Warner Bros Ending HBO, Mooky Greidinger With

Warner Bros. Abandons Its Plan to Build an Aerial Tram to the Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. has pulled out of its initial plan to construct an aerial tram to the iconic Hollywood sign. In 2018, plans were announced for the studio to spend $100 million to build the “Hollywood Skyway,” which would have allowed visitors to take a six-minute ride from WB’s visitor parking lot in Burbank up to the top of Mount Lee where the Hollywood sign has stood since 1923. Now the studio has backed out, citing safety concerns and a desire to instead focus on its “core business interests.” ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, California, Los Angeles, Warner Bros, Google Maps, Warner Brothers, Burbank, WB, Hollywood Sign, Business and Industry News, Mount Lee, Deadline Warner Bros, Hollywood Skyway

‘Color Out of Space’ Production Company Cuts Ties With Director Richard Stanley After Allegations of Domestic Abuse

SpectreVision, the production company behind the 2019 H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, announced that it has cut ties with the film’s director Richard Stanley after horrifying allegations of domestic abuse emerged about the filmmaker. In a statement posted to Twitter, SpectreVision said it will no longer be working with Stanley after Stanley was accused of abuse by his former partner, Scarlett Amaris. “SpectreVision will no longer work with Richard Stanley,” the company said. “W...
Tags: Movies, France, Elijah Wood, Stanley, Tommy Chong, Nathan Gardner, Business and Industry News, Josh C Waller, Richard Stanley, Daniel Noah, SpectreVision, Lisa Whalen, Amaris, Color Out of Space, Twitter SpectreVision, Scarlett Amaris SpectreVision

Disney CEO Says Theatrical Release Plans for Movies Like ‘Black Widow’ Will Be “Last Minute” Decisions

Even though the coronavirus pandemic is started to subside as the COVID-19 vaccine is being more widely distributed, audiences aren’t flocking back to movie theaters in great numbers just yet. That’s why studios are still delaying some movies originally slated to arrive this spring. But when it comes to Disney’s upcoming theatrical releases, CEO Bob Chapek says the studio will be flexible with their strategy, and for movies like the upcoming Black Widow, it may come down to a “last minute” deci...
Tags: New York, Movies, Disney, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, Black Widow, Pixar, Disneyland, Marvel Studios, Cruella, Disney/Pixar, Business and Industry News, Bob Chapek, Chapek

Natalie Portman Signs First-Look TV Deal With Apple TV+

Word recently broke that Natalie Portman would be headed to Apple TV+ with the limited series Lady in the Lake, which also stars Lupita Nyong’o. Now it looks like Lady in the Lake is just the beginning of Portman’s relationship with Apple, as Portman has signed a first-look TV deal with Apple along with her producing partner Sophie Mas. It’s the first deal Portman and Mas have signed through their newly formed production company, MountainA. When it comes to new-ish streaming services, Apple ...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Television, Movies, Disney, Apple TV, Leonardo Dicaprio, Idris Elba, Thor, Ridley Scott, Baltimore, Natalie-Portman, Lucy, Lake, Martin Scorsese, Mas

Los Angeles Movie Theaters Can Officially Reopen on Monday [Update]

Update: Los Angeles County officials confirm that starting on Monday, March 15, 2021, Los Angeles movie theaters will be able to reopen “with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.” Monday also marks the days that museums, zoos, and aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity; gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masks; restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capa...
Tags: New York, Movies, Cdc, Los Angeles, Exhibition, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Business and Industry News

Dev Patel’s Directorial Debut ‘Monkey Man’ Gets Snatched Up by Netflix for $30 Million

Dev Patel is set to make his directorial feature debut with Monkey Man, a revenge thriller that earned significant buzz at last week’s virtual EDM. So of course it was Netflix, with its bottomless wells of money and eye for buzzy titles, that snatched up Monkey Man in an impressive $30 million deal. Deadline reports that Netflix has struck a deal worth roughly $30 million for most of the worldwide rights — excluding existing deals in Spain, Latin America, Iceland, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, ...
Tags: Business and Industry News, Netflix, Dev Patel, Monkey Man

Los Angeles Movie Theaters Could Reopen Next Week

Since the pandemic caused the theatrical exhibition industry to come to an abrupt halt last year, some theaters have slowly reopened across the country. But until last week, the nation’s two biggest markets – New York and Los Angeles – remained shuttered. New York has been back in action for a few days, and today, new projections indicate that Los Angeles movie theaters could reopen as soon as next week based on the number of coronavirus cases in the area. THR reports that Los Angeles movie t...
Tags: New York, Movies, Cdc, Los Angeles, Exhibition, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Business and Industry News

Alamo Drafthouse Has Filed for Bankruptcy, But Only a Few Locations Will Be Closing

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has been hitting the movie theater industry hard. Sadly, one of the best movie theater chains around has filed for bankruptcy and will soon be under partially new ownership. The Texas-based movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse announced that they have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of an asset purchase agreement with Altamont Capital Partners, a previous investor in the company, as well as affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, a new finan...
Tags: Texas, Movies, Los Angeles, Austin, Starbucks, Ritz, Fortress Investment Group, Alamo Drafthouse, Tim League, Altamont Capital Partners, Business and Industry News, Shelli Taylor, Austin Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse Ritz As Alamo Drafthouse, Alamo Drafthouse Taylor

PlayStation Store Will No Longer Sell or Rent Movies and TV Shows After August

Did you know that you could buy or rent movies and TV shows through the PlayStation Store? Well, if you didn’t, that knowledge will be short-lived, because Sony is discontinuing the purchase and rental of movies and TV series through the video game console’s store, starting in August. Sony announced in a blog post today that it will be discontinuing the purchases of movies and TV shows on its digital store starting August 31, 2021. According to Sony’s post, the main reason behind this decisi...
Tags: Movies, Sony, PlayStation Store, Netflix/Streaming Video, Business and Industry News, Home Video, Netflix HBO Max and Amazon

Disney CEO Bob Chapek Thinks Shorter Theatrical Windows May Be Here to Stay

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the film industry. Productions have been slowed down or halted completely, safety protocols have made continuing productions much more expensive, and the theatrical distribution model has been shaken up dramatically. In fact, the window for seeing movies exclusively in theaters has been shortened so dramatically over the past year that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek isn’t sure that the industry will be able to go back to the old ways. Disney C...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Disney, Broadway, Walt Disney Company, Mulan, Pixar, Morgan Stanley, Paramount Pictures, Hamilton, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures, Disney/Pixar, Business and Industry News, Bob Chapek, Chapek

Netflix Buys Liam Neeson’s Next Action Flick ‘The Ice Road’

There are a few givens in this industry, two of them being: Netflix has a bottomless well of money to burn through, and Liam Neeson is not yet done making action movies. Both are true in this latest acquisition news story, which is that Netflix has set a record for domestic-only deals for the Liam Neeson action-thriller The Ice Road. Deadline reports that Netflix has forked over $18 million for the Liam Neeson and Laurence Fisburne action thriller The Ice Road, setting a record for domestic-...
Tags: Movies, Netflix, Canada, Thriller, Liam-Neeson, Efm, Schindler, Neeson, Action/Adventure, Laurence-Fishburne, Business and Industry News, Laurence Fisburne, Jonathan hensleigh, The Ice Road, CAA Media

New York City Movie Theaters to Reopen Next Month at Limited Capacity

After nearly a year of being completely shut down because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, New York City movie theaters are reopening. Starting early March, New York City movie theaters will be permitted to reopen at limited capacity — with strict restrictions in place, of course. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference Monday that New York City movie theaters will be allowed to reopen starting March 5, at at a 25% limited capacity, or no more than 50 people in ...
Tags: New-york, Hollywood, Movies, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, Exhibition, Andrew Cuomo, Cnbc, Cuomo, Los Angeles New York, National Association of Theatre Owners, Raya, Business and Industry News, United Kingdom New York, Johns Hopkins University Theater

A MoviePass Docuseries is Coming From Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg

It was only a matter of time. Fyre Festival got two documentaries soon after it imploded. Multiple GameStop documentaries are in the works. There’s nothing that audiences like more than to watch a delusional business idea (or Wall Street) go up in flames. So it shouldn’t have taken this long, really, for Hollywood to point its camera at MoviePass, the doomed movie-ticket subscription service. But it’s happening, and we’re getting a MoviePass docuseries executive produced by none other than Mark...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Documentary, Wall Street, Fbi, Mark-Wahlberg, WeWork, Moviepass, Stacy, Gotti, Business and Industry News, Stacy Spikes, Jason Guerrasio, Hamet Watt

Donald Glover Leaves FX For a Massive Multi-Year Overall Deal With Amazon

Donald Glover is moving from his longtime home at FX over to Amazon. The Atlanta creator and actor-writer-producer multi-hyphenate has signed a massive multi-year deal with Amazon. But worry not: Atlanta will not be affected. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Donald Glover has exited his pact with FX to sign an eight-figure overall deal with Amazon, right on the heels of the news that Glover and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge are producing and starring in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith TV rem...
Tags: Amazon, Business and Industry News, FX, Donald Glover

First Look: Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’ and ‘Spellbound’ Head to Apple in Film and TV Overall Deal

Fresh off the debut of its critical darling Wolfwalkers, Apple TV+ is continuing to build out its animated catalogue. Apple has acquired Skydance Animation’s upcoming films Luck and Spellbound as part of an overall multi-year deal with the animation studio for feature films and TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple and Skydance have struck a multi-year overall deal, in which the animation studio’s feature films and TV series will debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service. This includ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Emma Thompson, Pixar, John Lasseter, Central Park, Skydance, Glenn Slater, Alan Menken, Luck, Linda Woolverton, Lasseter, Peggy Holmes, Business and Industry News, Lauren Montgomery, Gotham Group

Martin Scorsese Says Cinema is Being Systematically Devalued, Sidelined, and Demeaned as “Content”

Over the last few years, content has become a buzzword to sum up pretty much everything and anything in the entertainment world. Movies? Content. TV shows? Content. Stuff on YouTube? That’s content too, baby. It’s a form of shorthand that may make things easier for some people, but in many respects, it’s hurting certain mediums. When everything is reduced to simply being content, it starts to lose all meaning and becomes more akin to a brand than an art form. On top of that, algorithms in place...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Scorsese, Federico Fellini, Harper, Tcm, Martin-Scorsese, Mubi, Business and Industry News, Martin Scorsese Says Cinema

Disney+ Subscribers Projected to Surpass Netflix By 2026 Thanks to International Spread

Just last week, Disney+ announced that the streaming subscription service had already reached 95 million subscribers worldwide, hitting a milestone that the company didn’t intend to hit for another three years. Thanks to such substantial growth in a short amount of time, Disney+ is now projected to surpass Netflix’s overall subscriber numbers by 2026. The Hollywood Reporter has new projections for Disney+ subscriber numbers in the future, courtesy of Digital TV Research. The report anticipate...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, India, Disney, Netflix, Marvel Studios, Business and Industry News, Simon Murray, Digital TV Research, Disney Hotstar, Digital TV Research The, Netflix Interestingly

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