☀️#2 US Movie Theater chain goes bankrupt
NETFLIX eyes 500 Mil subs by mid 2020s - WSJ report / PAR to boost theatrical output / Anna Kendrick, director
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on THURSDAY September 8, 2022.
Happy DISNEY+ NFL TIFF Day! And if you can think of a name for a streaming service that would incorporate all 3… well, you have a future in this business kid.
Heck even AMC THEATERS is getting in on the DISNEY+ DAY action… for some reason. In sorta discounting news - Starting today through Sept 19, you can go watch an old DISNEY movie at an AMC Theaters location for $5 (“Newsies” still needs to amortize costs apparently).
I mean who knows - a
shotglass size of soda and a popcorn is also $5, and hey maybe they’re shooting the new Nicole Kidman Ad there that day!
AND: The Great Q3 Streaming Discount sale continues! I swear we didn’t plan this… as DISNEY+ is now $2 a month through Sept 19, although Variety didn’t care to specify how many months that rate is for.
ALSO: Here are your DISNEY+ “DWTS” participants, incl Selma Blair, Vinny from “Jersey Shore”, Teresa Giudice and Jason Lewis (“Smith” from “SATC”).
PLUS: Here are your APPLE products updates from yesterday, namely:
Now has an $800 version with longer battery & greater “durability”, plus bells and whistles targeted at endurance sports enthusiasts.
The $400 Series 8 can now also track body temp changes, potentially even those related to ovulation.
The SE base watch is now $30 cheaper at $250
An improved “pro” version for $250
The 14 is now at $800 with a somewhat improved camera sensor for better low light pickup etc, and Pro versions at $1,000 and $1,100.
Both the iPhone and the High end watch incorporate the ability to be found/do emergency communication via Satellites instead of Mobile phone signal for the first time. /NY Times
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
Cost cutting measures continue to increase at GOOGLE and NETFLIX
APPLE TV’s marketing head is out as SUNDANCE Fest gets new leader
SINCLAIR making moves indicating BALLYS sports network biz may be up for sale
PARADIGM makes smaller agency acquisitions in new fields
FOX sets new SUPER BOWL record before NFL Season even starts, and much more.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Anna Kendrick is gonna direct a movie, in which she’ll also star
It’s an indie financed by AGC STUDIOS, called “The Dating Game” and was a Black List script.
Based on a true story of a “Dating Game” contestant in the 70’s who picked a guy who… turned out to be a psychopathic serial killer. /THR