☀️BLACK ADAM hangs strong, as ARMAGEDDON TIME is a no-show
Kimmel set for OSCARS / HBO ends WESTWORLD / HULU+LIVETV raises prices / META joins massive layoffs list
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY November 7, 2022.
Where I love the time of year when I’ll soon be waking up in the dark to write in the morning. Think I may need to start a Southern Hemisphere outpost for The Ankler in the Winter months… drop me a note if you’d like to set up a co-working space - I’m open to suggestions.
FOR THE RECORD: The Senate passed a bill to end the inane Daylight Savings Time practice in March. Since then it’s been sitting in the House of Reps #shocking - I mean if anyone is looking for a last minute Election Day boost… it couldn’t be easier. $4.6 Billion in political Ad spending this year and not one mention!
AND: Congratulations once again to the sage Wakeup Box Office experts: 68% chose “Black Adam” on Friday to win the weekend, over what turned out to be a weak CRUNCHYROLL pic.
THEN: THE OSCARS telecast is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel to host in March.
PLUS: Last week’s TWITTER is this week’s FACEBOOK - META is going to layoff “thousands” this week according to the WSJ, but further details to come. (META has about 87k employees globally).
TWITTER is also this week’s TWITTER - they fired too many people on Friday accoding to Bloomberg, and realized on Saturday that they let go dozens of people they uh still need. Honest mistake. No word how many are going to choose to return.
AND: The launch of $8 a month Blue Check marks today has been pushed after someone reminded Elon there’s an election in the country tomorrow (so perhaps Weds). I mean for a guy who lives on TWITTER all day… #irony.
OH: Revue, we hardly knew you… TWITTER will also shut down their newsletter service by end of year according to The Information.
ALSO: While I definitely give Philly sports folks some
deserved side-eye - a tough weekend there for sure… as Philly lost both the WORLD SERIES and the US SOCCER MLS Championship on the same day Saturday (this goal with 13 seconds left was pretty great. For LA). Then again the EAGLES are now 9-0 so the sentiment of feeling bad for them soon left me.
SIDE NOTE: If you represent an SNL writer, this link for new character inspiration is pretty choice… featuring Philly carpenter & PHILLIES fan Sean Hagan who had to be helped down by the cops from standing on a traffic light after drinking beers thrown to him by a huge crowd for half an hour. I mean come on Philly, it’s not just me.
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
Important lessons “Ticket to Paradise” and “Smile” taught the Movie Business this Fall
LIONSGATE picks up Liam Neeson pic with the most accurate title of his entire ouevre
HBO ends “Westworld”, but still paying the actors
PARAMOUNT reshuffles March pics
World Series hammers AMAZON’s TNF on Thursday
HULU Cable TV bundle raises prices
CBS gives “Fire Country” a big vote of confidence and more.
HBO BOOK TALK: As Ankler CEO Janice Min mentioned in our podcast this weekend - she’s doing a conversation with Felix Gillette & John Koblin, the authors of the new HBO book, “It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO” on Tues Nov 15 in LA. You can get tix here, although only a few left so click soon if inclined.