FRI 1.29.21 : Armie Hammer out as lead in PARAMOUNT+ series / Jared Leto, Aronofsky re-teaming / SPONGEBOB movie goes to PAR+ / COMCAST entering streaming device game?
Mornin! It’s FRIDAY January 29th, 2021, as - wait… where did January go? Huh. But we wake up to Hollywood and the country saying farewell to Cicely Tyson who died at 96 years old.
Kelly & Ryan just pre-taped an interview with her this week, which will air in today’s show. And The New York Times has a good overview of an extraordinary life lived here.
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THE SILVER SCREEN
SpongeBob movie “Sponge on the Run” going to PARAMOUNT+ for March 4th service premiere date.
Will also be avail for $20 PVOD rental if you don’t wanna sign up for PARAMOUNT+ for… uh. who knows. Price won’t be announced until 8 days before it launches. New SpongeBob movie trailer also at this link.
First 6 eps of SpongeBob prequel series “Kamp Koral” also going on PARAMOUNT+ at launch.
Zach Braff to co-star in DISNEY+ “Cheaper By The Dozen” remake, written/produced by Kenya Barris. (THR)
Will co-star with Gabrielle Union in the movie about a multi-racial family of 12, slated to premiere in 2022.
New Jared Leto + Darren Aronofsky + Jason Blum movie project out to buyers (Deadline)
Called “Adrift”, based on short story by the guy who wrote “The Ring”: Fishing boat encounters abandoned yacht with a distressed call, and discovers it may be a Ghost Ship once they begin to tow it into port.
Aronofsky shooting his next movie with Brendan Fraser in March. We’ll see what studio bites on this one.
ALSO IN MOVIES
Ethan Hawke reteams with Jason Blum (for the 9th time) on UNIVERSAL’s “The Black Phone” . No plot details, Scott Derrickson (“Doctor Strange”) directing, shoots next month.
THE TV SET
Armie Hammer out as lead in PARAMOUNT+’s first series “The Offer”. (VARIETY)
Based on the making of “The Godfather”, he was gonna play producer Al Ruddy. It’s the 3rd project Armie has departed since his… well. ya know.
ALSO IN TV
Tim Robbins joins AMAZON limited series “The Power”. Co-Starring with Leslie Mann in the sc-fi thriller, where teenage girls gain the power to electrocute people. Based on a book, Rainn Wilson previously in the role.
JUST GONNA PUT THIS HERE… ABC NEWS President James Goldston stepping down on March 31st after 7 years as Prez, 17 years at ABC News.. “ready for a new adventure”. Amen to that.
THE MEDIA BIZ
COMCAST looking to enter the streaming device battle (WSJ)
Reportedly looking to make the Flex box given to COMCAST broadband customers availble for sale to… anyone, competing with Roku, Amazon Fire or AppleTV device. No potential Flex box price indicated.
COMCAST lost 227k CableTV customers from Oct thru Dec. Now has 19 million.
But they gained 538k Broadband customers, to hit 27.7 million, and well over 30 million including business accounts.
CHARTER loses 66k CableTV customers in 4Q, adds 216k Broadband customers.
Ends 2020 with 15.6 mil CableTV customers - the same amount they ended 2019 with, and 28.8 mil Broadband customers.
CHARTER is the country’s 2nd largest provider of both services under the “Spectrum” brand.
CHARTER also now has 2.4 mil mobile phone customers (“Spectrum Mobile”).
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Ryan Reynolds doing a 12 ep SNAPCHAT series “Ryan Doesn’t Know” where he… learns how to do stuff (produced by Will Smith’s company). First episode drops tomorrow (Jan 30)
LIONSGATE’S “Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar” starring Kristin Wiig & Annie Mumolo. Hitting home $20 PVOD rental on Fri, Feb 12.
THE FSS FEED:
(what to Watch + Read + Listen to this weekend)
“The Little Things” from WB - Denzel, Jared Leto, Rami Malek in murder mystery thriller. In movie theaters and on HBOMAX here.
“Palmer” on APPLE TV+ - JT…er Justin Timberlake in an emotional drama as a former high school football phenom who returns home after a jail stint, and begins looking after the kid next door when his mom starts disappearing for stints at a time. Watch here.
“We Are the Brooklyn Saints” on NETFLIX - Docuseries about a youth football league changing lives in Brooklyn, New York. Watch here.
“Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” on NETFLIX - Season 2 of the stand up series. Watch here.
”Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” on DISCOVERY+ - Chip & Joanna are back on Discovery! Uh well, streaming, with the new version of their… old hit show.
ABC has the NBA in Primetime at 830p, Lakers vs Celtics.
“Wendy Williams: The Movie”. LIFETIME 8p. nuff said.
“SNL” is back with John Krasinski & Machine Gun Kelly (1st of 5 straight eps)
“You’re The Worst” cast reunion! On a Sunday Funday! 3p EST to benefit Feeding America. Get Tix/Join here.
“Desus and Mero” return to SHOWTIME at 11p. Guest: Stacy Abrams
“The Lady and the Dale” on HBOMAX, Parts 1 & 2 air on HBO at 9p - 4 part docuseries on Elizabeth Carmichael, who put out a 3 wheeled car during the 70’s gas crisis called THE DALE, a tale of “fraud, family and identity”. Produced by Duplass Bros. Watch here.
FUN READ: A look back at the post-Super Bowl episode of “Friends” in 1996 in THR. It’s still the highest rated post-Super Bowl show ever. Now that it’s been 25 years… people spill some good anecdotes.
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