MON: Salma Hayek joins Gaga GUCCI movie
WB wins in GODZILLA vs BOX OFFICE HATERS / FRIENDS reunion shoots this week / THE WEEKND makes NFT millions this weekend
Mornin! Here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY April 5, 2021.
Where congratulations to STANFORD for beating ARIZONA 54-53 to win the Women’s NCAA MARCH MADNESS Championship! (I’m calling it that even though the NCAA refuses to let them do so).
Tonight, its BAYLOR and GONZAGA in the Men’s MARCH MADNESS Championship, where I’m just one win away from my bracket…. being busted for the 20th time. You get $$ for that too right?
ALSO : The Weeknd sold his new song via NFT for $490k yesterday. He made $2.3 Million total from the various NFT’s he dropped this weekend. He also donated $1 Million to relief efforts in Ethiopia (both of his parents are from there).
Here’s a Repost of my explainer on NFT’s and the opportunites ahead Hollywood in 2021 here.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Salma Hayek joins MGM Gaga/Adam Driver “House of Gucci” movie
Will play Pina Auriemma, a “clairvoyant” friend of Gaga’s character. /Deadline
ALSO: here’s your list of SAG Award winners from last night if of use.
“Godzilla vs Kong” : $48.5 Million five day total
$32 Mil for the 3 day weekend in US
$44 Million in China
Now at $285 Million Globally after 2 weeks
The last GODZILLA film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” made $386 Million total in 2019.
“The Unholy” : $3.2 Million
“Nobody” : $3 Million ($11.8 Million US)
“Raya & the Last Dragon” : $2 Million ($32 Million US)
“Tom & Jerry” : $1.4 Million ($39 Million US)
📺 THE TV SET
“Friends” reunion shooting this week for HBOMAX
Almost one year after the initial intended shoot. /Deadline
Regé Jean-Page not doing “Bridgerton” Season 2
He only had a one season contract cuz they figured they’d skip from book to book each season. Although if this was always the case, curious that this news is just coming out now… /THR
ALSO IN TV
DISNEY+ cancels “The Right Stuff” after just 1 season, their first scripted series cancellation. WBTV trying to shop it elsewhere. Does anyone have the number for HBOMAX? /Deadline
“Law & Order” crossover/”Organized Crime” debut gets about 7.5 Million viewers Live+SD. /Deadline
And IN LIVE PERFORMANCES
Armie Hammer leaves another project, this time a Tracy Letts Broadway play “The Minutes”. It was in previews pre-pandemic. /THR
Jerry Seinfeld re-opened GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB in NYC this weekend, as comedy clubs get the greenlight at limited capacity. /Deadline
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish made $39 Million last year - ya know, before taxes
I can verify that the CEO of THE WAKEUP did not make that.
ALSO IN MEDIA
Small follow up: the pricetag for Bieber/Grande manager Scooter Braun’s ITHACA HOLDINGS was about $1 Billion to South Korea’s HYBE on Friday. /Axios
AND - Artists who have been with Scooter for a long time also getting shares in the company. Bieber & Grande get about $10 Mil worth, J Balvin gets about $4-5 Mil, Lovato gets $1 Mil. Longtime employees also getting chunks of shares. /Variety
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
Wall Street took Friday off for Good Friday.
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
WARNER BROS "Space Jam: A New Legacy” - Lebron takes over for Jordan. Let’s hope this is more Harrison Ford taking over for Alec… than Jason Patric taking over for Keanu. Hits theaters/HBOMAX on July 16.
DISNEY/DISNEY+ drops… another trailer for “Black Widow”. Thankfully the July 9 release date seems to be sticking.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
NCAA MARCH MADNESS - Championship game, CBS at 9pm.
PBS “Hemingway” - 3 part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Uh about Ernest, not Mariel. Part 1 airs at 8p. Parts 2 and 3 air tomorrow and Wed.
End of the WWE Streaming service - folks now have to sign up for PEACOCK… and pay for PREMIUM (unless you are a COMCAST customer then you get it free).
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
DMX “Party Up” - No updates on his condition after a heart attack put him on life support on Friday night, reportedly due to an overdose according to TMZ. He remains in a “vegetative” state according to his manager.
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