☀️ PAW PATROL delivers as DUMB MONEY crashes
BEYONCE sets concert movie / APPLE kicking F1 tires? / Newsom vetoes strike unemployment insurance bill
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY Oct 2, 2023.
Where I’m pretty sure even the Swifties were like “Wow… what’s up with the JETS??!” in the surprising nailbiter of a CHIEFS vs. JETS game last night (sorry JETS fans - I seriously have no idea what you take away from that game).
But it was really nice to see Taylor sitting among the real fans in the 400s section 👏. Ok fine it was (presumably) the team owner’s box - but come on, seeing TSwift with… with uh, Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively and Hugh Jackman watch the game up there would be far more entertaining.
Funny tho - I use this same metal detector entrance when I go to GIANTS games at MET LIFE, so weird 😂.
MONEY WELL SPENT 🤷♂️
UNIVERSAL spent the long-lead Argylle money 💰 in the game on Oct. 1 for a Feb. release… for a film it doesn’t own (although I’m sure it got the NBCU discount). But gotta make a case for that APPLE distro deal contract next year somehow. Guessing the PAR Flower Moon ads start next Sunday?
AMC THEATERS spent the $850k (ish) for The Eras Tour ad in the first quarter… a film that to all accounts is pretty much already sold out for opening weekend. But I suppose it’s a small cost for the ensuing free social media PR from the Swifties to keep momentum moving, 13 days out.
Plus - well, not a commercial… but COLORADO has sold +$14 million more in tickets this year for football games - not a bad ROI for about $6 million in annual salary to Deion (plus bonuses/incentives), especially when you consider BUFFALOES merch sales.
AND: Could Travis Kelce be in any more commercials?? You can now add EXPERIAN debit cards onto his pitchman list in a new ad that dropped last night… followed literally one ad later in the break after his STATE FARM ad. At least his PFIZER/covid vaccine ad waited until the second half, and I think his LOEWS ad took the night off.
Given his CAA representation… can’t wait for his CHATEAU LATOUR ad in the SUPER BOWL.
BUT: Mama Kelce definitely didn’t take the day off - going from the afternoon Philly game… up to North Jersey to hang with TSwift for the evening Chiefs game.
Gotta say her Philly seatmate was fun too.
PLUS: Beyonce is following the TSwift footprint, and is in the process of making a deal with AMC THEATERS to release her Renaissance concert movie in theaters, with a Dec. 1 date. DISNEYFOX’s The Bikeriders is currently the big wide title on the date.
And… well, given this trailer dropped this morning - looks like the deal’s done:
THEN: Here’s the set list from the Vegas U2 show at the SPHERE, which premiered on Friday.
ALSO: This looked like a pretty good comp for how that Toy Story NFL game looked yesterday:
WAKEUP BOX OFFICE RESULTS:
Kudos to the Paw Patrol optimists…
But most were off on The Creator. This is what happens when we lose our Autumnal bear inclinations.
IN TODAY’S EDITION
September BOX OFFICE numbers along with the weekly Box Office Breakdown…
🪧 STRIKE FORCE
OH: CA Gov. Newsom veoted the bill to give striking employees access to unemployment benefits, like those that exist in NY & NJ. He cited a danger of “insolvency” for the state’s unemployment insurance fund. A term I’m sure any struggling actor will remember to use to describe their own funds when asked for a political donation, should their career take off.
AND: Sending a good thought as SAG-AFTRA / AMPTP negotiations begin today… keep us posted when you’re ready to call in Bob, Donna, Ted & Zaz.
PLUS: Just gonna leave this here… a more literal interpretation of STRIKE FORCE. Guessing this was meant as an Elon taunt?