WB gets 2nd Jason Momoa movie in 3 weeks
Frank Langella writes OP-ED about NETFLIX firing / iHEART podcast revenue yawns / NBC orders QUANTUM LEAP reboot
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on FRIDAY May 6, 2022.
Where let’s have our Friday morning
blood of Megan Fox coffee ☕️ at MACHINE GUN KELLY’s new house in Encino (I’ll understand if you’re running late). MACHINE bought it from Logan Paul which… kinda tracks, for a bargain $7.5 Million (Logan was asking $9 Mil).
MGK and Megan have been looking for a new place ever since leaving their last place in Sherman Oaks because it had ghosts who would watch MGK get massages. No I didn’t make that up, why?
AND: The guy who attacked Chappelle on stage will only face misdemeanor charges - well 4 of them. He apparently was a 23 year-old “aspiring rapper” according to TMZ.
ALSO: THR got the backstory on how Kim Kardashian secured Marilyn Monroe’s dress to wear at the MET GALA. And no I did not actually read this article… but figuring some folks may be inclined - I mean it’s not all about Sean. That’s a separate newsletter I do.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
This one’s from the writers of “Eternals” - a fun action murder-mystery… but not a lotta details avail otherwise. Nor is the pricetag for the script / project, currently called “The Executioner”.
Peter Safran (“The Suicide Squad”, “Conjuring” pics) is producing. /Deadline
IN THE HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVE SUITE
ICM Partner & Co-Production dept head Dan Baime is departing after 25 years, forming his own management co, INTERNA MANAGEMENT. Longtime client John Cena is coming with, but no other talent listed. /Deadline
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📺 THE TV SET
It was actually the only NBC drama pilot in consideration for the Fall (a couple others are in contention for mid-season).
Scott Bakula is not involved, and NBC is going to re-shoot some elements from the finished pilot, possibly with a new director. /Deadline
6 episodes, based on the 30 for 30 podcast on the whole debacle. Laurence Fishburne already set as CLIPPERS coach Doc Rivers, and Jacki Weaver playing his wife. /Deadline
ALSO IN TV
Letterman’s NETFLIX interview show is returning on Fri May 20 with 6 episodes:
Ryan Reynolds, Cardi B, Kevin Durant, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billie Eilish and Will Smith (uh, all shot pre-March 2022).
📝 IN OTHER WORDS…
“I have been cancelled. Just like that.”
- FRANK LANGELLA penning a column in DEADLINE about his dismissal from NETFLIX’s “Fall of the House of Usher” series for misconduct, for which he details the exact circumstances from the on-set incident from his POV.
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
Yeah this industry has a way to go. Otherwise iHEART had yet another losing quarter, posting a $49 Million Q1 loss on $844 Million in total Revenue. /THR
Overall a very positive quarter as the WWE continues to rebound in a re-opened live event world.
The latest WRESTLEMANIA was the 2nd most viewed event on PEACOCK ever, only behind the SUPER BOWL. Profit was +50% vs a year ago, at $66 Million.
60% of Revenue comes from licensing shows to TV networks, their PEACOCK deal, and similar deals in select International territories.
Stock was up almost 5% after hours.
RELATED BUT NOT RELATED: The country’s biggest Concert promoter LIVE NATION posted their best Q1 ever for “adjusted operating income” (kinda like Revenue). Ticket sales for 2022 are +36% vs this same point in 2019. I guess it’s refreshing to see charging $25 vigs on concert tickets having such a revival?
ALSO IN MEDIA
Morale got a big failing grade at CBS NEWS, as the culture of setting 7p meetings with employees created by new NEWS management doesn’t seem to be going over well. huh. /NY Post.
SPOTIFY testing pre-save function with FLORENCE + THE MACHINE’s new album - similar to shows and movies on streaming where you can add them to your List before they drop so you don’t forget. /MusicTech
Bob Iger, Peter Chernin and Rich Paul among names making a $263 Million investment in FUNKO, a pop culture collectables/dolls & figurines maker. EBAY also a large investor in this round which represents a 25% ownership stake. /Deadline
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
it was a #notgreatbob Thursday. oof. 😫
IMAX -5% ($15.58)
APPLE -5% ($156.77)
AMC THEATERS -6% ($14.69)
CINEMARK -6% ($15.09)
SPOTIFY -6% (105.59)
AMC NETWORKS -6% ($32.95)
ROKU -7% ($102.45)
FACEBOOK -7% ($208.28)
AMAZON -7% ($2,328.14)
NETFLIX -8% ($188.32)
ENDEAVOR -8% ($20.00)
NY TIMES -9% ($35.84)
SNAP -10% ($27.27)
CINEWORLD (Regal Cinemas) -11% ($0.36)
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👩💻 THE FSS FEED:
(new Stuff to Watch this weekend, Friday - Saturday - Sunday)
More of just an interesting read on a raft of seemingly organized theft targeting Atlanta Production Rental companies, to the tune of $3 Million in camera equipment losses in the past 18 months. /New Yorker
I hear that “Doctor Strange” thing is still going strong.
NETFLIX “The Takedown” Omar Sy pic from the director of “The Transporter” - STREAM HERE
NETFLIX “Along for the Ride” - Teen bookworm comes out of her shell at the beach before she goes to college, with Kate Bosworth and Dermot Mulroney as mom and dad - STREAM HERE
APPLE TV+ “Tehran” Season 2 - STREAM HERE
APPLE TV+ “The Big Conn” docuseries - STREAM HERE
IMDB..err FREEVEE “Bosch: Legacy” - gotta find your own link
SHOWTIME “Sheryl” Sheryl Crow docu at 9p
SNL is Zoe Kravitz and ROSALIA
New “60 Minutes” CBS at 7p
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
NETFLIX “Cobra Kai” Season 5 date announcement - although this kinda feels like a 90 second teaser trailer. To quote Shakespeare… “A rose by any other name-” yea that’s about as far as my brain got on that one. Premieres Sept 9.
HBOMAX “House of the Dragon” teaser trailer - Premieres Aug 21
UNIVERSAL “Easter Sunday” trailer - Jo Koy famly comedy pic, in theaters August 5
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
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