WB sets LOTR anime pic; OSCARS book TWITTER partnership & hosts
Otherwise.. it was a pretty quiet Monday tbh, but new DOWNTON & BRIDGERTON trailers and a few things to know
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on TUESDAY February 15, 2022.
People can tweet their vote (#twote🤔) for their favorite using the hashtag until March 3rd, and the winning movie will be “recognized” during the OSCARS show - because as we all know if you want an accurate picture of what most Americans think, go to TWITTER.
ALSO: Your OSCARS hosts are Regina Hall, Amy Schumer & Wanda Sykes. The Will Packer-produced show will be directed by OSCARS mainstay Glenn Weiss in about 6 weeks.
AND: For any SUPER BOWL viewers also curious about that CHEVY “Sopranos” ad - yes David Chase was consulted… in fact he directed it, also hired the show’s DP. Plus - the shot where AJ & Meadow meet up is near my Central Jersey Shore hometown (and near where Tony kept his boat). Uh that part was not in the article.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
4 THINGS IN MOVIES
For LOTR folks - WB set an April 2024 release for an anime movie set at the fortress of Helm’s Deep. Called “The War of the Rohirrim” and takes place hundreds of years before “The Two Towers”. /THR
SONY attaches “Marry Me” director Kat Coiro to lead “The Husband’s Secret” pic, based on Liane Moriarty book (“Nine Perfect Strangers”, “Big Little Lies”). Script still in development stage. /Deadline
HBOMAX sets “Black Adam” writer Adam Sztykiel #noRelation to write & direct a “Wonder Twins” pic, also in the DC universe. /Deadline
📺 THE TV SET
4 THINGS IN TV
Sunday Night Football correspondent Michele Tafoya announces her next gig as… co-chairman of Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kendall Qualls. huh. While from So Cal - Michelle has been alongtime MN resident. /Deadline
CHINA’s ace censors have struck again, this time with “Friends” - removing the plot point that Ross’s ex-wife is gay, and many bits of dialogue with sexual innuendo from the newly “officially’ released Season 1, which is leaving fans with little hope for “7, 7, 7” in Season 4. Worst part - “How You Doin” is now “Good Day to you madam”. /NY Times
DISNEY+ UK adds Gemma Arterton to “Culprit” heist series with Eddie Izzard. About a heist crew whose members are soon targeted individually by a killer when the crew breaks up. Shooting this month. /Variety
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
4 THINGS IN MEDIA
If inclined for a read on the Podcast business in 2022 from the Agency / dealmaking POV - THR talked to a bunch of folks.
Trevor Noah is hosting the WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER on April 30. /THR
AMAZON sets new head of Sports, longtime Bezos consigliere (well, an MBA not an ESQ) with no previous direct Sports biz experience, Jay Marine. Reports into AMAZON PRIME/STUDIOS VP Mike Hopkins. /SBJ
AMAZON’s AUDIBLE hires former 20TH CENTURY FOX exec James Finn as Head of Content Marketing. Reports to Head of U.S. Content Rachel Ghiazza. /Deadline
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
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AMC THEATERS -5% ($17.75)
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👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
HBO“Icahn: The Restless Billionaire” docu - premieres at 9p
VIACOMCBS earnings late afternoon. Ok that one’s more for me.
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
FOCUS FEATURES “Downton Abbey: A New Era” trailer - In theaters May 20
HULU “Deep Water” teaser trailer - I think the word is… “provocative”? This is the 20TH CENTURY Affleck / Ana De Armas adult thriller from Adrian Lyne that got moved to HULU about a month ago. We’ll find out what the hell is going on here out of frame when it Premieres Fri Mar 18
NETFLIX “Bridgerton” Season 2 teaser. Premeires Fri Mar 25.
AMAZON PRIME “Lucy & Desi” docu trailer - Directed by Amy Poehler, got a very positive reception at SUNDANCE, looks good! Premieres Fri Mar 4
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