WED 2.17.21 : Jordan Peele sets cast for next movie
Lenny Kravitz to play J.Lo's ex, Kevin Mayer assembling new $2 Bil company?
Mornin! Here’s the Hollywood + MediaBiz news to know on WEDNESDAY February 17th, 2021. For my fellow Gentiles…. Welcome to Lent! Sadly - reading this newsletter every day does not count toward your Lenten sacrifice or commitment to self-improvement…. but I like where your head’s at.
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📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Keke Palmer to star in Jordan Peele’s next movie at UNIVERSAL
Daniel Kaluuya also in negotiations to join. No details avail, other than it’s slated for a July 2022 release date. /Deadline
“Bridgerton” star Rege-Jean Page joins PARAMOUNT’s “Dungeons & Dragons” movie
Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith already on board.
First hosting SNL on Saturday, and now this. Yeah Rege-Jean is winning the week. /THR
Lenny Kravitz to play J.Lo’s ex in LIONSGATE’s “Shotgun Wedding”
Cheech Marin signs on to play her father. Josh Duhamel is J.Lo’s main co-star (replaced Armie Hammer). /Deadline
ALSO IN MOVIES
Lily Rabe joins Ben Affleck in Clooney directed “The Tender Bar”at AMAZON. Will play the lead female role. /THR
Director Jay Chandrasekhar (“Super Troopers”) doing AMBLIN family comedy “Easter Sunday”. Jo Koy attached to star. /THR
China’s “Detective Chinatown 3” and “Hi, Mom” hit about $850 million combined in just… 5 days. With theaters at 75% capacity. /THR
WGA Movie screenplay nominations list is out. I am not on it. /Variety
📺 THE TV SET
JUST A FEW THINGS:
Archie Panjabi joining “Snowpiercer” season 3 at TNT. /Deadline
Aaron Eckhart to play Gerald Ford in “The First Lady” anthology series at SHOWTIME. Michelle Pfeiffer already set as Betty Ford. /Deadline
NCIS looking like it’ll expand to Hawaii for its… fourth iteration on CBS. /Deadline
EXECUTIVE SUITE: Former ABC exec Emily Cummins to run Julie Plec’s UNI TV production company MY SO-CALLED COMPANY (👏 on that name). /THR
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
Brooke Baldwin leaving CNN in April
She also has a book coming out then, but no specific plans given. /THR
ALDEN CAPITAL hedge fund sets deal to buy rest of TRIBUNE PUBLISHING
Values TRIB at $630 million total. Includes NY DAILY NEWS and CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 9 major market dailies total, though agrees to sell BALTIMORE SUN to a non-profit public trust.
ALDEN already owns 32% of the company, paying about a 10% premium on current TRIB stock price for the rest of it, and will now take it private.
The hedge fund has 200+ Other news publisher holdings and is known for making deep cuts after acquisitions.
Not a great day for local journalism. Deal still has to be approved by major shareholders, the largest of which owns the LA TIMES (Patrick Soon-Shiong). /WSJ
Former DISNEY Streaming & TIKTOK head Kevin Mayer looking to build $2 Billion new venture
Blackstone would invest the (at least) $2 billion to back it, and it would roll up Bieber & Grande manager Scooter Braun’s company ITHACA HOLDINGS, and Ben Silverman’s latest production venture PROPOGATE CONTENT, with potentially other companies as well.
IMAGINE approached but not interested. /THR
A SPAC valued at $300 mil with Mayer & fellow former DISNEY exec Tom Staggs as principals just bought a digital fitness & wellness company BEACHBODY this week (ie a PELOTON & APPLE Fitness competitor). /LA Times
ALSO IN MEDIA
VOX gets new Editor in Chief: Swati Sharma. Coming over from THE ATLANTIC where she’s Managing Editor. VOX has about 90 newsroom staff, 30 mil monthly readers. /NYT
Morgan Wallen still tops BILLBOARD chart. By a large margin. /Variety
Country Music’s ACM’s will take place in Nashville this April on CBS from the Opry, the Ryman and the Bluebird Cafe. Will also livestream on PARAMOUNT+ /Billboard
📰 GOOD READS
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🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
No new trailers but here’s Adam Sandler attempting a “Happy Gilmore” as the film hits it's 25 year Anniversary.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH
NETFLIX “Amend: The Fight for America” 6 part docuseries on the 14th Amendement hosted by Will Smith.
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