ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
STRIKE - From Deadline: Members of the Directors Guild of America have overwhelmingly ratified a new film and television contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the film and TV studios.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The "Magnum P.I." reboot starring Jay Hernandez was broadcast for four seasons on CBS. NBC picked it up for a fifth season when CBS cancelled it. Now, NBC has opted not to order additional episodes beyond this current fifth season.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Director Spike Lee is attending the Cannes Lions Festival where he will receive the "Creative Maker of the Year" awards. In an interview, the Oscar-winner mentioned a piece of advice given to him by the late recording artist and icon, Michael Jackson. The King of Pop told Spike, "Don't ever use the term, 'music video'." Spike calls his music videos "short films."
NETFLIX - From Variety: Netflix has revealed the cast for its live-action series version of "Avatar: The Last Airbender," and it has released the first teaser trailer. The series is due in 2024,
MOVIES - From IndieWire: Oscar-winners, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and should-be-an-Oscar-winner, Paul Thomas Anderson, have teamed up for an emergency call with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav about the layoffs of Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) top brass.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Warner Bros. Discovery is shopping some of its HBO library titles to its rival, Netflix. The first title may be the Issa Rae comedy, "Insecure," which recently finished its five-season run.
SCANDAL - From Deadline: France’s highest appeals court dismissed accusations of rape by Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Roy against French director and producer Luc Besson on Wednesday. Van Roy accused Besson of raping her in 2016 and 2018 encounters.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: Actor Dan Stevens will now provide the voice of the lead character, "Korvo," in Hulu's animated series, "Solar Opposites." He replaces Justin Roiland, who is also the co-creator (with Mike McMahan) of the series. Roiland was ousted from Solar Opposites in January because he was facing domestic abuse charges.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Television super-producer and creator, Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "Nip/Tuck," "Pose") is set to leave Netflix after his five-year Netflix deal expires. He is in talks to return to Disney which owns FX, the home of his biggest hits.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 6/16 to 6/18/2023 weekend box office is Warner Bros.' "The Flash" with an estimated total of 55.1 million dollars.
From Deadline: Wes Anderson's latest film, "Asteroid City," has the strongest opening weekend ($790,000) for a limited release/specialty box office film in many years.
From BloodyDisgusting: John Squires of "Bloody Disgusting" says that The seven million-dollar debut of Tim Story's "The Blackening" is a win for Lionsgate.
DISNEY - From Variety: In an interview with "Variety," Pixar CCO (Chief Creative Officer) Pete Docter says that Disney has trained families to wait for films to appear on Disney+. He reveals that Pixar is working on "Toy Story 5."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Two plagiarism claimants were trying to delay the recent release of director Tim Story's black-centric horror comedy, "The Blackening." A California district court judge didn't buy the claim.
From Deadline: Stage and screen actor, Frederic Forrest, has died at the age of 86, Friday, June 23, 2023. His breakthrough film was 1972's "When Legends Die," which earned his a Golden Globe Award. He appeared in four films in which Francis Ford Coppola was involved, including "The Conversation" (1974) and "Apocalypse Now" (1979). He earned an Academy Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role as "Huston Dyer" in "The Rose" (1979), alongside Bette Midler.
From Deadline: American mystery author and actress, Carol Higgins Clark, has died at the age of 66, Monday, June 12, 2023. She was best known for her "Regan Reilly" mystery series, and Clark was also the daughter of the late suspense novelist, Mary Higgins Clark. She also appeared in several television movies, including "A Cry in the Night" (1992), which was based on her mother's 1982 novel of the same title.
From THR: Studios won't give writers better pay, and now, are laying off janitors.
From Deadline: The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has reached a tentative new three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). So what does the Writers Guild (WGA), currently on strike and negotiating with the AMPTP, think of that deal.
From Deadline: Netflix shareholders declined to support the 2023 pay packages of top executives during a non-binding vote at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. The vote won't prevent these execs from getting their loot (an total of $166 million), but this is a rare public rebuke. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has urged shareholders to vote "No" because the pay was "inappropriate" at this time.
From Deadline: Warner Bros Discovery chief David Zaslav gave the commencement address at Boston University. There he was met with jeers and also chants of "pay your writers" from picketers and from some in the audience.
From Deadline: President Joe Biden speaks on the Writers Guild of America strike.
From Deadline: Retaliation! The studios have starting informing writer-producers who have "overall" and "first-look" deals that such deals are being suspended.
From Deadline: Retaliation! Prolific HBO creator, David Simon, who is best known for "The Wire," is one of the many writers who have had their overall deals suspended the studios due to the WGA strike. Simon has been with HBO for 25 years.
From Deadline: The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is on strike.
From Deadline: Disney, HBO/HBO Max, and CBS have sent letters to showrunners (the TV equivalent of film directors) instructing them to return to work, inspite of the writer's strike.
From Deadline: The WGA's chief negotiator, Ellen Stutzman, talks about the state of the writers' strike, including the lack of engagement on the part of the strike's other party, AMPTP.
From Deadline: What went wrong between the WGA and AMPTP? What could they not agree on that led to a strike?
From Deadline: The site explains the WGA strike: the issues, the stakes, movies and TV shows affected, and how long it might last.