Saturday, July 8, 2023

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from July 1st to 8th, 2023 - Update #18

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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CELEBRITY - From Deadline:  "GQ Magazine" has removed its recent article about Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav from its website after Warner objected to the article, which referred to Zaslav as "the most hated man in Hollywood."

From Variety:  Oops. The editor who was involved in pulling the article that was critical of Warner CEO David Zaslav is also producing a movie at Warner Bros. Discovery...

MOVIES/TRAILERS - From Variety:  Paramount and Apple have released the second trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone.  The Apple Original film has set its wide theatrical release for October 20th, and will subsequently stream on Apple TV+.

MOVIES - ScreenRant:  "Ghostbusters" star Ernie Hudson has confirmed that the "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" sequel has completed filming. If all goes well in post-production, the film could see a release at the end of this year or sometime in the spring, says Hudson.

From DeadlineQuentin Tarantino has shot down hopes for a third entry in his "Kill Bill" series.

STREAMING - From THRDaniel Radcliffe, who came to fame for portraying "Harry Potter" in seven films, is not looking for a return in Max's in-development streaming series adaptation of the Potter novels.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Victor Ginzburg’s timely sci-fi horror "Empire V," which is described as a social parody of Russia being controlled by vampires, will make its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest this July.  Sony Pictures planned to release the film in Russia, but the film was banned.

NETFLIX - From THR:  Netflix acquired the film and TV rights to the late author, C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" books series.  Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Greta Gerwig, is attached to direct two "Narnia" films.

SCANDAL - From Variety:  Kevin Spacey's trial for sexual assault in the United Kingdom at Southwark Crown Court in London.  One of Spacey's alleged victims compared him to "John Doe," the serial killer that Spacey played in the 1995 Morgan Freeman-Brad Pitt thriller, "Seven."

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro:  The winner of the 6/30 to 7/2/2023 weekend box office is Disney/Lucasfilm's "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" with an estimated take of 60 million dollars.

From Here:  A review of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" by Leroy Douresseaux.

From Variety:  "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" has a 70-million dollar debut at the international box office.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Here is a list of the on-air talent who have been laid off/fired at ESPN.

From Deadline:  ESPN on-air talent react to being laid off/fired.

ANIMATION - From THR:   The latest revival of the former Fox animated series (1999-2003) and Comedy Central animated series (2008-13), "Futurama," will begin July 24th on Hulu.


From Deadline: SAG-AFTRA is already preparing strike picket signs in case the actors' strike begins next week.

From DeadlineWGA is picketing the New York City filming location of the 12th series of FX's "American Horror Story" (entitled "Delicate") after series co-creator Ryan Murphy threaten litigation against an east coast strike captain.

From THR:  TV super-producer, Ryan Murphy, in a letter from his attorney to the leadership of the Writers Guild of America, threatened litigation against Warren Leight, an East Coast strike captain and Strike Rules Compliance Committee member who has subsequently forfeited those positions.

From Deadline:  The Hollywood studios via the AMPTP has given Canadian actors a new contract, including a 5 percent raise.

From Deadline:  Writers Strike puts the spotlight back on the challenge from writers for animation productions to be covered by the WGA.

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.


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