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Disney leads the way for a record year at the global box office

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New York (CNN Business)Superheroes and Disney paved the way for a record-breaking year at the box office.

“The domestic box office raked in $11.9 billion in 2018, beating the $11.4 billion record set in 2016.
North American theater attendance was up by about 5% over last year, according to the media measuring company Comscore. But it’s still down from 2016, when that year’s record-breaking revenue was set with the help of higher ticket prices rather than by more bodies in theater seats. Higher ticket prices could also contribute to 2018’s massive haul, but it will be a few weeks before official attendance numbers are released.
Last year’s numbers are still impressive, however, given the competition that movie theaters are facing with Netflix and Amazon’s growing slate of prestige and licensed content.
Several studios cranked out big hits throughout the year. Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and Fox’s “Deadpool 2” all made the top ten. But the king of the 2018 box office was undoubtedly Disney, which had five films in the top-ten highest-grossing movies domestically.
Disney posted the biggest box office year in North American history, grossing more than $3 billion at the U.S. box office. This makes Disney Hollywood’s top studio by more than a billion dollars, dominating an estimated 26% of the market share.
Disney’s content library grow even more once it completes its purchase of 21st Century Fox‘s assets this year.
2019 could mark another year in which theaters could see an even bigger windfall. This year’s film slate includes a number of potential blockbusters. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” follow up, “Us,” “Avengers: End Game,” a live-action/animated remake of “The Lion King” starring Beyoncé and the final chapter of the new “Star Wars” trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode IX” are all scheduled for release in the coming months.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/media/box-office-record-year-2018/index.html

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Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie

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All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songs

“An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superheroes.

It will be produced by 90s music mogul Simon Fuller, and written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith, whose credits include The House Bunny and Legally Blonde. A director is not yet attached.”

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You’ll only be able to watch Steven Spielberg’s horror streaming series after midnight

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“Steve Spielberg is writing a horror series for the mobile-friendly streaming platform Quibi—but the caveat is, you’ll only be able to view it after the sun goes down.

The nighttime-confined series is aptly titled, Spielberg’s After Dark. According to Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spielberg “has already written five or six episodes” of a 10-or 12-part story. Quibi, short for “quick bites,” refers to episodes as chapters.

“Steven Spielberg came in, and said, ‘I have a super scary story I want to do,’” Katzenberg said at a film festival event. “He’s writing it himself. He hasn’t (written anything in a while) so getting him to write something is fantastic.”

Spielberg wanted to add an extra layer of horror to After Dark by making it so that viewers could watch an episode only after midnight. Quibi engineers came up with a way to make this happen.

The service will feature a countdown clock that will track both sunset and sunrise in the user’s respective timezone. When the sun rises, the episode will disappear from the Quibi app until the following night……………………………………..”

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/steven-spielberg-horror-series-night-quibi/

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Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative $44m compensation deal

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The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood producers alleged victims

“Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate his alleged victims of sexual misconduct, according to reports.

The deal, which has been reached with his accusers, his former film studios board members and the New York attorney generals office, was reported by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.

More than 15 lawsuits have been filed accusing Weinstein or his company Weinstein & Co of misconduct. The settlement would cover many of them, including a class action by alleged victims and a suit by the New York attorney general.

Harvey Weinstein still faces criminal charges of rape and performing a forcible sex act. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in New York on Thursday that an economic agreement in principal had been reached, AP said. The amount of the settlement was not provided.

A representative for Harvey Weinstein and Weinstein Co did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Weinstein, who won plaudits and awards through his company and another studio, Miramax, for movies including Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction and The Kings Speech, fell from grace after more than 70 women, mostly young actresses and others in the movie business, accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

As the accusations against Weinstein mounted, his company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His case helped launch the #MeToo movement, which has led to dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields being accused of sexual misconduct.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/harvey-weinstein-accusers-reach-tentative-44m-deal

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