Universal & AMC Theatres forge historic deal… Oprah Winfrey ending print edition… Dwayne Johnson considered for Willy Wonka… Kim Kardashian back in L.A…. and The nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Towards the beginning of the pandemic, “Trolls World Tour” was released on Video on Demand because movie theaters had closed. And when the movie earned over $100M in three weeks, Universal Pictures said that when things get back to normal, they’d release movies in theaters and on-demand simultaneously. AMC Theaters said, hold up! You do that and we will ban all Universal Pictures from our theaters. Yesterday, AMC and Universal came to an agreement. Universal will allow their movies to be shown in theaters for 17 days and then make them available on-demand. AMC is happy with that because the majority of their revenue comes the first three weekends of a movie’s release. It’s a good thing AMC made this deal because Universal has the new James Bond movie coming out in November, plus the next “Fast and Furious” and “Jurassic World” movies coming out next year.
The December issue of O Magazine will be the last in print. They’re going all digital starting in 2021. As of this year, the average paid circulation for the magazine was 2.2M copies and a print audience of 10M. But their online audience has grown to 8M, and they’re going to concentrate on building that. Oprah released a statement saying, “I’m proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years. I look forward to the next step in our evolution.”
If you’ve been following Dwayne Johnson on Instagram, he’s been having a ton of fun staying home with his kids. And the other day, he posted a video of them watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and dropped this piece of trivia. He captioned it, “Some cool history – back in the early 2000’s, iconic director Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka in his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember thinking “HOLY S***, IM IN” …The role, of course went to Johnny Depp, who at that time was the biggest star in the world…” “The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I’m sure he considered for all of 7 seconds:) sure meant a helluva lot to me as I was just breaking into the business with no idea what the future had in store. “I’ll always raise a glass to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened.#BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka”
After not seeing her husband in weeks, Kim Kardashian flew to Wyoming on Monday for a very emotional visit. Paparazzi snapped photos of Kim sobbing in the car as she and Kanye drove back to the ranch after a run to Wendy’s. But 24 hours later, Kim was back in LA. Cameras were there as her private plane landed and she rushed into a waiting car. She came back alone. A source told The Sun that Kim told Kanye not to come back to LA until he feels ready. The source said Kim knows Kanye feels like Wyoming calms him, but believes Kim is actually trying to protect their children. The source said, “She would never stop Kanye seeing his children, but both parents want their kids to be unaffected by what’s going on.
Nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s ceremony which will air on Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC. Last year, HBO set a record with 137 nominations, thanks in large part to the final season of “Game of Thrones.” But that record got stomped this year by Netflix, which received an incredible 160 nominations! “Ozark” led with 18, followed by “The Crown” with 13 and Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” with 12. The darling of Disney+, “The Mandalorian,” received 15 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. It’s going up against “Better Call Saul,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “Stranger Things,” “Succession,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “The Crown.” Up for Outstanding Comedy Series are “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Dead to Me,” “Insecure,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “The Good Place,” “The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” The big upset there? No Outstanding Comedy Series nomination for the final season of “Modern Family.” That show used to be unbeatable. It won Outstanding Comedy Series for its first five seasons.
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