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The Hollywood ReporterThe Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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heat index

John Stankey The WarnerMedia chief becomes president and COO of owner AT&T, setting him up as a possible successor to CEO Randall Stephenson. Nancy Dubuc The Vice Media CEO presides over another round of layoffs as its news division merges with cable channel Viceland after HBO cancels its daily show. Taylor Swift The pop star’s Lover earns 867,000 equivalent units in the U.S. in its No. 1 Billboard 200 chart debut, the biggest week for any album since her last release in 2017. Lawrence O’Donnell After floating that “Russian oligarchs” co-signed a Trump loan, the MSNBC host retracts the story and apologizes on air for “information that wasn’t ready for reporting.” Showbiz Stocks $20.77 (+2%) IMAX CORP. (IMAX) The exhibitor of movies on large screens says that, as of Aug. 31, sales in China are up 28 percent over the same…

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a millennial silver lining amid bummer summer box office

Earlier this year, Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, a coming-of-age tale about two high school seniors on the verge of graduation, was poised to become a breakout among younger moviegoers. It lit up social media after its premiere at the SXSW festival and boasted a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But veteran film executives were stumped when the Annapurna film flunked with a debut of $8.7 million over Memorial Day weekend on 2,505 screens, foreshadowing a tough summer for counterprogramming designed for younger and older adults. Booksmart was steamrolled by Disney’s Aladdin on the same weekend, with the CG/live-action remake luring thousands of Generation Z and millennials, who feasted on the original 1992 animated film as youngsters (whether in theaters or on DVD). Those between 18 and 24 made up 37 percent…

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megan ellison plots more frugal ‘path ahead’

After escaping a bankruptcy scare and restructuring its debt in late August, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is moving forward with full steam and is “excited about the path ahead,” says chief content officer Sue Naegle. But a pivot is a near certainty after the company blew through roughly $200 million in revolving credit used to release such box office misfires as Destroyer ($5.6 million globally), The Sisters Brothers ($13.1 million) and the August release Where’d You Go, Bernadette ($7.5 million). What that evolution looks like remains to be determined. For now, the company will take a breather on acquisitions — both Destroyer and Sisters Brothers were Cannes pickups — and is not planning to buy anything at the upcoming Toronto market. Annapurna is sending four executives to the festival, but Ellison will…

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carteris survives sag-aftra election drama, vows new ‘leverage’

When the dust cleared on the union’s national election early on Aug. 29, Gabrielle Carteris, SAG-AFTRA president for the past three and a half years, won another two-year term, and victories on the national board mean that Unite for Strength and its allies will keep control of the union, as they have since 2009. But Carteris, 58, garnered only a plurality over her opponent, MembershipFirst’s Matthew Modine, and the slate, which held sway from 2005 to 2009, is restive, resurgent and wants back in the driver’s seat. MF won 13 of 16 national board seats from Los Angeles and also now dominates the L.A. local board, meaning that Carteris can expect vigorous debate and dissension in the boardroom for the foreseeable future. Speaking after her election win, Carteris tells THR that the…

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what’s holding up the crazy rich asians sequels

A year after Crazy Rich Asians opened No. 1 at the box office (on its way to a $238.5 million global gross) and raised Asian representation in Hollywood to new heights, its sequels have been slow to launch. Although director Jon M. Chu had hoped to keep the creative team intact, co-writer Adele Lim no longer is involved with the project, THR has learned. At issue is pay parity: Co-writer Peter Chiarelli, as an experienced feature scribe who broke out with 2009’s The Proposal, was to be paid a significantly higher fee than Lim, a veteran TV writer who never had penned a feature until Chu hired her to work on the screenplay. (Before Chu boarded the project, producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force already had enlisted Chiarelli…

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7 days of deals

FILM Jill Soloway (UTA, Jackoway Austen) will adapt upcoming truck driving memoir Mothertrucker and direct the Makeready feature, which will star Julianne Moore. Michael Bay (WME, Sloane Offer) is in talks to direct Sony thriller Black Five. Richard Linklater (CAA, Cinetic) will helm an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along, starring Blake Jenner, Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt, over a 20-year span. Yesterday star Himesh Patel (WME, the U.K.’s 42) has joined Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Eva Longoria (CAA, Brillstein) will direct Fox Searchlight’s Flamin’ Hot biopic about Cheetos inventor Richard Montanez. Chef Eddie Huang (UTA) will make his directorial debut with Focus’ coming-of-age film Boogie. What/If’s Keith Powers (Paradigm, Megan Silverman, Stone Genow) has joined Chris Pratt in Skydance’s sci-fi thriller Ghost Draft. Blades of Glory’s Will Speck and Josh Gordon (CAA, Hirsch Wallerstein) will…

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