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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, August 21, 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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Lana Wachowski Warner Bros. greenlights the filmmaker’s Matrix 4 with Keanu Reeves reprising his role in the $1.6 billion-grossing franchise. Mark Halperin The Game Change author nabs a book deal, but many of the Democratic strategists interviewed for it distance themselves from the project over earlier accusations of sexual misconduct. Chance the Rapper The 26-year-old hip-hop artist and hitmaker becomes the first independent creator to reach the 1 billion stream milestone on SoundCloud. Cate Blanchett Her Where’d You Go, Bernadette opens outside the top 10 and with a splattery 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a rare critical and commercial miss for the Oscar winner. Showbiz Stocks $210.35 (+5%) APPLE (AAPL) The new-media giant will reportedly roll out its Apple TV+ streaming service before November and offer free trials as it builds its library. $1.55 (-18%) COMSCORE (SCOR) The audit committee chair resigns from the…

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iger’s evolving succession race

On Aug. 23, thousands of Disney’s most faithful fans will trek to D23 Expo in Anaheim, where they’ll be treated to sneak peeks of the new live-action Lady and the Tramp as well as Star Wars series The Mandalorian and a High School Musical reboot, all of which are headed for Disney+, the streaming service set to launch Nov. 12. They’ll also hear from CEO Bob Iger, and, unknowingly, they might be given a shot at mingling with Iger’s eventual successor. Some observers now believe the inside track may belong to Kevin Mayer, chairman of direct-to-consumer and international who is expected to appear at the convention to showcase Disney+. That Iger has called the upcoming streamer the “most important product” to launch since he became CEO in 2005 speaks volumes about…

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behind disney’s #boycottmulan problem

On Aug. 14, Crystal Liu, star of Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan, weighed in on Hong Kong’s police crackdown of pro-democracy protesters. “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now,” she wrote to her 65 million followers on social media platform Weibo, adding the hashtag “IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice,” with a heart emoji. Backlash, and talk of a boycott of Mulan, greeted Liu’s post. And while Disney has remained silent so far, the problem won’t go away any time soon for the studio, whose 10 tentpoles in the past year have earned 12 percent of their $8.85 billion in grosses from China. “Disney can’t support the protesters because their business in China is too important,” notes Stanley Rosen, a professor at USC who specializes in the Chinese entertainment industry. “But they obviously…

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viacomcbs leaders set very different career paths

How long will ViacomCBS’ top duo stay at the helm? When the merger closes at the end of 2019, the board of directors, to be led by non-executive chair Shari Redstone, wants CEO Bob Bakish to stay for at least four years while acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello gets a guarantee of only 15 months, per an Aug. 19 SEC filing. On the surface it may seem like a slight to Ianniello, who will oversee most of the CBS assets after the merger, though he’ll be well compensated for it as he’s due $70 million at the close of the transaction. That’s Leslie Moonves money, and he was among the best-compensated executives in America until his CBS exit over sexual misconduct claims. “The terms of Ianniello’s new employment agreement seem very accommodative…

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behind the headlines

Box office source: Comscore; estimates in $ millions; () Weekends in release; *Territories. Broadcast source: Nielsen, live-plus-3, week of Aug. 5. Cable TV source: Nielsen, live-plus-3 scripted series. BILLBOARD HOT 100: The week’s most popular current songs, across all genres, ranked by audience impressions, sales data and streaming activity by online music sources tracked by Nielsen Music. BILLBOARD 200: The week’s most popular albums across all genres, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums). GAME: COURTESY OF HBO. EYE: DENISE CREW/NETFLIX. VAN NESS: AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC. BOYS: ED ARAQUEL/UNIVERSAL. HOLLYWOOD: ANDREW COOPER/SONY. LIGHT: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES. PARADISE: ABC/JOHN FLEENOR. DEAD: VAN REDIN/AMC. JIMMY, SLIPKNOT: ABC/RANDY HOLMES. EILISH: JIM BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES.…

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how tv’s top drama made me a comedian

Co-dependency. I’ve C been struggling with her since the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games nearly robbed me of the ability to leave my house at age 5, largely thanks to the American women’s gymnastics team’s heroic bronze medal. Sometimes we can’t help but be overly invested in someone else’s successes and setbacks. I only recently got out of a thrilling but sometimes toxic relationship. I know. Me? Single? It’s a crime! Anyhoo, my partner? HBO’s Game of Thrones. How I loved them! They were stunningly beautiful, brilliant, sometimes problematic, exciting and heartbreaking. Without Game of Thrones, Gay of Thrones would just be Gay — which honestly isn’t a bad idea for a show, but it’s not what we were there to do. At Gay of Thrones, we recapped every single episode of…