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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Kevin Feige The Marvel Studios president takes on new responsibility in the Disney empire, adding the chief creative officer title and expanding oversight to TV, animation and publishing. Ang Lee The director’s $140 million bet on de-aging tech fizzles as Gemini Man opens to just $20.6 million stateside, another misfire after Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Jennifer Aniston The Morning Show star garners 4.1 million Instagram followers within 10 hours of joining as she takes her lucrative endorsement business online. James Goldston The ABC News president takes fire from President Trump after the network mistakenly airs Kentucky gun range video as explosive Syria footage. Showbiz Stocks $7.90 (+6%) TIVO (TIVO) The DVR pioneer says it will soon debut TiVo+ and TiVo Edge, a network and device, respectively, for aggregating multiple streaming services. $39.78 (-3%) TWITTER (TWTR) Pivotal Research lowers its target price on the…

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south park, lebron, hollywood and the new self-censorship mess

Two days after South Park was banned in China, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone served up Hollywood’s most defiant rebuke of the communist government in decades with their Oct. 9 episode. When the Comedy Central series’ geologist turned pot dealer Randy Marsh — voiced by Parker — shouted, “Fuck the Chinese government!” it marked the most incendiary words from an actor since Richard Gere dubbed China’s occupation of Tibet “horrendous” at the 1993 Oscars. While South Park’s “Shots!!!” episode provided fodder for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, who are battling mainland backed police forces, don’t expect many other high-profile entertainment figures to follow suit. When it comes to China and its vast moneymaking potential, the prevailing wisdom is: Get woke, go broke. The practice of self-censorship is common now, say top producers.…

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shari redstone explores plan to launch fox news rival

In the midst of closing a merger between CBS and Viacom, Shari Redstone is quietly exploring a plan to launch a conservative TV outlet meant to square off with Fox News Channel, sources tell THR. The mogul has approached current and former Fox News personalities about such a plan, sources say, and has spoken with former NBC News host Megyn Kelly. A rep for Kelly declined comment. This Redstone plan for a new TV service also would have a streaming component. Sources say that streaming service Pluto, which Viacom acquired in March for $340 million, is about to launch an as-yet-unannounced conservative news and opinion channel. A former CBS-Viacom exec says Redstone has sat in on “multiple meetings” about the potential venture, though this person doesn’t think Redstone’s idea arises from…

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nfl ratings comeback: what’s stoking the fire?

Like a quarterback shrugging off a sack, the NFL is brushing off doubts about its ratings supremacy among U.S. TV viewers. Linear ratings for the league hit a multiyear bottom in 2017, prompting a rash of speculation about whether pro football’s stranglehold atop the Nielsen charts was coming to an end. But now, as ratings for other programming keep declining, the audience for the NFL is rising. Through six weeks of the season, NFL games across all its television partners are averaging about 16.3 million viewers, up 3 percent from last season’s average of 15.8 million. Since hitting a low for this decade of 15 million viewers in 2017, viewership has climbed 9 percent and is on par with the 2016 season (16.5 million). What happened? Explanations for the rebound range from…

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nbc news chief’s writing gigs add drama to farrow flap

With Noah Oppenheim on the hot seat as Ronan Farrow’s bombshell book Catch and Kill (out Oct. 15) dominates the news cycle, a closer look is being paid to the NBC News president’s gig as a screenwriter. In light of claims that Oppenheim and NBC News/MSNBC chairman Andy Lack squashed reporting carried out by Farrow and his NBC News producer, Rich McHugh, about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual predation, one question being asked around town is whether former scribe Oppenheim, 41, whose credits include the indie hit Jackie as well as several unproduced screenplays, was influenced by Weinstein’s presence in the prestige film space. Back in 2016, Weinstein expressed interest in acquiring Jackie (starring Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy) when distribution rights were available, according to sources vying for the film…

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Box office source: Comscore; estimates in $ millions; () Weekends in release; *Territories. Broadcast source: Nielsen, live-plus-3, week of Sept. 30. 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). GEMINI: COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES. JEXI: DAVID MOIR/CBS FILMS. ANATOMY: ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL. GEMSTONES: COURTESY OF HBO. STUMPTOWN: ABC/JESSICA BROOKS. SCOTT: STEVEN FERDMAN/GETTY IMAGES. WALKER: TIM MOSENFELDER/GETTY IMAGES. BOOK: COURTESY OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE. PARASITE: COURTESY OF NEON + CJ ENTERTAINMENT.…