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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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heat index

Television Sad Songs Live musicals hit sour note for networks. p. 22 Awards Thrones War Emmy contenders scramble as GoT returns p. 28 Kacey Musgraves The country star nabs four Grammys, including album of the year, leading to a sizable sales boost for Golden Hour following the CBS telecast. John Bailey After the Oscars boot four craft categories to commercial breaks, its president faces backlash from A-list creators who say that the move alienates the show’s core viewers. James Wan As Aquaman hits $1.1 billion worldwide, Warner Bros. puts a sequel and a spinoff movie in development, with the hitmaker on board to produce both titles. J.K. Simmons The actor’s critical darling drama series Counterpoint is canceled at Starz amid a regime change after chief Chris Albrecht steps down. Showbiz Stocks $288.38 (+3%) MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (MSG) The live-events firm reports double-digit revenue growth at its flagship…

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can amazon wiggle out of business with woody allen?

In late August 2017, Amazon Studios’ then-chief Roy Price negotiated a deal with Woody Allen to release the writer-director’s next four films, with minimum guaranteed payments totaling between $68 million and $73 million. The e-commerce giant was on the verge of becoming a full-fledged Hollywood studio, and would launch a film distribution arm three months after cutting the deal with Allen, with his Wonder Wheel as its first foray. With Allen’s films in the pipeline and his TV series Crisis in Six Scenes on the Prime platform, Price pronounced that he could compete with traditional studios (and Netflix) for auteurs. Just over a month after signing the epic deal, the #MeToo tsunami hit Hollywood, sweeping out Price and shining a renewed spotlight on Allen, whose adult stepdaughter Dylan Farrow continued to…

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$47 million at one festival?! amazon’s sundance spree

By severing ties with Woody Allen, Amazon Studios ceded four films for its future slate. But in one fell swoop, Jennifer Salke picked up five others over the course of eight days at Sundance in January. In the process, Amazon earned the distinction of the most money ever spent by one buyer at a single incarnation of the indie market when it plunked down $47 million on the quintet. It also set a record for the highest price tag ever for U.S. rights to a Sundance film ($13 million for Mindy Kaling’s Late Night). Overall, Netflix came in at a not-so-close second, spending $22 million total on three films (Knock Down the House; American Factory; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile). Although that figure was well behind Amazon’s high-water mark, Netflix…

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‘they made a mistake with jeff bezos’

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ scorched-Feb. 7 essay let the world in on a secret Hollywood has known for decades: The National Enquirer uses hyper-aggressive tactics and, yes, outright threats to score scoops and manipulate subjects. But as the world’s richest man takes aim at the tabloid for an exposé that revealed his relationship with Lauren Sanchez, wife of Endeavor executive chairman Patrick Whitesell, a cloud now hangs over Enquirer parent company American Media Inc. and CEO David Pecker. “People are worried,” one AMI reporter tells THR, asking (as most Enquirer sources do) to remain anonymous. Chasing celebrity scandals, rehab stints or illegitimate offspring has been a focal point of Enquirer investigations for years, but, says the AMI staffer, the Bezos episode “looks like blackmail and extortion to me — that’s my…

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rielle hunter: ‘bezos is my hero’

First Person For many people, life after a big public mistake feels like a no-win situation. The National Enquirer stalked me for five years. They are relentless in their pursuit of destruction. It was maddening — you can’t sue them. Because most of the time the story is true. Well, let me rephrase: They add 98 percent of BS around the one piece of documentation that they have somehow gotten their grubby little hands on and that happens to be true. Second, you would be giving them private information in the deposition that you would never, ever want them to have, because of course they Hunter would use it against you. And lastly, who wants to spend their time fighting them? The thought alone makes me want to shower. Yes, they…

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tv’s live musical boom hits sour note

Fox’s Jan. 27 rendition of Rent lapped up attention for its injured star, but broken-footed Brennin Hunt may heal faster than the live musical format. A week after Rent became the genre’s lowest-rated entry, NBC — the network that kick-started the trend in 2013 with The Sound of Music Live watched by nearly 20 million viewers — abandoned plans for a May staging of Hair. The musical, which explores drugs, race and sexual identity, was supposed to take the place of NBC’s twice-delayed Bye Bye Birdie, which now sits in live-event purgatory alongside a planned production of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Over at ABC, there’d been an attempt to mount The Little Mermaid Live, but that, too, was quickly abandoned. So what happened to one of TV’s hottest genres? Many stress…