The Hollywood Reporter August 11, 2021

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Donnie Yen The star’s Emperor Motion Pictures thriller Raging Fire hits No. 1 in China’s theaters for the second weekend, with an $82 million-plus haul in the country so far. Scott Rudin His Broadway version of West Side Story, which opened in 2020 just before COVID-19 closures, won’t reopen for “a variety of reasons,” fellow producer Kate Horton said. Sue Tenney The showrunner of Netflix’s Virgin River saw the third season hit No. 1 on Nielsen’s latest streaming chart by a sizable margin with 1.45 billion minutes of watch time. Roberta Kaplan The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund co-founder resigns after the New York attorney general reveals that Kaplan gave advice to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on responding to a sexual harassment claim. Showbiz Stocks $54.34 (+15.4%) AMC NETS (AMCX) A blowout quarter, ad and streaming growth, and potential for…

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sports rights’ streaming wave may finally end pay tv bundle

Before NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage was beamed to its Peacock app, it passed through the streamer’s digital network operations center. The Peacock DNOC, as it’s called, sits in a far corner of NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, with a wall of monitors at the front of the glass-encased room and a two-story window overlooking oversized Olympic rings in the parking lot outside. Rows of desks are stacked with Rokus and Xboxes and PlayStations and Fire TVs, with technical staff making sure the live connection is working on every conceivable device and TV. Peacock, led by chairman, direct-to-consumer and international Matt Strauss, is NBCU’s big bet on streaming, and it is hoping that live sports will drive users and subscribers. For the Tokyo Games, the company made gymnastics and track and field…

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labor unions pressure feds to halt amazon’s mgm buy

As the Federal Trade Commission examines Amazon’s proposed $8.45 billion buy of MGM, pressure from unions and progressive politicians is mounting on the regulator to take action, either by blocking the deal or requiring the company to abide by conditions such as decoupling Amazon Prime Video from the rest of Prime to secure approval. The latest salvo comes from the Strategic Organizing Center, a federation of labor unions that includes the Communications Workers of America and the Teamsters. In a letter to be sent to FTC chair Lina Khan on Aug. 11, obtained by THR, SOC executive director Michael Zucker writes that the acquisition “would further bolster Amazon’s ability to leverage power across multiple lines of business related to the SVOD market and create further harmful vertical integration in the film…

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marvel’s next animation flex: ‘a completely different muscle’

Brad Winderbaum spent much of 2007 sitting in a hot trailer in Playa Vista, California, listening to Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. hash out the story for Iron Man. Winderbaum, then an assistant to Marvel exec Louis D’Esposito, often heard the team posing a fundamental question of storytelling: “What if … this happened?” Now Winderbaum, recently promoted to head of streaming television and animation at Marvel Studios, is about to ask that question again with What If …? (debuting Aug. 11), the studio’s first foray into animation on Disney+. While animated series of Marvel comics have been made since the 1960s, this is the first animated show under the purview of Marvel Studios boss Feige, who gained oversight in late 2019 with a promotion that saw him take…

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from blockbuster hits to animated spinoffs

Fast & Furious Spy Racers Netflix The ongoing Netflix series, centering on Dom Toretto’s cousin, Tony Toretto, is executive produced by such Fast mainstays as Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan. Camp Crustaceous Netflix Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is hands-on with the series, in its third season, which takes place between Fallen Kingdom and the upcoming Dominion film. Lower Decks, Prodigy Paramount+ While Lower Decks is aimed at adults, the Star Trek universe also has the kid-focused Prodigy, starring Kate Mulgrew, reprising her role from the early 2000s live-action series Voyager. The Bad Batch Disney+ The Star Wars animated show, which takes place after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope, adds to the franchise’s roster of series including The Mandalorian. FAST, CRETACEOUS: COURTESY OF NETFLIX. LOWER, PRODIGY: COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT+.…

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movie theater owners won’t oppose requiring proof of vaccination

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Aug. 3 that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for indoor activities — including movie theaters — cinema owners remained silent. Behind the scenes, the National Association of Theatre Owners began consulting with its members. An alarming surge in cases in many parts of the country caused by the delta variant has left box office recovery disrupted as half of the U.S. population remains unvaccinated. NATO has decided not to take a position either way on the looming New York City ordinance and won’t object. Nor is it trying to block the proposed Los Angeles rule. “In order for the exhibition industry to fully recover, we need more people to be vaccinated,” NATO president John Fithian tells THR. “It’s pure…