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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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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1 min.
heat index

YoungBoy Never Broke Again The rapper nabs his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in less than a year, with Top earning 126,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 17. Jeffrey Katzenberg/Meg Whitman After launching Quibi in April, the co-founders are exploring strategic options including a sale or merger, according to The Wall Street Journal. Guan Hu The director’s blockbuster The Eight Hundred becomes the top grossing movie of the year globally, surpassing Bad Boys for Life, with $426.5 million as of Sept. 21. Sam Gores The Paradigm chairman discloses Sept. 17 that the agency is making permanent staff layoffs of 180 employees who were previously cut temporarily amid COVID-19. Showbiz Stocks $193.79 (+15.5%) ROKU (ROKU) The streaming device maker has played hardball with NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia as they seek to grow their…

5 min.
filmmakers: maybe don’t see my movie in theaters right now

The pandemic has some Hollywood filmmakers making an unheard-of plea: “Please don’t release my movie in theaters right now.” Before the novel coronavirus, a splashy debut on the big screen was the stuff dreams are made of for any director, producer or star. In recent days, producer Jordan Peele is said to have played a prominent role in the decision to delay Candyman’s release from Oct. 23 to next year, worried about encouraging consumers to gather in an enclosed, indoor cinema, sources tell THR. The film, a direct sequel to the 1992 supernatural slasher of the same name, was directed by Nia DaCosta, who co-wrote the script with Peele and Win Rosenfeld. (Peele and Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions made the film for MGM, with Universal handling distribution.) Cinema safety is a delicate subject…

3 min.
how a supreme court without rbg might impact hollywood

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18 at 87, the country lost a true champion of equality. But there’s a less-noticed aspect of Ginsburg’s influence — and her untimely loss will impact the course of the entertainment industry. On Oct. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court holds an oral argument in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the most important copyright case in decades. It’ll now happen without the high court’s most fervently pro-copyright voice. Ginsburg gravitated to intellectual property disputes almost from the moment the Brooklynborn attorney was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. More often than not, when a big ruling on the subject was on the table, it was she who carried the big pen. Notably, in 2003, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in…

3 min.
new justice league shoot complicated by abuse claims

In October, director Zack Snyder will roll cameras for his extended cut of Justice League, working for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max division on restoring his version of the maligned 2017 movie that he exited because of a family tragedy. The shoot, which will turn the “Snyder Cut” into a four-episode limited series, is expected to bring back Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman for new scenes. Also set to appear on the call sheet is Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The latter is noteworthy because Fisher is in a public dispute with WarnerMedia sister division Warner Bros., which he accuses of permitting Joss Whedon, the director who took over from Snyder, to engage in misconduct and abuse while reshooting Justice League. Fisher also claimed that…

1 min.
how immigrants are portrayed on tv

Anew report examining storylines on TV finds that crime and undocumented immigrants are overrepresented, with 22 percent of immigrant characters associated with a crime of some sort. The Sept. 23 study, from nonprofit Define American and the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, analyzed 129 unique immigrant characters across 97 episodes of 59 scripted TV shows that aired on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms between August 2018 and July 2019. The report found that, of the characters with an identified immigration status, 63 percent were undocumented immigrants or asylum seekers. In reality, only 24 percent of immigrants in the U.S. are unauthorized, meaning that undocumented immigrants are greatly overrepresented on TV. The most represented immigration issues featured in storylines are deportation (29 percent of episodes), ICE (25 percent) and mentions of terms…

2 min.
virtual insanity: the emmys raise the covid-19 tv bar

The Sept. 20 Primetime Emmys had as much to say about how television is made in 2020 as what series courted the most industry favor. Sure, the hourlong Canadian filibuster that kicked off the telecast gave departed comedy Schitt’s Creek the highest of high notes to go out on. And Succession’s seven wins minted it as the prestige drama du jour. But the logistics that went into the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted semi-virtual telecast emerged as an equally significant takeaway, offering lessons on how future TV events might play out as the world (and producers) continues to adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. “These Emmys probably wouldn’t have been possible to pull off even six weeks ago,” says Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment senior vp alternative series, specials and late night programming. “It…