WGA War With Talent Agents Hits Milestone: Now Longer Than Its Bitter 100-Day Strike Against Studios In 2007-08   Other

The 101-day battle between the WGA and Hollywood’s talent agencies has surpassed the guild’s 100-day strike against the film and TV studios in 2007-08. And while the current dispute technically is not a strike, it has all the acrimony of one — with both sides trading lawsuits and more than 7,000 writers firing their agents who refuse to sign the guild’s new Code
Cat’s Meow: ‘The Lion King’ Rises To $531M Global In 10 Days; ‘Aladdin’ & ‘Spider-Man’ Each Near $1B WW – International Box Office   Other

Refresh for latest…: With a mighty roar, Disney’s The Lion King was the No. 1 movie in all of its opening markets this weekend, adding $269.4M at the international box office. The adaptation of the classic animation debuted in 51 new hubs, which joined China after its early bow last week. Through 10 days, the Jon Favreau-helmed film has grossed $346M overseas for
Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con   Other

Today at Comic-Con, the Joe and Anthony Russo announced projects that their AGBO Studios are in development on: an adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series Battle of the Planets and an Amazon series based on the graphic novel Grimjack Comics.  Battle of the Planets was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida and Tatsunoko Studios and was arguably the first mainstream
New ‘An Officer And A Gentleman’ Stage Musical Announces North American Tour   Other

A new musical stage version of An Officer And A Gentleman will launch a North American tour in fall of 2020, producer Work Light Productions announced today. The musical features a newly adapted book by Dick Scanlan (Tony-nominated in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie and in 2010 for Everyday Rapture), based on an earlier book by Douglas Day Stewart (who wrote the screenplay
Committee To Protect Journalists Unionizes With WGA East   Other

Employees of the Committee to Protect Journalists have decided that they need union protection themselves. More than 90% of the 30-member staff have signed union cards asking to be represented by the WGA East, and CPJ’s management has agreed voluntarily to recognize the guild as their staff’s collective bargaining representative. “We are honored to represent people
Counterprogramming ‘Crawl’ & ‘Stuber’ Collateral Damage In Superhero Summer As ‘Spider-Man’ Sees $44M+   Other

3rd Update Saturday AM: Refresh for chart and more analysis Counterprogramming continues to be a casualty in a tentpole-dominant summer, making many in the industry wonder: Should we have just designated these films to streaming? Sony Like we said last weekend in our mid-summer report, when smaller films like Paramount’s Crawl (estimated $10.6M opening in 3rd) and
Denise Nickerson Dies: ‘Willy Wonka’, ‘Dark Shadows’ Actress Was 62   Other

Denise Nickerson, who played the bratty, bloated Violet Beauregarde in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and a sweet-natured orphan bedeviled by ghosts and werewolves on the classic ’60s supernatural soap Dark Shadows, died Wednesday night at a hospital near her home in Colorado. In declining health since suffering a stroke last year, Nickerson was removed
‘Teen Mom’ Star Amber Portwood Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Battery   Other

Teen Mom personality Amber Portwood was arrested Friday in Indiana, and charged with domestic battery for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon, while he was holding their child. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called to a residence, and subsequently took the reality TV star into custody. “Just after 3:00 a.m., on 7.5.2019, officers
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Shoots Off $25M+ Fireworks With 2nd-Best July 4th Ever, Cume Now At $91M+   Other

JULY 4TH EVENING UPDATE: Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home had an excellent July 4th, making an estimated $25.1M, dipping 7% from yesterday. Through 3-days, the Jon Watts-directed sequel counts $91.35M.  Far From Home‘s gross today is arguably the second best Independence Day at the B.O. after Transformers‘ $29M in 2007. The 3rd, 4th and 5th best July 4th single