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At midnight on Nov. 29, tickets for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” went on sale, crashing domestic movie ticket sites. This kind of fervor has not been seen at the box office since 2019 when advanced tickets for titles like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” went
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Over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, moviegoers in the U.S. and Canada spent around $142 million on tickets for movies like “Encanto,” “House of Gucci” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” The haul is not as robust as previous years, where ticket sales often topped $250 million, but showcases consumer confidence in returning to cinemas amidst the pandemic.
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Filming “Hamilton” and distributing it on Disney+ didn’t diminish demand for the Broadway musical, it amplified it, said creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Over the decades, Broadway showrunners have shied away from creating filmed copies of popular shows, fearing that making the production too accessible would mean fewer ticket sales. The “Hamilton” film, which was
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Disney’s “Encanto” has been largely praised by critics for its animation style, diversity and “spellbinding” songs. It currently holds a 93% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 69 reviews. Due out in theaters ahead of Thanksgiving, Disney’s latest animated film centers on the Madrigals, a family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in
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Box office analysts are optimistic that more families will head to movie theaters this Thanksgiving since some children have received Covid vaccinations. All eyes are on Disney’s “Encanto,” which analysts hope will be a major catalyst for ticket sales during the five-day holiday period. Other films being released this week include “House of Gucci,” “Licorice
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An arbitrator last year ordered Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey to pay nearly $31 million to the studio behind Netflix’s “House of Cards” for breaching his contract, a new court filing shows. Spacey was found to have violated the sexual harassment policy of MRC II Entertainment, according to the Los Angeles court petition. MRC severed ties
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Start-up Avegant has built an LED light engine that could enable device manufacturers to build small, stylish augmented reality smart glasses. I demoed Avegant’s light engine in October and was blown away by the crystal clarity of the AR visuals created by the component. I recently tried a pair of prototype smart glasses from Avegant
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Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become required viewing for fans of the long-running franchise. That’s why the streaming service would have been the perfect place to introduce the characters of Marvel’s latest film “Eternals” prior to their on-screen debut. While this move would have required incredible foresight on the part of
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Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have ratified two contracts with Hollywood’s studios that address the union’s call for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and improved benefits. Around 56% of the 641 delegate votes from all 36 locals voting for the basic and area standards agreements were in favor of the
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In April, Apple released an update for iPhones that gave users the option whether to prevent advertisers from using a device ID. Over six months later, it’s clear most iPhone users opted out, and the feature, called App Tracking Transparency, is now presenting challenges to companies ranging from Snap to Facebook to Peloton. While the
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MoviePass co-founder Stacy Spikes regained ownership of the company after its bankruptcy filing in 2019 and it is looking to reboot it. The subscription service’s attempted resurrection comes at a time when many movie theater chains have bolstered their own paid loyalty programs to include ticket subscriptions and discounted concessions. The company would not only
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AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron sold 625,000 shares on Tuesday, half of what he ultimately plans to dump under a selling program filed with the SEC. The sale is part of the executive’s estate planning ahead of his 67th birthday next year, Aron told investors last August. He reiterated those plans during an earnings call
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Disney is set to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Wednesday. Disney is set to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Wednesday. Here are the key numbers analysts are expecting, according to a Refinitiv survey: Earnings per share: 51 cents Revenue: $18.79 billion The company may show slowing growth of its Disney+ streaming
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AMC said if the domestic box-office grosses from October, November and December hit $2 billion, it would be able to post positive cash flow in the fourth quarter. Analysts are split on whether they think that target is attainable, with some saying the goal is easily achievable and others appearing a bit more skeptical. Ticket
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Netflix is considering a second season for “Squid Game,” but has not committed to one yet. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said the series would continue on the streaming platform during a screening of the show in Los Angeles on Monday. The show premiered on Netflix in September and quickly became
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Alec Baldwin said Hollywood should hire police officers on all film and television sets that use guns. His plea comes in the wake of his involvement in the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” last month in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Notably, the last high profile gun-related incident on
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“Eternals” secured $71 million in ticket sales during its domestic debut, the fourth-highest opening of the pandemic. Globally, the new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe tallied $161.7 million, the second-highest global weekend posted by a Motion Picture Association film in 2021. “Eternals” is the worst reviewed Marvel film in the franchise. “Eternals” may be
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AMC’s new popcorn business may not be a “gamechanger” for the company, says rival cinema CEO Mark Zoradi of Cinemark. Zoradi said Cinemark has been selling prepackaged popcorn at its movie theaters for four years and has been testing kiosks in malls in Brazil. He said it’s more important for Cinemark to create a “great
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Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick did not outright dismiss the idea of the metaverse, a term used to describe an online digital world where people can interact using avatars in real time on multiple devices. But based on that definition, Zelnick said his video game company is already dominating the so-called metaverse. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss
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Dwayne Johnson will only use rubber guns on his sets after the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” last month. Johnson said he will enforce this new rule with any studio he and his production company Seven Bucks Productions work with going forward. Dwayne Johnson, one
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