Also, with New York City and Los Angeles theaters still closed, distributors aren’t shelling out that much in P&A, and I hear Come Play‘s was in the high single digit million range which is par for the course nowadays for these wide entries (which I understand is still more than what Disney spent on 20th Century Studios’ Empty Man last weekend) and also appropriate for this Gillian Jacobs-John Gallagher Jr. movie which cost under $10M. Come Play, I hear, is part of Universal/AMC’s PVOD deal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will play for strictly 17 days. Still, No. 3 chain Cinemark has booked the title as well, even though the chain doesn’t have a rev share deal with Uni. … [Read more...] about Focus Features-Amblin Horror Movie ‘Come Play’ Leading Halloween Pandemic Weekend B.O. With $2.5M
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It’s not just independent observers who believe Trump is in violation of the lease – the agency’s own expert told Congress as much. In December, Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the GSA to send a representative to go over the finer details of the lease. The agency dispatched its deputy commissioner of public building service, Michael Gelber, who confirmed the agency’s interpretation of the contract – that Trump would be in violation of the lease on day one of his administration – only to have his congressional testimony immediately undercut by the GSA’s own public affairs officer, who released a written statement claiming the agency hadn’t taken a position on the issue yet. … [Read more...] about Why Hasn’t the Government Gone After Trump for His $180 Million Breach of Contract?
Federal investigators have descended on the Navajo Nation in response to a Sept. 23 Searchlight story detailing illegal marijuana cultivation, child labor and worker exploitation. Agents from the U.S. State Department’s human trafficking unit are now investigating the farms. On Oct. 16, Sen. Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico, formally requesting an investigation into “disturbing reports” of labor exploitation and interstate drug trafficking. … [Read more...] about Illegal Marijuana Grows Still Operating on Navajo Land, Despite Court Order
Trump may never have thought he could actually pull this off. If the scheme faltered, he might fall back on using a coup threat as an opening bid in a negotiation for a pardon for all of his federal crimes, as well as his crimes against New York state law. The exposure of his tax returns by The New York Times had shown that he paid virtually no taxes and is a terrible businessman. More important, though, it showed that even if Trump recovers, he may well be in profound legal trouble, along with members of his family, potentially facing charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, and much more. If so, as seems likely, Trump has always known he’s guilty, and he knows that he and Ivanka and Don Jr. and Eric might also end up in prison. When the virus struck, he was already a truly desperate man, facing not simply an election but also his own existential crisis, one just as severe as the one afflicting the nation. From his bed in the Walter Reed Medical Center, even suffering … [Read more...] about The Sedition of Donald Trump
The actor’s son Jason Connery told the BBC that his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” just prior to his death. “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.” … [Read more...] about Sean Connery, Oscar-Winning James Bond Actor, Dead at 90