Netflix ’s Harry & Meghan doc series is officially here and debate is already raging over whether the Royal Family were shown the series prior to launch, and how or if they will respond. The family claim they were not asked for comment on the hotly-anticipated six-parter, BBC Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond told the BBC’s Today this morning, but the first episode, which dropped at 8 a.m. GMT (12 a.m. PST), starts with the disclaimer: “Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series.” It adds: “This is a first-hand account of Harry and Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive. All interviews were completed by August 2022.” Rumors were swirling this week over whether the Royal Family had seen the show following the release of two trailers, in which Harry spoke of “the pain and suffering of women” marrying into the Royal Family and said he would tell the full truth behind the couple’s relationship with the … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’: Were The Royal Family Given Prior Sight Of The Doc?
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Disney + Basic, a cheaper version of the 3-year-old streaming service, has officially gone live. Today’s launch of the $8-a-month offering marks a turning point in the larger streaming race, leaving Apple TV+ — for now — as the only major player without commercial interruptions. When once-and-current Disney CEO Bob Iger and his senior team began making a series of moves years ago to prepare for the push into streaming, the template was Netflix, which avidly insisted for years it would never sell ads. Now, while Netflix remains the global leader with 223 million subscribers, it faces intense competition and Co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos have publicly lamented that the company dithered before finally launching their own ad-supported effort last month. Apple, meanwhile, has been exploring a less expensive tier with ads. Its entry-level version would reportedly go for $5 a month, offering an onramp for inflation-hit consumers after Apple’s steep 40% monthly price … [Read more...] about Disney+ Enters Advertising Arena, Leaving Apple TV+ As Only Commercial-Free Player Among Recent Streaming Entrants
EXCLUSIVE : Janel Parrish ( Pretty Little Liars ) will produce and star opposite Ryan Powers ( She-Hulk: Attorney at Law ) in the relationship drama Sydney vs. Sean , which Gavin Michael Booth ( The Scarehouse ) is directing from Powers’ script. The film going into production in Los Angeles in January weaves past and present through surreal styles to explore what brought Sydney and Sean’s relationship to the brink. Parrish will produce alongside Booth and Powers. “I’m thrilled to have these two actors in the ring with me,” said Booth. “Ryan’s script is an unexpected examination of a unique marriage, and we look forward to shooting in the new year.” Parrish is best known for her roles as Mona Vanderwaal in Pretty Little Liars and its spinoff Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists , and as Margot in Netflix’s To All the Boys films from ACE Entertainment. She’s also appeared on series like Magnum P.I. and Rush Hour , and in films like Celeste … [Read more...] about ‘Pretty Little Liars’ & ‘To All The Boys’ Alum Janel Parrish To Produce And Star In Relationship Drama ‘Sydney Vs. Sean’