The latest news comes after Netflix reported fourth-quarter earnings last week that blew past estimates with revenue at $5.47 billion and earnings per share of $1.30. It said it added 8.76 million global paid subscribers during the quarter, bringing its total to 167.1 million, a number that beat expectations overall but was still soft on U.S. additions. … [Read more...] about Netflix Lays Off About 15 In Marketing Division
“Alberto [Barbera] is not buying into optics,” one festival head told us. “But it’s a fantasy that there are not enough good movies directed by women,” this person added. “If you look at the top European festivals, they tend to be run by older white men. It’s about the lens you’re looking through. It’s nuanced. Personally, I’m looking forward to Roman Polanski’s movie. But I can also understand why Toronto wouldn’t program it. This is the new normal.” … [Read more...] about Should Film Festivals And Distributors Steer Clear Of Controversial Directors In The #MeToo Era?
"John sees the humor in disconnects," says James Cromwell, who is among several Oscar nominees the show has enlisted for a series of short films starring Oliver's collection of wax presidents. He spent $13,700 to buy five of them from a now-defunct presidential wax museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2018, he also purchased $76,000 worth of Russell Crowe movie memorabilia (including $7,000 for the leather jock strap he wore in Cinderella Man). In response, Crowe tweeted a video featuring Australia's beloved Irwin family unveiling the "John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward." Crowe financed it with the auction proceeds from Oliver. Oliver says Crowe's video "was comedically perfect — so structurally sound as a fuck-you because it raised awareness for a disease that is objectively funny, as appalling as it is for the koalas — and he actually did legitimate good. It's an almost shame-inducing perfect joke." … [Read more...] about Watch Out, America: John Oliver Is Officially a U.S. Citizen Now
Rick was out with his mom, Tommie Roberts, earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale. The Boss was feeling good enough to floss for photogs as he left an attorney's office. We're told he's in the process of hammering out a child support agreement with his baby mama, Tia Kemp. … [Read more...] about Rick Ross Recovering, Back to Family Biz
At the just-concluded Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Saban touted not only a deal with Mattel for Power Rangers Hot Wheels cars but also the holiday launch of a Power Rangers video game on the Microsoft Xbox Kinect platform that allows the target group of young boys to place themselves in the middle of the action. "The boys action category has stayed consistently powerful," says Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands. "And the merchandise has expanded into interactive and mobile applications as well." … [Read more...] about 7 Days of Deals