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Disney+ and Apple TV+: As the New Streaming Wars Begin, Which Service Has the Edge? — TV Podcast

Batten down the hatches and ready your binge bunkers because the streaming wars are starting in earnest.

By November 15, two of the most profitable companies in America will have made their first forays into the streaming television space; with the launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+, the digital entertainment game may never be the same.

But don’t let the similar names fool you. The strategies used by the tech behemoth and the entertainment giant couldn’t be more different, given how each is sweet-talking subscribers with their wares. It’s only a matter of time before we discover which, if any, strategy proves to be the best way to build a customer base.

First into the ring is Apple TV+, debuting November 1 and priced at $4.99 per month, with plans to present eight original series upon launch, in addition to documentary film “The Elephant Queen.” That said, don’t expect
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‘The Front Runner’s’ Mamoudou Athie Joins ‘Jurassic World 3’

  • Variety
‘The Front Runner’s’ Mamoudou Athie Joins ‘Jurassic World 3’
Mamoudou Athie has joined the cast of the third installment in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” saga.

He joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who will reprise their roles from the previous films, as well as Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original mega-hit “Jurassic Park.”

Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the first “Jurassic World,” is returning to direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Emily Carmichael. The script is based on a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who penned the previous two scripts.

Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow return to executive produce, once again partnering with producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Universal’s senior vice president of production Sara Scott is overseeing production on behalf of the studio.

Trevorrow directed 2015’s “Jurassic World,” which went on to gross $1.67 billion worldwide and is the sixth-highest-grossing film in cinema history. Trevorrow
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‘Jurassic World 3’ Adds ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Actor Mamoudou Athie

  • Deadline
‘Jurassic World 3’ Adds ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Actor Mamoudou Athie
Exclusive: Mamoudou Athie, who currently co-stars on the Facebook series, Sorry for Your Loss, has landed a lead role in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World 3. He’s set to star opposite returning cast members Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.

Colin Trevorrow will direct once again. He co-wrote the script with Emily Carmichael based on a story he crafted with Derek Connolly, who worked with him on the screenplay for Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are returning to produce the sequel with Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow serving as executive producers. The Jurassic franchise, which launched in 1993, celebrated its 25th-anniversary last year and has grossed more than $5 billion collectively at the worldwide box office.

Athie’s other credits include Patti Cake$, The Circle, and The Front Runner. He’ll next be seen in Prentice Penny
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Surprise! ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Director Returns with First Film in 8 Years, ‘Wendy’

Once upon a time, a young talented filmmaker named Benh Zeitlin made a little indie movie called Beasts of the Southern Wild that lit the Sundance Film Festival on fire with buzz. The movie scored an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and Zeitlin earned a Best Director nomination, even landing on Steven Spielberg’s shortlist for the Jurassic World directing gig. That was 2012. Then Zeitlin just… disappeared. He didn’t make another indie follow-up, he didn’t sign onto a Marvel movie, he didn’t even direct any television. It was fascinating and disappointing all at once, which …
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Laura Dern Comments on Her Excitement to Reunite With Co-Stars of Jurassic Park

A few weeks ago, we got word that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow announced at a recent screening of the film that the casts of Jurassic World and the classic film Jurassic Park will collide for the next film in the franchise. Jurassic veterans Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will be back to reprise their roles, with B.D. Wong, who already crossed over from the first films to the recent ones, and the new stars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Jurassic Park films were so ahead of their time, with special effects unlike the world had ever seen. Those movies were so much fun, and they really hold up over time. This new Jurassic World series has been exciting to watch as well, and now the fans of both are getting the reunion we want.

In a recent interview with Total Film, Dern gave the
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33 Celebrity Godparents You Had No Idea About

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33 Celebrity Godparents You Had No Idea About
When it comes to choosing godparents, people often pick those closest to them to inspire and provide guidance to their child. So it's no surprise that most celebrity kids end up with very big stars influencing their upbringing. Steven Spielberg is godfather to a pair of huge stars, Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Richie's got two superstar goddads of her own. Michelle Williams's little girl, Matilda Ledger, calls Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps her honorary parents, while Courteney Cox looked to Bff Jennifer Aniston to take the role of godmother to her daughter, Coco Arquette. See more sets of surprising celebrity godparents, including Elton John, Hugh Grant, and Lady Gaga, when you scroll through now.
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Movie Theaters Are Destroying Movies, According to Edward Norton (Who Is Correct)

Movie Theaters Are Destroying Movies, According to Edward Norton (Who Is Correct)
As the 21st-century barrels on, filmmakers and film fans alike are in a constant debate about what modern institution is “ruining movies.” For many people – like Steven Spielberg – it’s the world of streaming sites, like Netflix, that are destroying the sanctity of the so-called “theatrical experience.” But Edward Norton has a different take […]

The post Movie Theaters Are Destroying Movies, According to Edward Norton (Who Is Correct) appeared first on /Film.
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‘Jurassic World 3’ Filming Date Revealed

The third installment in the blockbuster Jurassic World franchise is set to begin shooting in February of next year, with a projected release date of June, 2021, according to a recent Forbes interview with producer Frank Marshall. According to Marshall, the untitled Jurassic World 3 is already in pre-production in London’s famous Pinewood Studios. Marshall’s wife and longtime collaborator, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, produced the original Jurassic Park series with Steven Spielberg. Marshall himself joined the series on Jurassic World. Altogether, the Jurassic films have grossed just a shade under $5 billion dollars since the original was …
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‘1917’, Sam Mendes’ World War I Movie, Gets an ‘R’ Rating

The MPAA has announced that Sam Mendes’ upcoming World War I movie, 1917, will be rated “R” for “violence, some disturbing images, and language,” which makes sense since it’s a war movie. And yet studios have been playing around a little with how much they can get away with in war movies and get a PG-13. Steven Spielberg’s World War I movie, War Horse, only had a PG-13 rating, and Christopher Nolan was able to get a PG-13 rating for Dunkirk. The latter proved incredibly successful for Warner Bros. with the film pulling in $189 …
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Everything You Need to Know Before Subscribing to Quibi

  • BuzzSugar
The streaming wars are truly upon us, and an upstart known as Quibi is hoping we'll consider its service along with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and the rest of the streaming sites battling it out for a piece of our paycheck. But what is Quibi, and what sets it apart from all the other streaming newcomers? The answer is, quite a lot, actually. From its unique service model to the content it will be serving up, Quibi is, for better or worse, creating a new kind of streaming experience. Read on to find out if that streaming experience is right for you, as well as what in the world Quibi even means.

What Is Quibi?

Quibi is short for "quick bites," which is the perfect way to describe the mobile-only streaming service. All of the content on the app will be served up in seven- to 10-minute episodes that
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Everything You Need to Know Before Subscribing to Quibi

  • Popsugar
The streaming wars are truly upon us, and an upstart known as Quibi is hoping we'll consider its service along with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and the rest of the streaming sites battling it out for a piece of our paycheck. But what is Quibi, and what sets it apart from all the other streaming newcomers? The answer is, quite a lot, actually. From its unique service model to the content it will be serving up, Quibi is, for better or worse, creating a new kind of streaming experience. Read on to find out if that streaming experience is right for you, as well as what in the world Quibi even means.

What Is Quibi?

Quibi is short for "quick bites," which is the perfect way to describe the mobile-only streaming service. All of the content on the app will be served up in seven- to 10-minute episodes that
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Kevin Smith Fires Back At Scorsese, Says McU Movies Are Cinema

Comic book movie fans can often be an opinionated bunch, but the internet was sent into a frenzy recently when no less of a name than Martin Scorsese derided the superhero blockbusters made by the likes of Marvel, claiming that they weren’t really cinema at all and more like a theme park ride.

Some people saw where the legendary director was coming from, claiming that the point he was making was that the emotional connection between a filmmaker and the audience has been lost in the age of CGI bombast, while others derided the 76 year-old for being out of touch with what has proven to be the most lucrative and bankable genre in the industry for well over a decade.

People like James Gunn have already voiced their feelings on Scorsese’s comments, and it was only a matter of time before Kevin Smith, one of popular culture’s most knowledgeable voices,
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WarnerMedia’s Robert Greenblatt “wide open” to local-language shows

  • ScreenDaily
Streamer to carry Grease spin-off series; shows inspired by DC Entertainment universe.

WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Robert Greenblatt said he was “wide open” to local-language shows on HBO Max, as he used a Mipcom Personality of the Year keynote to outline the strategy for the upcoming platform.

Quizzed on whether there was space for international acquisitions, Greenblatt said on Tuesday (15) he expected shows from across the globe to become part of the offering, citing HBO’s recent success with Israeli drama Our Boys.

“We’re wide open to bringing more of those sorts of shows onto HBO Max in their original languages,
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Mipcom: WarnerMedia’s Robert Greenblatt “wide open” to local-language shows

  • ScreenDaily
Streamer to carry Grease spin-off series; shows inspired by DC Entertainment universe.

WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Robert Greenblatt said he was “wide open” to local-language shows on HBO Max, as he used a Mipcom Personality of the Year keynote to outline the strategy for the upcoming platform.

Quizzed on whether there was space for international acquisitions, Greenblatt said on Tuesday (15) he expected shows from across the globe to become part of the offering, citing HBO’s recent success with Israeli drama Our Boys.

“We’re wide open to bringing more of those sorts of shows onto HBO Max in their original languages,
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Edward Norton Says Spielberg Is Wrong: Netflix Isn’t Destroying Movies, Theaters Are

Edward Norton Says Spielberg Is Wrong: Netflix Isn’t Destroying Movies, Theaters Are
Edward Norton is calling out movie theater chains ahead of the theatrical release of his upcoming Warner Bros. drama “Motherless Brooklyn.” In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Norton tells reporter Nick Schager that “it’s the theater chains that are destroying the theatrical experience. Period, full-stop. No one else.” Norton calls on moviegoers to be vocal about ensuring movie theaters are running projection and sound at top quality because in most cases around the country they are not.

“A lot of filmmakers and cinematographers that I know that have really started to look into this say that more than 60 percent of American theaters are running their projector at almost half the luminosity that they’re required by contract to run it at,” Norton said. “They are delivering crappy sound and a dim picture, and no one is calling them on it.”

Norton continued, “If [movie theaters] were delivering what they’re supposed to be delivering,
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Joaquin Phoenix

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A couple of years ago, we used to have this featured called “The Good, The Bad & The Badass”, where each week I profiled some of my favorite “badasses” from both behind and in front of the camera. Folks like Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver – our definition of badass was broad. Flash-forward to now- and the series is back - revised and updated- video style! For our third installment we take a look at the career of the controversial…
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Quibi Orders Adam Rippon Celebrity Throwback Daily Show From Hearst (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Quibi Orders Adam Rippon Celebrity Throwback Daily Show From Hearst (Exclusive)
Adam Rippon will serve up a daily dish of “useless” throwback celebrity moments for Quibi, the short-form mobile TV streaming service set to hit phones in the spring of 2020.

The former Olympic ice skater will host “This Day in Useless Celebrity History,” produced by Hearst Magazines’ originals division, for Quibi’s Daily Essentials news and entertainment lineup. Rippon will take viewers on a ride down memory lane, revisiting stars’ breakups, makeups and other outrageous events from the early 2000s to the present day.

Rippon promises that the celebrity rehash show for Quibi will be “a witty retrospective look at pop culture.” The show is scheduled to run Monday-Friday and premiere in April 2020. Each “day in history” will coincide with the actual calendar date that the event occurred.

“There are so many great moments to choose from, and I’ll be there breaking it down for Quibi’s viewers and reminding
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Apple’s New Production Studio Shows Mastery of the Streaming Long Game

Original content is the name of the television game, and Apple’s new in-house studio could better position the company’s upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service to compete with industry giants in the years ahead, analysts said.

Apple announced that it was launching its first in-house studio alongside Friday’s announcement that it ordered “Masters of the Air,” a nine-episode drama from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Apple is set to produce the series, which serves as a follow-up to HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” and makes “Masters of the Air” the first series the tech giant will actually own in-house.

As for Apple’s unnamed studio, Variety reported that the company placed worldwide video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht in charge of it, but outside that leadership detail and the “Masters of the Air” news, nothing else is known about the studio. Apple didn
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Bww Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Santino Fontana!

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz about Judy Collins' 1967 album 'Wildflowers.' They also discuss Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, The Supremes, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' Motown, 'Bye Bye Birdie,' and Leonard Cohen. Stephen talks about the conception and creation of a number of his works, including 'Wicked,' 'Godspell,' 'Pippin,' 'The Baker's Wife,' 'Working,' 'Rags,' and 'The Prince of Egypt.' He tells stories about working with artists such as Howard Ashman, Charles Strouse, Steven Spielberg, and Whitney Houston, and talks about collaborating with Alan Menken, with whom he wrote the songs for the hit Disney films 'Pocahontas,' 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' and 'Enchanted.'
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Just When You Thought You Could Go Back In The Water: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Jaws

As far as troubled film productions go, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is up there with the worst of them. From malfunctioning mechanical sharks to studios of little faith to endless shooting delays, Jaws seemed to be cursed from day one. Obviously, it all worked out in the end, as the film went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, swept the year-end awards shows, and revolutionized Hollywood by pioneering the summer blockbuster. So, here are 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Jaws.

Related: 10 Hidden Details You Never Noticed In Jaws
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