Pippin review – musical theatre returns with a sea of spectacle that almost drowns the show. Lyric Theatre, at Sydney’s Star Casino This big, strange musical is an acrobatic, fire-juggling, hoop-jumping extravaganza. Like all magic, it’s also an exercise in misdirection
ABC News has laid off a percentage of staff in the low single digits on Thursday as part of ongoing cuts across the Walt Disney Company, a source familiar with the matter told TheWrap.“Unfortunately, as we position ABC News for the future, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce the size of our workforce in a few areas,” ABC News President James Goldston said in a memo to staff. “As hard as this moment is for our colleagues, it is necessary as we adapt to changes in our business and how the company is organized by consolidating some functions and moving people into roles essential to our growth in the long term.”An ABC News spokesperson declined to comment on the number of staffers laid off.Also Read: Radio Disney to Shut Down as Disney Undergoes New Round of LayoffsEarlier on Thursday, TheWrap reported that Disney was shuttering Radio Disney as part of the restructuring. The 36 affected full- and part-time employees were notified Thursday and will all be laid off in February.Read original story ABC News Hit With Layoffs as Part of Disney Cuts At TheWrap
The podcast landscape changed dramatically this week with Joe Rogan taking his show exclusively to Spotify. The move, Alex Kantrowitz of the Big Technology newsletter said, represents both a brilliant strategic decision by Spotify and an indictment of Apple’s podcasting game plan. More importantly, it also signals a potential shift in the podcast economy overall, where exclusivity, rather than ubiquity, is king. To be sure, Rogan’s move to Spotify has been planned for about six months, ever since Spotify dropped $100 million on his show. That deal came around the same time Spotify paid big bucks to acquire Bill Simmons’ The Ringer, as well as exclusive content from Kim Kardashian and Marvel. “The Joe Rogan Experience” will remain free on Spotify — at least for now — but listeners will have to have the app to listen to it. In some ways, this bet mirrors Sirius XM bringing Howard Stern on board in 2006. By getting the biggest name in podcasting exclusively on its platform, Spotify is looking to drive listeners to its other podcasts, as well as its music library — much in the same way Sirius was betting Stern would drive subscribers and discovery. Another aspect — hitting...Read original story Tech Talk With Sean Burch and Alex Kantrowitz: Spotify’s ‘Smart’ Bet on Joe Rogan and Apple’s ‘Awful’ Strategy | PRO Video At TheWrap
In yet another instance of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez definitively shutting down Republicans who try to mix it up, AOC had a succinct retort on Thursday for Republican critics of her $58 “tax the rich” campaign sweatshirt.“We don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.Earlier on Thursday, conservative commentators like Ben Shapiro derided AOC’s merchandise by tweeting, “Only the rich can afford this idiotic sweatshirt.”Also Read: AOC Claps Back at Critics of Her 'Borrowed Clothes' in Vanity Fair Cover ShootFox News contributor Lisa Boothe also weighed in on the sweatshirt: “Still laughing about AOC selling ridiculously expensive swag that says ‘Tax the rich.’ That pretty much sums it all up right there.”But in her response, the Democratic congresswoman said that anyone who wanted the sweatshirt for free could get one if they volunteered for the campaign. She also took a dig at President Donald Trump, whose own campaign merchandise has conspicuously not been made in America.“What’s the difference between Trump’s merch and ours? Ours is made in the US,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. She also signed off with one more message: “Oh, and by the way: Tax the Rich.”Read original story AOC Shuts Down Republican Critics of Her ‘Tax the Rich’ Merch With a Perfect Comeback At TheWrap
Lifetime released the trailer for its upcoming Wendy Williams biopic on Thursday, revealing star Ciera Payton as she recreates some of the landmark moments from the iconic daytime talk show host’s career, including her interview with Whitney Houston to fainting on live TV in a Statue of Liberty costume.Executive produced by Williams herself, “Wendy Williams: The Movie” charts the host’s “scrappy upstart days in urban radio” to her current status has host of her own syndicated talk show. “Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive,” the description reads.The trailer also ventures off-the-air to explore Williams’ battle with addiction and her troubled marriage with ex-husband Kevin Hunter.Also Read: Wendy Williams Defends Bizarre Behavior With Bizarre Explanation (Video)The film is set to premiere on Saturday, Jan. 30 following a two-hour documentary delving into Williams’ life and career. Watch the trailer, along with an interview with director Darren Grant, via Williams’ talk show above.The film is produced by Front Street, with Williams serving as executive producer alongside Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth. The documentary is produced by eOne and Creature Films, with Williams, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, Sarah Girgis and Joie Jacoby executive producing. Brie Bryant and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime.Read original story Lifetime’s Wendy Williams Biopic Trailer Charts Host’s Career, From Shock Jock Origins to Collapsing Statue of Liberty (Video) At TheWrap
AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron on Thursday said the nation’s largest movie theater chain had begun “urgent” talks to renegotiate terms with Warner Bros. following the studio’s announcement that it will release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max at the same time as theaters.“These coronavirus-impacted times are uncharted waters for all of us, which is why AMC signed on to an HBO Max exception to customary practices for one film only, ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ being released by Warner Brothers at Christmas when the pandemic appears that it will be at its height,” Aron said in a statement. “However, Warner now hopes to do this for all their 2021 theatrical movies, despite the likelihood that with vaccines right around the corner the theatre business is expected to recover.”However, Aron indicated that the company was blindsided by Warner’s plans to release its 2021 slate of 17 films on its streaming service on the same day as its theatrical release — which has prompted AMC to renegotiate with the studio. “We will aggressively pursue economic terms that preserve our business,” Aron said. “We have already commenced an immediate and urgent dialogue with the leadership of Warner on this subject.”Also Read: Warner Bros to Release All 2021 Movies in Theaters and on HBO Max SimultaneouslyAron also took a dig at whether the studio’s move would produce anywhere near the revenue of a traditional theatrical release. “Clearly, Warner Media intends to sacrifice a considerable portion of the profitability of its movie studio division, and that of its production partners and filmmakers, to subsidize its HBO Max start up,” he said. “As for AMC, we will do all in our power to ensure that Warner does not do so at our expense.”Warner Bros. year-long day-and-date strategy comes after AMC Theatres and other chains made an agreement with Universal to allow that studio to release films on demand at home as early as three weekends after they opened in theaters. Cinemark, which signed on to the deal last month, added the condition that films with an opening weekend of over $50 million will be guaranteed five weekends of theatrical exclusivity. Aron has hailed the deal as one that can protect movie theaters while adjusting to the new normal that streaming and the pandemic have forced on the industry.But news of the HBO Max deal hit AMC’s stocks hard, as they fell nearly 16% from $4.14 per share to $3.63. Fellow national theater chain Cinemark, which has not grappled with the debt issues that AMC faces, fell nearly 22% from $17.04 per share at opening on Thursday to $13.30. Cinemark said on Thursday that Warner “has not provided any details for the hybrid distribution model of their 2021 films.”Also Read: Warner Bros' Bombshell HBO Max News Splits Fans, From 'That's a Win' to 'I Hate This'Insiders at Warner Bros. told TheWrap that a major factor for the move was uncertainty over the pace at which theaters will reopen next year as COVID-19 vaccination efforts get underway. Health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have estimated that the U.S. could reach herd immunity by mid-summer, but many areas of the country are still working to build the infrastructure needed to distribute the vaccine, including deep freeze storage units. It is also unclear how quickly theaters will be given clearance by state officials to reopen and how long those theaters will have to maintain social distancing and audience capacity limits.Aron said that AMC is “encouraged that vaccines protecting society at large against the coronavirus are very much at hand” and that the chain expects that moviegoers “will be able once again to delight in coming to our theatres without any worry.”Read original story AMC Theatres Starts ‘Urgent’ Talks With Warner Bros. to Renegotiate Terms After HBO Max Deal At TheWrap
The first in-person show is the Magic Pop-Up in Orlando, held on February 9-11, 2021.
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HBO Max subscribers got an early Christmas present after Warner Bros. announced it will release all its 2021 films in theaters and HBO Max simultaneously in order to meet audiences where they are (which, given the COVID-19 pandemic, is rarely in movie theaters). Each movie will be available for one month before HBO will pull it from streaming and revert to a typical theatrical window.17 HBO theatrical releases will come out in theaters and HBO Max next year, including major films like “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Matrix 4” starring Keanu Reeves, “Dune” with Timotheé Chalamet, and DC’s “Suicide Squad.”This follows the news that “Wonder Woman 1984” will be available at no extra cost on Christmas Day. The film, which stars Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior, is the biggest film so far to get rerouted to streaming amid the pandemic.Also Read: Did HBO Max Just Become the Best Bargain in Streaming?All this news is probably going to lead to a lot of people figuring out just how to get the nearly 7-month old streaming service. The good news is, those that already pay for HBO have probably had access to HBO Max this whole time.WarnerMedia went to great lengths to make it easy for current HBO subscribers to get automatic access to Max (they cost the same monthly price). Here’s how it works:Customers that subscribe to HBO either directly through HBO Now, or via their pay-TV operator (including WarnerMedia’s parent company AT&T), only have to download the HBO Max app on their streaming device of choice. The same goes for those who buy HBO via digital providers like Hulu, Apple, Google, Samsung and Verizon. Amazon and HBO Max finally reached an agreement that gets HBO Max on its Fire TV platform, as well as offer the subscription via Prime Video Channels. That leaves Roku the lone major streaming platform that doesn’t have a deal to carry the Max app.Also Read: 'Justice League': The 'Snyder Cut' Will Be Released Next Year on HBO MaxHere are the pay-TV providers that have signed up to give their HBO customers automatic access to Max: Altice USA, Cox Communications, Charter, AT&T, WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, and MCTV, and any other small provider that is part of the NCTC (National Cable Television Cooperative). Comcast, the country’s largest pay-TV provider with nearly 21 million TV customers, cut a deal with WarnerMedia hours after Wednesday’s launch.That also includes customers of YouTube and Hulu’s live TV streaming bundle. YouTube has never offered HBO until now, but it’s the same idea. You pay for HBO, you get Max.WarnerMedia sunset the HBO Now and HBO GO apps at the end of July. The same login consumers used for HBO Now — or HBO Go for pay-TV subs — will give them access to the new service.Read original story Here’s How You Can Get HBO Max if You Already Pay for HBO At TheWrap
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The day after it was revealed that the city of Los Angeles was headed into their strictest stay-at-home orders thus far in the pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he is "pulling the emergency break" and other regions of the state will also be locking down in the next few days. During a press conference on Thursday, state officials revealed the restrictions would apply to regions of the state where hospitals are on the brink of capacity — and many of them are expected to reach that point this week. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.California Hospitals are at a "Tipping Point""The bottom line is if we don't act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed," Newsom said during the press conference. "We are at a tipping point in our fight against the virus and we need to take decisive action now to prevent California's hospital system from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks," Newsom added in a written statement. "I'm clear-eyed that this is hard on all of us — especially our small businesses who are struggling to get by."Once the ICU capacity drops below 15%, the region will have two days to comply with the stay-at-home orders and follow them for at least three weeks. Newsom announced that four out of five regions — Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Northern California, and Southern California — will likely hit that point early this month, while the fifth — the Bay Area — will follow mid-month. The stay-at-home orders will ban nonessential gatherings. While individuals will still be able to engage in essential activities, such as going to the doctor, grocery shopping, and picking up takeout, as well as exercising outdoors and attending outdoor religious ceremonies, there will be mass closures. Playgrounds, indoor recreation, salons, museums, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, wineries, bars, casinos, live-audience sports and amusement parks will be amongst them. While retail stores will be able to operate, they will only be at 20% capacity. Additionally, schools that are already operating in-person can remain open. He also pointed out to his constituents that there is "light at the end of the tunnel.""This is the final surge in this pandemic," he encouraged. "We do not anticipate having to do this again." On Thursday, the Golden State added 18,951 new cases to their tally, a number beat by only the previous day of 20,759 new cases. The state's positivity rate is also increasing along with the number of tests being administered, a cocktail likely to result in a surge of cases. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study FindsHow to Stay Alive—and Save Lives—No Matter Where You LiveHow to stop the hospitals from filling up, and people dying? Short of a lockdown, CDC Director Robert Redfield plumps for mitigation measures like "social distancing, hand-washing and being smart about crowds—doing things more outside than inside. These are critical mitigation steps which, to many people, seem simple, and they don't really think it could have, you know, much of an impact. But the reality is they're very, very powerful tools. They have an enormous impact. And right now it is so important that we recommit ourselves to this mitigation." So follow those fundamental mitigation measures, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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“Superstore” will end with its current sixth season, NBC announced Thursday.The workplace comedy will return for its final run of 11 episodes on Thursday, Jan. 14, with the series finale to air in the spring.“We’re grateful to Universal Television and NBC for letting us make 113 episodes of a show we’re so proud of, and for giving us the chance to work with such an incredibly talented group of actors, writers and crew,” executive producers Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said in a joint statement. “We’re thankful most of all to the viewers who’ve stuck with us for the past six years (or discovered us somewhere along the way). We’ll do our best to go out strong and give you the satisfying ending you deserve.”Also Read: 'Superstore' Showrunners Break Down America Ferrera's Bittersweet Final EpisodeThe decision to end the show comes just a month after series star America Ferrera’s final episode aired in early November. The actress announced her exit earlier this year with plans to leave at the end of Season 5, but stayed on for the two-part Season 6 premiere after the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short.“Superstore,” from creator Justin Spitzer, premiered on NBC in 2015. The series has been a reliable performer for the network, though the Season 6 premiere drew a slightly smaller audience than last year, with a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen.The series is produced by Universal Television in association with Spitzer Holding Company, Miller Green Broadcasting and The District. Executive producers include Spitzer, Miller and Green, as well as David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer.Also Read: Why Immigrant Storylines on TV Are So Important for Real-Life Immigration Issues“‘Superstore’ has always been a signature NBC series that has never failed to make us laugh while also thoughtfully examining important issues people care deeply about,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal. “This has been an amazing group of writers, producers, actors and crew to work with and we are incredibly grateful for all their contributions. This show will forever hold its place among the top workplace comedies, for which we have a cherished history.”“We are incredibly proud of this show and the stories we were able to tell within the walls of Cloud 9,” said Universal Television President Erin Underhill. “We want to thank Justin Spitzer, who created this show, current showrunners Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller, all the writers, cast and crew. Not only did they bring us a comedy full of heart and humor, but ‘Superstore’ also became one of the most socially impactful series on television.”Read original story ‘Superstore’ to End After 6 Seasons on NBC At TheWrap
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