The film adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s novel of the same name, will forego a theatrical release to launch exclusively on Amazon in July.
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The Washington Post took a dive Thursday into the charitable giving of the 50 wealthiest people and families in America, revealing that many of them — like the paper’s owner Jeff Bezos — didn’t contribute “much, when accounting for their vast personal fortunes,” as the coronavirus ravaged the American economy and killed thousands.The paper did not shy away from shining a critical light on its owner.“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world with a fortune of $143 billion and who is also the owner of The Washington Post, gave $100 million to Feeding America and up to $25 million for All in WA, a statewide relief effort in Washington,” the Post noted. “For the median American, Bezos’ giving is the equivalent of donating $85. His aerospace company, Blue Origin, pledged to 3-D print face shields for front line workers but did not disclose the value of that contribution.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'The Post heralded only two billionaires for stepping “into the spotlight”: Bill Gates and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. While the paper highlighted Gates’ leadership during the crisis and the work done by his foundation, it noted, “In terms of donations from his personal wealth, for the median American donor, Gates’s giving to date equates to about $283.”Comparatively, the Post found, Dorsey’s giving equated to $27,000 for the median American.The 50 wealthiest people and families surveyed for the project have a collective net worth of nearly $1.6 trillion. Their publicly announced donations amounted to $1 billion or so, “which sounds like a lot of money but adds up to less than .1 percent of their combined wealth,” said the Post.“More than half of these billionaires have publicly donated cash and a few say they have given something — money or in-kind contributions — but declined to specify how much. But almost a third have not announced any donations and declined to comment or did not reply to requests for comment,” it said.Read original story Washington Post Uncovers Owner Jeff Bezos’ 2020 Charitable Gifts: Equivalent to $85 for Median American At TheWrap
Amazon is developing a “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, TheWrap has confirmed.The show will be based on the books by Stieg Larsson but will “take the iconic and much-loved character Lisbeth Salander and place her in today’s world – with a new setting, new characters, and a new story that will resonate with fans of the original and thrill a whole new generation.”Amazon Studios and Left Bank Pictures will produce the series with Sony Pictures Television. Left Bank founder and CEO Andy Harries will serve as executive producer along with Rob Bullock. No writer has been attached to the projectAlso Read: How Season 2 of 'Homecoming' Changes the Season 1 FinaleThe “Millenium” series of novels comprises six books, the first three of which — “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” — were authored by Larsson and published after his death. The series centers on Lisbeth Salander, a hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist.The book series has twice before been adapted for the screen. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace starred in a Swedish film adaptation directed by Niels Arden Oplev in 2009 and later reprised their roles for two sequels.David Fincher directed an English-language adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in 2011 starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. A quasi-sequel to Fincher’s film was released in 2018 with Claire Foy and Sverrir Gudnason taking over the lead roles.Variety first reported news of the series.Read original story ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Reboot Series in the Works at Amazon At TheWrap
“Real Time With Bill Maher” was off last week, and Maher returned on Friday by taking a big swing at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. This rant, which came as part of the New Rules segment at the end of the show, was prompted by the news that Bezos is on pace to become the first-ever member of the trillionaire class.“New rule: you can’t have so much money that my computer’s spellcheck doesn’t know what to call you. Jeff Bezos is poised to be the world’s first trillionaire, the headline says. Even my phone was like, ‘That can’t be right,'” Maher quipped. (Sidenote: the spellcheck in my web browser also doesn’t think “trillionaire” is a word.)“We now live in an age not of innovation but of domination,” he continued. “Startups are in a 13-year slump and financing is down 22% from eight years ago because, in the online marketplace, Amazon has become the only game in town. And that was before an event happened that made everyone stay home and order everything online. Yeah, I mean, predictably, once the virus hit and America locked itself upstairs like a babysitter hiding from a slasher, sure, of course, the rest of the economy cratered. But Amazon’s stock price is up 25%. That’s what I call asymptomatic.”Also Read: Bill Maher Can't Believe Trump Takes Hydroxychloroquine but Never Tried WeedThen Maher got serious: “If we don’t do something, we’re gonna come out of our holes and discover that there’s only one store and it knows where you live.”Now there’s the question, what can be done about it? Maher’s got some ideas.“You might be surprised to learn that Elizabeth Warren had a plan to break up Amazon. And I say let’s go for it,” Maher said. “Like Sen. Warren, I’m a capitalist to my core, but when a company gets so big it smothers all competitors in the crib, that’s anti-capitalist. Like when Amazon destroyed the startup Diapers.com by cutting Amazon’s own diaper costs below cost. By one estimate, Bezos lost $100 million in his quest to corner the online diaper market. But he owns it now. Which raises the question: What is wrong with this man?Also Read: Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: 'Bush Would Have F--ed This Up Too' (Video)“OK, you had one brilliant idea that when people get drunk at home they’ll go online and buy s— they don’t need. Great, congratulations, you won; you’re the best at making money. But one of the rules of the game of capitalism is you can win big, but not so big there’s no game.”Maher discussed a precedent: when the Supreme Court ruled that John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil violated the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1980 and the company was broken up into dozens of small, regional companies. But he also stressed that Amazon is worse because it sells so many different things.“When one supplier brings you everything, you’re not a customer. You’re a dependent,” he said. “And look, I use Amazon. Of course, everyone does. I’m not saying Amazon is pure unadulterated evil. That’s Wells Fargo. But Amazon does prey upon the Achilles heel of the American character: we will sell our soul for convenience.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)He noted that many consumers don’t even consider Amazon’s environmental impact.“Liberals are supposed to be environmentalists. They must notice how wrong it is for us to do so much of our shopping in such a wasteful piggish manner,” Maher said. “Does anyone really need a grill cover to get to you overnight and in a separate box from something you ordered the day before from the same warehouse? When I was a kid getting a package was a rare event. Now kids think the UPS man is their dad. Why do socks need protective air cushion? I’m gonna shove my foot in it and stomp on it all day. They ship a disposable razor in a box the size of a coffin and enough plastic to choke a whale. Which it eventually does.“And I haven’t even mentioned that Amazon often pays no taxes, and bathroom breaks for their workers are so infrequent they have to pee into bottles… which are then resold as Kombucha.”Maher ended his rant with advice for viewers: “Maybe this is just the hunter-gatherer in me speaking, but someday I hope to leave the cave again and I’m gonna want to shop somewhere in person. So this weekend, be a hero and go out to an actual store and patronize some other business besides Amazon. And let’s see if we can’t get America back on its feet again. Because we’re looking pretty raggedy, and you know the old saying: if the shoe fits, you probably didn’t get it online.”Watch the full segment above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’ (Video) At TheWrap
Amazon Studios finally released its first game Thursday, eight years after entering the video game publishing market. Titled “Crucible,” the action-adventure game aims to compete with Riot Games’ blockbuster “League of Legends.”The free-to-play team shooter from Amazon and developer Relentless Studios is available now on PCs via Valve’s Steam platform, and a new launch trailer debuted today to hype up fans.“Crucible” was originally announced in 2016, but the game has reportedly taken many forms throughout development. Game lead Colin Johanson told computer gaming magazine PCGamesN that Amazon Studios made several key development changes based on feedback from the gaming community.“We worked with pro gamers, streamers, content creators, cosplayers, figurine designers, tournament organizers, dancers, cultural consultants, and many more” to make a game that could compete with mainstream titles, Johanson said, adding “we made some massive shifts in development based off of these conversations.”Also Read: Will the 'Justice League' Snyder Cut Actually Deliver What Fans Asked For?Some of these massive shifts included changing the in-game economy. While “Crucible” is free, Amazon will monetize via purchases of a season pass or in-game items. No “pay-to-win” items will be offered, Johanson said.“We tossed out the entirety of our original monetization plans, redesigned the visual direction of nearly all the hunters in the game, and removed entire game systems” before reaching the final product, Johanson said. “I hope (creators and players) find a game that’s significantly better than the one we shared with them in the early days, and know that time they spent helping us was worthwhile.”The game is aesthetically similar to Activision Blizzard’s hit hero shooter “Overwatch,” which was released in 2016. “Crucible” players can choose from 10 characters to play in three different battle modes against other online combatants.“Crucible” has big shoes to step into if it wants to take over the dominance “League of Legends” has maintained over the esports and PC gaming market for over a decade. Riot Games operates over 20 different esports leagues based around “League of Legends” and the title has over 100 million active players each month. Amazon does have an advantage in that it owns Twitch, the leading game streaming platform, and will likely use that connection to recruit streamers to play the game and increase its exposure.It remains unclear if Amazon will look to turn “Crucible” into an esport.Also Read: The Atlantic Lays Off 68 Employees, Cuts Executive Pay“We like to look at as an ongoing challenge to keep working with the community and to deliver the most fun competitive experience that we can, so that’s what we’ve done, and what we will continue to do long after launch,” combat design lead Jon Peters told PCGamesN.Nick Statt, a reviewer for The Verge, described “Crucible” design as “a rather bland aesthetic,” but said that the game does manage to recreate some of the excitement in “League of Legends.”“All of its well-worn game modes, including a mini battle royale and one inspired by e-sports heavyweights like League of Legends, feel more like new experiences rather than remixes of popular classics,” Statt wrote Wednesday.Watch the “Crucible” trailer below:Read original story Amazon Finally Releases ‘League of Legends’ Competitor ‘Crucible’ Four Years After Announcing Game At TheWrap
The retail and streaming giant is said to be circling the acquisition of the AMC chain of theatres in the US, the parent company of Odeon in the UK.
AMC Entertainment Holdings’ stock jumped 42.4% Monday after reports that e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. was considering purchasing the movie theater operator.According to the Daily Mail, Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos are “circling” the embattled theater owner and have reportedly held talks about a “potential takeover of AMC by Amazon.” The Daily Mail could not confirm if these discussions are still active or could lead to any deals.AMC Entertainment Holdings stock was up 42.47% Monday morning, roughly $5.86 per share — more than double the company’s record low close on April 13, which totaled $2.08 per share.Also Read: Jerry Stiller Remembered by Jason Alexander, Leah Remini, Wayne Knight and More: 'What a Giant'The past few months have been tumultuous at best for the movie theater operator — last week it announced it would stop showing Universal Pictures films in its theaters after the studio opted to send a few hit titles, including “Trolls World Tour” straight to video on demand.AMC’s most recent earnings report saw the company miss analyst predictions for both revenue and earnings. The company’s revenue dropped 6.4%, or $50 million, from first quarter of last year. Its net income was less than half the previous fiscal year, totaling $69 million.AMC also said it saw domestic ad sales fall 11% during its first quarter as its theaters nationwide closed to combat COVID-19.Also Read: Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak to Host Celebrity-Filled Facebook Commencement Address for Class of 2020AMC’s national network subsidiaries include BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and AMC Studios, each of which reported losing revenue last quarter. It also owns owns the Carmike and AMC theater chains in the United States and also operates the Odeon Cinemas franchise in the United Kindgom. If Amazon were to take a stake in AMC, it would open venues globally its Amazon Studios production arm.AMC is backed by majority investor Dailan Wanda Group, which bought an interest for roughly $421 million in September 2018 according to funding tracker PitchBook Data Inc.AMC and Dailan Wanda did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment about a potential sale.Read original story AMC Theatres’ Stock Jumps 42% After Report Amazon Is Exploring Possible Acquisition At TheWrap
New Zealand’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic means that shooting on Avatar and Lord Of The Rings can resume. is already back underway in the country.
Amazon has landed “The Terminal List,” which will star and be executive produced by Chris Pratt and Antoine Fuqua.The series is being developed by MRC Television. Fuqua will direct the pilot as well as executive produce.It is based on the Jack Carr novel of the same name. Pratt will star as Reece, whose entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. As he returns home with conflicting memories of the event and questions about culpability, new evidence comes to light as Reece discovers dark forces working against him.Also Read: Chris Pratt, 'Parks & Rec' Cast Lift Leslie Knope's Spirits With 'Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian' Performance (Video)David DiGilio will write the script and executive produce alongside Pratt and Fuqua. The drama will be produced by both MRC TV and Civic Center Media, the two companies behind HBO’s “The Outsider.”“The Terminal List” marks Pratt’s first regular TV gig since “Parks & Recreation” ended its seven-year run in 2015. Pratt also starred on “Everwood,” which ran for four seasons on The WB from 2002-2006. Pratt reprised his “Parks” role of Andy Dwyer for the NBC comedy’s reunion special last week.Since “Parks” ended, Pratt has moved full-time into movies, starring as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he’s appeared in four films that include top-lining two “Guardians of Galaxy” movies. He is also known for his role as Owen Grady in the “Jurassic World” films. Pratt starred in Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” in 2016.He most recently starred in Pixar’s “Onward.”Read original story Chris Pratt-Led TV Thriller ‘The Terminal List’ Lands At Amazon At TheWrap
Amazon posted more than $75 billion in revenue when it reported its Q1 earnings on Thursday afternoon, while also sharing an ambitious plan to use its second-quarter profits towards “COVID-related expenses.” Despite topping Wall Street’s sales expectations, the company’s share price dropped 5% in early after-hours trading following Amazon’s projection it could lose up to $1.5 billion next quarter.For Q1, Amazon’s sales hit $75.5 billion, up 26.5% from the same time last year and beating analyst projections of $74.1 billion. Its earnings per share of $5.01 fell short of analyst estimates of $6.10 EPS, while also falling short of the $7.09 EPS the company posted during the first quarter of 2019. This was the first quarter Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud business, surpassed $10 billion in sales — marking an increase of 33% year-over-year.Amazon declined to share an update on how many Prime members it has; the company said it hit 150 million Prime subscribers by the end of 2019 when it reported its holiday quarter earnings in January.Also Read: Amazon Fire Customers to Get Free Year-Long Subscription to Food Network KitchenMoving forward, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company expects to invest heavily in equipment and services needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.“If you’re a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we’re not thinking small,” Bezos said in his letter to shareholders. “Under normal circumstances, in this coming Q2, we’d expect to make some $4 billion or more in operating profit. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Instead, we expect to spend the entirety of that $4 billion, and perhaps a bit more, on COVID-related expenses getting products to customers and keeping employees safe.”Bezos added: “This includes investments in personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning of our facilities, less efficient process paths that better allow for effective social distancing, higher wages for hourly teams, and hundreds of millions to develop our own COVID-19 testing capabilities.”In its Q2 guidance, Amazon said it could report an operating loss of $1.5 billion next quarter — although its estimate also said a profit of $1.5 billion is in the cards, indicating how difficult the pandemic has made it to project sales.Amazon shared dropped 5% to $2,345 per share after the company shared its Q1 report. The Seattle-based company had been on a roll heading into Thursday afternoon, with its share price surging more than 30% since mid-March.Read original story Amazon Q1 Earnings: E-Commerce Giant Says It Expects to Spend $4 Billion on Coronavirus Response At TheWrap
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The ranks of South by Southwest 2020 continue to thin out in response to the spread of coronavirus, with Amazon now the latest big name to pull out of the Austin-based festival.An Amazon representative tells TheWrap that the company will not be attending the festival. Some of Amazon’s planned events included screenings of science fiction shows “Upload” and “Tales From the Loop.” Also canceled are a marketing activation in partnership with Entertainment Weekly, and Amazon’s big SXSW party set for March 14.Entertainment Weekly alerted press to the situation in an email Tuesday night. “Due to health concerns, Amazon Prime Video has decided to pull back from the festival and will be cancelling all activities including the Blue Room Photo/Video Studio over the weekend and the Entertainment Weekly party on Sat evening. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. The health of our team members and guests is our priority,” the statement read, according to Deadline.Also Read: Major Hollywood, Sports and Tech Events Canceled in Response to Coronavirus - So FarSXSW 2020 has seen a wave of cancellations from major tech and entertainment industry players, including Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. For now however, the ten-day movie, music and tech festival and keynote event is still set to proceed as planned, kicking off March 13 and ending March 20.As of Wednesday morning, 129 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S., and nine people have died from the disease domestically, according to the New York Times. Those account for over 94,000 cases worldwide with 3,221 deaths.Deadline first reported the news.Read original story Amazon Drops Out of SXSW 2020 Due to Concerns About Coronavirus At TheWrap