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Roku CEO On Quibi Acquisition: “To Be Honest We Just Got a Good Deal”

Roku CEO On Quibi Acquisition: “To Be Honest We Just Got a Good Deal”

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT "We are looking for shows that work well with the AVOD business model," Anthony Wood said of the company's future content plans. Roku plans to continue investing in original content, but don’t expect it to compete with Netflix or Disney. “As the scale grows, it just makes sense for us … to do some originals, and to start making some of our own content,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said Friday. “The reason we do it is quite different than a traditional SVOD service. For those services customers pay a monthly fee, and they have to…
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Mark Hamill Celebrates Carrie Fisher’s Walk of Fame Star Announcement

Mark Hamill Celebrates Carrie Fisher’s Walk of Fame Star Announcement

BY RYAN PARKER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The Luke Skywalker actor was previously one of the loudest voices among the throngs of fans lobbying for the space princess to have her mark on Hollywood Boulevard.  Mark Hamill on Friday night celebrated the announcement that his space sister Carrie Fisher would finally be bestowed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The late actress is among 38 honorees who will have their names forever enshrined along the popular Los Angeles landmark, including Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, James Hong, Helen Hunt, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Ray Liotta and Ewan…
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Pacific Theatres Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Pacific Theatres Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

BY ETAN VLESSING | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The exhibitor, which includes Arclight Cinemas, will liquidate assets to repay creditors. The impact of the pandemic has Pacific Theatres Exhibition Corporation not opening the doors on its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations. The embattled exhibitor, with in all 16 locations, has instead filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate its remaining assets for its creditors, the company said on Friday. “We are deeply grateful to our employees, our guests, and the film community for coming together over the past decades to create so many wonderful moviegoing experiences,” Pacific Theatres Exhibition…
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Hollywood Flashback: ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Juggernaut Started in 2001

Hollywood Flashback: ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Juggernaut Started in 2001

BY AARON COUCH | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The franchise has spawned eight sequels and a spinoff that have grossed more than $6.15 billion to date, with the latest incarnation set for release June 25. Twenty years ago, no one realized just how far living life “a quarter mile at a time” — as Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto so poetically puts it — would take The Fast and the Furious. The scrappy crowd-pleaser starring Paul Walker as an undercover LAPD detective and Diesel as the leader of a group of street racers spawned eight sequels and a spinoff (the latest, F9, out June 25)…
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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Tops Wednesday With $3.9M

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Tops Wednesday With $3.9M

BY PAMELA MCCLINTOCK | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The sequel, which is opening midweek, reunites Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson. Lionsgate and Millennium Media’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard shot its way to No. 1 at the Wednesday box officewith an opening-day gross of $3.9 million from 2,490 theaters. The $3.9 million includes Tuesday preview grosses and paid sneaks over the weekend. Directed by Patrick Hughes, the action-comedy sees Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek all reprise their roles from the 2017 breakout hit. The film is the first action-comedy on the marquee since major markets reopened, and will expand on Friday into 3,331…
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Director Dee Rees on the Importance of Debut ‘Pariah’ Becoming a Criterion Release: “We Have to Widen the Canon”

Director Dee Rees on the Importance of Debut ‘Pariah’ Becoming a Criterion Release: “We Have to Widen the Canon”

BY REBECCA KEEGAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT As Rees becomes the first African American woman to join the collection, the press-shy 'Mudbound' helmer talks about staying off social media, her hope that the Black filmmaking resurgence is more than a trend, and the joy of breaking new ground: "Maybe I shouldn’t have been first, but it doesn't diminish the pride I feel." In 1995, while trying to buy a movie ticket, Dee Rees got an early lesson in the bias of film industry economics. Then a freshman at Florida A&M University, Rees went to the local multiplex in Tallahassee to see Dead Presidents,…
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“My Family Doesn’t Want to Be Overwhelmed by My Backside”: Regé-Jean Page, Chris Rock, John Boyega and the THR Drama Actor Roundtable

“My Family Doesn’t Want to Be Overwhelmed by My Backside”: Regé-Jean Page, Chris Rock, John Boyega and the THR Drama Actor Roundtable

BY LACEY ROSE | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Jonathan Majors and Josh O’Connor also join the discussion about family reactions to sexy roles, how actors are "the empathy bridge" in Hollywood and why on-set support goes a long way: "Your fellow actors will give you more jobs than your reps." During the course of an hour in mid-May, five of the industry’s most talented actors, full-stop, convened for a conversation — part of The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Emmy Roundtable series — that whipped between emotional and gut-busting with little warning. There was no subject off-limits as Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page, The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor, Fargo‘s Chris…
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AMC Theatres Nears Deal to Operate Prime L.A. Pacific Cinema Locations

AMC Theatres Nears Deal to Operate Prime L.A. Pacific Cinema Locations

BY PAMELA MCCLINTOCK | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The mega-exhibitor is eager to run the multiplexes at popular outdoor shopping malls The Grove in West Hollywood and the Americana in Glendale. AMC Theatres is nearing a deal to operate two high-profile Los Angeles-area movie theaters located in prime outdoor shopping malls, The Grove in West Hollywood and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, according to sources. Both locations are part of the defunct Pacific Theatres chain, which owner the Decurion Corp. shut down permanently in April, along with sister chain ArcLight Cinemas. In recent days, AMC CEO Adam Aron said…
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